Return of the Dittos: And Other Stories (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/4/25
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The author of "Moe Howard Died For Our Sins" is back with a new collection of short stories that again shows why reviewers have called him "devious" and "a natural born storyteller." "Return of the Dittos" takes readers on another wild romp. Whether depicting a bagboy revolt or the impending end of the world, these 20 tales are sometimes weird, occasionally outrageous but always thoroughly entertaining. This collection will engage you - and your imagination - from its first page to its last.
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."
This happens to fit into my lunchtime regimen of short stories on my Android, but I really don't have an overwhelming urge to read or finish, and may soon get another Kindle ready novel.
The few stories I managed to read are not funny. They're written as if meant for a screenplay for a bad pre-teen movie. Author re-attempts to be funny on every page, but fails. Here's an example from Page 14 of author describing a supervisor at a local grocery story:
"Miss Shank, Higgler's head cashier and loyal henchwoman, manned the bottom tier of this control tower. Nicknamed by her staff as "The Face That Stopped a Thousand Time Clocks," the matron of our work camp bared her incisors at any minion she suspected of timecard fraud. Her starched uniform was a stiff as her spine, her black hair cropped so short you could hear the follicles scream.
She glanced at my job application and summoned her master. 'Mr. Higgler, we got fresh meat.' "
I hate to write bad reviews. People often work hard and even if it isn't great you look for the good, right? I hung in for a few stories and closed it. Am going to return it instead of passing it onto others indicating that it could be worth reading.
It’s hard for me to pick any one story that I enjoyed the most out of this book but I think the story of the two women, one an established and prominent politician’s wife and one a younger woman looking to gain social clout, who are on volunteer boards and trying to outdo each other on the social ladder was one of my favorites. I also enjoyed the disappearing room mate and, without giving away the ending, how the protagonist of the story ended up switching to an antagonist by the end of the story. The dry humor and sarcasm with which the stories are written make the author’s writing really stand out in style and was uniquely satisfying. It was amazing how the characters seemed developed and three dimensional in such a short span of time as the stories allowed. Many of the stories read as a newspaper clip to me with even the plots of the simplest pieces being well through out and developed.
If there are any criticisms to be had with this book it would be to remove the first story. It simply didn’t match the caliber of the rest of the book and being the first story in the book made me question whether or not I wanted to continue to read the book. The second story caught my attention and I saw by the fourth story that the first just wasn’t up to par with the rest of the book. I’m sure the author could use his wit and humor to get it there however. The book was also edited very well and laid out nicely. In all I think readers who enjoy general fiction short stories and have a streak of dark humor and sarcasm will find this volume a treasure trove.