On T’Ender Books

21 Nov

I love the latest Madam & Eve cartoon:


There’s not much happening here in TillyBudLand.  The weather is turning colder and Tilly Bud is getting older.  That’s it, really.  Desperate for something to write about, I turned to Plinky Prompts again.  It asked me ‘What book would you read over and over again?’  I would have to say, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card.  It started life as a short story that became a novel and then a series of books, the Ender Saga and the Bean Saga (Bean is a minor character in the first book).  I prefer the Bean Saga because they are more like Ender’s Game; the Ender Saga is dreadful, apart from the first book.

Ender’s Game is the story of a child trained to save the world; but also the story of a child who has to survive the world.  When my boys came up against bullies, I gave it to them to read.  I must confess, however, that putting your enemy’s nose through his skull is not a path I hope they take: it is the philosophical angle I hope they will consider.

Above all, though, it is the story of negotiating childhood.  In space.

What’s your favourite book?




22 Responses to “On T’Ender Books”

  1. flo November 21, 2010 at 10:46 #

    East of eden, John Steinbeck. Read it after watching the James Dean film when I was about 14, but the book has so much more to offer.
    Also, Travels with Charlie. A road trip wriiten by Steinbeck about crossing America with his dog Charlie.
    The Cuirious Incident of the Dog in the night time, a perfect book to read over and over.


    • Tilly Bud November 21, 2010 at 16:09 #

      You put me on to TCIOTDITN; I read it once and sorrrt of enjoyed it but I wouldn’t read it again.


  2. vivinfrance November 21, 2010 at 10:49 #

    That’s a horrendously difficult question. Usually the one I am reading at the time I’m asked. However, I’m not liking the one I’m reading just now because it dots about too much with the timeline and point of view: An Echo in the Bone, by Diana Gabaldan. It’s the latest in a very long saga about time travelers, most of which I have enjoyed.

    But if put comes to shove, I might have to say the Swallows and Amazons series! I’ve re-read them dozens of times. Another almighty favourite is The Lord of the Rings.


    • Tilly Bud November 21, 2010 at 16:08 #

      I haven’t read any of those, though I do remember once seeing the first S&A book in the school library. Never even heard of the first one you mention. We’ll have to talk movies instead. 🙂


  3. pamela November 21, 2010 at 17:14 #

    That is a hard question to answer. But one of my all time favourites is “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. If you haven’t read it, it is a must. Yann is a master storyteller.


    • Tilly Bud November 21, 2010 at 17:35 #

      Now I have heard of that one; I’ll give it a go.


  4. Musings November 21, 2010 at 18:17 #

    Ender’s Game? Hmmmm…. Sounds very interesting. I loved Pride and Prejudice. It’s one of the extremely rare books that I’ve read twice and maybe three times.

    I need to reread the last Harry Potter before I see the movie. I keep forgetting the plot as soon as I’m done reading the book.


    • Tilly Bud November 21, 2010 at 22:00 #

      I love P&P but Persuasion is my favourite Austen.


  5. flo November 21, 2010 at 21:50 #

    Let’s do favourite films now! But where to start?
    Do we do genres or absolute favourite?


    • Tilly Bud November 21, 2010 at 21:59 #

      I’ll post my list tomorrow and you can post yours, how’s that?


  6. earlybird November 22, 2010 at 07:24 #

    I’m talking here about books I turn to time and again as ‘old friends’ to escape into, so – the ‘Berry’ books by Dornford Yates (written in the 20s) and the Lord of the Rings (definitely). I’ve read all of those more times than I can count… oh and Music & Silence by Rose Tremain and Prisoner of Zenda… but my two Desert Island books would be Jane Grigson’s ‘Fruit’ and ‘Vegetables’. I haven’t heard of Enders Game though. I too enjoyed Life of Pi, have read P&P countless times and love it and of course Swallows & Amazons… and how about Just William?!


    • Tilly Bud November 22, 2010 at 08:42 #

      Quite a list! And how have we remained friends when there’s no mention of Dick Francis, Georgette Heyer or Madeleine Brent?

      I see that my readers are much better read than me…what on earth are you all doing here?



      • earlybird November 22, 2010 at 08:55 #

        looking for a good read :)!


        • Tilly Bud November 22, 2010 at 10:47 #

          🙂 Okay, in my Top Ten Friends list, you come top now 🙂


      • vivienne blake November 22, 2010 at 09:20 #

        Ahhh, Dornford Yates: wonderful luxurious escapism and such nice people! Pity most of them are out of print.

        Life of Pi and CIOTDITN both interesting reads, but I wouldn’t call them favourites.

        As for Jane Austen: I love her writing, but get very annoyed with some of her heroines!

        Dick Francis and Georgette Heyer: Now you’re talking. How could I have left them out of my list of faves? I have all of their books, mostly in tatty paper backs, and whenever I’m ill, that’ what I’ll read, over and over.


        • Tilly Bud November 22, 2010 at 10:46 #

          I knew a Christopher Dornford-May once; does that count?

          Catherine whatserface in Northanger Abbey – what a silly little girl. I don’t know what Henry ever saw in her. And I always thought Fanny Price needed a good slap with a wet rag (that would be herself, then).


  7. earlybird November 22, 2010 at 07:39 #

    and I forgot, John MacNab by John Buchan and of course the Northern Lights triology by Philip Pullman which I’ve read four times…


  8. Alison November 22, 2010 at 14:44 #

    Blow, typed a really long reply and lost it!

    Yey to Ender’s Game, I also liked Sppeaker for the Dead but they went down hill rapidly after that.

    Agree that IMHO Persuasion is the best Jane Austen – I love all but Mansfield Park.

    Georgette Heyer is a guilty pleasure – Devils Cub, Sylvester and Venetia are my favourites.

    Other favourites that I read in the bath, before I go to sleep, when I’m home ill in bed:

    Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum novels (although they are going off the boil now)
    Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse novels
    Katherine Neville – The Eight – a fantastic book I must have read 100s of times over the last 20 years


    • Tilly Bud November 22, 2010 at 19:29 #

      Devil’s Cub and Friday’s Child are my favourites. May I be nibbled to death by ducks if I lie!

      Not heard of the last three authors you mention – is Sookie Stackhouse that character from True Blood? My husband watches that but I don’t like vampires.



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