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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
The Vicar of Wakefield - Arthur Friedman, Robert L. Mack, Oliver Goldsmith
You know that Monty Python sketch, where the guy introduces himself as "Mr. Smoketoomuch"?

"Well, you'd better cut down a little!" says Mr. Bounder.

"I'm sorry?"

"You'd better cut down a little then."

"Oh, I see! Smoke too much so I'd better cut down a little then!"

"Yes. Ooh, it's going to get people making jokes about your name all the time, eh?"

"No, actually, it never struck me before. Smoketoomuch..."

We had a Northern English au pair once, whose father actually was the Vicar of Wakefield. She'd been brought up in the Vicarage, and she told us that she had over a dozen copies of this book. That was when she was 18. By now, I imagine that she has at least a hundred.