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MannyRayner

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
A Landing on the Sun - Michael Frayn It's remarkably hard to describe A Landing on the Sun without giving something away, since for quite a while you don't even know what genre it belongs to. Some of my early hypotheses were a bureaucratic comedy of manners; a Kafkaesque study of alienation; a science-fiction novel; a police procedural; a parody of Wittgensteinian linguistic philosophy; and a metaphysical thriller. I really don't want to spoil things for you by saying which of these guesses, if any, turned out to be correct!

The book is inventive, moving, well-written and often quite funny. I couldn't put it down, and finished it in a couple of days. I'm not sure why it's almost unknown. Maybe because it's so difficult to write a sensible review?