I haven't studied this book, but it does seem good to me. It doesn't come with problems; on the other hand, you could treat each pattern as a problem if you wished. It's not as scary as the other go dictionaries are.
Dan Schmidt, (NNGS 5k*) says:
This book (both volumes) is really good. Don't be scared off by the fact that it's a dictionary. It's very readable, and because later results build on earlier ones, it's rewarding to read straight through. Also, because it is a dictionary, it's easy to look up positions from your games after the fact.
I had tried around five times to make it through the Davies Life and Death book; the way that I finally learned anything about life and death was to work all the way through Graded Go Problems 2 and 3, and read (partially) through this one.
Last modified: Sun Aug 10 20:52:36 PDT 2003