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The Moonstone

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Rachel Verinder, a young Englishwoman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt English army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. The story incorporates elements of the legendary origins of the Hope Diamond (or perhaps the Orloff Diamond). The Moonstone was published in 1868 and is considered by most people to be the first detective novel. Given the novels place in the history of the genre, that alone should put this book on most people's reading lists. To sweeten the pot, the plot is compelling, the last hundred pages I couldn't have put the book down for anything. I was caught up in the case and wanted to find out the why and the who in the mysterious circumstances surrounding the MOONSTONE. The novel is narrated by several different people. My favorite was Gabriel Betteredge, the head servant at the Verinder house, who becomes a reluctant Watson for Detective Cuff during the investigation. He is a man convinced in the spiritual guidance of Robinson Crusoe and believes that any disruption in his life can be explained by reading and interpreting passages from his dogeared copy of Defoe's classic. "In this anxious frame of mind, other men might have ended by working themselves up into a fever; I ended in a different way. I lit my pipe, and took a turn at Robinson Crusoe."


Minoan Stone Vessels With Linear A Inscriptions

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Inscribed Minoan stone vessels are ritual gifts that index their dedicants' intention that both their gift and their name should survive permanently at the place of dedication. These vessels contained offerings, yet the vessels themselves were also offerings, serving as permanent records of a ritual act. These rituals were most likely communal, incorporating group feasting and drinking. The seasonality of these rituals suggests that they were focused on the cycle of life: fertility, birth, death and renewal. Offerings left with the vessels suggest that these rituals also addressed other, more personal concerns. As for Linear A itself: the language behind the script appears to contain a fairly standard phonemic inventory, though there are hints of additional, more exotic phonemes. The morphology of the language appears to involve affixation, a typical mode of inflection in human languages. The presence of significant prefixing tends to rule out PIE as a parent language, while the word-internal vowel alternations typical of Afroasiatic verbal inflection are nowhere to be found in this script. In the end, Linear A appears most likely to represent a non-IE, non-Afroasiatic language, perhaps with agglutinative tendencies, and perhaps with VSO word order.


Milestones & Memories

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Baby Record Book and Beyond From birth through school years and into adulthood, your child's vaccinations, health records, and dental records can be recorded and preserved. Based on your records, your adult children will know when it's time to renew their vaccines or what childhood diseases they had. You can also compare the records to your other children or your grandchildren. Milestones & Memories preserved for your child from pregnancy, baby, toddler, tween, teen, and beyond.


A Womans Guide To Birth Control

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This book contains proven steps and strategies on what are the factors you will need to consider, and under what circumstances is a certain method deemed appropriate. The efficiency, comfort, health compatibility, ease of use, and the routine involved are a few of the things that are provided here which will guide you to decide the best method that will suit both you and your partner. You will also have to consider your health history and compare it to the side effects of the methods to find a method that is compatible with you.


A Brief History Of Stonehenge

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Britain's leading expert on stone circles turns his attention to the greatest example of them all - Stonehenge . Every aspect of Stonehenge is re-considered in Aubrey Burl's new analysis.

He explains for the first time how the outlying Heel Stone long pre-dates Stonehenge itself, serving as a track way marker in the prehistoric Harroway. He uncovers new evidence that the Welsh bluestones were brought to Stonehenge by glaciation rather than by man. And he reveals just how far the design of Stonehenge was influenced by Breton styles and by Breton cults of the dead.

Meticulously research sets the record straight on the matter of Stonehenge's astronomical alignments. Although the existence of a sight line to the midsummer sunrise is well known, the alignment and the viewing position are different from popular belief. And the existence of an earlier alignment to the moon and a later one to the midwinter sunset has been largely unrealised.

One almost unexplained puzzle remains. The site of Stonehenge lies at the heart of a vast six mile wide graveyard, but before it was built there appears to have been a mysterious gap two miles across on that site. Burl argues that earlier totem pole style constructions served a ceremonial purpose for the living - to celebrate success in the hunt.

About the Author

Aubrey Burl is former principal lecturer in archaeology, Hull College of Higher Education. His many books on stone circles include Prehistoric Avebury and A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland, and Brittany.



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