Recommended book: Sandcastle and Other Stories by Justin Bog

  • Cover for SandcastlesFormat: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Convenient Integration; 1 edition (8 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon UK, Amazon US
  • Language: English
  • Official Site: Justin Bog


Ten literary, psychological, and suspense tales collected in Sandcastle and Other Stories are nothing short of an adventure through a roiling sea of emotion. An old man twisted by fate and a lost love . . . a young girl playing on the ocean shore becomes entangled in nets of a mercurial god . . . a divorced man mired in troubles, coerced into taking a singles cruise . . . a Hollywood actor in a television drama, always typecast as the bad boy . . . a child kept awake by night terrors, and a woman who hides her secretive personality from everyone on the beach one sunny day. Genuine voices of the characters, mixed with a clear-eyed tonal directness, make this a series with mesmerizing psychological interaction. Stories span a broad depth of human understanding and build a bridge between deepest chasms of pain and high portals of joy. Read Sandcastle and Other Stories and stand witness to unspeakable hate sitting with cozy wile, right beside unconditional love — a provocative and compelling mirror on the human condition.

My Rating: ★★★★ (4 out of 5)

My Review

Sandcastle and Other Stories is a terrific mixture of short stories. Each is well crafted and very well written. The characters are brought to life and Justin has done a great job of creating different voices for each of them, not always easy for a collection of short stories.

I found Sandcastle, in particular, a terrific piece of writing with a delicious ending. A twisted mind. I like it!

Reading a collection of short stories is not always high up on my reading list, but I have to say I’ve enjoyed reading this shorter version of fiction. This was a great collection to dip in and out of in between other reading and a good way to introduce yourself to a new writer.

About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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4 Responses to Recommended book: Sandcastle and Other Stories by Justin Bog

  1. A good, clear review Pete.

  2. Kourtney Heintz says:

    I don’t read many anthologies or short story collections. But this review makes me want to! 🙂

    • Pete Denton says:

      I’d not read many collections, but I like the fact that you can read a short story in between longer works. I’ve downloaded a few shorts from other writers to read in the future 🙂

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