"I just started this and it looks like it will be a super fast read -
there's a lot of white space on the pages, if you know what I mean. But
so far, so good."
I picked it up yesterday. I haven't started it, but was struck by the
same thing when flipping through it: full pages for his chapter dividing
epigraphs, huge gulfs between paragraphs, etc. Its printing is so
sparse, it makes Robert B Parker's pages look covered with ink. It
could have easily been printed in half the pages.
Why do publishers do this? Because they think readers want more pages
for their dollars? Do they really think readers won't notice all of the
blank space? I have no problem with a short book if it tells a good
story. Would prefer a tight read to one with padding (not even hinting
that all long books are padded: Rankin, for one, needs all of his pages
for his stories).
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