The Writing in the Stone PDF Ó Writing in the

The Writing in the Stone[Epub] ➛ The Writing in the Stone ➜ Irving Finkel – Varanus.us The landscape of this dark and powerful story is the ancient world of Assyria some years ago, a time when writing was in the world s oldest script, cuneiform, and the domination of unseen forces firm The landscape of this dark and in the Kindle Ó powerful story is the ancient world of Assyria someyears ago, a time when writing was in the world s oldest The Writing Kindle - script, cuneiform, and the domination of unseen forces firmly in the hands of the state s leading Exorcist In the capital, Nineveh, resides a deep and complex Writing in the PDF/EPUB è man, the power behind the King of the World Faced with unforeseen disaster that threatens his authority, he emerges as a psychopathic killer The author uses his familiarity with ancient writings preserved in the world s museums to recreate a vanished world in which those who step from the shadows in ruthless violence to pursue ultimate control show themselves at the same time to be disconcertingly human The tight prose and graphic illustrations make this a gripping and unusual tale not of this world, but at the same time weirdly familiar.

The Writing in the Stone PDF Ó Writing in the
    The Writing in the Stone PDF Ó Writing in the familiarity with ancient writings preserved in the world s museums to recreate a vanished world in which those who step from the shadows in ruthless violence to pursue ultimate control show themselves at the same time to be disconcertingly human The tight prose and graphic illustrations make this a gripping and unusual tale not of this world, but at the same time weirdly familiar."/>
  • Paperback
  • The Writing in the Stone
  • Irving Finkel
  • 07 July 2019
  • 191148706X

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    The Writing in the Stone PDF Ó Writing in the familiarity with ancient writings preserved in the world s museums to recreate a vanished world in which those who step from the shadows in ruthless violence to pursue ultimate control show themselves at the same time to be disconcertingly human The tight prose and graphic illustrations make this a gripping and unusual tale not of this world, but at the same time weirdly familiar."/>
  1. says:

    I d really enjoyed Dr Finkel s Youtube videos about cuneiform studies and related topics, and was eager to pick up this book And for most of the way through it was fine not brilliant, but I probably would have rated it three stars.Then, in the space of a couple of pages, it went straight to a DNF.The central character is a psychopath okay When faced with what appears to be a text he can t translate, which would then challenge his position of power, his response is to start murdering almos I d really enjoyed Dr Finkel s Youtube videos about cuneiform studies and related topics, and was eager to pick up this book And for most of the way through it was fine not brilliant, but I probably would have rated it three stars.Then, in the space of a couple of pages, it went straight to a DNF.The central character is a psychopath okay When faced with what appears to be a text he can t translate, which would then challenge his position of power, his response is to start murdering almost everone who saw the stone Okay Not somebody I especially enjoy reading about, but I liked the exploration of ancient Mesopotamian society.But then the villain s henchman who has vaguely defined mental disabilities gratuitously rapes two women Not for any plot reason just because they re there The story specifies that he rapes the mother once and the daughter twice, and that they might have already been dead when he did this Which was unpleasant and unnecessarybut a few pages later the henchman shows up again with a new rape victim, unquestionably dead, stuck on him.I stopped reading right there And it s going to be difficult for me to watch Finkel s videos after this, because that kind of casual violence against women, for no other reason than to hammer home that These People Are Bad a murder spree doesn t make that clear enough , pushing the needle all the way over into necrophilia, makes me regret I ever bought the book


  2. says:

    A psychopath is roaming the land of ancient Mesopotamia The writings on an obscure stone has pushed the already insane Exorcist over the edge for good Apart from his literacy and obvious knowledge of rituals and science of the time this bad guy reminded me of a certain US president He knew now what he was after The vision had been sharpening itself as he walked or even when he slept There was nothing left to strive for but central power Triumph when his word was paramount was gratifying bu A psychopath is roaming the land of ancient Mesopotamia The writings on an obscure stone has pushed the already insane Exorcist over the edge for good Apart from his literacy and obvious knowledge of rituals and science of the time this bad guy reminded me of a certain US president He knew now what he was after The vision had been sharpening itself as he walked or even when he slept There was nothing left to strive for but central power Triumph when his word was paramount was gratifying but transitory, and it was invariably power confined to right or wrong, success or failure, respect or calumny not life itself and death itself And that was his rightful arena, to play king, pitting rival against rival, manoeuvring chaos to restore order or order to chaos, dispensing pain and loss of life with a free hand, the sole intermediary with divinity, in ultimate, untouchable control Personally I think this novella would have gained a lot with a littledepth to the characters and a little less violence This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License


  3. says:

    A very easy to read book about a tablet with mystery writing The book clearly reflects the author s love of mysteries and mystery writing There were a good number of hidden references to ancient Mesopotamia but I found it too short to be able to enjoy as much as I would have done otherwise I likedthan anything the setting.


  4. says:

    How often do you read a novel that uses cuneiform writing as a central part of the narrative This is one and a great read indeed Beautifully produced and a timeless tale from Mesopotamia.


