This review and rating are for the completed volume of this story.
Takamiya Naho got a mysterious letter from her future self with a request to keep aThis review and rating are for the completed volume of this story.
Takamiya Naho got a mysterious letter from her future self with a request to keep a close watch to the new transfer student who soon will be included in her close-knitted group of five. In the letter, her future self writing a detailed events day to day, and then stating that in ten years later, the transfer student, Naruse Kakeru, won't be with them again. He'll die in a traffic accident in winter the following year because he throws himself in front of a speeding truck in an apparent suicide attempt. Naho's future self said that letting Kakeru died is one of her greatest regret, so she asked her past self to not following her path and try to safe Kakeru from his cruel fate.
We often get this "change the past, prevent someone from his death" stories, but I think I haven't read one with the suicide theme until I read this manga. The exploration is so nice, more focusing on how hard it is to handle a person with suicide tendency, how your words could be interpreted as something hurtful and how it's like trying to walk on an eggshell around him. I love how supportive the gank are--and Suwa! You're the real MVP, man! The story is still a bit too good to be true sometimes, but I understand that the more important thing is the message of the story is delivered successfully. I wish there will be more close up on Higaki(?), though, cause at some point he seems troubled but it's not well-explained and just left it hanging at that.
Beautiful, bittersweet story. May you have a blessed life from now on, Kakeru!...more
Yes, I'm sorry. The lowest rate I've been given since I started this series.
I don't exactly know what has disappointed me in this3,75 rounded up to 4.
Yes, I'm sorry. The lowest rate I've been given since I started this series.
I don't exactly know what has disappointed me in this book. Maybe because the throne politics is not that exciting. Almost the whole revolution plot didn't excite me. Maybe I put too much expectation that this book will at least almost similar to Game of Thrones in politic plot. But well, this is young-adult book, anyway.
Maybe it's also because in this book, I somehow understand that those four couples will live happily ever after, after all (view spoiler)[although I must give Marissa Meyer credit for 'damaging' nearly all of them. (hide spoiler)] Maybe because the gripping quality I found in other three books failed to get me this time. Maybe because the (anime-stereotyped) drama and deus-ex-machina plot is just too much.
But I think my main concern is that, despite the title, Winter didn't get too much of 'screen time' with Jacin, their romance is pretty much established early in the book and didn't need much of a conflict afterwards--and they spent majority of the book separating, too. Though somehow I understand that it was in parallel with the original fairytale AND that we have FOUR couples to develop now.
And also, in the previous three books, one of the fun things to do while reading this series is to guess the altered version of the original fairytale. On how Merissa Meyer will turn them in accordance to the stories. And I said, in Winter, I don't have that fun activity that much. It's pretty much similar to the original story, without some smart altering like what I've found in previous books. (view spoiler)[Winter still being put to sleep with poisoned (although with microbes) apple; Levana disguised as an eldery lady. Not so much surprise. (hide spoiler)]
Although, of course I still have my favorite parts in this story--and favorite couple(s). One couple who excite me the most is Cress and Thorne. They're so adorbs! With Thorne "I-think-I-fall-for-you-but-I'm-not-a-good-person" cliche, his indifference-outside-but-panicking-inside attitude towards Cress, and Cress (failed) attempt to ignore Thorne, it's so adorable! (view spoiler)[And when Thorne stabbed Cress just break my heart!Imagine how traumatized Thorne has been! (hide spoiler)] They are the only couple which confession I waited for the most. And also, I have shipped Iko with Kinney! They're also so adorable, and Iko deserves to be happy! I hope Marissa Meyer will write something about them? Will she? Will she? If not... oh well, I'll just write fanfics for them. lol.
Finally, this series has come to an end! Long live, Queen Selene!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The translation is nice, I think, though for some stories, like the Dog Man which used many culturally specific terms like "Asuuuu!" which an uber rudThe translation is nice, I think, though for some stories, like the Dog Man which used many culturally specific terms like "Asuuuu!" which an uber rude curse word in Indonesia and then getting translated as "You dog!", the intensity just lost in translation. lol.
But other than that, my second time reading Mereka Bilang, Saya Monyet! and this time in English translation, I love it better! Maybe because I somehow could understan Djenar better now.
