Wow, where has March gone? I've let the month slip by a bit. I dunno about the rest of you but the weather where I live needs to make up its mind. We had a 70° day at the start of the month and now we've got windchills into the -10° range. Ugh! But that's March for ya. It's the month where winter becomes spring and the weather can be nasty one minute and nice the next.
It's because of the transition of Winter to Spring that I decided to make March Shapeshifter month. My reading is focusing primarily on shapeshifter books right now. Partly because it's a good month for it to be the theme, partly because I've ended up behind on a couple of series I love. Expect to see a review of Night Huntress by Yasmine Galenorn and one of Destiny of the Wolf by Terry Spear. If I'm lucky I will get to Pride by Rachel Vincent too.
So what makes shapeshifter stories so great anyway?
I've mentioned before I was always a fan of Beauty and the Beast. Not the Disney version per se (though it's good) but the original fairy tale. I was always very intrigued by the monster who eventually became a man. I think that's likely where my love of shapeshifters came from. But then, most people like animals and it is very easy to find animal qualities attractive when personified. One of my favorite books when I was a child was Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
I can't help but be completely partial to wolf shifters though. Wolves are quite simply one of the most majestic animals I've ever seen. Call me a tree hugger but in spite of living in a cattle state where ranchers are doing everything they can to get them off the endangered species list so that they can kill them without legal trouble, I continue to sign anything that comes my way to keep them on it. Britain wiped their wolves out 300 years ago, I'd hate to see us do the same. -- Rhi