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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,261 ratings  ·  127 reviews
เอโดงาวะ รัมโป เปนนักเขียนเรืองสันแนวระทึกขวัญทีประสบความสำเรจและมีชือเสียงมากในญีปุน รวมทังเปนทีรูจักของนักอานผูสนใจเรืองแนวนีเกือบทัวโลก หนังสือของเขาทุกเลมมีผูแปลเปนภาษาตางๆ หลายภาษา และเปนหนังสือติดอันดับขายดี
จุดเดนของเรืองทีรัมโปเขียน นอกจากจะใหความรูสึกตืนเตน ชวนติดตามตังแตตนจนจบแลว ยังแทรกขอคิดเชิงปรัชญาไวเสมอ โดยทีเขาสนใจจิตวิทยา ปรัชญา วิทยาศาสตร และวิชาการแขนงอื
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232 pages
Published December 2011 by สำนักพิมพ์ผีเสื้อ (first published 1956)
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Bill  Kerwin

Edogowa Rampo--just say his pen name quickly three times to discover how much he loved Edgar Allen Poe--is considered the first and foremost writer of Japanese mystery fiction. He is also much more.

His stories, structured as popular "entertainments," are designed to convey all the pleasures of genre, and yet they possess an elegance and intellectual complexity greater than mere popular works. In this Rampo resembles Borges, and yet the two writers are very different. Borges is more philosophica
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Mariel
Aug 01, 2011 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended to Mariel by: ramlie
The perfect murder. Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination, or, as it should have been called, How to do the bloody deed and get away with it without facing criminal charges or the accusing finger of society (the bird, probably). No civil suits, no karmic payback! No coming back as a roach in the next life, that's right. It's essentially the same perfect murder in a lot of the stories. The getting away with it the appeal rather than the murder (wouldn't anything else work just as well?). It ...more
El
Having just finished off The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe, I wasn't quite ready to fully return to the world of novels. Luckily this book was recommended for this month's book club read and very perfectly the author's name is a pseudonym, a play on Edgar Allan Poe. Say it out loud: Edogawa Rampo. Get it?

These stories are certainly not as gruesome as some of Poe's, and they're certainly not as long as some of Poe's either. But these are good too, in their own right. If nothing else, they're
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Lee Foust
Excellent narrative craftsmanship shines forth in these tales. Quite enjoyable from the first story to the last in a crystalline manner. True to his American namesake, Edgar Allan Poe, a couple of these tales of Rampo's feature those weird moments of horrific imagery that makes Poe's tales so unique--even when there is little in the way of plot to recommend them--and in other tales, the careful step-by-step plotting of the mystery story is at work, revealing the narrative like a gallery worker s ...more
Clint
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Tosh
Edogawa Rampo (say the name out loud) is one of the great literary figures in 1920's Japan. His short stories are a combination of erotica mixed with horror. Within Japan he is probably one of the most well-known writers - and rightfully so, because's he fanastic.

If you like gothic drug induced sexy stories - then this is for you. A must for those Opium nightmare nights!
Nesa Sivagnanam
This is apparently the first volume of its kind translated into English way back in 1956. There are nine rather odd stories. Certainly they are unlike similar tales coming out of the West.

There is a story of a quadruple amputee and his relationship with his wife. He's a war hero but is effectively a caterpillar now wrapped in his clothes. It's a tragic, terrible tale of two people bound and trapped together.

Then we have a very ugly carpenter who makes a chair destined for a hotel. The chair is
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David
I found this at an Oxfam bookshop in Manchester, and it made my day. Best find of 2011! And this isn't the Rampo book I have already ordered through my local bookshop (and has yet to arrive). How lucky is that?

The Human Chair: My favourite. It's all gone a bit "Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected".

The Psychological Test: How to catch a criminal with word-association games.

The Caterpillar: Disturbing.

The Cliff: Not amazing.

The Hell of Mirrors: Nuts. I liked this line: "having now reached the age
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Winter Branch
Aug 07, 2007 Winter Branch rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like weird stories
Shelves: fiction
Cool, creepy, nicely crafted short stories from Japanese writer Edogawa Rampo. Sadly, very little of his work has been translated. The only shortcoming of this collection is that the themes of the stories start to blend together. But most of the stories are 5 star status such as the two stand-outs The Human Chair (a guy hides himself inside a chair to experience contact with others), The Caterpillar (a limbless war veteran is slowly tortured by his resentful lover).
Eadweard
Favorite stories; The Human Chair, The Caterpillar, The Hell of Mirrors.

