Recent reading

Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software (2020): I skimmed this book as parts about the technicalities of open source weren’t of interest to me. Parts about the (dis)incentives faced by open source developers – and other online creators – were worth reading, though.

Snow (2020): This book started really well – a whodunnit in an Anglo-Irish country estate is a good premise. It’s well-paced and the charaters are entertaining. I was totally gripped by the halfway point, but soon after it lapsed into cliche and finished disappointingly.

Narconomics: How To Run a Drug Cartel (2016): A good, fun book that could have been a great one: my detailed review is here.

Currently reading:

Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation (2015): pretty good so far, although the author has a habit of jumping around chronologically which can make things slightly disorienting at times. She can’t be blamed, though, for the two key leaders of Indonesia having similar-sounding names, or for the sheer number of islands the country has. Might write a review of this at some point.

The Economist: Economics: Making sense of the Modern Economy (2011): I got this a while ago so it’s a bit out of date, but it has lots of handily-sized articles that have aged fairly well.

Station Eleven (2015): only a few chapters in and it’s great. Although I’m not sure a novel about a pandemic, with such a well-conveyed sense of panic in at least one instance already, is good bedtime reading at the moment…


If you want me to write more things like this, you should subscribe to my email list, which includes links to what I write each week and a few extra interesting things.

Comments welcome below.

Share:

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *