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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
100 Must-read Classic Novels - Nick Rennison I saw this bandwagon going past, and before I knew what had happened I'd jumped on it...

Everything worth learning, you learned at primary school
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Lewis Carroll
E. Nesbit
Astrid Lindgren
Gunilla Bergström
Dominique de Saint-Mars
J.R.R. Tolkien
A.A. Milne
Aesop
Jules Verne
Rudyard Kipling
Beatrix Potter
Captain W.E. Johns
Tove Jansson

Show respect or things could get ugly
Marcel Proust
Vladimir Nabokov
Anthony Powell
Dante Aligheri
Marguerite Yourcenar
William Shakespeare
Jan Kjærstad
Albert Cohen
Helge Kragh
Ludwig Wittgenstein
T.S. Eliot
Geoffrey Chaucer

Inexplicably perfect
Jean Anouilh
Vikram Seth
Boris Vian
J.P. Donleavy
Samuel Beckett
Don Marquis
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Henry Beard
Lev Polugayevsky
David Edgar
Stephen Potter
Tomi Ungerer
Marjane Satrapi
Edmond Rostand
Trevanian
Mark Twain
Frans G. Bengtsson
John Sladek

Avoid at parties
J.K. Rowling
Stephenie Meyer
Ayn Rand
Pauline Réage
C.S. Lewis
Philip Pullman
Suzanne Collins
Dan Brown
Jeffrey Archer
James A. Michener
Paul Coelho

Still recovering
David Foster Wallace
Carroll Quigley
Roger Penrose
Winston Churchill
John Milton
Marguerite Duras
Leo Tolstoy
Lawrence Durrell
A.S. Byatt
James Joyce

Unrepeatable experiences
Yasunari Kawabata
Ben Marcus

Can I play too?
Raymond Queneau
Jasper Fforde
Georges Perec
Christian Bök
Richard Feynman
Garry Kasparov

We should meet more often
Cormac McCarthy
Alexandre Dumas
Nicholson Baker
Franz Kafka
Thomas Pynchon
George Eliot
Stendhal
John Lanchester
Immanuel Kant
Georges Simenon
Richard Powers
Michael Chabon
Voltaire
Alison Bechdel
China Miéville
Guy de Maupassant
Virginia Woolf
Lars Saabye Christensen
George MacDonald Fraser
Honoré de Balzac
Emile Zola
André Gide
Kingsley Amis
Tom Wolfe
Selma Lagerlöf

Can't live with them, can't live without them
Ian McEwan
Stieg Larsson
Iain Banks
Richard Dawkins
Martin Amis
Michel Houellebecq
J.G. Ballard
Knut Hamsun
John le Carré
Simone de Beauvoir
Jean-Paul Sartre
David Lodge
Michel Brice
John Updike
P.D. James
Ted Hughes
Tonino Benacquista
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Iris Murdoch
August Strindberg
Henrik Ibsen

Why can't I be a feminist?
Ursula K. Le Guin
Margaret Atwood
Faye Weldon
Sylvia Plath
Liza Marklund

Where's my good old gang done gone?
Kurt Vonnegut
Walter M. Miller
Frank Herbert
Robert Heinlein
Isaac Asimov
Mario Puzo
George Orwell
Arthur Conan Doyle
Douglas Adams
Thomas M. Disch
Cordwainer Smith
Aldous Huxley
Jorges Luis Borges
Olaf Stapledon
Doris Lessing
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Erica Jong
Philip K. Dick
Norman Spinrad
Larry Niven
Brian Aldiss
Joseph Heller
Fredrik Pohl
James Blish
Harlan Ellison
Stanislaw Lem
C.M. Kornbluth
Larry Niven
Harry Harrison
John Wyndham
Ray Bradbury
John Brunner
Robert Sheckley
Roger Zelazny
Poul Anderson
H.G. Wells
George Bernard Shaw
Michael Moorcock
Arthur C. Clarke
Philip José Farmer
Alfred Bester
Zenna Henderson

It's not you, it's me
Charles Dickens
William Thackeray
Anthony Trollope
Albert Camus
William Faulkner
Various Brontës
Jean Racine

It's not me, it's you
Raymond Radiguet

I know, okay?
James Joyce