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Return of the Dittos Paperback – April 25, 2009
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"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
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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.Read more ›
Author: Dale Andrew White
Reviewer: George Shadow
The author of "Moe Howard Died For Our Sins" returns with another collection of hilarious short stories.
Hilarious is the word to watch out for here. A collection of very funny short stories brings to the fore the lighter side of Author Andrew White. From AN UNLIKELY STORY to THE SIMPKINS REVELATION, the stories are as varied as they are oddly abrupt and take up many of life's aspects as themes.
Book Cover & Formatting
The book cover depicts the book's flagship story, RETURN OF THE DITTOS, another hilarious package taking up television series in its satire. The fonts and placement highlights the cover's beauty, and interior formatting is okay in my opinion.
The stories are called short for a reason. They are meant to make one laugh and think deeply as well, and they achieve these objectives with measured accuracy. Simple sentences make up the stories' complex compositions, and their endings will often surprise the reader. Of course, grammatical errors and typos are lacking here, a commendable achievement making for a more enjoyable reading.
Hilarious. Laugh all the way across its pages to the last story.
George Shadow is the author of THE BLACK BOOK.
The writing style works out well with the sarcastic tones of many of the stories, and I think most people wont be able to help cracking a smile here or there. The humor can vary and sometimes it went a bit over my head. There are some typos (in one case I couldn't figure out if a word had been repeated or if a comma was missing, since it could have worked either way). The short length of the stories makes them ideal for reading one every once in a while. You could read the book front to cover in a sitting or two, but giving each story some breathing room is best.
It was a very enjoyable read and it brought me back to my childhood memories of stories that my back-of-the-woods grandfather would tell many years ago. I could read this collection over and over without ever tiring of it.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book deserves no stars. I should have known by A.) the few reader reviews, and B.) the poorly written Editorial Reviews from sources I've never hear of. Read morePublished 23 months ago by A. Gold
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. Read more
A short story is always enjoyable as long as it makes sense, entertains and holds the reader's attention for its short life span. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Mochalove
These short stories by Dale Andrew White (D.A.W.) are pretty good. But as I read through them, I can't help but wonder: what would David Foster Wallace (D.F.W. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by S. Augusto
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. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by HR Bryen
Dale Andrew White is very strange, dark and kind of "pervy" (in a good way!) . And we are so lucky that he is! This book, Return of the Dittos, is a collection of short stories. Read morePublished on September 27, 2009 by LAURI CRUMLEY COATES
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... Read morePublished on August 8, 2009 by Midwest Book Review