Book 24 – 2014 – In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

201106-omag-in-cold-blood-284xFallThis book is about a gruesome multiple homicide, based on a true story. The author interviewed the people involved, from the neighbours, to the investigators. It is as detailed and as personal as a book can be. It definitely make me feel better (while reading the book) to know that the murderers had been caught.

The book examines the complex psychological relationship between two parolees who together commit a mass murder – Wikipedia

Book 23 – 2014 – Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1) – Stephen King

18775247I love Stephen King’s novel. His stories are quite diverse. They have a little bit of a dark side, but varies from one to the other. I’ve read from Dreamcatcher, to Green Mile, to The Shining, and of course ‘part II’ of The Shining, Doctor Sleep. Each and very one of them are quite different.

Mr. Mercedes is to be a Trilogy, about a retired policeman, Bill Hodges, solving crimes, finding Mr. Mercedes. This book is set out very similarly to Robert Galbraith’s Cuckoo Calling and The Silkworm, about a private detective who solve crimes.

All in all, I enjoy Mr. Mercedes. Kept me on suspense and wanting to read more and more and more, until the end of the book.

Book 22 – 2014 – The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie

16343The Mysterious Affair at Styles is supposed to be the first Hercule Poirot series. There are like hundreds of them by now. I don’t really feel it that way, and I don’t see an indication of how. As in there was no indication in the story line about this. I mean it doesn’t affect the story whatsoever, but being a noob in Agatha Christie book, I’d like to know more about how Hercule Poirot come about kind of thing.

Well like the title indicated, the story is set in Styles, and an affair is involved. A recently married, rich older women with her young husband, her extended family and ‘family’, in her mansion. It’s always a mansion eh!

I still enjoy Hercule Poirot book, but probably need to space them out a little bit. Given that I was stuck without internet for 2 weeks, and my e-reader is packed with Agatha Christie collection, I didn’t’ have much choice.

Book 21 – 2014 – A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ismael Beah

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The book is a memoir of a former child soldier. Prior to reading this book I’ve only known of child soldier as child who got drafted by the rebel to fight with them. Brainwashed and basically surviving the only way they know how. I was partially correct, because there are child soldiers from both the ‘good guy’ and the ‘bad guy’.

I got a glimpse of what it was like to be child soldier, and how their childhood was robbed from them. I got a glimpse of what the actual war was like, not the ones we saw on TV. And how the writer is able to rise from it all and try to live a ‘normal’ live. It’s quite an eye-opening… or mind-opening rather.

It’s a little bit of a dark read, but great read.

Book 19 – 2014 – Murder in Mesopotamia – Agatha Christie

16360What did I tell ya? I’m kinda hooked on Agatha Christie now. The fact that it’s murder mystery, AND it’s short! average of 200pgs on my e-reader.

So this time, the setting is somewhere in the Middle East. At an anthropological dig. And the characters are the anthropologist, photographer, priest, and the wives, and a couple more people that live in and/or around the residence. The story is sort of written from a point of view of a nurse.

Book 18 – 2014 – Black Coffee – Agatha Christie

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To be honest this is the first Agatha Christie book I’ve ever read. I came across a bunch of Agatha Christie Collection epub version. So this is definitely not gona be the last novel of hers I’ll read.

Anyway, this book, of course is detective, murder mystery and all that jazz. This particular story involves a rich, older inventor, and his extended family, in his mansion. Oh, and there’s a butler too. That’s all I’ve got to say.

I’m officially a fan of Agatha Christie btw.