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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


clownfucker - Snedwick P. Philebius This delirious short novel, which in places could easily have been written by the late, great John Sladek, ambitiously sets out to satirize everything. I must in all honesty warn that it only partially succeeds, though it does manage to hit targets as diverse as conspiracy theories, shlock erotica, the military-industrial complex, significance testing in academic papers, clowns, DARPA, novelty foods, social networks, the startup culture, sleeping with your boss and Karen Brissette's cleavage. Oh, and there are some references to chess too. But it's definitely not everything.