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Espresso Love: A Novel

[ Dystopian / Philosophical / Psychological / Literary / Magical-Realism ]

In Tokyo, where thoughts, memories and emotions decay, a literature student meets a strange clairvoyant girl and together they attempt to escape from a Kafkaesque System, mindless agents, civil unrest, dream worlds and reality itself, in a soul-searching journey for love, for identity and what it means to be human. Yet all that remains is a peculiar coffee shop order.

The novel examines the human condition, subjective perception, our socio-political system, capitalist mechanism and consumer culture, incorporating paranoiac conspiracy theories, philosophy, surrealist dreamscapes, cosmic visions, circular symbolism and shifting parallel realities, with profound discussions of coffee, art, literature and music.

“System is Everything.”

Espresso Love has gained over 1 million reads, Wattys Award 2014 winner, ranked #1 in Science Fiction and #3 in Spiritual categories out of over 100 million stories, and featured on Wattpad, IndieReader, DIG on USA TV campaigns, and various sites.

 

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Of Forests & Clocks & Dreams: A Literary Collection

[ Literary / Philosophy / Poetry / Art / Photography ]

From the award-winning trailblazer of English cell phone novels, online literature and transmedia storytelling comes an unconventional postmodern collection of fragments, moments, imaginings containing thought-provoking and enigmatic short stories, poetry, essay, excerpts, aphorisms, photography, typography, design and artwork.

His work paints surreal visions and explores philosophical themes of the human condition and spirituality, subjective perception and the nature of reality, the system and the cosmos through strange conversations, umbrellas, a talking bird, a girl with a top hat, grandfather clocks, transfigured stones, a missing archaeologist, bowls of rice, a man with twelve toes, and more.

The book features the award-winning transcendental “The Elephant Girl”, a heartbreaking “Sometimes I Think You Can't Hear Me”, the magical fable “By The River” and political essay “It's Pouring, Bring Two Umbrellas”.

“[His pieces] have a timeless quality, little legends or fables that enlighten or explain a philosophy of life, a zen moment… [they] touch on an innate mystery of things that your stories allow one to see.” – Patricia Keeney, Professor of Creative Writing at York University, Award-winning Poet, Critic, Author of One Man Dancing

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Published by Inspiritus Press

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Secondhand Memories: The First English Cell Phone Novel

[ Young Adult / Slice of Life / Romance / Tragedy / CPN ]

Seiji and Aoi have been inseparable childhood friends and eventually, high school sweethearts. Believing in naive dreams and love, all seems well until a tragedy separates them with a chasm of frozen time. As one struggles with the aftermath, the world moves on, while the other remains still.

Battered by temptation and the pressure to grow up, he discovers that life is more complicated than he thought – and that the heart and mind is quite vulnerable to change. Secondhand Memories is an emotional coming-of-age story: a journey about the meaning of growing up, love, loss and sacrifice.

Originally serialized online in 2008, Secondhand Memories pioneered the Japanese cell phone novel phenomenon in the English-speaking world, marking a moment in history of a new literary movement among thousands of young writers and readers globally. The remarkably unique fusion of simple haiku-like poetic technique and prose narrative has re-envisioned technology, youth culture, community and literature.

After six years of memories and history-in-the-making, the highly-anticipated and beloved novel was officially released on February 14th, Valentine's Day, 2015 as ebook and a massive 6″ x 9″ 558-page paperback print book with stunning anime cover illustrations, interior formatting and graphic design, due to popular demand!

Visit the Official Site for News, Synopsis, Excerpts, Characters, Store, Pre-Orders, Free Downloads, and more. Video blog special, the book, smartphone cases, coffee mugs, wall clocks, pillows, tote bags, laptop and iPad skins, t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and more available in the store. More multimedia productions coming soon.

Published by Sakura Publishing

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Harbinger’s Child: A Novel

[Interstellar Sci-fi / Literary / Philosophy / Mysticism]

After decades of struggling, the broken last of humanity barely escapes an inexplicable cataclysmic threat and wanders in the darkness of space for blind hope and a desolate future. They eventually find themselves on a journey for ancient wisdom, long forgotten civilizations and a mythical planet called Earth, yet the cycle of endless oppression, destruction and fear is in pursuit. And in the end, perhaps there remains nothing, not time, not memories, not history, not even a planet.

Takatsu's approach on the well traversed theme is a haunting literary and deeply metaphysical experience where the interstellar novel's grim and traumatized characters search the cosmos for answers to the greater age old questions on spirituality, the human condition, mortality, history, myth, esoteric traditions, transcendence, higher dimensions and our place in the stars.

This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.
Night, sleep, death and the stars.

– Walt Whitman

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Takatsu, known as a passionate trailblazer of online literature and transmedia storytelling, is an award-winning writer of literary fiction, Wattpad star and featured author of 20,000 followers, poet, philosopher, musician, designer, and guest speaker from Toronto. In 2008, through coming-of-age story, Textnovel Reader’s Choice Award winning Secondhand Memories (Sakura Publishing 2015), he pioneered the Japanese “cell phone novel” phenomenon in the English-speaking world. In 2014, his critically acclaimed dystopian magical realist novel, Espresso Love ranked #1 for Sci-Fi, won a Watty’s Award and reached 1 million reads. Inspiritus Press published his visionary literary and art collection, Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams, in 2016, and he received the Babs Burggraf Award of $2500 for his short story "The Elephant Girl". He believes in inspiring others, speaking to the heart, awakening souls and helping build communities that shine and continues to coordinate community and innovation through Inspiritus Press, the Wattpad Literary Fiction Network, the Cell Phone Novel movement and social marketing initiatives. Read more here >>