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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


Tremolo - Tomi Ungerer Excellent absurd children's story about a musician who is cursed by a Gypsy. All his notes suddenly come out in tangible form (they look like small olives). At first he thinks his life is ruined, but then he discovers how to turn the curse to good use.

The illustrations are definitely not story-book standard - among other things, Ungerer is remarkably interested in exploring different way to draw the female characters' breasts. There's no doubt that he stays on the right side of indecent... he's just found a good way to tease the reader.

Not yet play-tested, will post a new report when I do so.