Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: Raízes do Brasil

Raízes do Brasil Raízes do Brasil by Sérgio Buarque de Holanda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: ナイン

ナイン ナイン by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Too bad Adachi did not keep ðe purity of ðis ſtory, and had to appeal to fanſerv.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Review: H2 Vol. 34

H2 Vol. 34 H2 Vol. 34 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I like Adachi Mitſuru deſpite his annoyiŋ fanſerv, mostly at ðe initial volumes but remainiŋ until near ðe end. Ðis is as touchiŋ & well-told ſtory as any, but ſhariŋ wiþ a few oðers a love triangle which reſolution is ſlightly fruſtratiŋ at ðe end.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Engroßiŋ but irritatiŋ. Ðe auþor ſpoils an oðerwiſe perfectly enjoyable and moviŋ plot by abuſe of coarſe language, by focuſiŋ on diſfunctional characters who cannot tell apart love from baſe paßions, & mainly by uncritically uſiŋ his ſuperſtitious protagoniſt to propoſe ðe moſt ridiculous & weak arguments againſt ðe exiſtence of God againſt ſtraw man believers’ arguments.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: Nephilim Giants and Watchers in Ancient Historical Texts

Nephilim Giants and Watchers in Ancient Historical Texts Nephilim Giants and Watchers in Ancient Historical Texts by Brian Godawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intereſtiŋ reference, wiþout interpretation.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: The Inklings and King Arthur

The Inklings and King Arthur The Inklings and King Arthur by Sørina Higgins
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review: Oira Hokago Wakadaisho Vol. 2

Oira Hokago Wakadaisho Vol. 2 Oira Hokago Wakadaisho Vol. 2 by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Too much fanserv, not yet ðe great Adachi storytelling.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: QあんどA 6 [Q and A 6]

QあんどA 6 [Q and A 6] QあんどA 6 [Q and A 6] by Mitsuru Adachi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The usual superb Adachi storytelling, but not wiþ baseball for a change. Too much fanserv.

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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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