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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
Shhh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby - Martha Mumford, Aga Grey The Royal Baby was sleeping. But then...


"Oh no, what's that noise?" moaned the Royal Nanny.

She opened the window, and saw that it was thousands of merchandisers cashing in on a fortunate opportunity. Within seconds, the Royal Baby was awake again.


"What are we going to do?" asked the haggard Prince. Everyone looked at each other, and then the Cleverest Princess spoke up.

"Leave this to me!" she said.

She took out her copy of Shh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby and started reading.

She read one page.

She read two pages.

She read three pages...

... and the baby was asleep!

"Well!" she said to herself. "That was easy!" Then she looked round...

... and found that the whole Royal Family was asleep too!

Yes, the book was so dull that every single one of them had dropped off.

"Even better than I'd expected," said the Cleverest Princess. "I'll be able to read some Proust instead of this fucking mass-produced crap." [Surely some mistake? - Ed.]