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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

I’ll be honest, I was very excited, but also very unsure what this book was going to be like when I started reading it. The only knowledge I had of this book before I started reading it was that it was about some people in a mental institution.

When I had first started reading it I taken in right away by the main character’s (a 6 foot half indian man named Chief Bromden) vivid hallucinations. If I had to guess the character suffers from severe schizophrenia, as he believes there is a shadowy government organization called “The Combine” that he believes is attempting to turn the whole world into a place just like his ward at the mental institution. The head nurse Miss Ratched. Or “The Big Nurse” as the main character refers to her as runs the ward.

Among these general theories he also hallucinates that the pills they give him contain little pieces of machinery that dissolve when they come in contact with air. He knows this because he broke one open and saw the components before they disappeared.  Whenever there is conflict or when the patients defy nurse Ratched he also sees thick fog that fills the ward preventing him from seeing and interacting with the other patients.

Chief Bromden also gets to hear and see a lot more interactions and conversations between the staff members as he pretends to be deaf and dumb(mute) even though he is well educated. Since he sweeps the hallways daily in the institute he is privy to some interesting conversations that really give the reader a better idea of what life is like during that time, and how institute is run.

The real change comes when a new patient, a man named Randel McMurphy is committed to the ward. He is a tall skinny irishmen who flagrantly defies the rules and nurse Ratched and fires up the other patients against the rules that they have been forced to follow for many years.

Overall I highly recommend that everyone read this book as it is really quite a page turner. The interactions between the patients and the support staff and Randle’s behavior make for a very entertaining read.  The very  gritty life on the ward is makes the book feel as though these were real events written by someone as an autobiography. You start out not knowing much at all about Chief Bromden but as the story goes on you do learn more about his past and it really reveals the depth of his character. The author’s very descriptive writing, and how deeply he immerses the reader into the main character’s mind make this book an instant favorite for me as well.

Just checking in…

Hey everyone!

First, let me take a moment to say thanks! Thank you for taking the time to read my reviews! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them!

Please pardon the delay in getting the last two reviews done, life’s been a bit crazy here.

I’m currently reading The End Game by Raymond Khoury one of my favorite authors. I’m hoping to have it completed by the end of next month, as I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do.

I’m thinking about reading the Mr. Mercedes trilogy by Stephen King next. I’m looking forward to this very much as Stephen King is my favorite author!

However, if you’d like to suggest a book for me to read and review next, let me know in the comments. Otherwise if you’d like you could peruse my Goodreads Account (super awesome book tracking website) to see if there are any books that I have in my To-Read shelve if you’d like to see what I already have.

You can find me here:

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Thanks again!

 

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

First off, if you haven’t read the review for Storm Front by Jim Butcher, I suggest you do. I go over some background on the character and explain a bit more about what I feel makes this character relatable.

This is the second book in “The Dresden Files” the series written by Jim Butcher about our hard boiled wizard Harry Dresden. This time after having shaken the faith of the Chicago PD’s Special Investigations department Harry must now help them with a series of brutal murders that take place around the full moon. As you must have guessed, this book does see Harry dealing with werewolves.

Since Harry has lost some of the trust given to him by Lt.Karrin Murphy during the last book, Harry must be cautious in his investigation less he further hurt his relationship (and only steady income) with Lt. Murphy. In this book we also get to see Harry’s interactions with werewolves and also see him use more magic this time.

While we don’t see much more character development for Harry, we do get to see him under further stress, and see him dealing more with mundane issues. This book also gets more into the lore of this universe, specifically breaking down the different types of werewolves that exist here, and that eventually plays a large role in the story in this book.

This book is another great casual read and is quite the page turner. I look forward to picking up more of books in this series to continue reviewing them.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

The reviews of this book describe it as  hard boiled detective meets wizard, and they hit the nail right on the head with that one.

The private detective that is the protagonist in these stories is one Harry Dresden, professional wizard. Harry is a wizard in modern times, so most people don’t take him seriously, but the Chicago PD’s Special Investigations unit hires him as a contractor to help them investigate the more “special” crimes. His contact within the PD is one Lt. Karrin Murphy who Harry has a strong but complex friendship with.

