Author: J. Graham Ducker
Title: Metamorphosis and other Short Stories
ISBN: 978-1-927725-73-3 = 9781927725733 – Soft cover
Trade Paperback: 300 pages – 6 X 9
Suggested Retail (Paperback): $24.95
Genre: Fiction, Novel, Canadian
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Time and Space do not mean the same thing to Graham Ducker as it does to the rest of the human race. Plan to be surprised, even flabbergasted by what he presents in these absorbing stories.
Grandma Hall and a six-volume set of books called, The Children’s Hour, were an important influence on Graham Ducker turning into a writer. His creativity shimmers, sparks and sparkles from story to story so don’t be surprised when he gives an inanimate objects or even a nebulous concepts a voice. Don’t be shocked when he develops plots through ethereal conversations. All of this gives his work a sometimes humorous, sometimes thought provoking twist. He often leaves the reader contemplating a possible continuation to a storyline that a lesser writer would have tied up with a pretty bow. This book will leave you thinking.
Here’s to chivalry. May its original, generous intent never die. In Graham Ducker’s collection of short stories, I found a writer who loves to write and an imagination that is broad and funny. Especially funny. What a great sense of humour and what an important view point. How often do people get a chance to read something as ordinary as the tale of Prince Charming from the point of view of the association of Prince Charmings? Anyone who reads these stories will be rewarded with a light-hearted, almost subtle, nuanced message and great writing. Truly enjoyable.
Writer, singer, poet.
Metamorphosis is a change or transformation and this collection of short stories written by J. Graham Ducker, a skilled master of the art, will facilitate this to happen as these stories unfold to the reader. His plots and descriptions come from a vast background of knowledge and experience and provide the reader with not only entertainment but also challenges. They are sure to become the readers’ favourites. His personal affinity with and love of nature set picturesque and vivid scenes, many of which mirror northern Canadian locations and are developed from his personal travels and experiences. His characters become alive, real and engaging. His dialogues are enthralling. Modern day Fairy Tales, surprise endings, twists on character roles and unusual situations will make his stories memorable. Readers are afforded the opportunity to become part of many of his stories in completing their own endings. Readers will be proud to add his works to their own collections and libraries.
Richard D. Metcalfe
BA History, BA Music, M.ED,
Elementary School Principal and Instrumental Music Specialist
North Bay Teacher’s College