Haibun (literally, haikai writings) is a prosimetric form of writing. The verse of this form is haiku. I have always believed that any reviewer should read the book as a reader first, and not as a reviewer. This book is different. As a student of haiku and haikai forms, as I read this book, it’s as a student first, then a reader and finally, a reviewer. Quite simply because the form that this book showcases, haibun, is one that I’ve attempted quite a few times, but have never been completely satisfied with the outcomes.
I’ve read very few books in the genre of horror. But one aspect of the book that I feel makes a lot of difference is the ability of the author to get the reader to experience the scene, rather than just state it. That was what I was expecting when I took up Anmol’s collection of stories titled ABCs of Horror.
“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
Life is such that there are chaotic moments that leave us and lead us to contemplation. Each of us has our own way of expressing that chaos. One of the best ways I know is to write, and I think most writers would relate to that. This collection of stories from Maliny Mohan’s pen brings forth some moments of chaos, and some of clarity.
I think every bookworm who loves crime fiction would have a favorite fictional detective. One of my favorites is Hercule Poirot. I think the works featuring him are some of Agatha Christie’s best. But Christie also has given the world some other wonderful detectives. Miss Jane Marple is another. This book is the first Miss Marple mystery.
There are few genres that I absolutely love reading. Fantasy fiction is one of them. To create a world, and make the reader feel like they are a part of it as they read, that’s really amazing. This book is one that I have read earlier too, but this is an updated, slightly extended edition. The cover is similar to the first edition, but I still love the first edition cover art more.
They say time and tide wait for no man. I think that that is true. Life seems to go by so quickly when we’re having fun, yet each moment seems much longer when something is a chore. At times, we are obsessed about the past or too focused on the future that we forget to live in the moment. One of my favorite poems looks at that too, how we don’t have time to stand and look at what is around us.