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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

Official SCRABBLE ® Word-Finder

The Official Scrabble Word Finder - Robert Schachner (Adapted from The Monty Python Bookshop Sketch. Graham Chapman has already asked for a long list of bizarre books)

Chapman: Oh, well do, do you have--

Cleese: No, we haven't. No, we haven't.

Chapman: B-b-b-but--

Cleese: Sorry, no, it's one o'clock now, we're closing for lunch--

Chapman: Ah, I--I saw it--

Cleese: I'm sorry--

Chapman: I saw it over there! I saw it...

Cleese: What? What? WHAT?!?

Chapman: I saw it over there: 'The Official Scrabble Word-Finder'!

Cleese: (pause; trying to stay calm) 'The Official Scrabble Word-Finder'?

Chapman: Yes...

Cleese: S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E?

Chapman: Yes....

Cleese: W-O-R-D??

Chapman: Yes.....

Cleese: (beat) Yes, well, we do have that, as a matter of fact....

Chapman: The expurgated version....

Cleese: (pause; politely) I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that...?

Chapman: The expurgated version.

Cleese: (exploding) The EXPURGATED version of 'The Official Scrabble Word-Finder'?!?!?!?!?

Chapman: (desperately) The one without QI!

Cleese: The one without QI-!!! They've ALL got QI!! It's an Official Scrabble Word, it's in all the books!!!

Chapman: (insistent) Well, I don't like it... it spoils the game.

Cleese: (furious) All right! I'll remove it!! (rrrip!) Any other words you don't like?!

Chapman: I don't like CH...

Cleese: (screaming) CH! Right! CH! (rrrip!) There you are, any others you don't like, any others?

Chapman: YU?

Cleese: Right! (flipping through the book) YU, YU, YU, 'ere we are! (rrriiip!) There you are! No QI, no CH, no YU, THERE's your book!

Chapman: (indignant) I can't buy that! It's torn!