In this book Harry is confronted with a murder who is using very dark magic to literally tear people’s hearts from their chests. Harry must walk a thin line by determining who and how this person is committing these crimes without getting in trouble with the wizard’s counsel himself, as he is already in serious trouble with them for an undisclosed previous incident.

What really sets this book apart from other stories I have read concerning wizards, beyond the fact that Harry is a private detective is the fact that magic in this universe is very based on the senses and that the words a wizard speaks when casting a spell is merely to help them focus on project the words. When Harry is brewing potions (with the help of a “spirit of intellect” that inhabits a skull) he must add ingredients for each sense as well as to engage the mind and the spirit. These potions are made with very mundane items, which I think serves to make them more believable. Harry also uses ancient latin words to help him cast spells, but in this world one could use even nonsense words to help focus the spells.

Overall, Harry is a very relatable character in the fact that he has to deal with very real problems, such as dating and being able to pay his bills. The character also says what he is thinking and offers insight into other’s thoughts when he interacts with them. This really adds a simplicity and makes for a great casual read.

 

 

 

Visitors by Orson Scott Card

I just finished reading the final book of the Pathfinder Trilogy, Visitors.

Overall the book was very good, with more exploring the consequences of changing events of time around, and the consequences of creating a copy of oneself.

Without giving too much away, Rigg and company end up splitting, with a copy of Rigg traveling to earth with a young Ram Odin, and the original Rigg traveling to each wall fold with the older Ram Odin. Umbo leaves the company to assist Loaf and Leaky, who end up with troubles of their own.

I feel that the character development of Umbo and Param really completes in this book as they work out their relationship together, and their relationships with those around them as well.

The strange genetically modified mice are also expanded upon further, and they also are shown to have a very human nature and clash with the humans around them quite often.

In the end I do have to say, I feel that the author did rush the ending a little bit, it really felt like an oh crap, I’m almost out of pages, better wrap it up real quick. The ending was sort of satisfying, but there wasn’t enough time spent on the aliens that really set the whole destroyers plot in motion.

Still though, overall, a very good series and well worth the read.

 

Ruins by Orson Scott Card

Greetings Everyone,

I have just finished reading Ruins, the second book in the Pathfinder Trilogy.

Rigg and company have been in Vadeshfold for only a short amount of time before they realize just how different and hostile this wall fold is. With the lack of humans, only leaving their structures behind, and the parasitic facemasks lurking in the natural  water sources.

Rigg and the rest of the crew leave Vadeshfold behind only to find out how much Vadesh had lied to them, and how much he had hidden from them. Journeying to Odinfold they find out what is really at stake, namely the future of the entire planet.

This book reveals a lot more of the story arc of this trilogy, it also really shows just how diverse the folds really are, and just how different they are compared to Ramfold where the group is originally from. The group becomes closer, and the characters begin to mature as they realize that the fate of the world is in their hands. The character development is great, and the story telling and descriptions of the world around the characters is amazing. Also, the depth the author went into in making the folds and their inhabitants different really shows a commitment to making this story a great one.

I’m really looking forward to finishing this trilogy, the gravity of the groups actions have been shown, and with the conspiracies that have been revealed their actions must be carefully considered before they are undertaken.

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Hey everybody! I just finished reading Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card, the writer of the Ender series.

The synopsis of this book is a boy named Rigg has an ability to see the paths of everyone who has ever walked on the planet, human or animal. Within the first couple of chapters he loses his father and must go to the capital city of his country after learning that he is descended from royalty. Another timeline runs alongside this one. A man named Ram, traveling aboard a ship aiming to find a new planet for the human race to populate. He is in charge of making sure the ship filled with sleeping colonists makes it to the new plant successfully. With the help of semi autonomous robots called expendables he must complete his mission.

At first the additional story line of Ram made no sense. Eventually towards the end of the book you come to realize that the planet that Rigg is living on is the planet that Ram has been tasked with preparing for the colonists. There is also a huge twist at the end of the book regarding Rigg’s father and the expendables.

I really liked the story, although it was slow to start and didn’t make much sense at the very beginning with the two story lines. It also does get a little confusing with the technical jargon when Ram is discussing outcomes with the expendables. The abilities of the pair of other people that Rigg meets on his travels can get a little confusing as well, but the overall story has great character development and once it gets started it doesn’t stop.

Cheers!

Jon