Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone
Author: Douglas Keister
Publsiher: Gibbs Smith
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2004-04-05
ISBN 10: 1423611004
ISBN 13: 9781423611004
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Book Review:

Certain symbols abound in modern Western culture that are instantly recognizable: the cross signifies Christianity, the six-pointed Star of David is revered by Jews, the golden arches frequently means it's time for lunch. Other symbols, however, require a bit of decoding-particularly those found in cemeteries. Cemeteries are virtual encyclopedias of symbolism. Engravings on tombstones, mausoleums and memorials tell us just about everything there is to know about a person- date of birth and death as well as religion, ethnicity, occupation, community interests, and much more. In the fascinating new book Stories in Stone: The Complete Guide to Cemetery Symbolism by noted author Douglas Keister, the secrets of cemetery symbolism are finally revealed. For instance, did you know that it is quite rare to see a sunflower on a tombstone? Did you know that the human foot symbolizes humility and service since it consistently touches the earth? Or the humble sheaf of wheat-while it is often used to denote someone who has lived a long and fruitful life, do you know other meanings it might carry? Stories in Stone provides history along with images of a wide variety of common and not-so-common cemetery symbols, and offers an in-depth examination of stone relics and the personal and intimate details they display-flora and fauna, religious icons, society symbols, and final impressions of how the deceased wished to be remembered. Douglas Keister has created a practical field guide that is compact and portable, perfect for those interested in family histories and genealogical research, and is the only book of its kind that unlocks the language of symbols in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner. Douglas Keister has photographed fourteen award-winning, critically acclaimed books (including Red Tile Style: America's Spanish Revival Architecture, The Bungalow: America's Arts & Crafts Home, and Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties) earning him the title "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to other books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards. Doug lives in Chico, California, and travels frequently to photograph and lecture on historic architecture and photography.

Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone
Author: David B. Williams
Publsiher: University of Washington Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-08-27
ISBN 10: 0295746475
ISBN 13: 9780295746470
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Book Review:

Most people do not think to observe geology from the sidewalks of a major city, but all David B. Williams has to do is look at building stone in any urban center to find a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics. In Stories in Stone, he takes you on explorations to find 3.5-billion-year-old rock that looks like swirled pink-and-black taffy, a gas station made of petrified wood, and a Florida fort that has withstood three hundred years of attacks and hurricanes, despite being made of a stone that has the consistency of a granola bar. Williams also weaves in the cultural history of stone, explaining why a white fossil-rich limestone from Indiana became the only building stone used in all fifty states; how in 1825, the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument led to America’s first commercial railroad; and why when the same kind of marble used by Michelangelo clad a Chicago skyscraper it warped so much after nineteen years that all 44,000 panels of it had to be replaced. This love letter to building stone brings to life the geology you can see in the structures of every city.

Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone
Author: Douglas Keister
Publsiher: Gibbs Smith
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9781586853211
ISBN 13: 158685321X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Book Review:

Certain symbols abound in modern Western culture that are instantly recognizable: the cross signifies Christianity, the six-pointed Star of David is revered by Jews, the golden arches frequently means it's time for lunch. Other symbols, however, require a bit of decoding-particularly those found in cemeteries. Cemeteries are virtual encyclopedias of symbolism. Engravings on tombstones, mausoleums and memorials tell us just about everything there is to know about a person- date of birth and death as well as religion, ethnicity, occupation, community interests, and much more. In the fascinating new book Stories in Stone: The Complete Guide to Cemetery Symbolism by noted author Douglas Keister, the secrets of cemetery symbolism are finally revealed. For instance, did you know that it is quite rare to see a sunflower on a tombstone? Did you know that the human foot symbolizes humility and service since it consistently touches the earth? Or the humble sheaf of wheat-while it is often used to denote someone who has lived a long and fruitful life, do you know other meanings it might carry? Stories in Stone provides history along with images of a wide variety of common and not-so-common cemetery symbols, and offers an in-depth examination of stone relics and the personal and intimate details they display-flora and fauna, religious icons, society symbols, and final impressions of how the deceased wished to be remembered. Douglas Keister has created a practical field guide that is compact and portable, perfect for those interested in family histories and genealogical research, and is the only book of its kind that unlocks the language of symbols in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner. Douglas Keister has photographed fourteen award-winning, critically acclaimed books (including Red Tile Style: America's Spanish Revival Architecture, The Bungalow: America's Arts & Crafts Home, and Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties) earning him the title "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to other books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards. Doug lives in Chico, California, and travels frequently to photograph and lecture on historic architecture and photography.

Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone
Author: Jelle Zeilinga de Boer
Publsiher: Wesleyan University Press
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2011-05-01
ISBN 10: 9780819572479
ISBN 13: 0819572470
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Book Review:

In a series of entertaining essays, geoscientist Jelle Zeilinga de Boer describes how early settlers discovered and exploited Connecticut’s natural resources. Their successes as well as failures form the very basis of the state’s history: Chatham’s gold played a role in the acquisition of its Charter, and Middletown’s lead helped the colony gain its freedom during the Revolution. Fertile soils in the Central Valley fueled the state’s development into an agricultural power house, and iron ores discovered in the western highlands helped trigger its manufacturing eminence. The Statue of Liberty, a quintessential symbol of America, rests on Connecticut’s Stony Creek granite. Geology not only shaped the state’s physical landscape, but also provided an economic base and played a cultural role by inspiring folklore, paintings, and poems. Illuminated by 50 illustrations and 12 color plates, Stories in Stone describes the marvel of Connecticut’s geologic diversity and also recounts the impact of past climates, earthquakes, and meteorites on the lives of the people who made Connecticut their home.

Stories in Stone Memorialization the Creation of History and the Role of Preservation

Stories in Stone  Memorialization  the Creation of History and the Role of Preservation
Author: Emily Williams
Publsiher: Vernon Press
Total Pages: 285
Release: 2020-10-06
ISBN 10: 1648890555
ISBN 13: 9781648890550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Memorialization the Creation of History and the Role of Preservation Book Review:

In 1866, Alexander Dunlop, a free black living in Williamsburg Virginia, did three unusual things. He had an audience with the President of the United States, testified in front of the Joint Congressional Committee on Reconstruction, and he purchased a tombstone for his wife, Lucy Ann Dunlop. Purchases of this sort were rarities among Virginia’s free black community—and this particular gravestone is made more significant by Dunlop’s choice of words, his political advocacy, and the racialized rhetoric of the period. Carved by a pair of Richmond-based carvers, who like many other Southern monument makers, contributed to celebrating and mythologizing the “Lost Cause” in the wake of the Civil War, Lucy Ann’s tombstone is a powerful statement of Dunlop’s belief in the worth of all men and his hopes for the future. Buried in 1925 by the white members of a church congregation, and again in the 1960s by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the tombstone was excavated in 2003. Analysis, conservation, and long-term interpretation were undertaken by the Foundation in partnership with the community of the First Baptist Church, a historically black church within which Alexander Dunlop was a leader. “Stories in Stone: Memorialization, the Creation of History and the Role of Preservation” examines the story of the tombstone through a blend of object biography and micro-historical approaches and contrasts it with other memory projects, like the remembrance of the Civil War dead. Data from a regional survey of nineteenth-century cemeteries, historical accounts, literary sources, and the visual arts are woven together to explore the agentive relationships between monuments, their commissioners, their creators and their viewers and the ways in which memory is created and contested and how this impacts the history we learn and preserve.

Stories in Stone Paris

Stories in Stone Paris
Author: Douglas Keister
Publsiher: Gibbs Smith
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-09-04
ISBN 10: 1423630602
ISBN 13: 9781423630609
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Paris Book Review:

The intrigue of death in the City of Love Paris, city of lights, city of love, city of magic, city of art, city of death. Around twelve million people call the Paris metropolitan area home, and millions more call it their permanent home, including upwards of seven million in the catacombs in the Montparnasse district. The cemeteries and monuments in Stories in Stone Paris cut across a wide swath of the last two hundred years of Paris history. With this field guide in hand, discover the funerary architecture, memorials and symbolism within twenty-eight of Paris’ notable resting places, including GPS coordinates for many gravesites. Douglas Keister has authored more than thirty-five critically acclaimed books. His wealth of books on architecture has earned him the title “America’s most noted photographer of historic architecture.” His book Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism has garnered a number of glowing reviews. Keister has also authored additional cemetery guides titled Forever Dixie, Forever L.A., and Stories in Stone New York. He lives in Chico, California.

Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone
Author: Aïcha Abed
Publsiher: Getty Publications
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 0892368039
ISBN 13: 9780892368037
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Book Review:

Between the second and the sixth centuries of the common era, elaborate mosaics were designed and created to pave the floors of town homes and rural estates of the Roman settlements in North Africa. These stunning mosaics were especially widespread in the colony of Africa Proconsularis, modern-day Tunisia, and covered a wide range of subject matter: from scenes of daily life and classical mythology, to abstract floral and geometric designs of rare vibrancy and complexity. A distinctive African style emerged, whose influence would extend throughout the Mediterranean basin and beyond. This catalogue is being published to coincide with an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa from October 26, 2006, to April 30, 2007--the first major exhibition in the United States solely devoted to ancient mosaics. The twenty-seven mosaics in the exhibition come from Tunisia's leading museums, including the Bardo Museum in Tunis, the Sousse Museum and the El Jem Museum. Stories in Stone is structured around four principal themes--Nature, Theater and Spectacle, Myths and Gods, and Technique--and includes extensive material on mosaic conservation. In addition to color plates of all objects in the exhibit, this catalogue includes nine richly illustrated essays that illuminate the historical background of mosaic art, trace the development of principal themes, and examine the conservation of mosaics both in the museum setting and in situ. Contributors include Taher Ghalia, director of the Bardo Museum; Mongi Ennaifer, minister of cultural affairs, Tunisia; Thomas Roby, senior project specialist, Getty Conservation Institute; and Jerry Podany, head of antiquities conservation, J. Paul Getty Museum.

Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone
Author: Stephen E. Nash
Publsiher: University Press of Colorado
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-07-07
ISBN 10: 1607325039
ISBN 13: 9781607325031
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Book Review:

Vasily Konovalenko’s unique, dynamic, and theatrical sculptures stand alone in the gem-carving world—bawdy but not salacious, political but not diplomatic, boisterous and exuberant yet occasionally sensitive. Stories in Stone offers the first comprehensive treatment of the life of this little-known Russian artist and the remarkable history of his wonderful sculptures. Part art catalogue and part life history, Stories in Stone tells the tale of Konovalenko’s impressive works, explaining their conception, creation, and symbolism. Each handcrafted figure depicts a scene from life in the Soviet Union—a bowman hunting snow geese, a woman reposing in a hot spring surrounded by ice, peasants spinning wool, a pair of gulag prisoners sawing lumber—painstakingly rendered in precious stones and metals. The materials used to make the figurines are worth millions of dollars, but as cultural artifacts, the sculptures are priceless. Author Stephen Nash draws upon oral history and archival research to detail the life of their creator, revealing a rags-to-riches and life-imitates-art narrative full of Cold War intrigue, Communist persecution, and capitalist exploitation. Augmented by Richard M. Wicker’s exquisite and revelatory photographs of sixty-five Konovalenko sculptures from museums, state agencies, and private collections around the world, Stories in Stone is a visually stunning glimpse into a unique corner of Russian art and cultural history, the craft and science of gem carving, and the life of a Russian artist and immigrant who loved people everywhere. Co-published with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, home to the most significant collection of Russian gem-carving sculptures by Vasily Konovalenko in the world.

Stories in Stone New York

Stories in Stone New York
Author: Douglas Keister
Publsiher: Gibbs Smith
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 1423621026
ISBN 13: 9781423621027
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone New York Book Review:

Includes a folded comprehensive cemetery gazetteer to the cemeteries in all five New York boroughs and southern Westchester County, glued to the inside back cover.

Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone
Author: John Burgess
Publsiher: River Books Press Dist A C
Total Pages: 197
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 9786167339016
ISBN 13: 6167339015
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Book Review:

A personal and historic account of Sadok Kok Thom Temple, weaving in the archaeology of Angkor with the political turmoil of Cambodia during the 1960s-70s.

The Story of Stone

The Story of Stone
Author: N. M. Browne
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2005-10-14
ISBN 10: 1582346550
ISBN 13: 9781582346557
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Story of Stone Book Review:

While researching her society's origins, Nela--an apprentice archaeologist--discovers a mysterious stone that reveals to her the true story of how her Bear-man and Night Hunter ancestors were united by a terrible magic.

House of Stone A Novel

House of Stone  A Novel
Author: Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-01-29
ISBN 10: 0393635430
ISBN 13: 9780393635430
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

House of Stone A Novel Book Review:

Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a masterful debut that explores the creative—and often destructive—act of history-making. In the chronic turmoil of modern Zimbabwe, Abednego and Agnes Mlambo’s teenage son, Bukhosi, has gone missing, and the Mlambos fear the worst. Their enigmatic lodger, Zamani, seems to be their last, best hope for finding him. Since Bukhosi’s disappearance, Zamani has been preternaturally helpful: hanging missing posters in downtown Bulawayo, handing out fliers to passersby, and joining in family prayer vigils with the flamboyant Reverend Pastor from Agnes’s Blessed Anointings church. It’s almost like Zamani is part of the family… But almost isn’t nearly enough for Zamani. He ingratiates himself with Agnes and feeds alcoholic Abednego’s addiction, desperate to extract their life stories and steep himself in borrowed family history, as keenly aware as any colonialist or power-mad despot that the one who controls the narrative inherits the future. As Abednego wrestles with the ghosts of his past and Agnes seeks solace in a deep-rooted love, their histories converge and each must confront the past to find their place in a new Zimbabwe. Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a sweeping epic that spans the fall of Rhodesia through Zimbabwe’s turbulent beginnings, exploring the persistence of the oppressed in a young nation seeking an identity, but built on forgetting.

