March 22, 2006

Kites, Knees and Knots

My car has developed an annoying habit of being unwilling to start after the second stop in a series of errands. At first this was a weekly event, but it's progressed to a daily one. It has so far eventually started, but who knows how long it'll keep that up? Off I went to have it looked at today, taking along the copy of Master and Commander mentioned below. As feared, it's entertaining, and I can see why it was made into a movie. Ships, storms, waves, guns, guts and glory; whatever took Hollywood so long?

However. There is an awful lot of sailing-ship terminology contained in it that your average reader is just not gonna know. I kept muttering "A what?" Fortunately, there's an online list of useful terms. It would be even more useful if it were enclosed in the books, but you can't have everything, I suppose. Even without it the book is 457 pages long.

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