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Going Bovine by Libba Bray
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Dec 21, 2010

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bookshelves: audio-books, young-adult
Read from November 23 to December 21, 2010

I was really close to getting this book -- really close. I'm not sure an audio book was the best way to go, as it got much better (and quicker) when I read - instead of listened to - the last 150 pages. Maybe if I knew/remembered the journey of Don Quixote, maybe if I could relate to being a 17-year-old apathetic boy trying to understand the meaning of life after discovering he's dying from mad cow disease (well, trying to figure out the meaning of life thing I guess I can relate to, although his conclusions didn't quite convince me), maybe if I knew anything about fantasy world and role-playing games (beyond seeing those kids dress up as warriors and throw teddy bears at each other in the park in Nashville acting out a fantasy game whose rules I don't quite understand), maybe if there weren't so many f-words, pendejos and so-forth (now I'm sounding like my mother) then I would have gotten it. That said, it is a Printz award winner, and the writing is really descriptive and a wild ride, even if somewhat confusing in parts -- I'm not quite sure I could explain what role the fire giants and a wormhole and Dr.X play in traveling between this world and an alternate universe. That said, I'm glad I read it -- it's much different from anything I've read in a while. I bet some of my teen goodreads friends will like it -- and my young-adult fiction loving adult friends too...

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