…you might as well be dead.
Reading another of David Weber’s (seriously in need of an editor’s bone-deep slashing) hernia-inducing Safehold books is an opportunity to learn new things and refresh old knowledge, especially of nautical terms. So…
From the Department of the Navy, “Origin of Navy Terminology”. I haven’t needed the reference often, but I did need a reminder of some terms’ definitions and learned the main differences between a “boat,” a “cock,” and a “skiff” (which of course led me to look for more definitive descriptions).
But Weber really, really needs to learn that he doesn’t have to write everything that occurs to him all at once… *heh* Oh, the Dickens with that*. Still a good read.
The problem with Dickens? Too many words. That, at least, Weber definitely shares with good ole Chuck. Hey, Readers Digest! I have a job for you! *heh*
OTOH, “A Beautiful Friendship”–another Weber book out in hardcopy 09/28/11 (read as eBook last week), is a shortie. *shrugs* Different publishers. Could that be it?
I do sincerely wish Weber would learn the difference between jealousy and envy, though. Little things like that can ruin a whole page or more of otherwise decent prose for me.