1. The Say I'm a Monkey (Mereke Bilang, Saya Monyet!) 2. SMS 3. Nayla's Time (Waktu Nayla)...more
Maksudnya, biasanya saat baca cerita harusnya ada yang dimengerti, seperti misal premis ceritanya, arah plot, dan lain-lI..... don't get anything....?
Maksudnya, biasanya saat baca cerita harusnya ada yang dimengerti, seperti misal premis ceritanya, arah plot, dan lain-lain, yang membuat pembaca penasaran dan meneruskan membaca. Tapi sepanjang 400 lebih halaman saya membaca buku ini, rasa penasaran saya cuma satu: ini konfliknya apa ya? Kapan ada 'sesuatu'-nya?
Dan begitu ada, ternyata reaksi saya cuma, "Udah, gitu doang....? Nunggu 350 lebih halaman cuma begitu doang?"
Jadi, ya, begitulah. Not even got the hots for Jermaine or Tata. Just.... bland. I don't know. Mungkin sense romance saya lagi ada di titik terendah.
Tapi ada satu hal yang bikin saya nggak bisa lepas dari buku ini: bukunya cakep banget huhuhuhu covernya, layout cetakannya, kertasnya..... saya baca ini cuma buat nyentuh-nyentuh kertasnya dan berangan-angan kapan bisa punya buku bagus macam ini....more
Tadinya mau 4,5 bahkan 5 bintang, tapi akhirnya dikorting karena (view spoiler)[Benny jadi stalkerish creepy di akhir-akhir. Yah, walaupun paham itu bTadinya mau 4,5 bahkan 5 bintang, tapi akhirnya dikorting karena (view spoiler)[Benny jadi stalkerish creepy di akhir-akhir. Yah, walaupun paham itu buat menunjukkan besarnya cinta Benny ke Ayu, but dude! You're lucky there's no police or dinsos being called! (hide spoiler)]
Saya sangat jarang baca novel romance hetero seringnya baca novel m/m romance karena trope-nya yang menurut saya sulit dikembangkan dari trope-trope klise khas romens. Tapi saya memutuskan untuk memboyong buku ini pulang karena 1) nama tokoh utamanya Ayu, 2) dia seorang pelacur ekslusif--jarang-jarang nama gue dipakai buat tokoh pelacur karena, mengutip kata co-author, yang namanya Ayu itu biasanya anak alim, which is right, I think (merenungi nasib)--dan 3) adegan pembukanya adegan paska-aktivitas ranjang. Woohooo!
Memang, pada akhirnya novel ini sih nggak jauh-jauh dari trope klise ala romens, yah. Tapi buat saya, klise itu oke-oke aja kalau diolahnya secara ciamik--God, I said this zillion times! Dan novel ini termasuk novel yang berhasil memikat saya dengan kekliseannya karena:
1. Ayu. Bukan karena namanya sama kayak saya sepaket sama sebagian kisah hidupnya, tapi memang karena tokoh Ayu ini kuat banget. Pergulatan hidup dia bisa dideskripsikan dengan cakep sekali, hubungannya sama Benben Dingin pun asik. Suka banget interaksi Ayu dengan Benben Dingin di awal-awal, dua-duanya nggak mau ngalah buat ajang kemisteriusan. Saat sadar kalau Ayu jatuh cinta ke Benben pun digambarkannya smooth banget. Ah cakep banget lah pokoknya Mbak Ayu yang ini! Jarang banget dapet heroine kuat yang nggak termehek di novel romens Indonesia! X))
2. Conflict handling. Yang sering saya permasalahkan dari novel romens itu biasanya karena si perempuannya sering "nggak sadar diri" tentang sampai mana taraf hubungannya dengan si (calon) pasangan. Baru temenan, dramanya setengah mati. Tapi Ayu ini digambarkan dia selain mempertimbangkan hubungannya dengan Benben pakai hati, tapi juga pakai logika. (view spoiler)[Di awal dia sadar dia nggak mungkin jadi pacar resmi Benben, di tengah dia nggak mau menuntut jadi istri, di akhir dia kuat berusaha menolak kehadiran kembali Benben--yah walaupun akhirnya gagal, namanya juga cinta. (hide spoiler)] Selain itu, di novel ini juga ada isu-isu tentang perkosaan, keguguran, abusive relationship, dll. semuanya ditangani dengan baik banget. Saya suka banget sama handling issues-nya yang nggak all drama lebae tapi tetep nancleb di hati.
