20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories

20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories

by Dan Salerno


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20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories by Dan Salerno

Human relationships can be intriguing, heartbreaking, funny, frustrating, and soulful (among other things). Sometimes all at the same time.

20 Short Ones takes you from Northern Ireland to New York and places in between. Each story offers a snapshot experience and an opportunity to emotionally relate to the age-old mystery of how friendships (romantic or otherwise) happen.

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ISBN-13: 9781490805801
Publisher: Westbow Press
Publication date: 12/11/2013
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.48(d)

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20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"20 Short Ones"  is going to be the fav Beach Read of the summer!   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the different characters in each story. If you are looking for an easy read that is entertaining, look no further. Recently purchased another copy for a friend. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm writing as the author of 20 Short Ones to say it's my sincere hope that the fun I had in writing these short stories will be experienced by each reader. It's important for potential readers to know that these stories are written from a faith-based perspective, combining my own personal experience with the spice of fiction - making for a truly unique read. Dan Salerno,
booksaloud More than 1 year ago
These stories get you hooked quickly. The dialogue carries you along and give you an in depth view of each character. I wanted to know more about the story in each chapter. They came to a satisfying conclusion, but my interest in each was still high. Another book of short stories taking each situation a step further would be appreciated! It's a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fine book.... fun to read these shorts out loud with a loved one. Mr. Salerno has blended so many aspects of life with a tempo that makes you want to turn the page. Then done with one short story, move on to the next slice of life. Bob Randels
yop More than 1 year ago
20 Short Ones by Dan Salerno 20 Short Ones  by Dan Salerno is a collection of 20 short stories about “Human relationships can be intriguing, heartbreaking, funny, frustrating, and soulful – sometimes all at the same time. Journey through the relationships of 20 separate and unique sets of characters in the new short story collection 20 Short Ones. As you travel the world, from Northern Ireland to New York, and places in between, you’ll get a snapshot experience and an opportunity to emotionally relate to the age-old mystery of how friendships (romantic or otherwise) happen. “ All 20 are very well written and different from eachother. They all have Spiritual undertones and are inspiring and quite fun. The romances are clean and wholesome, and leave you wishing you were not reading a short story.  All 20 are very good, but my favorites are : “Agee”-a story of an intriguing child and a lost slip of paper.  “Mercy”- a story of a mentors care. “Silent Night”- about 2 co-eds in a college library. “The Artificial Conception”-about a desperate man who is surpised “Eyre Square”- a story of redemption over tea The only one of the story's I didn't not love was “The Pumpkin Log”, and only because the characters were a bit muddy at times. Overall these 20 Short Ones  are fun and make for an easy read. -S as part of every Web or retail site review that BookLook Bloggers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy 
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite As the name suggests, 20 Short Ones is a collection of twenty short stories. In each story, Dan Salerno has narrated how humans connect to one another. This connection may or may not turn out to be anything romantic, but the intent of this connection remains the human need to emotionally connect with another human being. For instance, the first story is about a boy named Agee. One day, while coming back from school, Agee got a chance to save a lady's (named Edie) life. He did the best that an eight-year-old boy could do and ended up saving Edie's life. He could have simply left it at that, but he kept visiting her to ensure that she was okay. It was very enriching to read how a kid managed to pull Edie out of her phase of self-destruction. In very few words, the author has sent a useful message to readers. The message, I believe, is that help comes in different shapes and sizes. Sometimes, the helper is unaware of his/her own potential, but if they are persistent enough in helping the needy, they just might be able to breathe life into a broken soul. Although 20 Short Ones is a compilation of twenty fictional stories, Dan Salerno has defined the characters very well. Each character has a background story, a personality, a full physical description, and all other necessary ingredients that would enable readers to relate to them. Generally, short stories fall down in this area, but 20 Short Ones is not one of those. Before I read the blurb of 20 Short Ones, I initially thought that each story was focusing only on the relationships. The reader inside of me was looking for a variety of genres. However, after reading the author's intention in writing the book, I was able to commend his efforts. There is so much depth in each story that readers who wish to read about human connections would find their time well spent. Some stories are as simple as somebody calling a stranger and ending up befriending them; whereas the others are as complex as having an in-depth discussion about biblical philosophies. Whatever the plot may be, each story conveys hope; a hope that relationships can be built anywhere and anytime. The author has reminded readers of the need for forgiveness, patience, persistence, and many other virtues. The book delivers what it promises.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
