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Mad Haiku for Books

I stole this, cackling gleefully, from a friend of my First Reader (and made a new friend in the process, Hi Jonathan!) and the denizens of the book of face have been playing with it. I thought it would be even more fun to challenge all of you and sundry to play along. it’s writing, sort of. But it’s more a way to make you stop and think about words. Poetry is hard, but have fun with it.

So… here’s the thing – write a haiku about your favorite book. I’m not sure, reading the thread of the original challenge, if the point is to stump ’em all, or to be guessable. You decide!

Oh, and if you want answers? Highlight the space beside each haiku’s writer, and you’ll magically see the book’s title.

British spy decides
To fight an occult war for
Control of the djinn

-Misha Burnett (Tim Powers’ Declare)

Alien probe arrives
We travel to learn about them
Three armed they were

-Christopher MacArthur (Larry Niven’s Mote in God’s Eye)

You can’t be crazy
Wanting to leave makes you sane
Fly safely, Captain

-Kacey Ezell (Joseph Heller’s Catch 22) 

I live on the moon
Mike will help me get it done
I want to be free

-Spike Souders (Robert Heinlein’s Moon is a Harsh Mistress)

Got me a nice raft
Float down the Mississippi
With my best friend Jim.

-Pat Patterson (Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn)

God’s redemption plan
From Old Testament through New
One answer – Jesus Christ

– Nancy Guyotte (The Bible) 

A desert highway
Gonzo American dream
Nothing is the same

-Roger Ross (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson)

orphaned space child
founds new religion

– Alan Couture (Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land) 

one ring is found
a journey begins
the world changes

-Alan Couture (JRR Tolkein, Hobbit) 

A Small Lord
Tries to Become a Bigger Man
Ends an Interstellar Mercenary

-Christopher MacArthur (Lois McMaster Bujold, Warrior’s Apprentice) 

One bad decision
A lifetime running from guilt
Ends as a tuan.

– D Jason Fleming (Conrad’s Lord Jim)

Could I reach orbit
Then I’d be a wanted fan
Leslie has my back.

-Pat Patterson (Niven and Pournelle’s Fallen Angels)

The trunk ate someone
Tourists are quite odd fellows
Falling off the edge

-Joseph Capdepon (Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic or any Rincewind book)

The hero travels
The sword is jumped
He wishes to hero again

-Sanford Begley (Robert Heinlein’s Glory Road) 

Galactic Patrol
Brings the Winter of Boskone
Cleave Through to Helmuth

-Owen KC Stephens (EE ‘Doc’ Smith, the Lensman)

Literal flat earth
Narrative casualty
Drives the parody

-Kurt Schneider (Terry Pratchett, any Discworld novel) 

I can’t wait to see what the readers here come up with!

  1. Christopher MacArthur #

    Myself, sometimes it’s try to stump and sometimes broadly hint. As my Muse decides at that moment.

    So here’s another:

    Their War Never Ended
    To Make Serfs Of Us All
    And Dominate Forever

    January 21, 2017
  2. Larry Patterson #

    My haiku is on
    Your Facebook thread, all can see
    Doggerel haiku

    January 21, 2017
    • I should probably put a link in my post, eh? Only not everyone here, is there, if that makes sense.

      January 21, 2017
      • I am here, But I am not there. No matter where you go, there you are

        January 21, 2017
        • And, no matter where you don’t go, there you aren’t.

          January 21, 2017
        • Christopher MacArthur #

          No matter where you are – there you go.

          January 22, 2017
          • Some times I think life’s Go-No Go gauge is stuck on NO fo me.

            January 22, 2017
  3. Martians in metal
    Let’s see if they’ll be friendly
    (Spoiler: they won’t be.)

    January 21, 2017
    • Bob #

      Hey, Misha Burnett! From one Powers fan to another:

      Jealous muse of stone
      Tempts poets with haunting verse
      For a price of blood

      January 21, 2017
  4. Fat book of verses
    India, England, all world
    Not always pretty.

    January 21, 2017
    • I would say Kipling.

      January 21, 2017
    • And I love this one – both Haiku and author!

