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Going Bovine

June 8, 2010 by in category Book Reviews with 12 and 0
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Cameron Smith, 16, is slumming through high school, overshadowed by a sister β€œpre-majoring in perfection,” while working (ineptly) at the Buddha Burger. Then something happens to make him the focus of his family’s attention: he contracts mad cow disease. What takes place after he is hospitalized is either that a gorgeous angel persuades him to search for a cure that will also save the world, or that he has a vivid hallucination brought on by the disease. Either way, what readers have is an absurdist comedy in which Cameron, Gonzo (a neurotic dwarf) and Balder (a Norse god cursed to appear as a yard gnome) go on a quixotic road trip during which they learn about string theory, wormholes and true love en route to Disney World. Bray’s surreal humor may surprise fans of her historical fantasies about Gemma Doyle, as she trains her satirical eye on modern education, American materialism and religious cults (the smoothie-drinking members of the Church of Everlasting Satisfaction and Snack ‘N’ Bowl). Offer this to fans of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy seeking more inspired lunacy.


  • alakazam
    on June 23, 2010

    i havn’t read this one yet but i hear it is good

  • matt
    on June 25, 2010

    same I have it on reserve at the library and will get it on monday

  • Agent 544
    on June 25, 2010

    so… this was supposedly realistic fiction but sounds more like fantasy??? or is it all a hallucination like it says it mite b in the summary???

  • alakazam
    on June 26, 2010

    i don’t know but the imprestion i got from the cover kind of threw me off.

  • matt
    on June 26, 2010

    I think the cover is weird to. Whats with the gnome

  • alakazam
    on July 2, 2010

    who knows i think i may have nightmares about bulls carying gnomes

  • Bubblez
    on July 5, 2010

    whats this book even abt ?

  • matt
    on July 5, 2010

    its about a boy who gets mad cow disease

  • cookie-monster
    on July 23, 2010

    i haven’t read this book yet and it’s already eliminated but i think it looks cool so i’ll read it anyways… i’ll let you know what i think about later! πŸ™‚

  • Agent 544
    on July 24, 2010

    gosh this book really scared me!!!!!!!!!

  • matt
    on July 28, 2010

    started reading tis book its preety good

  • matt
    on August 3, 2010

    just read this book should not have been voted out first

    by the way my computer dosnt let me vote

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