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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: 0.4 x 5.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."

More About the Author

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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I highly recommend reading these stories.
Evie
A short story is always enjoyable as long as it makes sense, entertains and holds the reader's attention for its short life span.
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Undoubtedly, this is the funniest book I've picked up in a long time.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evie on November 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Return of the Dittos and other stories, by Dale Andrew White, is a collection of twenty short stories and all of which are worth reading. Mr. White uses irresistible humor and keen insight into human nature in his stories and the end result is an enjoyable reading experience.
In the opening story, An Unlikely Story, the reader is treated to the monologue of a man accused offering a woman money for certain services. It is important to note that the woman is an undercover police woman. The defense he offers is creative, clever and original. Return of the Dittos is about the reunion show of the cast of a sitcom called Eat Your Peas which aired thirty years ago. The author's descriptions of the cast members are memorable. The Labors of Peon, my personal favorite, is the tale of Adam Peon's short lived career as a bagboy at a Dixie King grocery store. This job changes his life and with good reason. Due to unforeseen developments, Adam finds himself in the position of labor organizer when the bagboys learn that their tips are to be discontinued. What transpires when the bagboys revolt is hysterical.
Richly developed characters paired with humorous dialogue and story lines the reader can relate to add up to great reading. The author uses wit and humor to engage the reader. I highly recommend reading these stories.
I received this book free of charge from Review the Book and I give this review of my own free will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Barbarick (Stuffed Shelves) on August 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
What is the book about?

A collection of short stories from the author Dale Andrew White. A wide collection of different stories that will appeal to a variety of people. Dale's stories vary from dark and gloomy to laugh-out-loud humor, which shows how versatile the author really is when it comes to his writing style.

What did I think of the book?

My favorite short story in this collection was "Labors of Peon" a story about a bag boy who fights for his right to accept tips from customers.

You'll lift an eyebrow and chuckle at "Infatuated." You'll laugh out loud at stories like "Little Birdie" and "The Simpkins Revelation." Enjoy all twenty stories all at once or read them throughout the day, either way you'll love this book. Each story is just long enough to contain enough detail but short enough to read while riding the subway.
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