What non-Go book are you reading right now?

Again, I don't think that's an accurate representation of what you referred to as the quintessence of the book. The point wasn't that Ender was pushed into a corner, but that it happened outside the boundaries of civilization: no external authority to prevent and/or punish an act of violence.

The original rendition of my previous post included a description of my experiences with the exact kind of situation, but I figured this is a thread about literature in a forum about Go, thus it being unnecessary to delve into such matters—it will take a while before it gets removed by the system, though, in case you’re interested in perusing it.

Regarding to the proposed destruction of the alien homeworld, I believe that, again, the context should be presented before moving on to the value judgement: Earth had been invaded, not once but twice,1 by extraterrestrial forces, seemingly incapable of any known form of communication, each invasion having costed millions of lives, and everything indicated that the third wave was about to come and that, when it came, it would be impossible to defend the planet. That’s the context. Now it’s possible do debate the solution Earth’s defense forces chose in the book.

Then again, literature thread, forum about Go. I recommended a science fiction book, you don’t like it, others might read it and they may or may not like it, and that’s that. I only remarked at all about your post because I disagreed with what I perceived as an innacurate representation of an idea, not with your judgement of said idea—for I think this isn’t the for such discussions.

But anyway, I love books, and I really enjoy talking about them, so I thank you very much for giving me expedient to reflect about something that I had read a long time ago. It brought back some interesting memories.

1. By the way, that’s something I took umbrage with when it came to the movie: in the adaptation, Earth had been attacked once before that solution was proposed.


I am about to start the 8th book in the Expanse series. It is great science fiction and there are a few references to go. You can get more details at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Expanse_(novel_series)


Darth Bane Trilogy. Quite possibly best prose from Star Wars universe and merciful distractions from reality of contemporary Mickey Mouse Star Wars movies :grinning:

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If I had to pick a single favorite book, it would be Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

I also like these short stories, which can be read online:


My favorite book is a toss-up between To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men.

I am currently not reading anything, as I don’t have time, right now. Work, family, being sued, etc… One day, I hope to read again. I have a few books I need to catch up on.


I can’t choose one, but one of my favorites is The Egyptian by Waltari. I’m sure others will pop up in my mind as the thread progresses.

Currently reading the Story of Art, Scholars and Murderers, Merchants of nations (roughly translated title) and trying to tackle a couple of Go books.

I’ve always been unable to only read one book each time.


I have different book recommendations, depending on whether it’s wrongful or not.

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Couldn’t pay back some debts (credit card and hospital). I’m always up for some good reads, be it fiction, non-fiction, educational, whimsical, whatever.


I wish you the best. Banks S U C K.

Well, you might actually enjoy the Egyptian, I kinda suggest it to everyone. It isn’t a happy story, but I find it cathartic and I’ve read it countless times.

I won’t suggest any of the classics, but books I’ve enjoyed for different reasons are:

  • The List of 7 (read it both in Greek and English, for some reason liked the translation more).
  • A little history of the world (it’s supposed to be a children’s book, but I love it).
  • Almost anything by Jules Verne. Social commentary of his time was great, even though people mostly talk about the sci-fi elements in his fiction. Special mention for L’eternel Adam.
  • Lilly White, about a woman lawyer. Lighter reading, but good.
  • Anything by Alan Gordon about Feste. A bit difficult to find, though, at least it was difficult for me to find online.
  • Alias Grace was nice, a bit different story.
  • The Shell Seakers made me tear up at times.

I also like reading cookbooks, and this is one of my favorites, although I can’t find a foreign edition https://www.amazon.com/saspens-karamele-σασπένς-καραμελέ-Martinetti/dp/9606627322/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Anne+Martinetti&qid=1582563784&s=books&sr=1-5

I recently finished China: A history, which is a really, really long book that keeps great company, written, unlike most history books, with style.

And if you’ve never read Asterix, you must.


I’m not good at choosing favorites, but if I had to choose something maybe the Nightrunner series or the Tamir Triad by Lynn Flewelling.

I’m currently reading Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive and am enjoying it greatly. Interestingly enough, I found it due to Dwyrin recommending the first book in the series during one of his videos


My favourite book is Thr3e by Ted Dekker.
I’ve not really had the time or emotional energy or physical energy to read anything new recently…


I used to be a huge Ted Dekker fan. I love Thr3e, Blink, and the Circle series

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Haven’t read Blink yet, but the circle series is awesome too :heart:

A variation of this topic was discussed last year, What non-Go book are you reading right now?

As mentioned there, I can speak on books endlessly. They are more important to me than anything except my daughter. My favorite novel is The Count of Monte Cristo. Other favorites include Les Miserables, Bel Ami, Dead Souls, Lord Jim, Martin Eden, Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, Our Mutual Friend, Lavengro, The Baron in the Trees, The Crock of Gold, and many others…yes, all “favorites”!

I am also a huge science fiction fan. See the thread cited above for my favorites in that category.

I actually like short stories even better than novels, but don;t have time to talk about that now.

Currently reading The Leopard, a famous Italian historical novel by Lampedusa, and have started Lewis’s It Can;t Happen Here for my SF book club.


My all-time favourite book is »Siddhartha« by Hermann Hesse.
I read it again every few years.


I like SF&F very much, but I’m not reading anything like that at the moment. I’m a fan of weird stuff like the Thursday Next series. :grinning:

Instead, I have here next to me “Kinderjahre”, about children’s development, by the physician Remo H. Largo, as well as “Little People - Big Lives” by Carole Lander (portraits of short statured people), and “Ich bin Özlem” by Dilek Güngör about a young German woman with Turkish roots, who realizes she is still not fully accepted by German society despite she was born and raised in Germany.
And then I also have to read at least one of Grimm’s fairy tales every evening.


So, has anyone read The Egg by Andy Weir (which I also linked to above)?

I highly recommend it. It’s a very short read and available in a large number of languages.

What did you think of it?


I don’t think I’ve read any long story completely in the last few years. I like old historical books, eg. Romantic Essex, Highways and Byways of East Anglia, and A History of the Italian Republics. I enjoy travelogues (those first two are actually travelogues, but written a long time ago). Also short story collections like Greyhound for Breakfast which is set in Edinburgh. I was reading a collection about the Sri Lankan civil war recently. Add to that nonfiction about natural history… Finally I read ancient classics now and again, especially biographies (The Age of Caesar is a nice mini-collection from Plutarch’s Lives).