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Going Bovine by Libba Bray
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Feb 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: kindle, fiction, fantasy, end-of-life, young-adult, mad-cow-disease
Read in December, 2010

Cameron is 16. He's a dork at school, the girl he likes can't stand him, and his twin sister Jenna is apparently perfect in every way. His relationship with his parents is crummy, and he's recently started hallucinating. When he loses consciousness, his parents bundle him off to the hospital, where he meets his roommate Gonzo, who is a dwarf, a hypochondriac, and a weirdo, not necessarily in that order. Bad news: Cameron has mad cow disease. There's no cure. Cameron drifts between his existence in a hospital bed, sedated and comatose, and his existence in his mind, where he is on a crazy cross-country road trip with Gonzo, guided by a punk angel named Dulcie. Dulcie informs Cameron that he has to stop the Wizard of Reckoning in order to save the world. Along the way, Cameron and Gonzo meet Balder, as in the Norse god, who is unfortunately trapped in the body of a lawn gnome. He assists them in their adventures on their way to find the scientists who can help defeat the Wizard.

This is a really strange book, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a little like Don Quixote and a little like Coraline but with more swearing and drugs. I'm not sure I really understood all of it but it was a fun yet thought-provoking read.
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