Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review: Letters to Lalage: The Letters of Charles Williams to Lois Lang-Sims

Letters to Lalage: The Letters of Charles Williams to Lois Lang-Sims Letters to Lalage: The Letters of Charles Williams to Lois Lang-Sims by Charles Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Regrettably missing Lois’ side of the correspondence, casts quite some light on Charles Williams’ unhingedness — which is a pity since it seemingly killed on of the great genius of the XX Century way too early.

She was a young woman in process of reverting to Romanism, which is not actually that surprising given both Williams and Dorothy Sayers, a name quite present in these letters, were Anglo-romanists, and Tolkien a Romanist; even Lewis, the other big name presence, was a high-church Anglican, even if usually agreeable to Evangelicals. But it is still sad to see how Williams perhaps unwittingly helped her along in her way away from the Gospel, or what was left of it in Anglo-romanist, into downright Romanist ‘Christopaganism’ — even if admittedly anglosaxon Romanism is usually much better than its Iberian counterpart we know and loathe down here in Brazil.

Even while exposing him, she still valued Williams quite much, rating him higher than Lewis and Tolkien as a writer — which may be right enough.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Sans feu ni lieu: signification biblique de la grande ville

Sans feu ni lieu: signification biblique de la grande ville Sans feu ni lieu: signification biblique de la grande ville by Jacques Ellul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I ſhould take a ſtar off for ðe Univerſaliſm, but as ðe auþor manages to keep an element of divine judgement in his brand of univerſal ſalvation, & as it is a very intereſtiŋ & challengiŋ analyſis I know no peer of, I cannot but recommend for everyone who is not afraid of engagiŋ ſome hereſies to be able to glimpſe at Scripture anew.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Review: Reginald

Reginald Reginald by Saki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quite witty, but I lacked many cultural references to make ðe moſt of it.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: マホロミ(2)

マホロミ(2) マホロミ(2) by Kei Toume
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: miyuki, #6

miyuki, #6 miyuki, #6 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: Mix n. 6

Mix n. 6 Mix n. 6 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Mix n. 5

Mix n. 5 Mix n. 5 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Mix n. 4

Mix n. 4 Mix n. 4 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Mix n. 3

Mix n. 3 Mix n. 3 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Mix n. 2

Mix n. 2 Mix n. 2 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some cliché, but Adachi progreßed. As he is a maſter ſtoryteller, excuſable.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: Mix

Mix Mix by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Will be a nice opportunity to ſee if the auþor managed to mature, getting rid of fanſerv & clichés ðat plagued his maſterpieces Touch, Rough & Croßgame.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Review: Touch Vol. 17

Touch Vol. 17 Touch Vol. 17 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Touch Vol. 15

Touch Vol. 15 Touch Vol. 15 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Touch Vol. 11

Touch Vol. 11 Touch Vol. 11 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Touch Vol. 10

Touch Vol. 10 Touch Vol. 10 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Touch Vol. 8

Touch Vol. 8 Touch Vol. 8 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Touch Vol. 7

Touch Vol. 7 Touch Vol. 7 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Touch Vol. 6

Touch Vol. 6 Touch Vol. 6 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Touch Vol. 5

Touch Vol. 5 Touch Vol. 5 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Touch Vol. 3

Touch Vol. 3 Touch Vol. 3 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Touch Vol. 2

Touch Vol. 2 Touch Vol. 2 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Touch Vol. 1

Touch Vol. 1 Touch Vol. 1 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Whose Body?

Whose Body? Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Miyuki, Vol. 4

Miyuki, Vol. 4 Miyuki, Vol. 4 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Crítica, Literatura e Narratofobia

Crítica, Literatura e Narratofobia Crítica, Literatura e Narratofobia by Rodrigo Gurgel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A crítica de que o Brasil, mesmo o mundo, precisa.

Alguns senões menores: o artigo sobre Olavo de Carvalho está mais para encômio do que para crítica, o que é de se esperar em se tratando dum discípulo, mas ainda é a se lamentar; um ou outro erro estilístico, inclusive o hispanicismo ‘vivenciar’, sendo que o próprio autor professa evitar hispanicismos; e a incoerência de criticar a pornografia literária, mas reproduzi-la desnecessariamente, mesmo que a título de crítica, o que é algo que vim a esperar dos romanistas.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Review: Crítica, Literatura e Narratofobia

Crítica, Literatura e Narratofobia Crítica, Literatura e Narratofobia by Rodrigo Gurgel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A crítica de que o Brasil, mesmo o mundo, precisa.

Alguns senões menores: o artigo sobre Olavo de Carvalho está mais para encômio do que para crítica, o que é de se esperar em se tratando dum discípulo, mas ainda é a se lamentar; umo ou outro erro estilístico, inclusive o hispanicismo ‘vivenciar’, sendo que o próprio autor professa evitar hispanicismos; e a incoerência de criticar a pornografia literária, mas reproduzi-la desnecessariamente, mesmo que a título de crítica, o que é algo que vim a esperar dos romanistas.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: Miyuki, Vol. 1

Miyuki, Vol. 1 Miyuki, Vol. 1 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The beginniŋs of a maſter ſtoryteller, wiþ a riſqué ſoap opera.