3.Tulisannya menurut saya juga rapi banget. Enak dibacanya. Mbak Sofi pandai membangun romantisme Benny-Ayu dalam kalimat-kalimat singkat nan padat. Saya rasa ini juga karena editornya yang ciamik. Masih ada beberapa kesalahan, sih, seperti typo, kata terpotong, kesalahan tanda baca, tapi buat saya nggak ngurangin kenikmatan membaper. Paling ya yang bikin ngakak cuma soal si kondom plastik itu, sih. Kasian Benny pake kondom plastik, pasti ketat dan panas banget. *apanya Yuu?*
Jadi begitulah. Saya ini jarang membaper lewat fiksi romantis, jadi kenyataan bahwa saya baper banget sama novel ini tuh seolah membuka khazanah baru (halah)pandangan saya akan genre romens. Sukses Mbak Sofi buat karya-karya selanjutnya! Thank you for bapering(?) my week! X))["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Basically not my cup of coffee. Eksplorasi isunya lemah dan, menurut co-author saya, quote-nya Rangga semacam versi "lame" dari dialog dalam film cintBasically not my cup of coffee. Eksplorasi isunya lemah dan, menurut co-author saya, quote-nya Rangga semacam versi "lame" dari dialog dalam film cinta beda agama kenamaan, Cin(T)a....more
Lately I've been craving to read poetry, even though I barely read poetry before. Poetry always fall into two categories for me: "it's so literal wherLately I've been craving to read poetry, even though I barely read poetry before. Poetry always fall into two categories for me: "it's so literal where's the beauty?" or "wow beautiful words but wth that means?"
This one is the former category. The words are easy and straightforward, things I never enjoy too much in--my limited experience with reading--poetry.
Or maybe because before this, I've been reading Rumi's poetry--which is different world altogether--so anything other than that seems fall flat on me.
I don't know. I'm not a poetry reader by general, though, so my review can be unreliable....more
A present from kak Ayu Adisty. She mistook me as a Pushkin's fan--when I am actually a Dostoevsky's fan--and gave me this book (along with a DostoevskA present from kak Ayu Adisty. She mistook me as a Pushkin's fan--when I am actually a Dostoevsky's fan--and gave me this book (along with a Dostoevsky, of course). Read this first because I'm curious about Pushkin. His name rarely mentioned than other classic-Russian writers (like Gogol, Dostoevsky or Tolstoy. OR Tolstoy) but he was mentioned as the Father of Russian literature, the one who shaped Russian literature, so I'm all perked up.
This book contained six stories: The Captain's Daughter, The Queen of Spades, Dubrovsky, Peter The Great's Negro, The Station-Master and The Snowstorm. From all of them I enjoy the last work the most, The Snowstorm, and then Dubrovsky. The Snowstorm because its twist, Dubrovsky because Pushkin bravely give such an unsatisfying ending for Dubrovsky's fate--it's not even good OR bad.
Pushkin's writing is simple and easy to understand, unlike many classics with their seemingly confusing string of words. Reading Pushkin's as easy as reading any popular novel nowadays, and it's really engaging. I don't even feel bored reading his stories despite the simpleness. There're something charming and romantic in his writing. And I fall in love!
Now I'm also Pushkin's fan! Thank you for giving me this book, kak Ayu!...more
I've been wanting this book since a year ago, and lucky me, a year later I got this book just for $3 from a bookstore's blindate promo.
The Lowland isI've been wanting this book since a year ago, and lucky me, a year later I got this book just for $3 from a bookstore's blindate promo.
The Lowland is mainly about the life of Subhash Mitra, an Indian man who came to U.S. for studying, from his younger years through the later years of his life. He got a brother who only fifteen months younger than him, Udayan. They were close as a child but being separated by ideologies when they grew up. Unlike Subhash who love a peaceful life, Udayan joined a revolutionary movement in Naxalbari. Then, Udayan get married to a woman named Gauri. But before Subhash could go home to meet his sister in-law, Udayan was killed.
