Just in time for holiday gift-givingùand lifelong contemplationùMetamorphosis is a double take right from the first page. A meditation on the nature of change and visual perception, Metamorphosis puzzles and plays with the reader. Each of twelve richly surreal, provocative, philosophical life-cycle paintings is matched on a facing page with a nearly identical, electronically altered version in which changes lurkùfrom major to miniscule, as many as two hundred fifty in one pairùand readers are challenged to spot the difference. Complementing these images are literary passages on transformationùfrom Alice in Wonderland to Dracula, from The Picture of Dorian Gray to KafkaÆs Metamorphosisùduplicated, likewise, with subtle but visual graphic differences (including altered typefaces). The paintingsÆ autobiographical slant adds yet another twist and will delight Mike WilksÆs many fans. Trying to spot the number of differences on each spread crowns this intriguing, haunting visual adventure. Attention puzzle-solvers, art and literature aficionados, and metaphysicians!