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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
Why Cats Paint: A theory of feline aesthetics - Heather Busch, Burton Silver I had somehow never come across this standard reference on cat aesthetics, and I must admit that my critical standards were deplorably low. But having read Busch and Silver's excellent text, I am better informed. I advise you not to get me started, or I will bore you for hours explaining why Inframice:
a starkly minimalist installation in recently-living composites, is a work of genius, while Orifice 3:
a typical example of the popular "scratches on upholstery" technique, is a tame, derivative piece of no value whatsoever. You have been warned.