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Manny Rayner

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Many people have been protesting against what they describe as censorship on Goodreads. I disagree. In fact, I would like to say that I welcome the efforts that Goodreads management is making to improve the deplorably low quality of reviewing on this site.

Please, though, just give me clearer guidelines. I want to know how to use my writing to optimize Amazon sales, especially those of sensitive self-published authors. This is a matter of vital importance to me, and outweighs any possible considerations of making my reviews interesting, truthful, creative or entertaining.

Thank you.


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Manny Rayner Well, since you ask: I learned one morning that Goodreads had just been acquired by Amazon, after having promised its members that it would stay…moreWell, since you ask: I learned one morning that Goodreads had just been acquired by Amazon, after having promised its members that it would stay independent and persuading thousands of librarians to put in dozens of unpaid hours of work each to upload catalog information which was now completely irrelevant. I felt kind of pissed off, and decided to collect together 80 or so of my reviews in a book and then take them offline. The result was If Research Were Romance.

That was very cathartic! I must say, I rather like this "Ask the Author" feature. I don't know why I haven't used it earlier.(less)
Manny Rayner The relentless high-level buzz this feature creates has already sold me at least two extra copies. I'm not making it up, I can show you the figures.

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“There's nothing wrong with giving up all your principles for a suitable financial reward. It is indeed the basis of our society.”
Manny Rayner

“Many people have been protesting against what they describe as censorship on Goodreads. I disgree. In fact, I would like to say that I welcome the efforts that Goodreads management is making to improve the deplorably low quality of reviewing on this site.

Please, though, just give me clearer guidelines. I want to know how to use my writing to optimize Amazon sales, especially those of sensitive self-published authors. This is a matter of vital importance to me, and outweighs any possible considerations of making my reviews interesting, truthful, creative or entertaining.”
Manny Rayner

“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
E'en in Australia art thou still more hot
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
(Since that's your winter it don't mean a lot)
Sometimes too bright the eye of heaven shines
And bushfires start through half of New South Wales
Just so, when I do see thy bosom's lines
A fire consumes me and my breathing fails

But thine eternal summer shall not fade
This is in no way due to global warming;
Nay, from thy breasts shall verses fair be made
So damn compulsive they are habit-forming
So long as men can read and eyes can see
So long lives this, thou 34DD

(Based on an idea by William Shakespeare. I'm sure he'd agree that I've improved it)”
Manny Rayner

“As the semantic engineer, your job is naming the parts and tightening nuts and bolts. I suggest you get back to your office and do that - right now!”
John Sladek, The Steam-Driven Boy

“La parole humaine est comme un chaudron fêlé où nous battons des mélodies à faire danser les ours, quand on voudrait attendrir les étoiles.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“Longed for him. Got him. Shit.”
Margaret Atwood

“The summer's flower is to the summer sweet
Though to itself it only live and die”
William Shakespeare, The Complete Sonnets and Poems

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Matthieu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9dhO0...

My friend sent this to me a little while back. I'm not sure if you've seen it. It's quite amusing.





message 2: by Manny

Manny Matthew wrote: "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9dhO0...

My friend sent this to me a little while back. I'm not sure if you've seen it. It's quite amusing.


"


Awesome! Do they do Feynman diagrams as well?





Matthieu Haha, I wish!


message 4: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Manny,

How are you? Thank you for accepting my friend-request and for your message. I wish you all the best for 2009 and always.

Please visit these groups when you have a chance: Happy & Brainy Group, To the Glory of Man, and Reason Reigns. Have a marvelous week. Warmest regards.


Matthieu Mail me some Brigade Mondaine, Manny! I don't want Choupette to have all the fun...

Haha.


message 6: by Manny

Manny Matthew, give me an address and I will send it!




message 7: by W.B.

W.B. Merci, Manny. I saw some of your tougher reviews so I know you're no pushover lol. Good stuff.


Jessica >>How would you describe the amount of time you waste every day on GoodReads?

I object to the question! it's never a waste! and it's beyond description!


message 9: by Manny

Manny Jessica wrote: ">>How would you describe the amount of time you waste every day on GoodReads?

I object to the question! it's never a waste! and it's beyond description!"


