Monday, December 21, 2009

Top 10 before 2010: Going Bovine

-Libba Bray

Cameron Smith is really great at not caring. He is fantastic at being nothing much and even better at disappointing his parents and twin sister. But, when Cameron receives the really unexpected diagnosis of spongiform encephalopathy – Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (or Mad Cow) he suddenly realizes that he's been wasting his life and now there might not be that much left to live. When he is visited by a punk rock angel with a possibly world-saving mission he is given a second chance.

Accompanied by a hypochondriac dwarf with a gift at classic arcade games and a Norse God trapped in the body of a garden gnome, Cameron sets out to close a black hole and fight some fire giants. What follows is a road trip like none you've ever been on before. With trips to New Orleans, Daytona Beach and the "happiest place on Earth" (Disney World), this book rockets you on a mission of madness in search of the answers to some big questions and also some smaller ones too (like, what makes microwave popcorn so delicious?).

This is a major change from Libba Bray's previous books, the Rebel Angels books, which were gothic and victorian. But, both deal with life a little outside our own. And both have characters that you end up rooting for. In Cameron's case, you can't stop wondering where his crazy ride will end.

Check out Going Bovine for a wild and crazy trip that you won't soon forget.

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