SANDCASTLE AND OTHER STORIES
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"Bog has a keen eye for what makes people tick, especially when their clockwork is decidedly rusty and the urges it drives are less than ideal. These stories take a microscopic view at the ordinary that, in turn, molds it into something uncanny. The underlying darkness takes different forms with each one, but never is it absent, and never does it feel anything less than utterly natural - - Josh Black
Justin Bog graduated with an MFA in Fiction from Bowling Green State University. He makes his home in the Pacific Northwest and looks after four pets: Zippy, Kipling, Ajax The Gray and Eartha Kitt'n.
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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.
Anytime you read a book that has several short stories, there will be some you like and some you don't. The author gets to the point in his stories. He doesn't put the stories together as he goes. He has in his mind what he wants to put on paper and he does.
People are complex and Mr. Bog writes about humans and the complex minds we all have. They're about how the mind reacts to different situations and how different people re-act to the same situation. The characters are really the plot. The stories are about the characters. The characters aren't weak, they are strong. I liked the suspense in the story Under The Third Story Window, a girl seeing someone out her window and believes there is a killer stepping lightly up each kitchen stair and is there to kill them all. You can actually feel what she feels. Haven't you ever thought someone might be in the house to kill everyone? You get chills just thinking of this poor girl waiting to die. Some of these stories will have you holding your breath, leery of what will come next. Human nature and the human brain sometimes has us doing things we may never ever thought of. Everyone has times that are dark, scary and strange. Sometimes we think of things we would never say to anyone, not even your closest friend. Mr. Bog's characters can be scary, scared, sometimes funny just like all of us. I've always thought the sign of a good book is that when you're finished reading, you want more and Mr. Bog has done just that. Left the reader wanting more.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Word Slinger Publicity and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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