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Competent and quite useful, but occasionally sloppy
am 11. April 2000
As one-stop shopping for references to obscurities in the Aubrey/Maturin series, the book mostly succeeds. The information presented is mostly accurate, usually complete enough to satisfy the reader, and fairly well presented.
Unfortunately, the second edition paperback I possess contained an annoyingly large number of typos and was sloppily edited and proofed (the book's practice of distinguishing names of persons, of terms cross-referenced, etc., seems to have caused fair amount of trouble).
Also, while certainly any book of this sort must circumscribe its ambition somewhat, readers seeking a truly comprehensive vade mecum will be disappointed in the paucity of geographical references. I would not impute mercenary motives to Mr. King or his publisher, but it seems to me that at least some explanation of the locations referred to in the novels might have been provided without harming the potential sale of "Harbors and High Seas" or making this volume impossibly large, and would have made this an even more useful and comprehensive resource.