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"White entertains with clever asides, obvious (and some not-so-obvious) puns, and cultural and societal pokes. His stories combine satire, slapstick, innuendo, and outright silliness." --Seattle Post Intelligencer

"raw, in-your-face humor worthy of Comedy Central" --ReaderViews.com

"strikes a balance between contemporary and fine aged humor that can't be found anywhere else and is as refreshing as it is funny" --BookReview.com

"An original book of short stories from a talented author." --Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"A unique assortment of stories, each as entertaining as the last, Return of the Dittos is a collection that short fiction lovers must get." --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Dale Andrew White's short fiction has appeared in Modern Short Stories, Comic Relief, Beyond Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nuthouse, The Macguffin, Northcoast View and numerous other magazines and journals. His work includes the short story collection, "Moe Howard Died For Our Sins" and the interview collection "Encounters with Authors."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (April 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439227322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439227329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,271,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dale Andrew White is the author of the interview collection "Encounters with Authors" and the short story collections "Moe Howard Died For Our Sins" and "Return of the Dittos," which are available in paperback and on Amazon Kindle. His Kindle books also include "Disaster on the Sunshine Skyway," "'Psycho' Analysis: an interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock's cinematic masterpiece," "A Field Guide to Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds," "Tales of Old Florida" and "A Florida Anthology."

White's humorous short stories have appeared in Modern Short Stories, Comic Relief, The MacGuffin, Nuthouse, Beyond Science Fiction & Fantasy and numerous other magazines and journals.

Midwest Book Review calls him "a natural born storyteller with an especial flair for blending fantasy, whimsy, satire and a fevered imagination into original stories that are replete with ribald humor and reader-engaging novelty."

BookReview.com warns that to open a Dale Andrew White short story collection "is to invite trouble - and probably enjoy it."

White is a member of Humor Writers of America. His short story collections have been nominated for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Several of White's short stories are now also available separately on Amazon Kindle.

Read excerpts from White's short story collections and comments by his readers and reviewers at:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/384526.Dale_Andrew_White

Also available separately on Amazon Kindle are White's interviews with Sir Peter Saunders, Agatha Christie's theatrical producer; "The Blackboard Jungle" author Evan Hunter, who as Ed McBain also penned the 87th Precinct mystery series; John Mortimer, creator of "Rumpole of the Bailey"; novelist Chaim Potok; "Hagar the Horrible" cartoonist Dik Browne; "Up the Down Staircase" author Bel Kaufman; novelist Eugenia Price; "Watership Down" author Richard Adams; neo-realist author Alain Robbe-Grillet; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Eberhart; rock pioneers Little Richard and Bo Diddley; pop artist Andy Warhol; behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner; fantasy and science fiction author Andre Norton; macabre cartoonist Gahan Wilson and others.



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue in CT on December 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Return of the Dittos by Dale Andrew White is a collection of short stories obvious meant for the reader's entertainment. I think the cover of the book explains it all. It is a picture of an old TV and that is what these stories remind me of, watching old black and white comedies and in some cases, Twilight Zone in the good ole days. The stories are all varied in theme, some are purely humorous while some may use irony. If you don't like one story just keep reading, you may like the next one. It is the perfect book to take with you to enjoy a quick story while waiting at a Dr. office or whenever you have a few minutes because chances are you will be able to read a complete story in just a few minutes.

I only found one story, 'Infatuated,' that I thought was 'sick' for lack of a better way of explaining it. I don't want to give any spoilers away so I really can't explain it but what I mean by it, it is like reading a story about someone who has a foot fetish. This is not what this story is about, it is about something else so be clear on this, I am only using 'foot fetish' as a way to explain it. I do not find feet sexy, nor do I worship them. To me those that do are 'sick' and this is what I mean about this story, it is 'sick'. (Again, it has nothing to do with feet.)

Other stories can possibly be non-fiction although the author has already stated the book is fiction. The story that comes to mind is 'Disappearing Act' which is about a secret experiment concerning the human mind at a college for a Psychology class on Perceptions & Realities. This experiment is done on students through the course of the semester and after reading it, I realized I too believed and wondered what in my life have I (and how many others) perceived as a reality when in fact it was a deception all along.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rejw2004 on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Undoubtedly, this is the funniest book I've picked up in a long time. Return of the Dittos by Dale Andrew White contains a variety of short stories that will lighten anyone's mood. I found myself laughing so hard tears started to trickle down my face. These short stories are filled with the most imaginative characters anyone would ever hope to meet. The author clearly has an ingenious sense of humor and timing.

My favorite story has to be " The Simpkins Revelation". It continues a character by the name of Beatrice Simpkins who has to be the most hilarious character the author could have thought up. She reminds me of a cross between Lucy Ricardo, the mom from "Leave it to Beaver" and Anna Nicole Smith. She has absolutely, no clue. You tend to feel so sorry for this character and her antics that you can't help but to shake you head and laugh. And laugh, I did - right to the very end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of hilarious, laugh hardy, satirical short stories. You couldn't make a better choice. This book will definitely put a smile on your face.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Reba on June 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
A collection of short stories, "Return of the Dittos" by author Dale Andrew White will have you laughing with each page turn. Each tale within is only a few pages long, providing the perfect break to an otherwise monotonous day. There are even a few surprises that may throw you off when reading. With both light and serious (sort of) content, you will find yourself reading just one more each time you intend to close the book for the night. I know I did.

After reading the first story, I was a little confused as to how the book flow would go, but after the second the writing style becomes clearer, and easier to follow. My personal favorites were `The Labors of Peon', which tells the tale of young Adam Peon and his self led revolt of the bag boys from Dixie King; also, `Little Birdie', in which you will have a rather interesting discussion with your own inner narrator. A must read for those needing a quick chuckle break...happy reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2009
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Short story anthologies often bring a variety and freshness that novels can't quite match. "Return of the Dittos: And Other Short Stories" is a new collection of stories from acclaimed short fiction author Dale Andrew White. A unique assortment of stories, each as entertaining as the last, "Return of the Dittos" is a collection that short fiction lovers must get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HR Bryen on January 7, 2011
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The short story genre has always been a difficult one for me to settle in to. Simple because by the time I am settling in to a story, it's over. It's a difficult thing to write effectively, and I suspect even more difficult to read when one is used to the normal, long-form novel.

Dale Andrew White has crafted a collection of tales that captured my interested and held it fast through each of the 175 pages. From the Bagboy Liberation Army of The Labors of Peon to the quiet unassuming Miss Mona Darner in In Lieu of Flowers this collection is resplendent in characters you will identify with, laugh at, sympathise with, cheer for and more than anything else recognise.

There are highs and lows of course, some stories will hit the mark and you'll catch yourself laughing out loud. Others are interesting but land a little wide of the humour mark, but this doesn't mean they still aren't enjoyable. And after all, humour is very subjective. While some rest heavily on satire, there is a fair sprinkling of puns throughout, as well as a smattering of social commentary hidden beneath a thin veneer of silliness.

The style of White's writing slips from narrative to reporting in some tales, and regularly switches from first to third person. If you take each story as a piece in its own right, and perhaps read one at a time, or in short bursts the issue noted by other reviewers of `flow' is dealt with fairly easily. This isn't a book to sit down and read cover to cover, but rather to visit with cups of coffee, at lunch, on the bus. If you can prevent yourself from laughing out loud that is.

This is my first opportunity to read any of Dale Andrew White's work, his previous offering Moe Howard Died for our Sins was very well received, and I'm sure this offering will be too. There is no doubt in my mind that White is a natural born storyteller, the 20 short tales within Return of the Dittos (and other stories) confirms that.
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