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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

Lili A Peur De La Mort

Lili A Peur De La Mort - Dominique de Saint Mars, Serge Bloch Lili witnesses a traffic accident and is suddenly overcome by the fear of death. There are numerous references to other books in the series - it's a kind of Comedie Humaine for five year olds.

The bit I liked best was when Lili begs her parents to promise her not to die before she's grown up. "Scout's honour!" says Dad. But, as they go to bed, you see them discussing it further.

"What would happen to the kids if we died?" asks Mom.

"We've got a lot of relatives," says Dad.

"But your brother* is always mad at everyone... and mine has a drinking problem* ..." says Mom thoughtfully.

At the bottom of the page, there's a typical footnote:

* You can meet Paul's brother in Lili Celebrates Christmas With Her Family and Barbara's in Emilie Doesn't Like It When Her Mother Drinks Too Much.