I’m so dumb. I’ve been consuming the Horus Heresy in audiobook form during my early morning gym sessions, and it only occurred to me halfway through this, the sixteenth book, that I can listen to them at 1.5x speed.
I’ve managed to adapt to focusing on the audiobooks while strength training and running. I think Goggins is right: music is a crutch when it comes to getting through physical discomfort. I also believe that splitting my attention between holding good form and comprehending face-paced narration has cognitive benefits. That’s not a scientific assessment, mind you.
As for this entry in the Heresy, Age of Darkness is another collection of short stories. Abnett’s entry is a standout, as usual, and so is Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s Savage Weapons, a nineteen-chapter banger that does remarkable things with both pacing and lore-building. I must remember not to be afraid to section my own work into small chapters if it needs such treatment.