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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

Max est fou de jeux vidéo

Max est fou de jeux vidéo - Dominique de Saint Mars, Serge Bloch There's this memorable scene in Trainspotting where Ewan McGregor tells you why he does heroin. "Take the best orgasm you've ever had," he explains. "Multiply it by a thousand. Well, it's like that. We're not stupid you know." This book is similar, though aimed at a younger audience; like Trainspotting and Infinite Jest, it adopts the strategy of showing you both why the activity is so destructive and also why it's so enticing.

Max is about six and has become hooked on video games. At home, he does nothing but sit in front of the screen, controller in hand. His social circle no longer contains anyone except fellow game junkies. When he's forced to leave the house on his own, he takes his GameBoy with him and plays while walking. The cover illustration shows how insanely dangerous this is.

The rest of this review is in my book What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations