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MannyRayner

Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

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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
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reviewed: The Great Goodreads Censorship Debacle
My favorite bit was the graphic dream sequence where the naive and grasping Sito is anally raped by the evil Nozama. I am not...
The Great Goodreads Censorship Debacle - G.R. McGoodreader
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October 2013
12
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The review below was deleted by Goodreads, along with two others. I received the following message:Re: [#104307] Deleted Revi...
The Hydra (Monsters of Mythology) - Bernard Evslin
reviewed: Non Censure
Reposting a review from Clouds in accordance with the hydra principle:Hello there,Your review of Non Censure was recently fla...
Non Censure - Ute Lemper
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The review below was deleted by Goodreads, along with two others. I received the following message:Re: [#104307] Deleted Revi...
Civil Disobedience and Other Essays (Collected Essays) - Henry David Thoreau
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The way things are going, I'm expecting to get my Goodreads account closed down next week. It would of course be a pleasant s...
The Art of War - Thomas Cleary, Sun Tzu
October 2013
11
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I am bemused to discover that some - not even most! - reviews of this book have been deleted under the new Goodreads censorsh...
The Secret of Castle Cant - K.P. Bath
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The following brief review by Mark Monday was removed by Goodreads for breaking their censorship policy, but is reposted here...
An Uncommon Whore - Belinda McBride
October 2013
08
reviewed: Doktor Glas
This book has become quite well-known recently due to the theatre production starring Krister Henriksson. We saw it in London...
Doktor Glas - Hjalmar Söderberg
reviewed: Truly Tasteless Blonde Jokes
Did you hear the one about the blonde Women's World Chess Champion who had to mate with bishop and knight v king?
Truly Tasteless Blonde Jokes - Blanche Knott
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October 2013
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I am distressed by the way that atheism, at least for some people, has managed to metamorphose into just another religion. As...
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us - Victor J. Stenger
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October 2013
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I am warned that I should take this book with a pinch of salt, since Smoot may not be telling us the whole truth and nothing ...
Wrinkles in Time - George Smoot, Keay Davidson
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September 2013
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reviewed: XVII Chess Olympiad, Havana 1966: 364 Games from the Top Final Section
Last Sunday, I had the privilege of playing a serious game of chess against Florin Gheorghiu, who celebrated the proudest mom...
XVII Chess Olympiad, Havana 1966: 364 Games from the Top Final Section - Anonymous
reviewed: القرآن الكريم
The more I think about the current Goodreads policy on "author behavior", the more bemused I feel. At first, I was reluctant ...
القرآن الكريم - Anonymous