Author Bill Dutcher's "Fictoids" is a racy read. A fictoid,
according to the
author, is making a statement or telling a story in one sentence.
fictoid tells who did what, when and where, although the fact in
it may be
debatable. Putting it simply, a fictoid is a fictional factoid.
Dutcher is an owner of oil and gas business in Oklahoma City. What
started as an
interest outside his regular occupation in the year 1997, has taken
the shape of
this book. His experience in oil and gas business inspired him to
write a couple
of related fictoids. Since then, Dutcher has written many fictoids
historical events to modern day incidents. This book contains enjoyable
anecdotes in short sentences, packing loads of chuckles in every
page. From the
rich and the famous to the commoner, everyone finds a place in this
interestingly written book. Cartoonist Jack Ziegler's illustrations
complement the fictoids and add appeal to this book.
Here are examples of a few entertaining fictoids: "Due to the
actions of his
predecessor, Henry the Ninth couldn't even get a date. (The lonely
a bachelor until he was sixty, when, in the midst of a late-life
crisis, he got
married to the widow next door.)"
Thomas Edison's creative yet scatterbrained younger brother, Alvin,
different businesses in the 1920's before combining them into a confused
conglomerate called General Eclectic."
In 2001, the Southwestern Lung Association warned patrons of Tex-Mex
restaurants that frequent exposure to second-hand fajita smoke caused
cancer in laboratory armadillos."
Some amusing names find place in the index of well-known personalities,
Anwar Sedate, Al Cappucino, Mia Culpa, Girl Saturday, Rush Limbo,
Ralph Nadir, Mia Pharaoh.
Dutcher concludes the book in his inimitable style "All Rights
Reserved / All
Wrongs Regretted / All Disclaimers Apply." Read this book, it
is a comic relief.
June 29, 2005