1 April 2024

March 2024 reading

The Man With the Getaway Face was also available as a 24-page $2 graphic novel/comic by Darwyn Cooke.

  • The Last Colony by John Scalzi
  • Slow Productivity by Cal Newport
  • Hunter by Richard Stark
  • The Man With the Getaway Face by Richard Stark
  • The Wager by David Grann
  • The Outfit by Richard Stark
  • The Mourner by Richard Stark
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport

End of March update

I just wasn’t in the mood for much non-fiction in March so kept myself amused with some frothy fiction. I used to read a lot of crime fiction and realised I had never got to any of the Stark books. They are quite short - probably not even 50,000 words - but I think that is a huge plus. The standard length of a book, especially genre fiction, is generally around 100,000 words yet there is no real logic to this. It’s mostly just about expectations these days and the sheer physical size of the book demanded by publishers. I’ve read a lot of these 100k books that only had 50k worth of story.

The Wager is an excellent audiobook and it has been very popular, though I found it ever so slightly weird that this tale of British sailors had an American narrator, Dion Graham. And, as planned, I read Slow Productivity by Cal Newport.


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