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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
Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess, Part Three: Kasparov v Karpov 1986-1987 - Garry Kasparov I was trying to think how I could present this marvellous study in paranoia and obsession to the non-chess-playing reader - and, the very same day, we saw Black Swan.

Well, after that it was obvious. Just close your eyes and try to imagine Garry Kasparov in a tutu...

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

GARRY KASPAROV...............Natalie Portman

ANATOLY KARPOV...............Mila Kunis

KLARA KASPAROVA.............Barbara Hershey

MIKHAIL BOTVINNIK..........Vincent Casel

BOBBY FISCHER....................Winona Ryder

EDWARD WINTER................Himself

Scene 1

[BOTVINNIK is drilling KASPAROV and the OTHER BALLERINAS]

BOTVINNIK: One, two, three, four! Plié! Jeté! Queen's Gambit Declined!

[Suddenly, everyone becomes aware of a piece of paper pinned to the noticeboard. The BALLERINAS cluster round.]

FIRST BALLERINA: Congratulations, Garry! The Swan Queen - I mean, the World Champion!

The rest of this review is in my book What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations