Recent Reviews for Jansen Estrup
Starlight On Stone SOUTH (Book) - 9/30/2013 5:15:12 AM|
Starlight On Stone SOUTH is now available through Amazon on Kindle and as a free library book the world over.
Starlight On Stone EAST (ebook) (Book) - 2/4/2013 9:54:43 AM
This book is an essential part of the Starlight On Stone epic which includes, WEST, SOUTH and NORTH, all currently available. The climax, CRUX, will be published in the Winter of 2014. Characters of all four books focus their journeys, intentionally or involuntarily, upon the religious and trading center at Kadesh, where antiquity's greatest battle remains unresolved. Unforgettable personalities like Shargo the Strong, Shi-shi the boy-king, Twice-born Twi and Tyrana the Shadow Queen people this saga with real men and women. No angels or faeries, vampires or daemons mar this narrative, only the superstitions and hopes of those who find themselves overwhelmed by circumsance.
Starlight On Stone NORTH (ebook) (Book) - 2/1/2013 10:03:40 AM
Congratulations, Jansen, you're very productive these days, which gives this old man hope.
Starlight On Stone WEST (ebook) (Book) - 1/30/2013 10:13:03 AM
Best of luck with your new book, Jansen. I hope it brings you great fortune.
Starlight On Stone NORTH (Book) - 1/12/2013 10:13:03 AM
My best to you, Jansen, with your new book. May you sell a million. Terry
Starlight On Stone SOUTH (ebook) (Book) - 5/9/2012 1:57:22 PM
Good luck with your new book, Jansen. I hope you make the best sellers list. Terry
Starlight On Stone SOUTH (Book) - 4/21/2012 2:18:06 PM
I wish you all the best with your new book, Jansen. May the winds bring you bookoo readers.
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday (excerpt) (Short Story) - 11/2/2013 12:04:08 PM
This, my first time to visit your stories. Very well penned, full of detail and the energy of the actual experience. Having served in the Navy, the sea rolled under my feet as I read. Excellent write! M.True
Childhood Recall 2.0 (Short Story) - 9/4/2013 6:03:19 PM
Your sharing of memories makes me think, Jansen. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Childhood Recall 2.0 (Short Story) - 8/7/2013 4:52:30 AM
I was three when the big one dropped, so I thankfully have no memory of that. My first memories of the silver screen were Bambi (terrified when the fire overtook them) and Pinocchio (something about a flood or something… I'm hazy about that terrifying memory). We always knew it was a projection and has no desire to check out the silver screen. ;-) Those limericks were quite funny. I don't remember any myself.
Tired, So Tired (Short Story) - 7/18/2013 10:24:16 PM
I served on two carriers and know the drill. Sometimes sleep was not an option so between the thick coffee and the amphetamines, sometimes things got a bit crazy. I also did forklift on supply details. That was risky business too, especially when grabbing up pallets of 500 lb bombs, ammo, missiles, etc. from the elevator deck and whipping them back into the hanger deck. Or retrieving them from chopper drops. Nice piece, I liked the quiet tension. M.True
Recruiter - An Army of None (Short Story) - 6/21/2013 11:47:23 AM
An excellent read! Fear and the sense of insecurity are powerful motivators. The not-so-secret monitoring of our communications, security cams, and other such snooping devises serve to make whole societies complacent. Apathy and indifference, ("Most Americans supportive of government phone tracking, poll says..."), are the warmonger's greatest weapons!
Tired, So Tired (Short Story) - 6/20/2013 10:07:26 AM
Thank you for sharing the experience, Jansen. I do not often experience insomnia (and I think sleep deprivation must be worse than that), but I found this story compelling. Thank you for sharing it. Love, peace, and best wishes,
Tired, So Tired (Short Story) - 6/20/2013 6:32:23 AM
As I read this with a headache from sleep deprivation caused by 20 years of waking up 5 to 20 times a night from muscle cramps and the need to urinate often, I find myself dozing off and trying to concentrate on what I'm reading and writing in a foggy haze that often drifts off into sleep. So I can identify.