      January 21, 2017
  5. Courtier, captain,
    Castle-warder, courier,
    Along sainthood’s road.

    January 21, 2017
    • One of my favorites of hers! Caz is such a well-cone character.

      January 21, 2017
  6. AI from elsewhere
    Who speaks only in Haiku
    Finds love and triumph.

    January 21, 2017
  7. Confutus #

    Parent’s damaged son
    Hyperactive genius dwarf
    Bends worlds to his will

    January 21, 2017
    • SheSellsSeashells #

      Napoleon complex?
      A poor diagnosis for
      Miles Vorkosigan

      January 21, 2017
    • I don’t know what this is, but it sounds interesting.

      January 21, 2017
      • SheSellsSeashells #

        That would be Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan books. 🙂

        January 21, 2017
  8. Evil genius kid,
    Tricks fairies out of their gold.
    He’s still a big jerk.

    January 21, 2017
  9. Bob #

    Hey, Misha Burnett! From one Powers fan to another:

    Jealous muse of stone
    Tempts poets with haunting verse
    For a price of blood

    January 21, 2017
  10. Joe in PNG #

    Strange geometries
    A malignant presence
    Lays dreaming, not dead

    January 21, 2017
  11. Joe in PNG #

    From many, only two
    Seeking strong Dark Side power
    Revenge is coming

    January 21, 2017
  12. Joe in PNG #

    Werewolves, vamps and more
    Survive and you get paid
    Just beware of Franks

    January 21, 2017
  13. Joe in PNG #

    Seven pilgrims be
    Who desire answers
    The Shrike will await them

    January 21, 2017
  14. Joe in PNG #

    The gods of Olympus
    Or just some post humans
    Playing the divine

    January 21, 2017
  15. Joe in PNG #

    Hate hate hate hate hate
    Oh, so much hate I feel
    Suffer much human

    January 21, 2017
    • I don’t know what it is, but I don’t think I want to read it.

      January 21, 2017
    • RCPete #

      Harlan Ellison’s “I Have no Mouth, and I Must Scream”?
      If I still have it, I don’t want to read it again.

      January 21, 2017
      • Joe in PNG #


        January 22, 2017
  16. Randy Wilde #

    Crimethink is ungood.
    Big Brother Is Watching You.
    Two and two make five.

    January 21, 2017
    • That one’s clear enough. And so apt for recent times.

      January 21, 2017
  17. Revengeful man flee
    Count on an island treasure
    Character reveal

    January 21, 2017
    • Stevenson?

      January 21, 2017
      • The Count of Monte Cristo – Dumas
        “Count” has two meanings here.

        January 23, 2017
  18. Haiku are poems
    That often don’t make much sense

    January 21, 2017
  19. Men are not ‘taters
    Service is citizenship
    Johnny won’t stay home

    January 21, 2017
    • Christopher MacArthur #

      Yes, and it’s bugs, bugs, bugs all around.

      January 22, 2017
    • oh, I like this one.

      January 22, 2017
  20. There and back again
    A young hobbit leaves his hole
    And finds destiny

    January 21, 2017
  21. When pigs walk like men
    Loyal horse is sold for glue
    Sheep believe the news

    January 21, 2017
    • Benjamin gloomy.
      Why so sad? The answer, thus:
      His memory true.

      January 23, 2017
  22. Joe in PNG #

    Cloistered in a Math
    A strange item in the sky
    Truth unites them all

    January 22, 2017
  23. Joe in PNG #

    An old man sweeping
    Who by Time much respected
    Remember Rule One!

    January 22, 2017
  24. Joe in PNG #

    Mind ruled paradise
    Mostly peaceful, yet they say
    Do not f#@$ with them

    January 22, 2017
  25. Joe in PNG #

    A man known by all
    Now only known by just one
    Reality slips

    January 22, 2017
  26. Larry Patterson #

    For a series that got me back into SF, thanks to Baen
    Manticore Captain
    Exciting adventure tales
    Longer not better

    Battles predictable
    But fun character interplay
    Will it ever end?

    January 22, 2017

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