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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

När Findus var liten och försvann

När Findus var liten och försvann - Nordqvist,  Sven I re-read this fine book recently. I'd quite forgotten how Pettson originally acquired Findus! It starts off when he's having coffee with his neighbour and complains that he's feeling lonely.

"You need a wife!" says the neighbour, a sprightly old lady.

"Nah," says Pettson. "I'm used to living on my own. I wouldn't know what to do with a woman." (He actually says en hel tant, which is much funnier, but I can't think how to translate that). "A cat would be nice though."

A couple of days later, the neighbour comes back with a box marked "FINDUS GRÖNA ÄRTER". There's a kitten inside. Findus is the leading Swedish frozen-food company, and gröna ärter is peas, so this is basically "BIRDS EYE PEAS". But Pettson, who as you can see in Pannkakstårtan is very logical, decides that it must be the kitten's name...