Rating (0 - 10 scale)
Please buy your books through our site. Flamingnet is an Associate member of Amazon.com. This means that we receive a credit at Amazon.com for every book purchased through Flamingnet. We use these credits for our expenses and to buy books for libraries that do not have money to purchase books for their collections.
Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer MDG
Cameron Smith is the king of low expectations. To him, not caring equals minimum disappointment, so he doesn't put an effort into school, his job, or his family. It seems that his life is going nowhere - that is, until he contracts Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also known as Mad Cow disease. Cameron's illness is fatal, but there seems to be hope when he is visited by a sugar-loving angel named Dulcie. According to Dulcie, Cam must embark on a journey that will simultaneously cure his disease and save the world. Accompanied by a dwarf and a talking yard gnome, Cam must outwit evil wizards, fire monsters, snow globe fanatics and a happiness cult in order to save himself and humanity.
Going Bovine was a very interesting novel. The author, Libba Bray, is also known for her Gemma Doyle Trilogy, which is completely different than this book. Going Bovine was funny, touching, and also a little crazy. Cameron's journey is set in our world, but there were some fantastical elements, like talking yard gnomes and punk- rock angels, that kept things lively. I liked the juxtaposition of real life and fantasy. The reader never knows if what is happening is real or just a dream, which leaves the book open for interpretation. But even with the weird parts, Going Bovine was also deep and heartfelt and can be enjoyed by many readers. The only negative is that the book is extremely long, so be prepared to set aside some time for reading.
City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States
BOOK REVIEW SERVICES For Authors, Publishers, and Others
- The 2008 YALSA/Sagebrush Corporation Award Recipient
- SoMIRAC Media Award
We are very proud and honored that our sister site, LitPick.com, has been recognized by the American Association of School Librarians as a Best Website for Teaching and Learning.