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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
Hamlet's Father - Orson Scott Card, Tom Kidd For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament

Kermit Prince of Denmark

The Muppets Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Meets Winnie-the-Pooh (conclusion)

The story so far:

Hamlet (Kermit) is strangely unconcerned about multiple murders and Ophelia's suicide. What really bothers him is that he's thrown out his old Pooh Bear toy (Fozzy) and replaced it with a plush Piglet (Miss Piggy).

HAMLET:

[Pours himself a stiff drink, knocks it back, then pours another one]

My God, I need a glass or two of rye
Denmark is Denmark, that is, I am I

[Enter POOH'S GHOST]

STATLER:

Watch out! Behind you!

WALDORF:

As Orson Scott Card would say!

STATLER:

Har!

[HAMLET spins round and sees the GHOST. He recoils involuntarily, shielding his eyes]

POOH'S GHOST:

Tiddley-pom.

[HAMLET retreats further, until his back is to the wall]

HAMLET:

What man dare, I dare
Come to me not as red-besweatered bear
As armed rhinoceros, aye, or Hyrcan tiger
Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
Shall never tremble!

POOH'S GHOST:

And I, of soft toys most deject and wretched,
That suck'd the honey of thy music vows --

HAMLET:

Silence! Silence I beg!

POOH'S GHOST:

Nay, but to live
In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed,
Stew'd in corruption, honeying and cuddling up
Over a piglet's sty --

HAMLET:

O, speak no more;
Mine own words, daggers, enter in mine own ears;
No more, sweet Winnie!

[A NEW FORM has entered the shadows. It is as yet impossible to see what it is]

STATLER:

Watch out! Something from Down Under!

WALDORF:

As Orson Scott Card would say!

STATLER:

Har!

HAMLET:

Mercy! Another spectre, yet more monstrous!

ATTENDANT:

Liege, 'tis naught... aaaargh!

OMNES:

Aaaargh!!

HAMLET:

Aaaargh!!!

[Exit, pursued by a kangaroo]

STATLER:

Who won?

WALDORF:

Pooh!

STATLER:

Yeah, Hamlet stinks!

WALDORF:

As Orson Scott Card would say!

STATLER:

Har!

Match point: Bear and friends