I also, hopefully, can identify with your knowledge of destroyers and shipboard practices during the Vietnam War. I wonder if you could be the petty officer in the story? Or if you knew the petty officer and his story?
I love historical stories, and especially one as well written as this.
Tired, So Tired (Short Story) - 6/20/2013 4:55:13 AM
Another good one, Jansen. I think a lot of folks haven't had the experience of sleep taking precedence over caution -- that feeling of just not caring whether you live or die as long as you can get some sleep.
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday (excerpt) (Short Story) - 3/20/2013 8:53:44 PM
Excellent! Great imagery and description. I could really see the action. The only problem I had with it was that there were a few nautical terms that you used that I wasn't quite clear on. Since this was just an excerpt, maybe you covered those earlier in the story. Thanks for sharing!
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday (excerpt) (Short Story) - 3/4/2013 9:36:44 AM
Thank you for sharing this captivating story, Jansen. Love and peace to you,
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday (excerpt) (Short Story) - 3/3/2013 1:18:13 PM
Excellent, Jansen! May the gods of book sales shine upon you, and your grandchildren.
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday (excerpt) (Short Story) - 3/3/2013 10:42:22 AM
very well written story great that you are doing this
Recruiter - An Army of None (Short Story) - 2/21/2013 7:59:57 PM
Scary stuff it seems to me, but I don't know much anymore. Thank you, Jansen. Love and peace,
Goats (an excerpt) (Short Story) - 12/26/2012 10:04:05 AM
What a travesty. Such are the "wise" ways of men. Sad. Thank you for the lesson, Jansen. Love and peace,
Goats (an excerpt) (Short Story) - 12/1/2012 11:31:32 AM
Thanks again, Jansen, for a most educational piece.
Chaser Excerpt (Short Story) - 11/11/2012 9:00:55 PM
This is interesting stuff, Jansen. Thank you for sharing it. Love and best wishes,
Chaser Excerpt (Short Story) - 9/30/2012 10:14:12 AM
A great excerpt, Jansen, and super story. Very enjoyable. Terry
Recruiter - An Army of None (Short Story) - 9/14/2012 12:03:36 PM
This is a pretty scary scenario you've imagined here, Jansen, right up my alley of possibilities. Great story. I wouldn't really wanna come back to live in such a world, but it would be interesting to be able to sneak a peek just to see how things are working out, and who's in charge.
Harrappans may have lived, died by monsoon! (Article) - 9/3/2013 7:11:49 AM
I've always thought that much of religious myth has its origin in actual events that were passed down (originally) by word-of-mouth from generation to generation and later, put into writing by scribes who added or deleted portions of the stories to be their own agendas and those of the ruling caste.
It's amazing how archaeological study along with geology is helping us unravel the origin of many of these myths. Thank you for taking the time and effort to study these interesting results and bring them to us.
In January 1978, I was fortunate enough to take a day long outing to a beautiful lake (it may have been a reservoir) inserts of fish with my friends from Karachi. Along the way we stopped at Banbhore. What amazed me about place were the millions of pot shards strewn about, indicating that many people had lived there along the Indus whose banks were several miles away at my visit. Thanks to Wikipedia, I have learned that this city was much later than those of the Harappa.
Klimt and the Purity of Death (Article) - 6/4/2013 4:41:14 AM
I'm surprised that this article has received so few visits.
Remembering Frank James Morgan (1916-1985) (Article) - 5/31/2013 6:11:46 PM
May you be blessed for your efforts at remembering and honoring someone, Jansen. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Remembering Frank James Morgan (1916-1985) (Article) - 5/23/2013 1:12:26 PM
A very nice tribute, Jansen. Frank was too old to have been your brother or colleague. Perhaps he was your father?
Empire Building 101 (Article) - 5/22/2013 3:36:22 PM
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, Jansen. Love and peace to you,
Book Titles Which Caught My Eye ... (Article) - 5/17/2013 5:53:26 AM
How about Time Enough for Love by Robt. A. Heinlein?
