June 9, 2010

Review: Going Bovine

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

About: Cameron, a 16-year-old slacker, whose somewhat dysfunctional family has just about given up on him, when his diagnosed of Creuzfeldt-Jacob, or 'mad cow' disease, reunites them. Cam is motivated to go on a journey by a pink-haired, white-winged angel Dulcie and leads him to take up arms against the the Dark wizard and fire giants that attack him, and to find Dr. X, who can both help save the world and cute him. Cameron's companions include a Mexican-American game-master hypochondriac dwarf and a viking god trapped in a lawn gnome. They go on a road trip to find Dr. X and to save world with Spring Break parties, happiness cults and jazz concerts along the way,

Review: I started to read this book in the 'Look Inside!' feature on Amazon.com and really wanted to read it. I liked the way the it started out and the charaters and plot line. After about half way through, I got bored. Bored of the endless running around and not really knowing if Cameron was dreaming or not. I ended up not liking any of the characters and after finding out about the author it was hard to imagine Cameron, the main character, in his own voice. I kept reading it through the author's voice trying to be a typical teenage stoner kid, trying to save the world. I had to rush through the last couple chapters just to finish the book. Overall it was an alright book but a little to normal extremes to me.

-I'm going to read A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and see if she redeems herself.

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