Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris & Haiku Review

CherryBlossomHaiku review?

Let me explain.

In our quest to liven things up around here, and inject a bit of fun, short, silly stuff, we are going to run a series of haiku reviews.

Our founder, Leena, suggested the idea and here are the first of them:


Whether in Congo,
Or Cuba, take my advice:
Don’t fall ill when poor


Water, fear, gambling.
Love within a deck of cards.
Glass, God & heartbreak.


Fetish club weirdos
make accountants seem weirder.
Penguins important.


Very strange novel
with very odd characters
will scar you for life.

Doesn’t that make you want to run out and buy the book? Isn’t that almost as exciting as a thousand word review? Yes and yes are our answers to those questions, so we shall be running haiku reviews on our Twitter page. See the link right to follow Vulpes Libris on the mighty Twitter.

*** Calling Authors***If we’ve reviewed your book on VL and you’d like us to write you a haiku review, just drop us an email or comment here, and we’ll do our very best to write you your very own Vulpes Libris Twitter haiku review.

Onto the schedule:

Monday: Jackie learns about women in space in Almost Heaven by Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles.

Tuesday: Kirsty continues the One Minute Manager theme with The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey.

Wednesday: Lisa looks at Regi Claire’s interesting collection of short stories, Fighting It.

Thursday: New reviewer, Anne Brooke, discusses Caroline Rance’s Hogarthian historical novel, Kill-Grief.

Friday: Guest reviewer Sam Ruddock shares his thoughts on Virginia Woolf’s classic account of a single day in June – Mrs Dalloway.

Saturday: Eve talks about If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

With thanks to Pict_u_re of Flickr for the beautiful image of Sakura – Japanese cherry blossoms. For the original image, click here.

9 comments on “Coming Up on Vulpes Libris & Haiku Review

  1. Amy
    May 24, 2009

    I swear I’ve got one of them in my back garden. It’s bee-yoo-ti-ful. It’s also really pretty when all the blossoms fall off and there’s a carpet of pink all around. The only thing is that the blooms only last for like a week until they either fall off or shrivel up and droop, and then that’s it for another year! I always make the most of it while I can. This year’s season for it is long gone already and it was only about five weeks ago and I was at home with it in bloom.

  2. bookchildworld
    May 24, 2009

    Love this idea! If anyone wants to do me a Bathsheba haiku I’d be well pleased 🙂

  3. bookchildworld
    May 24, 2009

    p.s. How about giving War and Peace a go? 🙂

  4. Lisa
    May 24, 2009

    You got it, bookchildworld 😀

  5. MG
    May 24, 2009

    Wow, would I EVER love to see your review of ‘Invisible City’ in haiku format!

    What a cool idea!

  6. Lisa
    May 24, 2009

    No problemo 🙂

  7. Luisa
    May 30, 2009

    Ooh, I’d love a haiku for either of my books!

    I love the ones you’ve already done!

  8. Lisa
    May 31, 2009

    Ask and ye shall receive… (check sidebar) 🙂

  9. Alan Summers
    September 16, 2010

    Glad everyone is enjoying haiku! 😉 For a simple internationally praised overview of haiku check us out at:

    all my best,

    Alan, With Words

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