Monday, 2 August 2010


Let's can I describe Going Bovine by Libba Bray?

I could tell you it is about an underachieving teenager with mad cow disease.

I could tell you that the teenager, named Cameron, goes on an adventurous road trip, accompanied by a dwarf, to try to find 'Dr X' who is perhaps the only one who can cure him. (Minor detail: Dr X also needs to be stopped from destroying the world).

I could tell you that they encounter a garden gnome, a jazz musician and a happiness cult, to name a few, along the way.

But this does not do justice to this inventive and original novel. Cameron's voice is authentic and true. The novel contains universal truths amongst the zany and whacky plot and characters.

It is simply a great book.



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