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Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Pub. Delacore Press, 2009

Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Pub. Delacore Press, 2009.

So many people told me to read this book, so I did, all of it and I still don’t know where I stand with it.

It is the sort of book that invites you to go with the flow and if you can’t then you’re going to struggle. The first 4 or 5 chapters are the key to understanding this novel, but after that you are on your own but then isn’t this the same for us all?

Cameron Smith is 16 years old, he is a virgin with aspirations, he loves movies and Staci Johnson but can’t seem to get it together. Then his body gives out on him and he is diagnosed with mad cow disease, CJD, a disease that attacks the brain drives you mad and then you die. Gloomy? Not so.

Cameron goes into hospital and a dwarf called Gonzo comes into the same ward. As the CJD spuds in, Cameron starts to hallucinate and fantasise about all the things he remembers or has experienced in his life so far.

Cameron and Gonzo then go on a road trip chasing DrX and a cure for Cameron’s illness. Is it all real? or is it a fantasy?

The rest of the book is an account from Cameron’s point of view of his slow deterioration towards death. The fantasy is brilliant and Libba Bray’s command of the plot of this story is outstanding. You will be amazed. Everything is related.

I can tell you no more without giving anything away, you have to experience it yourself.

In a nut shell this novel poses this dilemma- “everything within us is born to live, and yet, we die”. Work it out for yourself.

Senior Secondary and young adult readers although those that like the weird and the imaginative will love this story.

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