Saturday, February 26, 2011

Top 10 tales of metamorphosis

Thomas Bloor is the author of the three book series that begins with Worm in the Blood, continues with Beast Beneath the Skin, and concludes with Heart of the Serpent.

A few years ago he named a top ten list of tales of metamorphosis for the Guardian, including:
The Owl Service by Alan Garner

Mysterious and unsettling, Garner's classic novel is based on the old Welsh myths found in The Mabinogion. The threat of enforced metamorphosis hangs in the air throughout. Set in an unspoilt Welsh valley, the story suggests an unbroken curse, an ancient conflict that has been allowed to seep into the land itself and will not fade away. A triangular relationship lies at the heart of the tale. The end is uncertain. Will the transformation be into owls or flowers?
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue