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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


Nagasaki - Éric Faye One of the sad lessons that life teaches you some time during adolescence is that love is nearly always unrequited. You gaze longingly at the cute girl who sits two desks over during English; but she can't stop thinking about the hunky soccer player she sometimes sees at gym, and he dreams every night about the cheerleader who's barely even noticed he exists. Such, alas, is the world we live in. And, oddly enough, it's not just people, it's countries. America can't get England out of her head, even though she was sensible enough to dump him in 1776. She knows perfectly well that he was a cruel, selfish bastard and she's much better off without him, but, damn it, she just has to hear an English accent and she feels all funny inside.

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