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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 Little Book of Insults

The Little Book of Insults - Rosanna Kelly The first two hundred pages of Ulysses... never have I read such tosh. As for the first two chapters we will let them pass, but the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th - merely the scratching of pimples on the body of the bootboy at Claridges.

- Virginia Woolf

Gibbon's style is detestable, but it is not the worst thing about him.

- Coleridge

Monsieur Zola is determined to show us that if he has not genius he can at least be dull.

- Oscar Wilde

To see him fumbling with our rich and delicate language is to experience all the horror of seeing a Sevrès vase in the hands of a chimpanzee.

- Evelyn Waugh on Stephen Spender

His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, but not to soar.

- Macaulay on Dryden

You know I can't stand Shakespeare's plays, but yours are even worse.

- Tolstoy to Chekhov

If Goethe is a god, I am sure I'd rather go to the other place.

- Thackeray