Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More March Haiku Book Reviews

The Voyage, by Robert MacNeil

Francesca, David,
Love, betrayal, confusion,
sailing off the map.

Morality for Beautiful Girls, by Alexander McCall Smith

Rra Matekoni,
depressed, Mma Makutsi leads,
poisoner foiled.

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larsson

Doctor H. H. Holmes,
spellbinding, sociopathic,
serial killer,

World stage, Chicago:
The Columbian World's Fair,
Massive ambition,

The two together:
operatic in scale,
Surprise! Nonfiction!

The Kalahari Typing School for Men, by Alexander McCall Smith

Another venture
for Mma Makutsi and boss,
Botswana's ladies.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Haiku Book Reviews: March (so far)

I'm trying to create a new category with no pressure for photos, in order to get me writing more often. Hopefully this will trigger a habit of more frequent posting.

The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie (audiobook)

A tragic story,
no beginning or middle
Spaniards win. Too bad.

Vector Prime (Star Wars: New Jedi Order) by R. A. Salvatore

Luke, Leia, Han et al:
Jedi teens in tow, they fight
alien villians.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Robert Jordan in Spain,
American Guerilla
lost in love and war.

Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Ramotswe back,
fiance and adopting,
old mysteries solved.

The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (audiobook)

Emersons with son
Ramses, ancient papyrus,
Gospel of Thomas.

Haiku Book Reviews: February

The Curse of the Pharoahs by Elizabeth Peters (audiobook)

Valley of the Kings,
Emersons set forth to dig;
rumors of curses.

Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael Ruhlman

Simple numbers show:
how chefs take ingredients
and give us cuisine.

Dixie City Jam by James Lee Burke (audiobook)

Thoughtful and slow tale
of New Orleans and Nazis:
gumbo of suspense.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Long exposition,
Jekyll's friends worry, as Hyde
takes control; tragic.

The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner

Four groups of people,
Living long and happy lives,
what are their secrets?

Book Review Haikus, Vol. 1: January

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Watson, vet adrift,
takes roommate; murder most foul
long adventure told well.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Poor Jim: sailing on
to Skull Island, John Silver
and danger abound.

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (audiobook)

Amelia P.,
Spinster with strong mind and will,
to Egypt and love.

I will add that I loved all three of these. The third is the first in what is now a series of 19 novels that I think will be considered classics of historical mystery-adventure fiction. I've read more than half of these, and probably all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, though am going back over them again.