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Sandcastle Hardcover – 3 Nov 2011

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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Self Made Hero; First Edition edition (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906838380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906838386
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 805,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 stars by turns touching frightening and strangely believable. It is a low key Sci-Fi gem with heart. --Jes Bickham, SFX Magazine Editor

About the Author

Pierre Oscar Levy is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He lives in France. Frederik Peeters's previous graphic novels have received multiple nominations for top awards at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. He lives in Switzerland.


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Format: Hardcover
A man hiding on the cliff face of a beach watches a young woman skinny dip in the sea. A couple of families show up early to the beach to set up their stuff before the crowds appear and one of them discovers the young woman floating face down in the sea - or at least she was young, not now. Slowly as more people appear on the beach they notice strange things happening to the kids. The three year old boy suddenly looks much older, at least six, while his five year old sister is taller and beginning puberty. They realise that the beach is somehow making them all age incredibly quickly but find that they can't leave - they're enclosed in some kind of force field. And at the rate they're aging, it looks like everyone's going to die there.

"Sandcastle" is a fascinating and strange sci-fi/Twilight Zone-type story with plenty of mystery that'll keep you reading until the end, never guessing where it's going. This is Pierre Oscar Levy's first comic book and he writes it very well with the surprises coming thick and fast with interesting characters making up this small band of doomed people. There are elements in the story that aren't explained, added to the overall mystery of what the beach was/is. Some kind of government experiment gone wrong? A dream? Is the beach a portal to a parallel dimension? Are the people somehow metaphors for sandcastles, that appear on the beach and disappear over the span of a day? Small events in the book point to different explanations but ultimately it's up to the reader to decide what it means to them.

Frederik Peeter's art is of the same high standard as his last book, the excellent "Blue Pills" which I highly recommend. He does a brilliant job of showing each of the characters age rapidly, panel by panel.

"Sandcastle" is a weird and interesting comic book that's definitely good fun to read and has a thought provoking, well written story at its heart. One to pick up if you see it.
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May contain spoilers, though I've tried to keep it cryptic.

I'm going to start by saying I absolutely *hated* the ending which has brought my rating down to a four. Otherwise, up until that point, I was absolutely mesmerized with this book! Such a unique, gripping story and completely spellbinding. It's up to the reader to make sense of the story and figure out the meaning for themselves. The genre is either science fiction (which is actually mentioned in the story) or magical realism (an old myth/fairy tale is related to give this impression). The story comes full circle expressing to me the theme of people building walls around themselves, to protect them from the possible evils of life, but then only succumbing to a unfulfilled life that ends in death. I was greatly fascinated by the story, attentive to the end to find out what would happen. But was disappointed with the conclusion as I had really felt that the youngest boy's question about what happens after death was going to lead to a profound examination of death not being the end, or only the beginning or eternal life, etc. (I'm Catholic) I find these themes often come out similar to the Catholic view of death in many stories even when the author hasn't set out to do so. But instead, we got a silly abrupt, death is death, myth and an ending that shows life continuing but rather without any hope. The book is for mature readers as it does show full frontal nudity of both sexes, however it is in natural circumstances and not gratuitous at all. Certainly worth reading! Very well done.
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Sandcastle is a dark and deeply peculiar science fiction murder mystery written by award-winning documentary film-maker Pierre Oscar Levy and illustrated by Frederik Peeters [Blue Pills, Lupus].

It's very early on a perfect summer's day when a disparate bunch of people begin to arrive at a seemingly idyllic, secluded cove in order to enjoy some time at the beach. There are a couple of families with young children; one family apparently from the local area, while the other is visiting from America. One family is accompanied by a dog, the other by a granny. Also spending a day at that beach are an Algerian refugee with a perpetually bloody nose, a young couple and a crotchety genre writer.

While the beach and gentle waters might appear inviting, there is actually something menacing lurking in the shadows of the shady cliffs. First they discover a pile of abandoned clothes down by the water's edge, then the body of a young woman is found floating in the cove. Most are quick to blame the Algerian; the police are phoned but somehow fail to arrive. Something is deeply amiss down on that beach. Just as help seems never able to arrive, the group feel trapped on the beach, as if held in place by some invisible force. And then time goes all screwy.

Sandcastle is the first graphic novel that Pierre Oscar Levy has written and it is certainly a complex and intriguing story, if not a completely satisfying one. While it might at first present as being a fairly straightforward whodunit, after the girl's body is discovered the story takes an extreme turn for the weird.
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