Coming home to his brother's funeral, Subhash found everything has changed. His parents were being tormented by Udayan's death and cannot move past that. His brother's wife were expecting a baby Udayan never knew of. Being ignored by his own parents, Subhash came back to U.S. with Gauri in tow, now as his wife. Subhash thought his life could get back to its peaceful rythm after that, but apparently it's not.
As always with Jhumpa Lahiri, there's certain melancholy in her works. As I recalled with The Interpreter of Maladies, The Lowland also got similar theme and tone, about regrets and alienation from the beloved ones, about things that went worse and couldn't get repaired to the point of dying. Gauri has said that Subhash was her proxy in life, but I think Udayan's actually the proxy of this story. Every single characters in this story was bound to Udayan at various degree, it was like Udayan is haunting every one of them in their wake. (view spoiler)[And somehow I dislike the fact that Gauri never think about Subhash unless in pity term at least once! And even when Subhash actually seeking her agreement in divorce, Gauri still cannot let go of Subhash because he reminded her of Udayan! (hide spoiler)]
Though I dislike Gauri, but I can understand her feeling. Lahiri depict her feeling strong enough for me to understand her. But yeah, through 399 pages, nobody has changed. No realization been made, no resolution came to their struggles, everybody stay the same and held the same pain for decades. I understand if some people might find this book flat or dissatisfied over the resolution, or the lack thereof. But I applaud Jhumpa Lahiri for writing about those who forever being chained and strangled to their past, about those who cannot let go, and about things that cannot get better.
Because not everything in life could get better. Sometimes it's stuck and stay, or even getting worse. But life keeps move forward.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
These rating and review are for all the completed volumes.
Mari was your typically nerd, clever and shy girl. She only got few friends and usually ateThese rating and review are for all the completed volumes.
Mari was your typically nerd, clever and shy girl. She only got few friends and usually ate her lunch alone until one time, Akko, the class' popular girl, decided to talk to her. She said she's been wanting to befriend someone as cute as Akko and then did her a makeover. Mari, after several attempt of "makeovering", could trust Akko and could blend more easily in her class. But then, on their second year of highschool, Mari's feeling toward Akko has gradually changed into something more...
My first time reading actual yuri manga (usually just read fanfictions) and I think I picked the right one. This one is so cute and the relationship development, albeit slow, but seems very realistic and natural. I enjoy the way Akko handled her feelings toward Mari, too, and how she became more daring and preverted than Mari afterward. lol.
Though I think this story took place in somewhat idealistic setting, so it could enhance their romance plot. No homophobic friends, and no real threat to their relationship, but it could also because they're not coming out even until the last chapter. It's just about two friends being lovers and their way handling their feelings and newfound relationship. It's cute!...more
Buku ketiga Farrah yang saya baca. So far my favorite. Penulisannya enak dan asik, dan karakter-karakternya distinc. Nggak bulat 4 karena3,5 bintang.
Buku ketiga Farrah yang saya baca. So far my favorite. Penulisannya enak dan asik, dan karakter-karakternya distinc. Nggak bulat 4 karena alasan pribadi: saya nggak suka sifat Nina yang sangat extrinsically motivated. lol. Tapi ya karena itu dia jadi kena anorexia nervosa. Coba dia nggak ketemu Panji, pasti dia bakal tetep jadi Nina yang cuek dan nyinyir saat ada orang mengomentari berat tubuhnya. Cinta memang bisa menyembuhkan dan/atau merusakmu. Semua ini gara-gara Panji! :p
Since my friends in MMRI group recently being so hot on this story, and the time is just so right when I want to read porn, I decide to take a chanceSince my friends in MMRI group recently being so hot on this story, and the time is just so right when I want to read porn, I decide to take a chance with this, eventhough the 'rape' label slightly put me off, afraid that this will be the rape-to-love/dub-con kind of story (which I despised so much). But no, there's not the condition with this story. Yes, there are several rape scenes, but not with the main love interest, Demitrios.
I really enjoy the writing, though the plot flow is predictable here and there. Still, it gripped me right away and didn't let me go though I'm not as interested as my friends in Lunacy chapter?. The relationship development is good, and Cordelia played with Aedan's view so nice while it's not the best--I've read the more heartbreaking counterpart of Aedan in . And I love Demitrios and his stucked-up, well-raised kid's view. Aedan and Demitrios dynamic reminded me of my own m/m character. hehe. stop it, yuu, your bias is so strong to the point of relating all of your own charas to any m/m chara.
