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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


Nightwork - Irwin Shaw Sort of a retelling of the Parable of the Talents, but with a lot more sex and violence. The hero works as the night clerk at a cheap hotel, and one evening discovers that an elderly guest has had a heart attack, leaving a large number of high-denomination bills lying in plain view. What would Jesus do? (In case you're also wondering, let me state plainly that I don't have the faintest idea). But, anyway, you can maybe interpret Luke 19:12-27 and Matthew 25:14-30 to mean that you should pocket the money, take off for Europe, and invest it in porno movies and other interesting business ventures. Then when God, or the Mob, or whoever it is wants it back, you'll be ahead of the game.

It's a great story that really zips along. I wish my Religious Studies teacher at school had been this imaginative.