Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Going Bovine

I just finished reading Libba Bray's Going Bovine. It was an absolutely spectacular read. It was hilarious and thoughtful and brilliant and absurd. I don't really want to write anything about it, because I don't want to spoil anything, but I highly recommend picking it up when you feel like reading something really mind-bendingly out there. If Tom Robbins and Douglas Adams collaborated on a novel, I think this would be the result. Here's one small paragraph from the book that sort of sums up a bit of what it's about:

As a kid, I imagined lots of different scenarios for my life. I would be an astronaut. Maybe a cartoonist. A famous explorer or rock star. Never once did I see myself standing under the window of a house belonging to some druggie named Carbine, waiting for his yard gnome to steal his stash so I could get a cab back to a cheap motel where my friend, a neurotic, death-obsessed dwarf, was waiting for me so we could get on the road to an undefined place and a mysterious Dr. X, who would cure me of mad cow disease and stop a band of dark energy from destroying the universe. (pg 257)

What a unique and engrossing read this was. Has anyone else read it?


JLQ said...

I've been interested to read this but have been putting it off for some reason (don't know why). Now I think it's next on my list, after When You Reach Me! Thanks for posting about it here :).

kristin said...

i haven't read it yet, either, but have been wanting to -- perhaps i'll push it a little higher on my enormous list, too! i was super happy to read your review, amanda.