Ah, that would be #5 I think... I chose the same one!


message 10: by Jessica

Jessica well I so objected to the question, I didn't even look at the options for answers...where are they?


message 11: by Manny

Manny Jessica wrote: "well I so objected to the question, I didn't even look at the options for answers...where are they?"

I just sent you an invite :)


message 12: by Jessica (last edited Feb 26, 2009 05:02AM)

Jessica Manny:
update your poll please!
There should be a sixth option:

Rarely a waste of time. Nearly always enlightening.


message 13: by Manny

Manny Jessica wrote: "Manny:
update your poll please!
There should be a sixth option:

Rarely a waste of time. Nearly always enlightening."


Jessica, I wouldn't do this for just anyone... but for you, I have added that option. You see how deeply I respect you! Though I felt that, for purely stylistic reasons, I was forced to change the wording slightly...



message 14: by W.B.

W.B. I think my office is my foamy with soapbubbles bathtub.

Glad you enjoyed.

You like rock the Read that is Good, as Borat would say.


message 15: by Eric_W

Eric_W So what was the question and dispute about Les Liaison Dangerouses? Eric


message 16: by Manny

Manny Eric_W wrote: "So what was the question and dispute about Les Liaison Dangereuses? Eric"

http://www.goodreads.com/trivia/detai...

The word "prostitute" had been changed to "woman". I added comments and changed it back again :)



message 17: by Manny

Manny I told her/him/it that I sometimes posted adult content, and that if she/he/it wasn't comfortable with that, just disconnect. It's my usual warning :)



Matthieu The dog says: “It’s ridiculous that men make fun of ‘feminine logic’ — after all, no woman on earth has ever gotten married to a guy only because he had sexy legs!"


Matthieu
I sincerely hope that I'm not the only one who gets the fermata joke.


message 20: by Manny

Manny Matthew wrote: "
I sincerely hope that I'm not the only one who gets the fermata joke."


Um... Bella? Is this a reference to Nicholson Baker?


message 21: by Manny

Manny Matthew wrote: "The dog says: “It’s ridiculous that men make fun of ‘feminine logic’ — after all, no woman on earth has ever gotten married to a guy only because he had sexy legs!""

Of course!! Thank you :)


message 22: by Jessica

Jessica Manny, help me out! I'm sooo jealous!
Maiden Aunt is your fan now: how can I get her to be mine as well???


message 23: by Manny

Manny Jessica wrote: "Manny, help me out! I'm sooo jealous!
Maiden Aunt is your fan now: how can I get her to be mine as well???"


Well Jessica, I seem to recall from reading Dickens that some maiden aunts like playing this kind of mind game. But of course I'm sure that our Maiden Aunt is nothing like that! She's probably just not got around to it yet.



message 24: by Maiden Aunt (last edited Mar 20, 2009 02:16PM)

Maiden Aunt Oh dear Manny, do you know what a doily is?


message 25: by Manny

Manny Maiden Aunt wrote: "Oh dear Manny, do you know what a doily is?"

Hm. I think a Doily Cart is an opera company in London. Or is it a vehicle for transporting fancy round lace things? I am really sorry not to be more helpful. Maybe it will come to me by and by...


message 26: by David

David I think Maiden Aunty's last name is Macassar, hence the obsession with doilies, carted or otherwise.


message 27: by Manny

Manny Originally a double-barreled surname. Her full name, as you probably know, is "Maiden Eugenia Daphne Aunty-Macassar". She's related on her mother's side to the Shropshire Macassars. Though I'm sorry to say that they are no longer on speaking terms; a very regrettable disagreement over a will and some family silver. The Shropshire Macassars are like that. Aunty's behavior was of course beyond reproach.

Anyway, you can see why she prefers to use the shorter form when possible. I think we should respect that.





message 28: by David

David Yes, yes. That's all very interesting. But the real question of the evening is: when are we going to see the infamous Manny Rayner clerihew?

* Sits very still, waiting expectantly. *


message 29: by Manny (last edited Mar 22, 2009 11:57PM)

Manny David wrote: "Yes, yes. That's all very interesting. But the real question of the evening is: when are we going to see the infamous Manny Rayner clerihew?