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Review: Cross Game 17

Cross Game 17 Cross Game 17 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Cross Game 16

Cross Game 16 Cross Game 16 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Cross Game 13

Cross Game 13 Cross Game 13 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Review: Cross Game 16

Cross Game 16 Cross Game 16 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Cross Game 15

Cross Game 15 Cross Game 15 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Cross Game 14

Cross Game 14 Cross Game 14 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: Cross Game 14

Cross Game 14 Cross Game 14 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Cross Game 12

Cross Game 12 Cross Game 12 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: Cross Game 10

Cross Game 10 Cross Game 10 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: Cross Game 6

Cross Game 6 Cross Game 6 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: Rough 5

Rough 5 Rough 5 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Rough 4

Rough 4 Rough 4 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Rough 3

Rough 3 Rough 3 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love its calm imagery.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Cross Game 1

Cross Game 1 Cross Game 1 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sadly anticlimatical, but moving.

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Review: Os invernos da ilha

Os invernos da ilha Os invernos da ilha by Rodrigo Duarte Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Romance de aventuras ligeiramente absurdo e apelativo, mas muito interessante, principalmente no final: a primeira parte, que toma talvez mais da metade do livro (não me levantarei, nem irei até o quarto procurá-lo para conferir…), é bem desigual, tomada em parte pelo diário de um corsário neerlandês do século XIV rendida de maneira bem estranha, como se fosse um diário de um jovem semiletrado brasileiro, cheio de lugares-comuns e anacronismos. Aliás, além de erros óbvios como zeros burocráticos à esquerda (‘09 de novembro’, faça-me o favor!), há lugares-comuns absolutamente desnecessários tanto de enredo — como o herói seduzido por uma antiheroína, ou os milagres de hagiografia, ou a ameaça de morte vinda do nada no meio do caminho, ou a catástrofe inverossivelmente coincidindo com o triunfo como num cinemão roliúdiano — como de linguagem — ‘coisa e tal’, ‘impactar’ no sentido de ‘afetar’.

No final, a história acaba superando todos esses defeitos e tendo um desfecho interessante, embora insatisfatório — afinal, o herói fica ou não com a heroína, ou a antiheroína? — e blasé, já que não precisa da fortuna que lhe cai à mão; o herói também é insatisfatório, um convertido meia-boca sem nenhuma capacidade de resistir às tentações mais óbvias mesmo quando as alternativas mais corretas, e interessantes, estão tão perto à sua mão; talvez isso se explique pelo cristopaganismo ao qual se converteu, feito de pouco mais que milagres hagiográficos e penitências sem sentido, praticamente sem noção mais profunda de pecado, graça e salvação.

Merecia uma segunda edição, com um trabalho de reescrita editorial muito mais rigoroso.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Review: Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus

Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathan Leeman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good but pretty commonplace treatment of evangelical local church membership. Sounded more like propaganda for ðe unchurched, lackiŋ ðe rigour I came to expect from Reformed Baptiſts. Lots of unwarranted aßumptions, ſomewhat balanciŋ ðe modern cultural unhingiŋ tendencies but meritiŋ a better, more Biblical alternative treatment.

Perhaps it did not help ðat I could not relate to the pop language level employed.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: "One Holy Local Church"?: The Ghettoization of Protestantism

"One Holy Local Church"?: The Ghettoization of Protestantism by Bojidar Marinov
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would like to give it only a star, because it is so malicious, slanderous, vicious even.

But I have to give a star plus because it raises some important questions, amid all the character assassination, non sequiturs, ad hominens, undue generalisations &c.

And another one because it gives some interesting partial answers, partially based on the Bible, to some of the important questions it raises.

I hope someone with a better character takes up the theme.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Chiruhi

Chiruhi Chiruhi by Haruka Kawachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painful beauty.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories

Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories by Truman Capote
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of ðe rare caſes where ðe original book does not live up to ðe magic of ðe derived movie.

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Review: A Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations

A Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations A Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations by Mencius Moldbug
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very intereſtiŋ, provocative & adverſarial take on modern (since the XVIII Century) ſtory, with focus on the US and its paþ to democratic world hegemony — but from ðe right.

Loſes a ſtar for its irreal propoſitions, but ðat is probably a function of ðe oðerwiſe brilliant writer beiŋ a ſeculariſt, & ðus mißiŋ reality boþ on total human depravation & on God’s power & acts in hiſtory.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review: 1–2 Peter

1–2 Peter 1–2 Peter by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It pains me to give ðis one ſtar leß than I firſt þought I would. It is ſolid, good & very uſeful. It only loſes a ſtar becauſe ſome of ðe more intereſtiŋ pieces are unſubſtantiated & underdeveloped; Sproul cites a juice hiſtorical or þeological tidbit, wiþout giviŋ us neiðer where it came from, nor where we can learn more, wiþout proviŋ or applyiŋ what indeed ſeems true.

Yet, entirely worþwhile.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Review: Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience

Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience by Peter J. Leithart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very intriguiŋ, challengiŋ text. Could not avoid þinkiŋ it ſeemed to ſide wiþ Grudem & Pipe againſt Trueman & Jones, but I could be wroŋ; anyway, its point is ſo much bigger & loftier ðan T&J’s miſreprentative vendetta!

Eßentially, it argues for the Univerſe declariŋ not only God’s glory, but more ſpecifically the Trinity’s mutual indwelliŋ glory.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: Church Elders: How to Shepherd God's People Like Jesus

Church Elders: How to Shepherd God's People Like Jesus Church Elders: How to Shepherd God's People Like Jesus by Jeramie Rinne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very objective, practical & biblical instruction on shepherding. I would like some points to be better fundamented & developed, but nothing too grave.

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