Treacherous Little Known War (Article) - 5/16/2013 8:17:26 AM
Thank you for sharing this informative review, Jansen. I am currently reading a book on New York City and it encompasses a lot of history including what you have referred to here. Love and peace to you,
Treacherous Little Known War (Article) - 5/12/2013 8:15:54 AM
I'm a Midwestern Yankee that grew up in a town with no African or Native American people. Yet prejudice toward them was quite rampant by the generally ignorant population. Fortunately, my parents harbored no such prejudices.
I heartily embraced the civil rights movement as a good and just cause. I also spent the last 35 years teaching and working in two predominantly African-American universities. I found that among people of color there is prejudice towards those that are darker than others. Unfortunately, lighter skin generally came from the abuse of women slaves by slaveowners. In my years in these institutions, the battles rage on.
Hopefully, sometime in the future when intermarriage gives us all brown skin and some of the largely ethnic characteristics of certain populations become rare (and even desired for their unique beauty) the idea that some people only deserve to be slaves will have finally ended.
Would love to read State of Jones, but may not have the time.
Treacherous Little Known War (Article) - 5/12/2013 7:03:12 AM
I was once married to a woman whose grandfather was in his 90s when I met him back in the early 70s. He told me his dad fought in the Civil War, and for him it was all about just compensation. These folks were all Arkansas farmers, and evidently his dad had 8 slaves. He told me his dad was all for freeing the slaves but he wanted to be paid what they were worth. To him it was like owning 8 tractors, and if the govt said we want your tractors, most folks would expect to be paid fair price for them. I thought it was an interesting argument.
Empire Building 101 (Article) - 5/11/2013 11:20:35 AM
An enlightening and motivating review. So few reviewers today, regardless of their chosen genre, present some pro and con choices for the reader, some evidence that what makes the work--be it book, music, film, et al--viable and worth the precious time needed to divert one's routine from everyday survival, is the willingness to posit multiple points of view, encouraging the audience to think for themselves. Thank you for a refreshing drink of rational and stimulating consideration.
Empire Building 101 (Article) - 5/9/2013 9:15:43 AM
I'm so glad Perkins came clean and published like McNamara and Colin Powell. It's really too bad when these men find out only after the fact that their behavior leads to so much death and destruction.
Thanks for pointing the book out to us.
Empire Building 101 (Article) - 5/9/2013 4:52:40 AM
A very good review, Jansen. Thanks. I think many of us have suspected this all along, and it helps explain why we "donate" money to countries that can't stand us.
Book Titles Which Caught My Eye ... (Article) - 4/13/2013 8:25:20 AM
A most engaging list, Jansen. Thank you for sharing it. It makes me feel a bit guilty that I don't read more; not nearly as I did when I was younger. Love and peace to you,
Book Titles Which Caught My Eye ... (Article) - 4/11/2013 6:39:34 AM
They say many judge a book by the title, and here you've provided multiple reasons why. Without intriguing titles, most books never get opened. Such is true, I believe, with all written disciplines. Thanks for sharing.
Serpents (Article) - 3/21/2013 8:24:11 AM
A fascinating article, Jansen. I do like learning "new things." Love and peace to you,
Serpents (Article) - 3/18/2013 4:41:24 PM
Very very interesting. Once again you are an absolute wealth of information, Jansen.
Modeling - Reboxed (Article) - 2/19/2013 9:41:38 AM
This is quite a dissertation on a topic that I know little about. Thank you for sharing your views, Jansen. Love and peace to you,
The Language of Disintegration (Article) - 2/15/2013 6:53:09 PM
A most interesting sharing, Jansen; it seems to me that English is becoming THE language of the world... ...and that is because it is the language of business, commerce, banking etc. Thank you.
Starlight On Stone SOUTH (excerpt) (Article) - 2/10/2013 4:00:02 PM
This is intriguing and engaging; thank you for sharing, Jansen. Love and peace to you,
Eye and Ear (and nose, too - something stinks in the USA) Opener (Article) - 2/6/2013 10:03:01 AM
A recent study revealed that one who never watches or reads news is more apt to know what is going on in the world than one who listens to Fox "news" - this book explains why in a scholarly, well researched and engaging style ...
