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Going Bovine by Libba Bray
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Jun 02, 2011

really liked it

High school student Cameron Smith is existing. His life is less than exciting, the family dynamics are sometimes excruciating and a love life is completely absent. But everything changes when he starts hallucinating and is told he has somehow contracted mad cow disease.

The rest of the book is quite a trip, but one I enjoyed taking. We get to meet Dulcie, a punk-rock angel, who gives Cameron his mission to save the world, and Gonzo, a hypochondriac dwarf with a heart of gold that gets talked into going along for the ride.

I've never read a book like Going Bovine so I'll compare it to a couple of movies I thought had similar elements, Big Fish and Oh Brother, Where Are Thou?, both of which were quirky, funny, touching and loved by yours truly.

You are never quite sure if Cameron is an unreliable narrator or not, but half the fun of the novel is figuring that out for yourself. The ending is quite poignant and hopefully raises bigger questions about life and death. Highly recommended.

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