In Stone and Story

In Stone and Story
Author: Bruce W. Longenecker
Publsiher: Baker Academic
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-02-18
ISBN 10: 1493422340
ISBN 13: 9781493422340
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In Stone and Story Book Review:

This beautifully designed, full-color textbook introduces the Roman background of the New Testament by immersing students in the life and culture of the thriving first-century towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which act as showpieces of the world into which the early Christian movement was spreading. Bruce Longenecker, a leading scholar of the ancient world of the New Testament, discusses first-century artifacts in relation to the life stories of people from the Roman world. The book includes discussion questions, maps, and 175 color photographs. Additional resources are available through Textbook eSources.

Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone
Author: Thomas C. Weber,Uli Gratzl
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 303
Release: 2011-07-01
ISBN 10: 9780983711902
ISBN 13: 0983711909
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories in Stone Book Review:

The scope of Stories in Stone stretches from the footsteps of Native American hunters centuries ago to a description of William B. Umstead State Park today. However, the main focus is on the oral history of the last generation of pre-Park area residents and of the people that built the Park. Their words narrate four mapped walks to former home sites and other traces of the community. The work of naturalists, folklorists, journalists, historians, photographers, and artists fill out the background of a place and its people.Stories in Stone preserves memories dating between 1870 and 1942 from the farming community that once lived in Wake County, North Carolina's William B. Umstead State Park. This nearly 6,000-acre Piedmont woodland lies between the cities of Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham, which for the Research Triangle.

Jesus His Story in Stone

Jesus  His Story in Stone
Author: Mike Mason
Publsiher: FriesenPress
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2017-09-25
ISBN 10: 1525512218
ISBN 13: 9781525512216
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus His Story in Stone Book Review:

Jesus: His Story in Stone is a reflection on still-existing stone objects that Jesus would have known, seen, or even touched. Each of the seventy short chapters is accompanied by a photograph taken on location in Israel. Arranged chronologically, the one-page meditations compose a portrait of Christ as seen through the significant stones in His life, from the cave where He was born to the rock of Calvary. While packed with historical and archaeological detail, the book’s main thrust is devotional, leading the reader both spiritually and physically closer to Jesus.

Written in Stone

Written in Stone
Author: Ellery Adams
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-11-06
ISBN 10: 1101612053
ISBN 13: 9781101612057
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Written in Stone Book Review:

When Munin Cooper, known as the Witch of Oyster Bay, warns Olivia Limoges that death is coming, neither of them realize that it is the older woman herself who will soon be found dead. And Olivia’s instincts tell her that something—or someone—more sinister than a mystical force is at play… Olivia has a lot on her plate preparing for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival. When she hears the news of Munin’s untimely death, however, finding the murderer takes priority. The witch left behind a memory jug full of keepsakes that Olivia knows must point to the killer—but she’s got to figure out what they mean. With handsome Police Chief Rawlings by her side, Olivia starts to identify some of the jug’s mysterious contents—and finds its secrets are much darker than she suspected. Now Olivia must enlist the help of the Bayside Book Writers to solve the puzzle behind the piece of pottery and put an end to a vengeful killer before any more damage can be done…

Holyoke Massachusetts

Holyoke  Massachusetts
Author: Rusty Clark
Publsiher: Dog Pond Press
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2006-09-01
ISBN 10: 0975536265
ISBN 13: 9780975536261
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Holyoke Massachusetts Book Review:

The story of Holyoke, the industrial marvel of the mid-nineteenth century, begins in the small church-centered farming community at the turn of the 18th century. It wasn?t until the mid-1840s, about the time the Connecticut River Railroad was built through Ireland Parish, that the little village on the rapids began to attract the attention of outsiders. In 1848, Holyoke, with its proposed configuration of dams, canals, and mills, became the first planned industrial city in the United States. Laborers, earning eighty-five cents a day, built three dams across the rapids and excavated nearly five miles of canals. Though intended as a textile city, by 1890 there were twenty-six paper mills. As the mills proliferated, a steady source of labor was needed, and immigration began in earnest.Holyoke, Massachusetts: Stories Carved in Stone, takes you into Holyoke's graveyards for a look at more than two hundred and fifty years of history, and the people who lived it.This third book in the Stories Carved in Stone series completes the three-part overview of early West Springfield, Massachusetts, before Agawam and Holyoke became towns. Together they present a full picture of the gravestone carvers, the mourning practices, and the families who lived and died here. Gravestone fans and genealogists alike will find much to explore in these old cemeteries.

