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Novelist Anne Rice: The Mystery of Metamorphosis is “A gem of a book”

Posted By admin On August 21, 2012 @ 9:00 am In Sciencewriters | Comments Disabled

Earlier this month Frank Ryan’s latest book, The Mystery of Metamorphosis, got some much-deserved praise from a very interesting source: novelist Anne Rice [1]!

Rice was so taken with Ryan’s story about the misunderstood scientist Don Williamson, and his research that questions our typical understanding of how animals like caterpillars end up as beautiful butterflies, that she posted this to her Facebook wall [2]:

“In Ryan, I’ve found another brilliant science writer, like Nick Lane, who makes available to the scientifically challenged some insight into the magnificence and mysteries of biological life on this planet. This is just a wonderful book. If you have, as I do, a million questions about how caterpillars become butterflies, and no science vocabulary to study it, well, this may be the book for you. This is beautifully written. A gem of a book.

The Mystery of Metamorphosis (UK edition) also received a nice review this month from Cosmos magazine [3]:

“In an equally entertaining and informing fashion, Ryan guides his readers through the lives and works of some of the key figures who explored the mystery of metamorphosis, its mechanisms and its evolution. He interweaves prose with scientific facts and paints a vivid picture of his characters as he describes their theories and experiments as well as their personal struggles and achievements.”

If your curiosity is plenty piqued, you might enjoy reading this excerpt [4] from the book, entitled “The Beautiful Mystery.”

The Mystery of Metamorphosis Prologue [5]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Anne Rice: https://www.facebook.com/annericefanpage

[2] her Facebook wall: https://www.facebook.com/annericefanpage/posts/459248734095612

[3] Cosmos magazine: http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/5868

[4] this excerpt: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_mystery_of_metamorphosis:hardcover/excerpt

[5] The Mystery of Metamorphosis Prologue: http://www.scribd.com/doc/51245896

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