The trick was the perfect start to the book. It made me realize how the smallest advice from our loved ones can bring a big change in our lives. I loved how the chapters were neither too long nor too short. Every page turn instilled a sense of fulfillment within me.
Michael J. Terrill
Riveting and easy to read. My favorite chapter was A Letter to the Professor. It was comedic relief and something relatable in the midst of suspense and horror. Although I’m not an avid reader, this book kept me engaged throughout the evening. Ted’s storytelling and witty humor make it even more enjoyable.
Even when I work around books 24/7, I hardly get time to read fiction. It needs attention, focus, and time to visualize and feel the story. But Ted made it possible for me to enjoy fiction without spending hours flipping through pages. My favorite one is The Mermaid; I never go to our balcony at night after reading that one…
This book sure leaves you with many questions! Every story gave me the chills. I own a yacht and take it out often. But after reading Ted’s Tales, I’m constantly thinking about seeing that Sea Bat from his book.
Naomi A. Johnson
Reading this was a piece of cake, but getting the characters out of my mind and quitting obsessing over them? Impossible.
These taut, readable stories transported me back to a magical world that I had roamed as a child -much of which now lives on in my memories. Ted Delgrosso has a true outdoorsman’s sense of the call of the wild. There are stories of family life and friendship that range across genres, from the realistic to the other-worldly. I couldn’t put it down.
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Fun Mixture of Short Stories
I absolutely enjoyed reading Ted’s Tales! This book has a diverse collection of short stories that are packed with suspense, drama, and adventure. They are well-crafted, easy-to-read stories that anyone can enjoy. As a writer, I am impressed by Delgrosso’s talent and ability to give a range of stories in varying genres and formats. I found myself eagerly anticipating the next story, wondering which literary technique, setting, or character Delgrosso would play with next. If you like reading a wide variety of genres, you’ll enjoy this book. I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much, because I hadn’t heard of the author before. But it was difficult for me to put this book down because each story has an unexpected ending. Some make you laugh, while others leave you wondering. Some of my favorite stories are “The Trick,” “A Letter to the Professor,” and “Master/Pet.” I really enjoyed Delgrosso’s use of irony and humor, as well as themes of survival, adventure, and man-vs-nature. The stories come alive with Delgrosso’s descriptive writing. If you’re looking for interesting short stories to read, you should check this book out.
Well written, funny, dark, thoughtful and nostalgic: a great read
Well written, funny, dark, thoughtful and nostalgic- this book was a joy to read. Each chapter was an escape into a different time and place, some happy, some not so much, but always there was something interesting! Several chapters really made me think. All were concise but written with feeling and kept me interested. Overall a great book; I’ve already recommended it to others.
Short or shorter, there are tales here for every reader
I stumbled upon this book by accident, but it has made me question my lifelong aversion to short stories. Ted’s Tales range from a two-minute read to a 20-minute read—and they are all entertaining. They are perfect for bedtime for me. I can usually only make it through a few paragraphs of a novel before my eyes shut. But I can easily chow down on at least one of these stories—and sleep with the comfortable feeling of completion.
My favorite is the story about his dog. The master/pet relationship is spot on, and it had me giggling with familiarity. I read the story to my dog too.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys witty, thoughtful, or intriguing writing in a short format. Or to those with short attention spans. I think I’m going to buy a second copy and put it in my guest bathroom. I can think of many who visit my home and would enjoy a short (or long) sit with these stories.
Great Read, Compelling And Engaging Short Stories
As a bookworm and a traveler, I can vouch for this book. It turned out to be the best companion on my travels.
5.0 Out Of 5 Stars Such A Unique Style
These stories are unlike any others I’ve read. They’re written in a very simplistic, almost childlike style, but from the start there is something indefinably unsettling in most of them. Even stories like Master/Pet, which pretty much every pet owner/ownee can relate to has a bit of menace. It’s amazing how much vivid imagery is packed into a page or two of simple prose and poetry. Many if not most of the stories mix dark elements of something akin to horror with humor and charm. Some stories almost remind me of fables: short, generally simple writing, without a large company of characters, and yet with unexpected depth to them. I’d read (some of) them to children who enjoy creepy-but-not-too creepy stories, and also to adults. I actually checked to see if Mr. Delgrosso had any other published works, which as far as I can tell he doesn’t, which makes this collection of stories all the more impressive as a debut.
The author is a wonderful storyteller.
DelGrosso’s short stories are fun and can be read quickly.I am usually too busy to get involved in a longer book. It’s great as a nightstand read at bedtime. The stories are relatable.
Wonderfully written and interesting collection of short stories!
Ted’s Tales is a wonderfully written collection of short stories by Ted Delgrosso. You can read the entire book in one sitting or a few stories at a time, just enough to fill your small cravings for a nice and quick entertaining read. Some stories are much shorter than others, some a bit more interesting than the other, while some are more in-depth and as detailed as can be as far as short stories go. The author did a great job with the stories, each unique and able to stand on its own. Ted wrote in different genres, so the stories are never boring or monotonous—some are strange, some heartwarming, some fun, some a bit creepy, but they all provide the reader with just the right amount of entertainment to spark one’s mind and get lost in the land of imagination even just for a few minutes. Starting the book off with the short story “The Trick” was an excellent choice, in my humble opinion. This story stood out for me, with some elements of thrill that would make you curious and wonder about what happens next. Another two that stood out for me are “Safe” (written in different point of views, so that was a bit refreshing to read) and “Guardian Angel,” which I thought had a pretty interesting plot. All the short stories are well-written and engaging, so kudos to Ted for creating a book of short stories that is enjoyable for readers.