One of the things I often do as I'm reading a novel or short story is keep track of words whose definitions I do not know or that I find interesting. Either way, these interesting words are ones I feel might be of use in my own writing. That, and it's good to expand one's vocabulary every once in a while.
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Even though I didn't complete The Outstretched Shadow, I still found a few interesting words.
vulpine: resembling or characteristic of a fox
convocation: a group gathered in response to a summons
vintner: someone who makes or sells wine
sennight: the space of seven nights and days; a week
finial: a relatively small, ornamental, terminal feature at the top of a gable, pinnacle, etc.; an ornamental termination to the top of a piece of furniture, or of one part of such a piece
ostentatious: intended to attract notice and impress others
plinth: a square block, especially of stone, on which a column or a statue stands
perfidious: tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans
piquant: engagingly stimulating or provocative; having an agreeably pungent taste
slatternly: slovenly, untidy
epistle: a formal or elegant letter
tureen: large deep serving dish with a cover; for serving soups and stews
roached: hair combed up from the forehead or temples in a roll or high curve
double-milled: twice milled or fulled, as cloth, to make it finer
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