A toZ Challenge Book Review: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

e daily A to Z Challenge prompt is “C”.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote



Capote’s poetic writing style immediately draws the reader into the brutal murder of the Cutter family. The story is written in an intense and nonlinear style. At moments, I became so immersed that I almost forgot it was a real crime story. Capote was the first author to write a nonfiction book in a novelistic style which paved the way for the “true crime” genre. He explores the vast spectrum of emotions throughout the horrific events of November 15th, 1959 and the turbulent years afterwards. Capote represents  Smith and Hickock with humanistic qualities  when he portrays them as “troubled, confused young men”, compared to public”s view  as cold-hearted killers.   His compassionate writing about the killers fascinated and terrified me simultaneously. This sad, gruesome story captivated me from the beginning to the end, and will stay with me for a very long time.

The Cutter family
The Cutter family




Happy Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day!

Reblogged from http://www.messynessychic.com


Since it’s Bastille Day and I’m a huge Francophile, here’s an informative post from messynessychic.com’s blog. She discusses Cinemacity, a nifty free Smartphone application Cinemacity that allows you to take a cinematic journey through Paris.

Priceless Moment at The Smithsonian

A Priceless Moment at The Smithsonian

Over the weekend, our family visited Washington, D.C for the first time. The Smithsonian was our last stop for the day. After waiting on line for over thirty minutes in the blistering hot sun, we shuffled into the museum. Inching through the museum’s doors, a blast of air conditioning snapped us out of our heat induced stupor. A large crowd gathered around a young woman in a blue uniform, as she held a megaphone. Her inaudible, muffled announcement ricocheted off the museum’s pristine white stone walls. Walking closer towards the crowd, the Star Spangled Banner blaring. As we got closer, we saw visitors surrounding and supporting an enormous American flag. My nine-year old son captured this unforgettable moment. We couldn’t have asked for a more heartwarming welcome to D.C.

My Father Amongst Dragon’s Teeth in WW II

My Dad Amongst Dragon's Teeth in WW II

A picture of my father, age nineteen, standing by a field of Dragon’s teeth while fighting by The Siegfried Line. Nearly his entire troop was replaced three times during the war. He was one of three men who survived from the original troop.

“Dragon’s teeth were used by all sides in the European Theatre. The Germans made extensive use of them in the Siegfried Line and the Atlantic Wall. Typically, each “tooth” was 90 to 120 cm (3 to 4 ft) tall depending on the precise model. Land mines were often laid between the individual “teeth”, and further obstacles constructed along the lines of “teeth” (such as barbed wire to impede infantry, or diagonally placed steel beams to further hinder tanks). The French army employed them in the Maginot Line, while many were laid in the United Kingdom in 1940–1941 as part of the effort to strengthen the country’s defences against a possible German invasion.”

Souce: Wikipedia

For The Grammar Freaks Out There (like me): Among vs. Amongst

“Amongst is a variant of among. There is no difference between them. While amongst is fairly common—though still rare compared to among—in British, Australian, and Canadian English, it is rare in American English and may even have an archaic ring.The -st at the end of amongst is a holdover from a period of English in which sounds were added to words (usually nouns) to make adverbs. Other examples of words inflected this way include alwaysoncewhence, and unawares, and there are a few other -st adverbs such as whilst and amidst.”

Source: http://www.grammarist.com

Book Review: Sylo by D.J. MacHale



 SYLO is a YA Sci-Fi mystery that takes place on an island off the coast of Maine. It’s a plot driven story, which is plausible, entertaining and intriguing, with a surprise ending. Survival, courage and discovery are the main themes of the story. The novel starts off at a fast pace and tension is progressively ramped up throughout the story. Yet the excitement tapers off in the last few chapters, as the dialogue didn’t seem to move the story forward. Tucker, the male protagonist, is your average teenager living the peaceful island life. We experience the mystery and chaos surrounding the island through his point of view. The main characters are likeable, but I didn’t become emotionally attached to the them. Tori, one of the main secondary characters, is well fleshed out. I’d categorize this as a typical boy’s book –  plenty of explosions, unexplained aircrafts, deaths and warships to keep a boy intrigued for hours.


I received an advanced copy from the publisher for review.