Meiko Kaji “Shura no Hana” A blogpost about Music.

For all Tarantino and Meiko Kaji fans out there: Check out this video on YouTube.

I first got to know this singer and actress through Kill Bill, the legendary movie by Quentin Tarantino. The hip seventies tunes influenced by Japanese music style made for an intriguing combination. After a long search, I ordered a CD through an international music store, and several weeks later a box arrived… through Belarus of all places! I still wonder why it was sold by a one man shop in one of the last dictatorships in Europe.

Great music, I kept on playing the CD in my car until I knew it by heart. I still do not know what the lyrics are about, I once stumbled across one translation, which was some jive about Ginza gangsters, unfamiliar stuff. I decided to buy more. I had to wait until my next trip to Tokyo to be able to pick up a box with seven CDs pure Meiko Kaji ! I also got one of her movies, vintage Japanese, with Kaji-san as the proprietress of a house of gentleman amusement, very talkative and yes, boring for the first 95%, at which points she pulls out a sharp samurai sword and kills of her opponents in a bloody battle. Curtain.

怨み節     梶芽衣子


Check out Two Journeys, my novel set in Japan, e.g. available at Amazon.


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Getting ready for a break. Why not take an interesting book as paperback or e-book with you?
I have written a couple of thrilling and exciting adventure books that you can find in all major Internet stores such as amazon, Diesel, Barns & Noble, but also in any other Internet store that you are using – and e-books are available for all kinds of e-book devices.

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Read Two Journeys or Fields of Fire.

Editor’s praise for my novel TWO JOURNEYS

“[…] Alan’s character, […] certainly does evolve over the course of this book, and his interactions with the other characters reveal a lot about his character as well. I found his clinical approach to almost everything completely believable and just part of his personality rather than a lack of character development. In fact, his scientific viewpoint is charming even. Then, as his journey continues, he keeps using his training and knowledge, but he also gets scrappier as time goes on, propelled forward by a raw emotional passion to get to his family rather than analyzing every single event and detail. He feels compassion for the people that he meets even as he analyzes their motives and inner-workings, but he never gives off an inhuman vibe to the reader. He comes across as very human—the time he is almost brought to tears by the meal fixed by Mikhail and Artyom, his instinct to reach out to the despairing Laura, his analysis of Yrina’s losses, his attachment to Bo and King. There are countless examples of the depth and humanity of his character. He is original and yet familiar.”
TWO JOURNEYS here, as paperback or eBook.

Reviewer‘s comments (part 5) about the novel TWO JOURNEYS #ItIsSoHip #bongabonga #pring #starwars #postapocalyptic

The editor of Two Journeys wrote a couple of very nice lines: “Your other characters are also compelling, and none of them rang false or unbelievable. I loved the trio back in Krasnoyarsk. Even though I wanted Alan to go home and knew he had to, I was sad when he left Leonid and the others behind. I even liked the characters on the space station. Urs was creepy from the very start, believably so. Victor was interesting, and I like how his real story or secret is never revealed. I also liked how you never revealed what went awry between Mikhail and Artyom. Some loose ends in a big book are good.”
TWO JOURNEYS: find it here, as paperback or eBook.

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The apocalypse may be upon us. Experience it in Two Journeys and Fields of Fire.

Top 18 Novels featuring dogs. Survive the apocalypse with a four-legged companion.

Eugene, the black one-eyed dog, plays a key role in my novel CELETERRA. Based on dog’s nature – faithfulness, reliability, courage – dogs are the true best friend of humans. Dogs are hunters, and as such they carry some threatening aspects; deep down inside many of us have some fear of dogs, or at least respect for them. Dogs broadcast “don’t mess with me.” They love their wolf pack, yet are independent, and focus on their own survival at all times.

A list of my favorite novels featuring dogs. Did I miss one?

  • The Watchers — Dean Koontz
  • Travels With Charley — John Steinbeck (non-fiction)
  • Ghormley the Gnarley — Carlos Belavacqua (children’s fiction)
  • The Banyan Tree — Terence Killiam
  • Knifing the Roach Nest — Christiana Pelletier
  • Springers on the Island Green — Aubrey Fortuna
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog — Dylan Thomas
  • Get in the Stagecoach — Christopher Hill
  • Lift up Thy Frock-Coat — David Waits
  • Lassie Come Home — Eric Knight
  • Lad, A Dog — Albert Payson Terhune
  • Marley and Me — John Grogan
  • The Sheep-Pig — Dick King-Smith
  • Cujo — Stephen King
  • White Fang & Call of the Wild — Jack London
  • Hound of the Baskervilles — Sherlock Holmes
  • The Poky Little Puppy — Sebring Lowry

Sample from Celeterra

A dark shape appeared, at the end of the field that he was staring at. The figure wasn’t very big, yet sturdy and four legged. It moved from left to right and back again, as if it was looking for something, its nose close to the ground. Vance tried to focus his eyes, but he kept on seeing two unaligned images. He got up and staggered towards the moving form. It was still about 300 yards away, when, as if alerted, it stopped moving and stared at Vance intently. It was an animal. Vance hadn’t seen many animals in paradise, and certainly no species as big as this. Unexpectedly, the animal let go a loud, horrifying bark and started to run towards Vance in a strong, powerful gallop.

It was a dog, a menacing black dog. Vance could see the sharp white teeth in its ugly black face. Fear swept over Vance and he stumbled back. The monster put its jowls in the air and barked again, roaring. Vance considered running away, but realized that it was too late. No matter where he would run to, the animal could easily overtake him. He had a vision that the dog was a Messenger from Hell. It had come to pick him up, to collect him, and to drag him down into the Eternal Fire. Finally, they had decided what to do with him, God and the Devil had signed a sacred pact how to handle his disgraceful soul. They had scrutinized his past, had appraised his character, and had jointly decided to expel him from paradise forever. Spellbound, paralyzed, he stared at the approaching monster. It was a personified evil, the devil incarnate.

Then, suddenly, the dog seemed to shrink. As it was getting closer, it also seemed to reduce in size. Its shape and face gained some familiarity, as if Vance had encountered the beast a long time ago, in a previous life. The familiarity increased rapidly, as the animal got nearer and nearer. Finally, Vance recognized the animal. This big black bulk, now at the most 25 yards away, was no messenger from hell. Its pink tongue hung out if its mouth. The dog’s single eye gleamed in the sun with affection and enthusiasm. The other eye socket had been stitched closed, a trail of dried-out tears running down from it.

It was Eugene. Vance dropped down on his knees. The dog ran up to him and jumped, its four feet leaving the ground. The animal hit Vance’s chest with such speed that they both fell to the ground. Standing on Vance’s chest, the dog’s rough tongue went all over his face. After a second of hesitance, Vance embraced his companion, tears of happiness running from his eyes. “Eugene! Eugene, where do you come from?! My Eugene, my dog! My Buddy!”

Eugene barked loudly, a single big WOOF. He jumped off Vance’s chest, his big tongue lolling out of his mouth. Vance went into the shelter and brought the dog some tap water and something to eat. Eagerly the dog emptied the bowl of liquid, but ignored the food.

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Atheist fiction - featuring man's best friends: dogs

Celeterra – this high speed adventure relies on faithful dogs