Why the name Aeden reminded me of the same name from another book of the same genre? Huh, but I forget where......more
I "accidentally" used up 10 hours of my day to read this book. It's such a page-turner and Natalie's really good at writing a thrilling story from theI "accidentally" used up 10 hours of my day to read this book. It's such a page-turner and Natalie's really good at writing a thrilling story from the beginning. It was so mystery-packed and the mystery is so good although the resolution is somewhat off--though not unbelievable. The romance-mystery dynamic is also good, and I particularly like Chloe's character. She's losing her memory but she's going strong. If it were me, I would wail at somebody I met the first time. lol.
It's a good, thrilling filled with light mystery that keeps me in my seat the whole day....more
Dan bukunya saya masukkan ke genre fantasy alih-alih sci-fi. Pertimbangan pribadi, sih, soalnya time-travel dan keberadaanSelesai dalam sehari. ;___;
Dan bukunya saya masukkan ke genre fantasy alih-alih sci-fi. Pertimbangan pribadi, sih, soalnya time-travel dan keberadaan kompasnya tidak dalam setting alamiah dan lebih seperti "benda ajaib", jadi masuk fantasy daripada sci-fi. hehe.
Sebenarnya misteri dan alur ceritanya ketebak dari awal (banget), sih, dan sepertinya kak Tia juga nggak berusaha menyembunyikan misterinya. Tapi tetep nggak bisa berhenti baca karena gaya nulisnya enaaaaak banget. Saya selalu jadi penggemar tulisan kak Tia, walau kadang ada kesan kak Tia nulis dengan kalimat-kalimat bahasa inggris di kepalanya. Banyak ungkapan yang seperti "diterjemahkan" dari bahasa Inggris dan nggak umum di bahasa Indonesia. Sisi negatifnya, jadi rada susah bayangin Surabaya era 80-an ketika bahasanya ala terjemahan.
Sayangnya masih banyak saltik dan editing yang terlewat, tapi nggak terlalu banyak sampai mengganggu kenyamanan membaca....more
DNF at 52%. Might continue it sometime later but for now the Twilight-cringe-induced reference is too strong for my liking. The writing is okay, but pDNF at 52%. Might continue it sometime later but for now the Twilight-cringe-induced reference is too strong for my liking. The writing is okay, but plot, characters and relationship development is a meh. This book made me introspecting my own MM story. God....more
Before his sister's wedding, Nate decided to have some fun in Las Vegas. But the next morning, he woke up in strange bed, remembered nothing about hisBefore his sister's wedding, Nate decided to have some fun in Las Vegas. But the next morning, he woke up in strange bed, remembered nothing about his fun in Vegas. What worse, the person sleep beside him is dead.
It's fun and laced with light mystery. The writing is so good, with a romcom aura in it. I enjoy reading it till the end. Nice!...more
Apparently I forget to shelved this one after reading it, and then forget what it's about, so I read it again one more time.
When Kurejima went out toApparently I forget to shelved this one after reading it, and then forget what it's about, so I read it again one more time.
When Kurejima went out to clear his mind and throwing his ex's things, he found a high school student lounging on his car's hood. And when Kurejima went home, the kid's still there. He then invited the kid to his apartment. The kid, Hiroto, told him that he's there to mend his broken heart after knowing his crush got a girlfriend. Even though after knowing his sexuality, Kurejima nicely let Hiroto came to play whenever he wanted. And that making Hiroto cannot help but fall in love with the straight guy.
I really love Hyouta Fujiyama's works after reading Dear Green, which is my all time favorite, and this one still got the same casual, real air in love between men. The relationship development is so smooth and believable. And mostly I love the characters. The way they react and think are so interesting and sweet. Will read more of Fujiyama-sensei's work....more
Already forgot the story, just remember it's a quick love story between a hikki who got bullied of being gay by his former classmates and a delinquentAlready forgot the story, just remember it's a quick love story between a hikki who got bullied of being gay by his former classmates and a delinquent. The rest I forgot. Though the premise is good, it seems the story is not interesting enough for me to remember it. x__x (shoot, I forgot when I read it either)...more
Tema yang diusung bagus dan menggunakan sudut pandang yang tidak biasa dalam mengupas kasus perkosaan. Biasanya cerita-cerita bertema perkos3,5 stars.
Tema yang diusung bagus dan menggunakan sudut pandang yang tidak biasa dalam mengupas kasus perkosaan. Biasanya cerita-cerita bertema perkosaan mengambil sudut pandang korban perkosaan, tapi di sini mengambil sudut pandang tertuduh--yang sebenarnya bukan pemerkosa. Cerita ini menunjukkan celah dalam pengadilan dalam kasus perkosaan, terutama bias sebagian besar perempuan bahwa "perempuan yang diperkosa tidak akan berbohong." Nyatanya, di sini diceritakan ada gadis-gadis yang memalsukan pengaduan kasus perkosaan hanya karena alasan sepele. Ide ini menurut saya menantang gerakan anti kekerasan seksual pada perempuan yang tengah deras digalakkan di seluruh dunia, dan sebenarnya tricky sekali mengulas masalah ini, tapi bukan Jodi Picoult kalau tidak mengupas antitesis dari isu-isu di seluruh dunia.
Meskipun begitu, saya bacanya skimming karena, yah, kalau tahu Jodi Picoult, penjelasan soal masalah persidangannya selalu terlalu detil sampai bikin bosan. Terlebih lagi, menurut saya terlalu banyaknya pov kurang bisa dieksekusi dengan baik. x__x...more
It's a cute story, cute all over, but kinda left me with nothing.... though it's nice to show that even in bullying-free environtment, LGBT kids wouldIt's a cute story, cute all over, but kinda left me with nothing.... though it's nice to show that even in bullying-free environtment, LGBT kids would still feel restless about the term coming out. And Simon and Blue's relationship is so cute, too, altough at some point I kinda dislike Simon's voice. He's somewhat too noisy and annoying person to be with. And also maybe because I'm kinda bored with geeky character(s).
All in all, this book is all about gay teen stereotype and nothing special, but cute nonetheless....more
Saya suka dengan premis kisah ini. Kalau ada yang ingin membaca kisah cinta orang dewasa, saya rasa buku ini merupakan jenis bacaan yang b3,5 bintang.
Saya suka dengan premis kisah ini. Kalau ada yang ingin membaca kisah cinta orang dewasa, saya rasa buku ini merupakan jenis bacaan yang bagus. Sayangnya hmm... apa ya.... buku ini kurang nyaman saya baca. Tuduhan utama saya sepertinya pada penerjemahannya yang terasa kaku dan tidak luwes. Karakter utamanya pun sebenarnya bukan tipe karakter yang saya sukai.
Mungkin akan lebih tepat kalau cerita ini dibilang kumpulan cerita--bukan cerpen--yang disatukan dengan beberapa jalinan benang merah, set3,5 bintang.
Mungkin akan lebih tepat kalau cerita ini dibilang kumpulan cerita--bukan cerpen--yang disatukan dengan beberapa jalinan benang merah, setting besar cerita. Inti kisah ini sepertinya adalah si Michail, malaikat bersayap hitam yang cuma sebelah. Pertama dia bersama seorang anak yang anti menggambar dengan warna biru, Nadena. Dari anak itu, rangkaian kejadian terus bersambung seperti sumbu petasan yang disulut menyambung hingga kisah kembali berakhir di Nadena.
Secara kasat mata, agak susah tertarik pada buku ini. Kisahnya biasa saja, dengan gaya penceritaan yang juga sudah banyak dipakai. Tapi ketika kembali disesuaikan dengan judulnya, Dadaisme, saya rasa cerita ini sudah cukup berhasil menyampaikan maksudnya, walau kontennya masih lebih terasa seperti "ilmu keras" yang dingin dan diksinya kurang melibatkan emosi--yang mana jadi membuat ceritanya terkesan hambar dan tidak "involving" pembaca kalau tidak memahami makna kisahnya. Secara konten, cocok lah jadi pemenang DKJ....more
Seperti judulnya, Penerjemah Luka, Jhumpa Lahiri telah sukses menerjemahkan berbagai macam luka dalam kehidupan dengan lebut dan apik. Kalimat-kalimatSeperti judulnya, Penerjemah Luka, Jhumpa Lahiri telah sukses menerjemahkan berbagai macam luka dalam kehidupan dengan lebut dan apik. Kalimat-kalimatnya memukau, dan diterjemahkan dengan baik pula. Cerita-ceritanya semua berlatar kesedihan, tapi bukan jenis kesedihan yang mengharu-biru atau merengek-rengek, melainkan sebuah kegetiran samar di sudut pikiran pembaca yang bertindak sebagai subjek pengamat kesedihan-kesedihan tersebut....more
This rating and review are for all of the completed volumes.
Finished Review: I have some rules considering writing manga reviews. In manga series, usuThis rating and review are for all of the completed volumes.
Finished Review: I have some rules considering writing manga reviews. In manga series, usually I'll only review once per title, usually at the volume 1. But I'll write reviews in every volumes if it's an intercorrelated anthology in the same title (like, Salad Days, for example). This story, I thought at first was in the latter category, but now when I'm done reading it, I realized that one review is actually adequate. So I'll edit it.
Yesterday, someone in a fanfiction's author group recommended me this manga. At first I thought it was from my favorite mangaka, the creator of Dear Green: Hitomi no Ounowa, but when I get down to it, it's actually from Yuki Shimizu-sensei, the one who draw Love Mode. Wow her artwork is developing so... far...
That being said, this story is a multipairing stories revolving around a kotodamashi family (some kind of shaman who could use words to hurt people). In the beginning, there is Raizou, a "stray" boy who got taken into Mitou household as a cook. The house occupants consisted of Mitou Ouka and her human-doll Benio; Mitou Kotoha and Konoe; and also Waki and Kon. At first, Raizou thought they were just a normal family, but in fact, they are pairs of kotodamashi (the shaman) and kami-sama (the human-paper for kotodamashi's barrier). Waki is the puppeter (the one who made kami-sama) Benio is Ouka's kami-sama, Konoe is Kotoha's, and Kon haven't got his kotodamashi yet. There's also a man wearing a fox-mask, who happens to be Asari, kami-sama of Mitou Shoui, the head of Mitou family. Later volumes would also showed us the story of Mitou outer branch family. There are Genma who got quite a tragic story with his late father's kami-sama, Himi. And also Ryusei, a kotodamashi who refused to use his power, with his suddenly appeared kami-sama, Moriya.
From the pair list, I love Asari and Shoui's story the most. He and Shoui just so ugh~ I cried when I read their story in later volume. Second favorite is Moriya and Ryusei, because their total-straight-guys attitude is amusing to read, though the romantic and dramatic feeling from this pairing is quite lacked--since Ryusei is well... a slut. (lol)
But this story will be hard to follow for those who doesn't familiar with Japanese folklore. Not many description made to explain the world of kotodamashi and kami-sama. And it's true that Yuki Shimizu seems like cannot hold a world-building very well. The first few volume was full of confussion, and the essential explanation of kotodamashi and kami-sama world comes much later. So let me explain some thing about the universe for you who might not understand.
Kami-sama is basically a paper, literary a paper, whose resurrected with some ritual from the puppeter. They are tasked to protect their assigned kotodamashi, to heal their wounds and to act as a barrier for when the kotodamashi got a rebound from the curses they made. While kotodamashi could curse other people, or even a country, it's not without a price. Usually they would get wounds, depends on the scale of destruction they made. Kami-sama need to heal those wounds by exchanging bodily fluid with their kotodamashi. Sometimes, the person got cursed by kotodamashi would strike back with any kind of expellment, and when those times come, kami-sama was there to be their kotodamashi's barrier.
Well, I really love japanese folklore, so this story interests me. Also, this story put me into tears several times. But there are still rape/forced-sex angst in most pairings, which I cannot tolerate, whatever the reason. If you love someone, talk with your mouths, gentlemen, not with your dicks. Thankfully, Yuki Shimizu's artwork in this one is so pretty....more
Finally we know about that mysterious man in Reiji's imagination. It was Shiki, Takamiya's uncle and Reiji's past lover, and thus, this volume also exFinally we know about that mysterious man in Reiji's imagination. It was Shiki, Takamiya's uncle and Reiji's past lover, and thus, this volume also explained how Takamiya and Reiji became friends. This volume is so bittersweet I can't help but cried along when Takamiya cried with Reiji. I usually dislike past lovers' story, but Shiki is just too nice. *hugs him*...more