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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

Robur Le Conquérant

Robur Le Conquérant - Jules Verne [With apologies to Monty Python]


John Cleese: Albatross! Albatross!! Albatross!!!

Customer: Have you got any character development or memorable dialogue?

Cleese: Of course I haven't got any bloody character development or memorable dialogue, this is a bloody Jules Verne novel! But I have got an Albatross...

Customer: What flavour is it?

Cleese: It isn't any fucking flavour, it's a fucking heavier-than-air flying machine. Albatross...

Customer: But everything's got a flavour.

Cleese: Alright then, it's fucking Captain Nemo flavour. Alb...

Customer: Can I get it without racism?

Cleese: No, you can't get it without bloody fucking cocksucking racism. Al...

Customer: I'll take two of them.

Cleese: Okay, okay, Robur-le-Conquérant and Maître du Monde coming up. Albatross!

(continues ad infinitum)