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Submitted by: Björn Neumann

Verse for a Lucky Island [Poem]

24 Jun

Open up the ground we walk;
This Earth has sought to make it known
Despite our smarts and all our talk
We fall by tremor, water thrown.

A power smacks of anger, brings
Destruction’s wave to our feet
A hand that comes to take all things
Then leave us little but defeat.

All this, yet somehow discontent
Fate decides to scare us still
For handmade power waters went
To loosen further dangers’ yield.

So much of that we knew became
Laid to waste by earth and sea
Yet through the loss the heart remains
Willing return of life, of peace.

Whilst one could sooner close his eyes
Lay down with strain these days have brought
Touched by tears that one has cried
Others band, take up the cause.

For now fate holds us in her wake
Since shaking us from what we’ve known
But from our heart she will not take
Away our Lucky Island,

Submitted by: Nicholas Bartlett

Buy Quakebook at a Japanese bookstore today!

14 Jun

The Bilingual Paperback edition is available in stores across Japan from today!

[Download press release]

Please print out the message below (or display it on your phone screen) and bring it to your nearest bookstore. Enter (or say) the number of copies you want in the blank, then show it to the person at the register or the information counter to order your copies of Quakebook.

単行本『2:46 Aftershocks 午後2時46分 すべてが変わった』(語研刊 本体価格1,400円 ISBN978-4-87615-237-7)を____部注文します。

Remember – ordering in your local bookstore is important! It helps expose Quakebook to more people and spread the word. Simply ordering online loses that value, so only do so if you can’t get to a bookstore :).

Buy your Quakebook paperback NOW!

11 Jun

Just got a message from the cafe–latte–filled corridors of power, and the news is this:

You can buy the paperback edition of Quakebook RIGHT NOW from, right here.

It costs $11.99. Shipping is extra, but Amazon will send every last penny of that $11.99 to the Red Cross, for the first 3,000 copies, at least.

So, for all you long–suffering Quakebook fans — you have two options right now:

  1. You can buy the English language paperback (it’s a print on demand, so there are no wasted unsold copies) from the US of A, and they will ship anywhere in the world.
  2. If you are in Japan, go to your local bookshop and order the bilingual (English and Japanese edition). Just quote the ISBN: 978–4–87615–237–7 and they will order it for you. It’s released on June 14th – Tuesday, and we want as many bookstores to carry it as possible. Or order from — here if you promise you don’t know any bookshops near you.

So, you got that? Buy your print Quakebook now! Buy early, buy often, but just buy, OK?