Loved The Caterpillar, a war veteran is so disfigured and maimed that he resembles a caterpillar. I read that it was banned in nationalistic war mongering Japan, wonder why. It was also recently made into a movie.
Kathy Charles
I read this over a couple of nights and found it a wonderfully dark collection of stories. I didn't enjoy 'Caterpillar' at all but I found the others very good, particularly 'The Chair'. These stories are interesting in way they choose to chill the reader. 'The Chair' is creepy for the main character's behaviour but many of the others rely on the notion of deception as the main darkness. The writer likes the reader to use their own mind to add to the weirdness and unease and this works really we ...more
Gardy
Stavolta mi sento di dover fare un distinguo per giustificare la votazione.

Edogawa Ranpo è un grandissimo scrittore di mistero e di detective stories, quindi per il contenuto della raccolta mi sento di consigliare vivamente (come ho fatto da ben prima della pubblicazione) questo volume: seppur tra alti e bassi, l'immenso "la sedia umana" e gli ottimi "la camera rossa" e "il viaggiatore con il quadro di stoffa" sapranno darvi quel piccolo brivido che alcuni lamentano di non provare più dopo la l
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Bei
Presented in short stories, these tales did not strive for technical complication in plots, but guided the reader through the entwining lane ways in the darker part of human psyche. There is a lot to miss about classic Japanese mystery writings in early 1900s, and this is an excellent introduction to Rampo's universe.

Many elements in this book are of typical fascination in this genre: mirrors, wells, twins, sleepwalking, obsessions… Not all the stories are about killing, and not all the killing
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Feras
Divided as "Tales of Imagination", pieces of intrigue & psychological thrillers, and "Tales of Mystery", crime stories. Besides in the introduction no actual distinction is used in the book, the nine stores are randomly ordered. The themes are really different, in all the crime stories only one features a detective figure and he's not even the main character. The focus is generally on the Perfect Crime, with the murderer narrating the story. Very cool I thought.

