Saturday, August 10, 2013


Author:  Justin Bog
Genre:  Short Story Collection, Standalone
Published:  2013
Personal Rating:  3/5 (just okay)
Format:  eBook
Yearly Count:  64
(ss) Yearly Count:  40 - 49

From NetGalley:

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.

I really enjoyed the variety of topics this collection addressed and some were really great; however, I did run across some that were definitely not for me.  Ultimately, my individual ratings averaged out to be just an okay collection.  I really loved the Michigan connections and glad that I took the time to read these stories, but it wasn't a favorite.

My thanks go to Gemelli Press and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley.


  1. Collections like this are really hit and miss with me. Sometimes even just one or two great stories make reading an entire anthology worthwhile, but not always. I'd probably be willing to give this one a try.

    1. Literary Feline ~ I think Bog is a terrific writer. I just didn't care for the direction some of these stories took.


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