Set In Stone

Set In Stone
Author: Linda Newbery
Publsiher: David Fickling Books
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2009-02-04
ISBN 10: 030754558X
ISBN 13: 9780307545589
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Set In Stone Book Review:

When Samuel Godwin, a young and naive art tutor, accepts a job with the Farrow family at their majestic home, little does he expect to come across a place containing such secrets and lies. His two tutees are as different as can be--younger sister Marianne, full of flightiness and nervous imagination, and Juliana, sensible and controlled. Helped by their governess, Charlotte Agnew, Samuel begins to uncover slowly why Marianne is so emotionally fragile, and in doing so uncovers a web of intrigue. But his discoveries lead to revenge and betrayal--and lives all around are turned upside down. Linda Newbery has written a novel in diary style, combining different voices and a different century with her usual brilliance and ease. These are characters full of the same passions as our own today, while living in an unfamiliar and fascinating time.

A Story in Stones

A Story in Stones
Author: John Jeremy Hespeler-Boultbee
Publsiher: CCB Publishing
Total Pages: 205
Release: 2011-04
ISBN 10: 1926585992
ISBN 13: 9781926585994
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Story in Stones Book Review:

This newly updated and revised second edition of "A Story in Stones" explores the relationship between Portugal and Ethiopia during the XVI and XVII centuries from the unique perspective of stonework. Through research and many years of working in the field, J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee examines the first early Renaissance links between the principal European superpower of the day and the ancient Christian empire of Ethiopia's Highlands - using contemporary architectural vestige as a catalyst for his findings. What began as Portugal's mission to discover an unknown world soon became a quest to find Prester John, the legendary Christian priest/king presumed to be living on the far side of Islam. In an attempt to form a Christian military alliance, the search was both concluded and, in a manner, initiated by explorer P ro da Covilh in 1493 with his overland journey to the Highland court of Emperor Eskendar. This was instrumental in setting up a string of ties between the two nations - diplomatic, military, religious, cultural and (most long-lasting of all) architectural - almost three decades before Portugal's diplomatic mission of 1520. The fascinating story contained in the stones can yet be seen in the Portuguese and "Gondarine" ruins that dot the Gojjam and Lake Tana regions; they continue to influence today's Highland architectural design. Hespeler-Boultbee examines over thirty different sites, many of which are remote and rarely visited. Fully illustrated with colour photos and drawings. About the Author J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee is an Art & Architectural Historian and Associate of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University. He lived for twenty-five years in Portugal, during that time making several forays into the Ethiopian Highlands on behalf of the Department of History and CIDEHUS (Centro de Investiga o e Desenvolvimento em Ci ncias Humanas e Sociais), the research and development institute at the University of vora. For the two year period, 2007-2009, he lived in and conducted research from Bahir Dar on Lake Tana, Ethiopia, during which time he found his historical conclusions were at considerable variance with colleagues in the History Department at Bahir Dar University - disagreements which have prompted the revisions leading to this current updated and revised edition of "A Story in Stones."

Riddle in Stone

Riddle in Stone
Author: Robert Evert
Publsiher: Diversion Publishing Corp.
Total Pages: 527
Release: 2013-02-26
ISBN 10: 1938120957
ISBN 13: 9781938120954
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Riddle in Stone Book Review:

A debut novel of epic fantasy featuring an unlikely hero and his life-changing adventure from the author of the Quests of the Kings Trilogy. Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund, a stuttering librarian who knows a secret—one that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed? “This unique plot is oozing creativity. You have to give it a read to properly understand why . . . You will not be disappointed, it is an excellent read!” —Only the Indies “In many ways, Riddle in Stone harkens back to the early days of modern fantasy where the hero is really an everyman confronted with an impossible task and, despite his own innocence, insecurities, and sense of inadequacy, accomplishes that which the great heroes of the time could not. Yet, there are enough differences to give it a fresh feel.” —Maxine McLister