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Chinese New Year celebration

January 28, 2014

Zipangu, Year of the Dog 1274: The Second Wave
In celebration of Chinese New Year and in response to a reader request for more about my novella Zipangu, I am posting the following extract which was written as a snapshot into the story.

In the year of the snake 1282, Shukuoka bay is full of sails of all shapes and sizes. Further ships litter the sea as far as the horizon. Together, they form the greatest armada ever built to invade the shores of Japan.

From my viewpoint on the temple veranda, I shudder to think where Kubilai Khan found the wood and manpower. He must have extended his reach far into the conquered territories this time. The vision of a barren wasteland sweeps before me. This fleet carries with it the sweat and tears of many men forced into hard labour.

The fighting on the beach has been fierce all day. Samurai swords pitted against Mongol archers. The bow may hold the advantage by day but the sword gains power by night and the Khan has not learnt his lesson of six years ago. This is the season when the elements can be whipped into typhoons…

To find out what happens next you can download Zipangu, Year of the Dog 1274: The Second Wave free from http://www.smashwords.com/view/profile/JudithLesleyMarshall
This was my first e-book and it has taken several versions to finally crack the formatting. It can now be downloaded onto all types of reading devices.

If you are wondering about the association of years with animals, this is the traditional oriental way of counting the years. Each year is named after one of twelve animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

This year Chinese New Year falls on the 31st January and people will be celebrating the year of the horse. I hope that it will be a good one for you.

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