STORY-LINE 20 SHORT ONES: 20 SHORT STORIES 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, filled with stories of hope, redemption, and in some cases forgiveness, the reader finds a relaxing and inspirational read. Each story's short, however, all are complete. Exploring human relationships and the human heart, Salerno crafted a glimpse of romance and friendship. My Christian fiction novel review of 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories follows. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT: In 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, the reader finds 20 stories which are short in length and long in content. Filled with hope and expectations of good things to come, 20 Short Ones' a feel good read. Each story is complete unto its self. This book does not focus on one religious group, but features several from Catholic to Jewish and ones in-between. Salerno is an equal opportunity author. With skillful development, Salerno, holds the reader's attention and causes the reader to think. Each story's different with a different meaning and concept, however each is filled with hope of better things to come. The pace of each story's correct for its length. Short Stories and novellas do not allow the author to develop complex characters and story-lines, however Salerno did a good job of developing the story-lines in a short space of pages. Finally, in concluding my Christian fiction novel review of 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, I found solid story lines, original premises, and skillful writing. 20 SHORT ONES: 20 SHORT STORIES RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend. FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest Christian fiction novel review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, the ARC did not affect my voluntary Christian fiction novel review.
TFish More than 1 year ago
In his recent compilation, 20 Short Ones, Mr. Salerno captivates his readers with diverse settings and affable dialogue. Delving into the emotional backdrops and baggage that permeate all relationships, the author exposes inhibitions we face as we bond with others. Using a dynamic portrayal of people, Mr. Salerno lifts each character off the pages and brings them to life. In the style of O’Henry, 20 Short Ones sweeps the reader into the heart of each brief story. From the pubs of Ireland to the streets of Kalamazoo, the author exposes everyday life, challenges, and longings throughout the scenarios he creates. Without prejudice to one denomination, he points to the unending need of man to know Christ uninhibited by the paraphernalia of religious trappings. Some favorites were “Eyre Square”, “Ambercrombie”, and“The Librarian”. That being said, I rated the novel four stars instead of five as I found several grammatical/plot mishaps and felt that some stories ended a little flat. Maybe I was looking for that O’Henry ironic twist of fate. I received a free copy of this novel for an unbiased review.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
"Between you and me, I understand your logic, Miss Meade. But thinking thoroughly about what everyone else accepts without thinking often upsets the applecart." I'm a fan of fiction that makes me think, and 20 Short Ones by author Dan Salerno is a thinking kind of read with a conversational quality to the storytelling. The short stories take an engaging look at human relationships of different kinds, and even the religious themes among the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant characters are relationship-focused. I especially liked the depictions of characters who are introverted or socially awkward; it can be easy to portray a character's shyness or introversion as a "flaw" that he or she needs to grow out of instead of a human attribute that can be appreciated as much as another person's outgoingness. Though this is far from being a "read one story and you've read them all" kind of book, I thought there to be a little redundancy between some of the stories' themes and characters. There are minor punctuation issues throughout the book, and perhaps there are a few too many instances where children in the book speak and come off more like adults. Nonetheless, this contemplative but still down-to-earth collection conveys plenty of hope while still leaving room for the reader's imagination, and I'd recommend it to other fans of short stories and warm, "thinking" fiction. _________________ I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
BN_Review More than 1 year ago
An awesome collection of 20 great American short stories from a guy tall in talent, this book offers funny, smart, and poignant vignettes through thoughtful eyes. My first impression on reading the book: "I like this!" Although slightly biased, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better collection for your dollar. 20 Short Ones delivers compact material from one of the most talented writers in Kalamazoo.