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Shapeshifters by John B Kachuba
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I like this book best when it presents a spray of myths across half a dozen countries in as many pages. I like it less when it gropes for the meaning of all those myths, even less when it races through half-digested pop culture to find examples, and least of all when it spins little bits of dramatic fiction that read like unintentionally comical pastiches. The irritations mostly fall away though and I was wildly entertained by the impressive collection of world lore on mutable form: women into seals, men into wolves, tanuki into railroad engines. Quoted in the text and IDed as a source, Montague Summers' The Werewolf is this little volume's best ancestor and I hope Mr. Kachuba's tome has as long and successful a life, whatever form it may assume.
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Reading Progress

December 29, 2019 – Started Reading
December 29, 2019 – Shelved
January 1, 2020 – Finished Reading

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