The stories are generally very
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Dfordoom
The stories in Edogawa Rampo's collection “Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination” are ostensibly mysteries; in fact Rampo (according to the introduction) was Japan's first writer of mysteries. Many of these tales deal with obsessions of one kind or another. Often sexual obsessions, or obsessions connected in some with sex or have a sexual element. Some stories aren't crime stories at all - “The Hell of Mirrors” is simply about a man obsessed by mirrors, obsessed to the point of bringing abou ...more
Decendant_of_Darkness
Dec 04, 2007 Decendant_of_Darkness rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who like to read about people killing each other
Could you imagine being trapped in a crystal ball, killing people with simple words such as look out, or even killing your two husbands? No, well in the book Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination, by Edogawa Rampo has stories about all these things. But the most common thing in the stories, although this does not apply to every single one of them, is that it somehow involves murder. For example in the story The Red Chamber this guy kills 99 people, with simple words such as “LOOK OUT” or “ ...more
Tegghiaio
Las historias policiales son las más flojas de esta colección de relatos puesto que no incluyen ningún giro inesperado en la resolución de los crímenes; en contraste, la lectura de las de terror o misterio me resultó mucho más amena. De todos modos es un libro que se lee rápido y para mí finaliza de forma inmejorable porque mi favorito fue precisamente el último relato, El viajero con el cuadro de las figuras de tela.
Jane Louis-wood
The best thing about this Japanese writer is that he chose a nom de plume that sounds like a Japanese person saying 'Edgar Allen Poe'. The Idiot boy got this as a present and we both really liked the comedic creepiness of first story, but the others were disappointing.
Hayley Farr
Few people realize that Edogawa Rampo takes his name from the Japanese pronunciation of "Edgar Allen Poe" (Edoga Waram Po if that helps) but in this collection of short stories the inspiration is clear. This book contains stories of the macabre and the shocking that ultimately could be taken right out of a collection of Poe stories. "The Human Chair" included as the first story, is definitely one of his more famous stories. However I would suggest that my favourite from the collection is "The Tr ...more
Jimmy
Edogawa Rampo derived his pen name from the classic American thriller writer Edgar Allan Poe. And as such, Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination Paperback is a collection of short stories that emote the same sense of foreboding that his American counter-part did. Set primarily in the phantasmagoric culture of early 20th century Japan, each story captures the reader's imagination as it blurs the line between what is real and what is not. Prepare to question even what YOU think is true in this ...more
frogfairie
3 1/2 stars. Some of the visuals will live in my brain for a long time.
Anupam
To arrive at Rampo after wading through Abe's oeuvre must appear like desecration. And to arrive at Rampo after viewing an adaptation of his work for film ought to be labelled blase. But the effect a single day's reading of this collection by the revered master of Japanese mystery fiction had on me was precisely what I had anticipated.
First and foremost, his writing seizes the reader immediately, therefore excelling in the primary task of this genre. Soon it begins to arrange before him the many
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Doug
These nine stories are not horror but often not-quite-not-quite horror, and sometimes are something like mystery tales but with a twist of examining the psychological motivation behind the mystery more than anything like the crime. This combined with an excellent translation by James B. Harris imbues Ranpo's collection with an immediate sense of the classic and a helpful dose of the lurid and pulp. Much like the obvious influence of Edgar Allan Poe, Ranpo [note: Edogawa Ranpo is a play on E.A. P ...more
Chris Cabrera
Although I'm not an avid reader of Poe, many of these stories do resonate with the dark aura that his stories had. I can concur with what I heard about other authors injecting more of Japanese culture, tradition, and philosophy into their detective fiction versus Rampo's stories that borrow places, names, but still feel very vague and not entirely "Japanese". It might alienate those looking for something with a tinge of Japanese culture but certainly welcomes the reader worldwide who are just lo ...more
Octavio Villalpando
No es muy conocido por estas latitudes el Sr. Edogawa Rampo ¡y debería de serlo! Esta colección de nueve de sus relatos más famosos me ha encantado de principio a fin. Si bien algunas historias pueden tratar temas muy comunes en la denominada "literatura de misterio" hay algo en la forma en como las aborda que las hace muy disfrutables. Y eso no es nada comparado con las maravillas que encierran sus historias de "imaginación". ¡Válgame el dios! En varias ocasiones el morbo (si, así tal cual: mor ...more
Patrick
An odd collection. The majority of Rampo's featured stories are somewhat generic murder-mysteries centered around a typically amoral individual developing the "perfect crime". While entertaining, these stories fade into the background somewhat compared to "The Human Chair" and "The Caterpillar" both of which helped to pioneer the guro style of Japanese horror popular today and it is not at all surprising that guro artist Junji Ito would choose to adapt "The Human Chair" into comic form. Both (Th ...more
Lissibith
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a collection of assorted short stories, ranging from straight-up crime stories to detective tales and even some oddities that aspire toward the man who inspired his pen name.

The stories were varying levels of engaging, and none ever bored me or prompted me to skim or skip. I don't quite feel up to taking them one by one in this review since a few of them are deceptively simple. But I'll flag a few of my favorites.

The Psychological Test gives us a you
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Ronald
Edogawa Rampo was a Japanese writer of mystery and other genre fiction. His literary hero was Edgar Allan Poe, and that was a major reason for me in getting this book for my Kindle.

Most of the stories in this book are 'naturalistic'. For me, a naturalistic story of horror or suspense, in order to be effective, has to have an unpredictable plot.

Thus these stories with a unpredictable plot I found excellent:

"The Human Chair" A woman who is a popular writer of mysteries receives a disturbing letter
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Adinda
I finished this book around 3 months ago. The stories are great, Edogawa Rampo really can create the atmosphere. The mysteries are packed quite nicely, though at some points I could somehow guessed the plot. I recommend this book. It is a great quick read type of book, it's the type of book that makes me don't want to put it down because it flows nicely. I don't know whether this is a good thing or not, but I was haunted by the stories perfectly. Not too absorbed to the point of overwhelming (wh ...more
Putra Perdana
Truly a marvelous experience. Never have I read an imaginative fiction depicted in such detail up until the emotional level. With each short story I get drawn so much into the character and atmosphere that I actually relate to their feelings. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant
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Hirai Tarō (平井 太郎), better known by the pseudonym EDOGAWA Rampo (江戸川 乱歩), sometimes romanized as "Ranpo Edogawa"), was a Japanese author and critic who played a major role in the development of Japanese mystery fiction.
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