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Going Bovine by Libba Bray
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Jan 03, 2012

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bookshelves: young-adult, bizarro, adventure
Read from December 22, 2011 to January 02, 2012

I'm truly not sure what to rate this book, or how to begin to describe it. Weird? Funny? Fantastical? Sad and depressing? Just plain outrageous and bizarre? About 300 pages longer than necessary? All of the above apply. I like Bray's other work, but this was just - well - indescribable.

It was amazing to me that I got sucked into the second book in as many months that is loosely based on a "classic" that I've never read. Guess I'd better start more closely reading other readers' reviews....

Snarky, sarcastic, self-involved teenager starts acting wacko. Parents & authorities think he's on drugs, which he actually is, but it turns out Cameron has contracted Mad Cow Disease. Is he hallucinating the fantastic quest on which he must save the world in order to save himself, or is he really on a road trip with a dwarf, a talking garden gnome, a punk angel named Dulcie, nand a Cadillac named Rosinante? Can you guess which classic yet? Then throw in some Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, reality tv, and frat boys.

I just don't know. There were some definite high points, which is what kept me listening all the way to the bitter end of the 12 discs, but....

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