* Sits very still, waiting expectantly. *"


I should never have mentioned that, should I? I suppose that when you say A, you have to say B, as the proverb has it. But I'll need to give some background first on one of my longer-running jokes: for about two years, from 1999 until 2001, I used to play chess regularly on the KasparovChess site under the handle "swedish_chick".

It's a very strange example of what makes people believe things (Trevor might like this). Everyone was extremely skeptical on first meeting her... but for some reason, as soon as they discovered that she actually could speak fluent Swedish, they were also ready to believe that she was an attractive 28 year old woman living in Linköping. Unfortunately, I had to discontinue the project after the second guy fell in love with her - I felt it was getting out of control.

The clerihew will follow tomorrow.



Matthieu Thanks, Manny!

Also, the "swedish_chick" story is amazing.


message 31: by Manny (last edited Mar 24, 2009 07:42AM)

Manny David wrote: "Yes, yes. That's all very interesting. But the real question of the evening is: when are we going to see the infamous Manny Rayner clerihew?

* Sits very still, waiting expectantly. *"


OK, I've posted it in my review of Pale Fire. Where else?



message 32: by Maiden Aunt (last edited Mar 26, 2009 10:13AM)

Maiden Aunt My dearest Manny, I know better than to believe what the others may say about you.... not a finer man in the entire world, I dare say!

Just to think of some of these others! Such foul natures.... encouraging the purchase of a burlesque queen for a young man coming of age! Repugnant!


message 33: by Manny

Manny Fowl natures! Of course! That has Howard the Duck's fingerprints all over it!

I just hope that the burlesque queen in question wasn't one of Beverley's young friends. I wouldn't put it past him. He's the most unscrupulous duck I've ever met.



Maiden Aunt Oh Dear Manny, a spelling error!


message 35: by Manny

Manny Ah... an unscrupulous blackguard, rather than a bird! The problem is that Howard is both... you understand my confusion.

And thank you very much Aunty for your faith in my good character. Sometimes I feel I don't deserve it. I will try harder!



Maiden Aunt My fair and one-and-only, Manny: it is the young Matthew that I am most concerned about! And amongst such enouragement from the rest!


message 37: by Manny

Manny I was most worried about the young hussy! She looked painfully undernourished. I so wanted to give her a big plate of spaghetti, with a healthy green salad on the side and a glass of milk. And maybe a cookie or two afterwards if she was still hungry.




Matthieu Indeed. Way to go, Manny.


message 39: by Manny

Manny Well thank you! But I'll start celebrating when I have 1000 reviews... still a long way short of that target :)


message 40: by Manny

Manny Shannon wrote: "The Manny by Holly Peterson. Is that a pseudonym?"

Not unless I am writing it in my sleep...


message 41: by Nick

Nick Black wow, de Beauvoir among your favorites? i couldn't deal with her.

i'm glad i've found you, manny! you're a good man, and thorough.


message 42: by Manny

Manny Thank you!

I don't think she translates very well...


message 43: by C.

C. Oh right, um, happy birthday! For yesterday (or possibly the day before, depending on the time difference).


message 44: by Jessica

Jessica Happy Birthday (late) Manny!
Hope it was a great day for you!



message 45: by Manny

Manny Thank you for the birthday greetings! I had quite a good time here in California...


message 46: by Manny

Manny I'm sorry... I shouldn't be so easily influenced by what I read. Just finished The Picture of Dorian Gray. I must say that I did rather empathize with Lord Henry...


globulon I'm rereading a book your new friend would probably like. (Unfortunately you will have to tell her that I myself am not unattached ;)


message 48: by Jen

Jen http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

I tried to add this as a comment to your writing- didn't work. But here is another one for your collection.


message 49: by Manny

Manny Jen wrote: "http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

I tried to add this as a comment to your writing- didn't work. But here is another one for your collection."


I like it! But is it really a breakup letter? Please convince me :)


message 50: by Jen

Jen If you need convincing, then it doesn't meet your break up standards :) It is okay. There are plenty plenty more where that came from- is there no sanctity nowadays to book relationships? Somebody ought to start a petition! :)


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