I have just published An Introduction to Shinto, a book based on the first two years or so of essays for my Mimusubi Patreon. It is available as a Kindle e-book from Amazon, from any of the various national Amazons. (The link is to the US site, because I think most potential readers are in the US, but I think it will automatically give you a link to your local site if that is different; I get one for the Japanese site, for example.)
The book, I hope, does what it says on the cover: it introduces Shinto to an English-speaking audience that knows nothing about the subject to start with. I have focused, as with the essays, on the way Shinto is practised today and its contemporary place in Japanese society, rather than on history, architecture, or myth. All three of those would make suitable topics for future books, and future essays for the Patreon, although looking at what I have written so far, the book of myths is likely to be the next one.
Amazon gets the book to be about 300 pages equivalent, which seems right to me; it is about 100,000 words, so it is a substantial introduction. If you want a very brief introduction, you can read the whole of the first chapter, which is exactly that, for free through the Look Inside feature.
I hope that people find the book interesting and useful.
While so many of us are stuck at home, I am having a one-month special sale on my Infiniverse Exchange product for Torg Eternity, Home Front Philadelphia. For one month, until May 7th, it is available for $2.50 rather than the normal $4.99, but only through the special sale link. (All the links to on Home Front Philadelphia this page are the sale link.)
You might be wondering why the strange choice of start and finish dates. The Infiniverse Exchange opened on December 8th, and I do my sales analysis by calendar month, starting from the 8th. If the sale period perfectly matches the analysis period, it is easy to monitor the effect of the discount on sales. It makes my accounting easier.
This one is a short adventure, set in The Living Land, and involves gospog fields, which are a central part of the background for Torg Eternity. The Storm Knights have to chase kidnapped refugees through the jungle, avoiding natural hazards, and then ensure that they can get to safety. In short, it is supposed to be “classic” Living Land.
To celebrate the release of the video about Shinto that I helped Greg Lam of Life Where I’m From to make, I am running a special offer on my Mimusubi Patreon.
Anyone who signs up before this month’s paid post (which will go up at 11:55pm Japan time on the 31st), and whose payment clears, will get one or more bonus essays. What you get depends on the level you sign up to.