One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Author: Ken Kesey
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy – the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. Ken Kesey’s extraordinary first novel is an exuberant, ribald and devastatingly honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness.
Reading this book was a given for me. I had already seen the movie; plus I learned that they had used a working psych hospital and real patients for the movie. I found this gorgeous edition of the book and started reading. What a ride! I’ll admit that there’s not tons of action and the plot itself can be a little slow going, but the emotions and thinking and discussions and strategizing all make up for it!
This is one of those stories that has to be experienced in order to be understood. I will say this, the best thing to remember is that the narrator is a chronic psych patient. As long as that’s constantly understood, the perspective, surprisingly and ironically, makes much more sense! This is a book that will stick with you and you’ll be mentally gnawing on it for a good while after you finish! I also believe that everyone working in the mental health system should read this book! It’s so good, that I actually recommend it to everyone!
Now here is Kim’s Video Comparison of the movie:
The New Husband
Author: D.J. Palmer
Published: April 14, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 19-27, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
What makes Simon Fitch so perfect?
-He knows all her favorite foods, music, and movies.
-Her son adores him. He was there when she needed him most.
-He anticipates her every need.
-He would never betray her like her first husband.
The perfect husband. He checks all the boxes.
The question is, why?
Nina Garrity learned the hard way that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But with Glen gone―presumably drowned while fishing on his boat―she couldn’t confront him about the affair or find closure to the life he blew apart.
Now, a year and a half later, Nina has found love again and hopes she can put her shattered world back together. Simon, a widower still grieving the death of his first wife, thinks he has found his dream girl in Nina, and his charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, while her friends see a different side to him, and they aren’t afraid to use the word obsession.
Nina works hard to bridge the divide that’s come between her daughter and Simon. She wants so badly to believe her life is finally getting back on track, but she’ll soon discover that the greatest danger to herself and her children are the lies people tell themselves.
Wow, oh wow! This is D.J. Palmer’s second novel and I will be reading his first as soon as I can! I want to compare between his first and second novels: Sometimes the second novel falls under a ‘curse’ of not being as good and failing to meet high expectations that come from a best-selling first novel.
Nina’s husband Glen disappeared unexpectedly and after the fact she learns things she never ever expected: He wasn’t the man she thought he was. Fast forward not quite two years and Glen is still gone and presumed dead Nina has met someone else: Simon Finch and he is perfect. He is also recovering from the loss of his first wife, and Nina’s son Connor accepts Simon. But Nina’s friends and daughter Maggie don’t accept him. To them, something just isn’t right about him….
Nina and Maggie are our two narrators and the chapters alternate between the two of them. We see both sides of the opinions of Simon. At first, I was thinking Simon wasn’t so bad and that the ‘problem’ was Maggie’s attitude. Which I 100% understand: She is a teenager and misses her dad. She had no closure with his disappearance and mom ‘moved on’ too quickly for Maggie’s liking. SO… for a while I was on ‘Simon’s side’ until the novel progressed some and then my opinion changed! How did I not see what was coming!! OMG, it made me wonder if I would I have fallen under Simon’s trap like Nina did?
**Suggestion: ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR FRIENDS!**
This was a novel that never let go of my attention and kept me wondering what was going to ultimately happen. I did not see the big twist coming but looking back I should have! WOW, this really was a good one and I can’t wait to see what else D.J. Palmer has up his sleeve!
If you enjoy thrillers this will be one for you!
**Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for granting me a copy to read and review**
Today Kim is bringing you a Sunday Series VIDEO review of the Star Trek: Day of Honor series. This series has multiple authors who wrote the novels.
Books in the Series:
Her Klingon Soul
Author: Diane Carey
To true Klingon warriors, no occasion is more sacred than the Day of Honor, when they pay homage to all that makes them
Klingon. But honor demands its price….
Worf finds his honor tested when he goes undercover to infiltrate a planetary criminal network. How can he root out the corruption on Sindikash without resorting to deceit and treachery himself?
Worf’s dilemma is shared by his son Alexander, who searches for the true meaning of honor in his own human heritage. Along with his son, Worf must confront deadly danger — and the inner struggles of his Klingon soul.
Author: L.A. Graf
All Klingons revere the Day of Honor, their most sacred holiday, but the true nature of honor can be a matter worth fighting over… Dispatched on a secret mission to investigate the raids, Commander Worf of Deep Space Nine and the crew of the Defiant find themselves trapped on a an alien world threatened by global cataclysm– trapped along with Klingons who were exiled to this world for their loyalty to Worf’s dishonored family.
Worf must find a way to save the Klingons whose honor bade them to keep their pledges to the House of Mogh despite the orders of the Emperor, and to prevent a bloody massacre that will forever stain the honor of the Klingon Empire.
Her Klingon Soul
Author: Michael Jan Friendman
Even light-years from the Klingon Empire, the Day of Honor remains an occasion of great importance. And sometimes honor is found in the most unexpected places… B’Elanna Torres has never cared for the Day of Honor. Ashamed of her Klingon heritage, she regards the holiday as an unwanted reminder of all she has struggled to repress. Besides, something awful always seems to happen to her then. Her bad luck seems to be running true to form when she and Harry Kim are captured by alien slavers. Imprisoned by the enigmatic Risatti, force to mine for deadly radioactive ore, Torres will need all of her strength and cunning to survive — and her honor as well.
Dean Wesley Smith
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Day of Honor is celebrated throughout the Klingon Empire. But every tradition had to being somewhere…
Signi Beta is an M-class planet ideal for farming. The Federation wants Signi Beta, but the Klingon Empire has the stronger claim. Captain Kirk hates to lose the planet, especially to his old adversary, Commander Kor. Their mutual antagonism turns into an uneasy alliance, however, when yet another alien fleet attacks both the Klingons and the “U.S.S. Enterprise.” Now Kirk and Kor must rely on each other’s honor — or none of them may survive to wage their war again.
Kim’s Ratings of the Series:
Ancient Blood: 4 stars
Armageddon Sky: 4 stars
Her Klingon Soul: 5 stars
Treaty’s Law: 5 stars
Kim’s review on the Day of Honor series: