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MannyRayner

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
Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind - Matthew M. Hurley, Daniel C. Dennett, Reginald B. Adams  Jr. - Good morning, sir!

- Good morning, young fellows!

- Sir, will you tell us about last night's reception at the Qrzyrfian Embassy? Did you meet the beautiful new Ambassadress, of whom we have heard so much?

- Indeed, I had the honor of accompanying her in to dinner.

- Oh gosh sir. Are her ovipositors as large and pleasantly sinusoidal as the holovids suggest? Please excuse my vulgar curiosity.

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