My friend Sha'Tara whose essays I post here at AD never follows the news on TV and never reads newspapers and yet seems to be quite aware of what is going on in the world. Thank you for sharing this review, Jansen. Love and peace,
'Fools Mountain' is a hard, important read (Article) - 1/28/2013 5:08:45 PM
Thank you for sharing this informative review, Jansen. It does indeed seem to be a "must read" as you have expressed. Love and peace,
Free Speech and The Courage to Lie (Article) - 1/28/2013 5:07:07 PM
You make a lot of sense, Jansen. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Klimt and the Purity of Death (Article) - 1/9/2013 1:13:10 PM
A fine critique, a learning experience and a lesson for me. Thank you, Jansen. Love and peace,
Let's Not Go Off Half-cocked (Article) - 12/30/2012 11:33:40 AM
Understanding requires education, examination and compasion, not a reinstitution of the mental health 'snake pits' of an older age. Turn our shock and fear and outrage into resolve and fairness. That is where we can find real safety.
Amen to that, Jansen. Thank you. Love and peace,
Let's Not Go Off Half-cocked (Article) - 12/20/2012 6:24:33 PM
These Same Psychos Believe That Sum 80 Millions USA
Homeless Live Sleep In Your Own Back Yards Streets
Most Children Starving For (Corn Fed Gasoline)Food---
They Too Are Mentally Ill...
One of Us (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 7:45:30 PM
By its own actions the human race has been and will be shaped. We either adapt or die. M.True
Dog (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 7:41:12 PM
To the best of friends, this canine praise. A heart-felt write. M.True
Greeks and Other Baal-cains (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 7:38:15 PM
Ye Gods! I never knew as much and well told. M.True
Community (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 7:32:59 PM
Quite astute. This is the model for the suspension of belief. It is all about the audience allowing the performers to continue in their appointed roles. Such is theater. M.True
Community (Poetry) - 8/17/2013 7:39:21 AM
Sad but true; a wise commentary, Jansen. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Community (Poetry) - 7/28/2013 5:17:41 PM
I must be the worst audience ever, in this case. But I haven't watched TV in more than twenty years. Of course, there are other ways to perform and if performance heals, it's for a good cause. Somehow, I prefer the shaman to the politicians we know. Interesting stuff!
One of Us (Poetry) - 7/28/2013 2:47:33 PM
What a beautiful find Jansen. The instrument that kills is part of the quarry. I need to look at the Gilgamesh chronicles which I haven't in several years. You have gleaned something that speaks of the impact of traitors in the process of war. A parallel that is not hard to find in this age. Well done my friend. Bob
Greeks and Other Baal-cains (Poetry) - 7/28/2013 2:41:07 PM
Ah the curse of free will and the perilous decisions we must make. While I myself am not sure that a benevolent God would promote killing in his name, nevertheless it still happens. You have couched the eternal question in well written lines my friend. The graven gods were only reflections of human nature, dark and otherwise, but still only human gods. I love a poem that makes me think and entertains me at the same time. You have done both. Bob
Community (Poetry) - 7/28/2013 2:30:18 PM
Kind of sad to think that content matters so little in any endeavor. You are probably right though Jansen. Trouble is that I myself am more heavily weighted toward the content side of the equation. That's where something like poetry has a distinct advantage over other mediums, in that the quality of the words can be judged and found wanting if the reader has a mind. In some things quality counts. Bob
Community (Poetry) - 7/28/2013 8:53:30 AM
Well said, Jansen. But once off the stage, those numbers should appear in reverse order. Unfortunately, therein lies life's problems...
Community (Poetry) - 7/28/2013 7:55:47 AM
Wise beyond your years… So far ;-)
In Praise of Ishara (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 8:17:10 AM
Ishara is a variant of Ishtar, Asheroth, Astarte, Isis, etal. They are not usually associated with the invention of language, although wisdom is usually attributed to all of them. The Greek mother goddess, Hera, is a European variant, 'Asian' or 'east' added to make As-hera. Usually the name means 'star' or some aspect. Teshub is also an Anatolian/Hurrian deity, a storm and lighting bolt predecessor of Teus/Zeus, Thor and others. The Lady Algol is a mystery to me, too, possibly one who greets the dead. It is remarkable how much of what we call 'classical' literature actually originated in Turkey right along with our alphabet (Hittites were inventors of vowels) and the concept of zero (zeriff-that which is above the other numbers) and such. Hope you both will continue research in this area. Poets not so long ago were well versed in the classics. American 'exceptionalism' attitudes forced us to abandon even the knowledge of other greatness. Thanks for the interest and encouragement.
In Praise of Ishara (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 8:06:21 AM
Religion seems to be born in every society whether they have a written language or not. On the other hand, you have stated that the poem was fiction.
In Praise of Ishara (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 7:25:00 AM
Like Regis, I have had my interest aroused and seek out further understanding of the subject. Thank you for posting.
In Praise of Ishara (Poetry) - 5/2/2013 12:56:35 PM
This a good lesson for me, Jansen. I am quite unfamiliar with these entities. Thank you for piquing my interest. Love and peace,
Dog (Poetry) - 4/16/2013 11:11:24 AM
If that is his picture, he is a beauty, and he looks so content!
I only want little dogs, but I can still admire the large breeds. I love the phrase, "joy runs with him" and the image of him running with ears flapping.
Dog (Poetry) - 3/24/2013 11:20:22 AM
The words of one who sees all of life worth paying attention to. Reminiscent of Mr. Ed's dedication, this was a rewarding and lyrical glimpse at the never ending magic a dog can impact a fellow creature who sees love as universal and without necessity of object, preferring to honor the state of love. Beautifully uttered.
One of Us (Poetry) - 12/23/2012 10:39:08 AM
A most apt and timely sharing, Jansen. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
Dog (Poetry) - 12/14/2012 10:36:11 AM
A delightful ode to a special canine friend; thanks for sharing, Jansen. Love and peace to you,
One of Us (Poetry) - 12/11/2012 10:15:21 AM
Wow, that last line is a doozy (sp)
Dog (Poetry) - 12/11/2012 10:12:46 AM
Isn't it great to have someone like that...that accepts you unconditionally? Great write.
Dog (Poetry) - 12/11/2012 8:22:44 AM
He sounds like a gem, wish I could get a dog, but I am having a hard enough time keeping myself going so it wouldn't be fair to a dog to subject him to it as well, good write...e
Dog (Poetry) - 12/11/2012 6:32:57 AM
Right, Terry - father was an Irish Setter, mother an Akita-Lab mix. He was a marvelous furry thing ...
Dog (Poetry) - 12/11/2012 6:26:30 AM
Sounds like a retriever of some sort.
One of Us (Poetry) - 11/21/2012 12:52:35 PM
What a wonderfully unexpected leap of thought, compelling and even haunting ~
One of Us (Poetry) - 11/21/2012 8:01:19 AM
I would see the handle as the betrayer. Very creative and apropos for our time.
One of Us (Poetry) - 11/21/2012 6:04:52 AM
I like this a lot. Great poem, and lesson.
Greeks and Other Baal-cains (Poetry) - 10/27/2012 1:01:04 PM
Powerful stuff well crafted in expression, Jansen. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace to you,
Greeks and Other Baal-cains (Poetry) - 10/22/2012 2:03:46 PM
EXCELLENT Shroud into the darkled myrrh of expression
and too so very deep the psychological brain busting action here!!
And it reins true globally to this very day about murder and cannibalism
From Vaulted Darkness
They Never Said If She/He Tasted Like Chicken…(I know lol That’s badddd)
Candle Wax & Witches Brew
Greeks and Other Baal-cains (Poetry) - 8/28/2012 8:54:33 AM
sounds like the ancient gods were worse than men in some cases! well penned.