  5. says:

    2.5 stars.I ve thoroughly enjoyed Finkel s previous novels, The Princess Who Wouldn t Come Home, and The Last Resort Library, but this is a very different kettle of fish I was excited to hear that he d written a story based on his knowledge of ancient Assyria, especially because I recently read and loved his Ark Before Noah history book The result, however, is rather unsettling very bleak and dark, with scenes of extreme violence, and a plot which only really makes sense when you ve read the 2.5 stars.I ve thoroughly enjoyed Finkel s previous novels, The Princess Who Wouldn t Come Home, and The Last Resort Library, but this is a very different kettle of fish I was excited to hear that he d written a story based on his knowledge of ancient Assyria, especially because I recently read and loved his Ark Before Noah history book The result, however, is rather unsettling very bleak and dark, with scenes of extreme violence, and a plot which only really makes sense when you ve read the afterword The Exorcist, a powerful priest diviner at the court of King Ashurbanipal, finds his authority threatened by a mysterious fragment of text that he can t decipher To make mattersalarming, it has been written in stone rather than in clay an impossible feat, which proves that it must be a divine message from the gods Thirsty for power, the Exorcist will stop at nothing to hide his ignorance and to find the source of this remarkable artefact, in the hope of discovering further messages from the gods.Now, while I found the story itself rather unpleasant and perhaps that simply comes down to the fact that there isn t a single character one can really get behind , I did like the way that Finkel conveys the enormous power of cuneiform script its complexity and the many different levels of meaning that could be encoded within a text as the writer and reader becameadvanced And I was interested by the way that he makes demons and gods a very present and active part of Mesopotamian life, just as people at the time believed they were But ultimately I found it a rather cold book, perhapsof an academic thought experiment than the warm and engaging novels Finkel has written before I ll be very interested to see what other people make of it


  6. says:

    This was a very interesting story of Magic and murder in ancient Babylon Written by a man whose one of the leading experts in the field It was wonderful to read a story with an ancient setting that you knew was done so accurately Here was a glimpse of magic, beliefs and people s lives from thousands of years ago The story s theme was about the magic of writing, and how that gave you power I really liked it Except for the repeated and unnecessary rapes done by the cook character In a story This was a very interesting story of Magic and murder in ancient Babylon Written by a man whose one of the leading experts in the field It was wonderful to read a story with an ancient setting that you knew was done so accurately Here was a glimpse of magic, beliefs and people s lives from thousands of years ago The story s theme was about the magic of writing, and how that gave you power I really liked it Except for the repeated and unnecessary rapes done by the cook character In a story without women, having women show up, simply to be raped to death, and in one case, a child raped to death and then her corpse was left impaled on the guy s dick and had to be cut off Really that was totally unnecessary It also told us nothing about the culture and history The scenes of necromancy were gruesome, but consistent within the story and were a great example of the magic Rape as a plot device, or not even a plot device in this simply a bit of added characterisation is something that male writers really need to stop doing


  7. says:

    I have read some of Irving Finkel sserious books and was hoping this novella would be something I might use to entice my godchildren into Mesopotamia, after having successfully infected them with the bug of Greek mythology Unfortunately, and although this is a very interesting book which rather calls to mind Irving s Halloween videos for the British Museum in the sense that it breathes life into the world of magic, spirits and divination as it was experienced and practiced in daily life i I have read some of Irving Finkel sserious books and was hoping this novella would be something I might use to entice my godchildren into Mesopotamia, after having successfully infected them with the bug of Greek mythology Unfortunately, and although this is a very interesting book which rather calls to mind Irving s Halloween videos for the British Museum in the sense that it breathes life into the world of magic, spirits and divination as it was experienced and practiced in daily life in Assyria, the level of sex and violence makes it unsuitable for children For a grown up audience, if you have no qualms with demons or psychopaths this is your book If you are spooked by the idea of spirits and or have no interest in geology, steer clear


  8. says:

    Well written, interesting novel by Irving Finkel a philologist and Assyriologist who reads cuneiform inscriptions for the British Museum His use of language is excellent While concise, I was immediately drawn into this ancient world, that I felt I could see, smell and taste.The main character is a psychopath, despicable with no endearing qualities to engage me as the reader Which meant I really did not care what was in store for him I did care for his victims however.If you like crime thrill Well written, interesting novel by Irving Finkel a philologist and Assyriologist who reads cuneiform inscriptions for the British Museum His use of language is excellent While concise, I was immediately drawn into this ancient world, that I felt I could see, smell and taste.The main character is a psychopath, despicable with no endearing qualities to engage me as the reader Which meant I really did not care what was in store for him I did care for his victims however.If you like crime thrillers, you may enjoy this book Its not a genre I usually read, but was attracted by the historical connection, which was interesting


  9. says:

    Not for the faint hearted, but I absolutely loved this Mesopotamian horror story by Irving Finkel I ve read his children s books, Miss Barbellion and The Last Resort Library, but haven t tried his adult fiction before I was not disappointed The writing was as enthralling as ever and left me feeling like I d stepped straight into Ancient Assyria The Gods play a pivotal role in this re imagining of our ancestors and an undercurrent of magic leaves the ready feeling uneasy I feel incredibly lu Not for the faint hearted, but I absolutely loved this Mesopotamian horror story by Irving Finkel I ve read his children s books, Miss Barbellion and The Last Resort Library, but haven t tried his adult fiction before I was not disappointed The writing was as enthralling as ever and left me feeling like I d stepped straight into Ancient Assyria The Gods play a pivotal role in this re imagining of our ancestors and an undercurrent of magic leaves the ready feeling uneasy I feel incredibly lucky to have read this one early having pledged for it on Kickstarter and can t wait to see the trade edition


  10. says:

    The story is simple, but carries some weight that is unknown before you learnabout the stone and the cuneiform It is short and could easily have been longer withfilling character descriptions and intrigues , but it exemplifies the fact that humans have behaved like humans at least for the last 3000 years It would have been great with evendetails about the stone and cuneiform at the end, but I think it adds just that flavour, that would otherwise leave the story tasteless a The story is simple, but carries some weight that is unknown before you learnabout the stone and the cuneiform It is short and could easily have been longer withfilling character descriptions and intrigues , but it exemplifies the fact that humans have behaved like humans at least for the last 3000 years It would have been great with evendetails about the stone and cuneiform at the end, but I think it adds just that flavour, that would otherwise leave the story tasteless and irrelevant

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