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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

Orlando the Brave Vulture

Orlando the Brave Vulture - Tomi Ungerer Ungerer loves outsiders: Crictor is about a kind snake, and Flix is a dog born to a pair of cats. Orlando, which I found today at Librairie du Boulevard while looking for something else, shows that even vultures can be heroes. The eponymous bird comes across an American gold prospector dying of thirst in the Mexican desert. He's scrawled something on a bit of paper and put a handful of gold nuggets on top next to a picture of his wife and son. Orlando cleverly wraps it all up in the prospector's bandana, picks up the bundle, tracks down someone who can read English, and conveys the letter to the prospector's home in Vermont.

After further adventures, including a fight with some dastardly bandits, it all ends happily! The newly rich prospector is reunited with his family and Orlando becomes the only popular vulture in Mexico. Ungerer tells the story in his usual deadpan style. Here's the opening scene...