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Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

La vie est brève et le désir sans fin

La vie est brève et le désir sans fin - Patrick Lapeyre He put an exploratory hand on her thigh, but she removed it and turned to face him. I want to know what you think of the book, she said.

Ah, he replied, conscious that he might be entering dangerous territory, it's well-written. But I found it a bit dull in places.

C'est bien écrit mais il y a des longueurs. Ou bien, il y a des longueurs, mais c'est bien écrit.

I'm sorry? he said.

Something from Simone de Beauvoir. It doesn't matter.

The rest of this review is in my book If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures