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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

Martin Bircks ungdom (Delfinserien)

Martin Bircks ungdom (Delfinserien) - Hjalmar Söderberg This was one of the first Swedish novels I ever read, and the beautiful, melancholy lullaby "Litens resa till Drömmestad" was one of the first Swedish poems I ever appreciated. Even the title is hard to translate. "Little one goes to the Town of Dreams" is as close as I can get, but it doesn't quite work in English...
Små guldfiskar, en långan rad,
vimla i silvervatten.
Liten åker till Drömmestad,
kommer nog fram till natten.
Snart, snart drömmarnas hus
skimra i månskenskvällen.
Klart, klart tindrande ljus
skymta på tusen ställen.
Slupen glider, det går mot land,
lyktorna hela raden
stå bland vimmel och sorl på strand,
klockorna slå i staden.