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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
The Last Castle - Jack Vance - So what is this book about, dwarling?

- Oh, another of those ghastly little science-fiction novels. The decadent aristocrats sit in their beseiged castle, which is being systematically undermined by the nasty, uncouth Meks. As one tower after another collapses in ruins, they try to decide which bottles of priceless old wine most urgently need to be drunk before the inevitable end.

- What a frightfully unsubtle metaphor. I presume it's poorly written and stylistically uninventive?

- Alas, you presume correctly. You must forgive me, I was only a teenager when I read it.

- I forgive you, dwarling. Anything on the news?

- More catastrophes in the third world, I believe. I'm afraid I lost interest after a minute and turned it off. Thought I'd go back to Proust.

- Very sensible, dwarling.