[Book Review] Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edogawa Rampo

Japanese Tales of Mystery & ImaginationJapanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edogawa Rampo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing. Truly a thriller.

You know that feeling where you’re so hooked, and yet the suspense is translated into a real life feeling? The stories are paced well–it doesn’t move too fast, it doesn’t try to outsmart you. The pacing is just right that you keep moving along while the dread/fear/excitement in you grows in increments and then–it keeps going until the end–it doesn’t stop abruptly or give you a sudden action packed scene. The writing is calm and engaging. I find that this kind of suspense, this kind of writing, is only done by Asian authors. It’s truly a wonderful read.

The first story, The Chair, is the gem of the lot. It’s truly creepy with a unique imagery and idea that I will never be able to forget. The rest of the stories are focused on committing the perfect murders–there’s a work greatly inspired by Sherlock Holmes (it was painfully obvious but nonetheless a good read), a man telling a story about committing 100 perfect undetected murders, how a woman can be a perfect murderess without anyone knowing the wiser, and a story that goes the magical/bizarre route about being absorbed into a painting.

Truly a great collection of “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”.


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