A Matter of Tea and other stories

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
"Delicate as bisque china, dangerous as a snake den, Charles T. Whipple's writing resonates across the seven seas. Tales of sacrifice and honor that flick at the heart and encircle the soul." – Marsha Ward. Stories include: A Matter of Tea, The Dragon of Torigoe, The Floating World, Kamo Ike, From Chojagasaki Bay, Masakado's Revenge, and Bonus Sections.

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Words: 12,690
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458019363
About Charles T Whipple

The only thing I do well is write. In order to help the people in Japan, where I live and work, I offer these stories set in Japan; a full chapter of The Seeker, from my upcoming series Chronicles of the Dark Mirror; a chapter of my recently released western, Vulture Gold; plus more. Buy this book for a buck -- well, for 99 cents -- and I and my publisher will give all the income we receive from your purchases to worthy charities that are helping in Tohoku. I will personally pick the charities and I will personally report to you about what has been or is being done.
Help me out. Buy this book of stories about Japan. Get your friends to buy a copy, too. Spread the word. Help me help the victims of Japan's horrendous earthquake and tsunami.

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Review by: Nik Morton on May 09, 2011 :
The lead story A Matter of Tea won the 2010 Oaxaca International Literature Competition and is an esoteric tale of china bowl making and magic. A love story, The Floating World, captures the sadness and hope of 24-year-old Yanagi, one of the pleasure women of the house called The Floating World. There’s the haunting – quite literally – true story of Masakado’s mound in Tokyo. There are three other quite short but beautifully written tales plus a number of bonuses. The first bonus is a preview of Chronicles of the Dark Mirror, a series of novellas. This, The Seeker, is a historical tale about warlords, retribution and the seven kingdoms of Kanto; this whets the reader’s appetite for the entire work. In addition there’s the first chapters of Whipple’s western Vulture Gold, previously published in the UK, now re-released as an e-book (Trailblazer westerns). His hero, Havelock, is truly mythic. This book deserves to be widely read. Lastly, there’s a sci story from the publisher, Rebecca J Vickery, ‘The Rescue’. At the end of this e-book are several photos of Japan before and after the earthquake and tsunami.

This is good value and a reading pleasure. And your purchase also goes towards a worthy cause.
Nik Morton
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: E.B. Sullivan on May 02, 2011 :
By writing the collection of short stories contained in A Matter of Tea, Charles T. Whipple gave this reader a true gift.

His eloquent lyrical language transported me to magical realms.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: kumiko osumi on April 15, 2011 :
This is my first review in English. I had a great time so I couldn't put it down until I've finished. Especially I was interested in the Japanese stories of them because of the characters.(and maybe because I'm Japanese. It is fun to read Japanese things in English!) They have strong mind that can accept their fates and keep believing their way. Their courageous acts encouraged me. Oh I also love the cover!! Hope I could express my thoughts well..
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

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