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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Review of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey

By Ken Kesey, Chuck Palahniuk, Robert Faggen - Penguin Books (2007) - Paperback - 281 pages -ISBN 0143105027
Ken Kesey's 1962 novel about a group of patients in a mental ward. We meet Big Nurse Ratched and the orderlies who prod the patients through the daily choirs, therapy, and medication that make up life in the institution. Things begin to go awry when a new patient arrives, Randle Patrick McMurphy. A street smart tough who thought that the mental ward would be better than the prison work farm he was sentenced to. McMurphy resolves to prove Nurse Ratched is nothing to be afraid of. As the two clash day in and out, the workings of the institution start to change and Chief Bromden, a giant mute American Indian, watches as the fog of madness comes and goes.
I really enjoyed the rebellious character of McMurphy and was captivated by Chief Bromden's observations of the madness he lived in. A must read. 

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Twilight Stephanie Meyer

Ah, Twilight. Most of us probably know what Twilight is about, but here is a refresher. Isabella Swan moves from Phoenix, Arizona to live with her father, Charlie in Forks, Washington. She meets Edward, a pale skinned and good-looking vampire. Bella finds out what he is, and falls in love with him.

I love Twilight. I introduced the series to my mom and two of my sisters, and now they love them too. I think females of almost any age enjoy these books, even though I think they are more for teenagers. I don't know about guys but if you like vampires, go for it.
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Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Wisty and Whit Allgood, a sister and brother, are taken out of their house in the middle of the night and accused of being a witch and wizard by the new government that has taken over. Thousands of young children have also been kidnapped, though some have been accused and put in jail, many remain missing. The new leaders will stop at nothing to repress the lives of normal teenagers and make the world into what they see as perfect.

This is another one of James Patterson's books, which I seem to always like. This book is a great young adult book. I really hope that they write a sequel, because it is one of those books that leaves you wanting more.
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