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Going Bovine (edition 2010)

by Libba Bray

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Title:Going Bovine
Authors:Libba Bray
Info:Ember (2010), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 496 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:Fiction, Fantasy

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Going Bovine by Libba Bray

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It starts a little slow, but stick with it -- this is an incredible book.

[The next paragraph contains mild spoilers (as in you’ll figure this out by the end of the second(ish) chapter).]

This book screwed with my brain. There’s no other way to put it. The main character is a 16-year-old with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a degenerative neurological disorder probably caused by BSE (“Mad Cow disease”). One symptom of the disorder is hallucination, so construction of reality becomes a recurring theme – in other words, at times it is difficult to decipher what is really happening from what is just happening in the main character Cameron’s head and whether it matters.

[(Not even) spoilers over.]

Going Bovine is a book about a teenager, and it tackles teenage anxieties about the future, love, and identity, but I believe it’s a story that readers of all ages can appreciate. Poignant, innovative, and ripe with an odd but somehow fitting blend of dark humor and joy, this is a book to remember. ( )
  hungrylittlebookworm | Mar 27, 2017 |
A whacky meditation on humanity and the pointlessness of it all. There are some very humorous bits. I listened to the audio; the voice of Baldur is done particularly well. It was long, and I don't remember it all, in a few years I'ld probably be ready to read it again. There was a good deal of trenchant satire, especially of suburbia and academia. ( )
  themulhern | Dec 25, 2016 |
I feel completely incapable of expressing how surprisingly awesome this book was. There was so much in it I usually wouldn't really be comfortable with, but I just loved it. Cameron's Don Quixote style journey to come to terms with his fate is comedic and bizarre, and it was so beautiful how Bray weaved in various things from his life to help him through his journey. And even though I knew from the get-go how it would end, I still found myself crying through the last couple of chapters. So good. ( )
  aclaybasket13 | Jul 29, 2016 |
Really liked this book until it started getting too long . . . too many adventures. I would have enjoyed it much more if there were about 100 fewer pages. ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
This book is cotton candy on acid. ( )
  pennylane78 | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Libba Bray not only breaks the mold of the ubiquitous dying-teenager genre — she smashes it and grinds the tiny pieces into the sidewalk. For the record, I’d go anywhere she wanted to take me.
 

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Take my advice and live for a long long time, because the maddest thing a man can do in this life is to let himself die. - Cervantes, Don Quixote
Hope is the thing with feathers. - Emily Dickinson
It's a small world after all. - Walt Disney
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For my parents with love. This one's also for Wendy. And, as always, for Barry and Josh.
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The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World.
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All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.--Amazon.com
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Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

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