Then he sees Dulcie, a punk angel/ maybe hallucination who craves sugar. Dulcie tells him he needs to go on a quest to find Dr. X, who somehow has brought negative energy into our world and is the reason behind Cameron's illness.
So Cameron goes on a quest, along with Gonzo, a phobic game loving dwarf. Along his travels he bumps into such places as a smoothie-loving cult, crazy TV game shows, mysterious parallel traveling physicists, and a famous Jazz musician in New Orleans. All the while he wonders if it's all real or just a bad hallucination.
This was one hilarious book! I totally loved Bray's voice in this story of a teen who finds out he has mad cow's disease and doesn't know if everything is just a bad hallucination or reality. I have to admit, I always thought It's A Small World ride at Disneyland was a tad bit creepy and loved how Bray starts the story right off with Cameron's experience there as a child.
Another reason I loved this story was the unique premise. The voice is authetic and gripping. I really liked Cameron and hoped that he'd find Dr. X either in our world or the parallel universe. Dulcie is hilarious as the sugar addict punk rocker angel who is sent to help Cameron on his quest. Gonzo's phobias were too funny too. But I have to say my favorite character was Balder the talking yard gnome who claims he's the god of wisdom and second son of Odin. The banter between the three while on their travels is hilarious.
If you're looking for a book that's different, funny, and unique, this is the one. I can see why it won the Prinz prize. Be prepared to go on one trippy, fun ride!
Mirroring the Spanish tale of Don Quixote, Going Bovine by Libba Bray is the wildly funny, outrageous to the point of unbelievable tale that involves a midget, a garden gnome, and a slew of physicists. Sixteen year old Cameron is an unpopular, slacker teenager, who doesn't do anything more in life than smoke in the bathroom with the potheads. After a series of hallucinations, Cameron is diagnosed with Mad Cow disease, which means he's going to die soon. A mysterious angel and possible hallucination named Dulcie sends him on a quest with Gonzo, dwarf, throughout the United States so they can find Cameron's cure and save the universe.
After many escapades that range from parallel world travel to stealing a garden gnome who's actually a Viking god in disguise, Cameron discovers the meaning of living opposed to merely existing. One of the central themes in this book is how everything is connected. This is one of my favorite of the book's aspects, because seemingly random things all seem to relate. Pay attention to some of the 'out of the blue' things mentioned in the beginning of the book, since they'll probably play an important role later on.
This book was very well written, though if you know the ending, the plot collapses. I knew what would happen with 300 pages still left to go, so the plot became sort of an unrealistic drag. If you read this book, DO NOT READ THE ENDING FIRST, since it will ruin the book for you!
So I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. It's very different from Libba Bray's first trilogy. But actually the only thing I really disliked was the way she gave real products fake names. Like she couldn't say M&Ms or Star Wars, so she made up weird substitutes.
I also thought the ending was sad, though I don't see how it could have been any different, which is the mark of a good book!
Cameron, Dulcie, and Gonzo were brilliant, funny characters that I was happy to spend a few hours with, and Cameron's quest was fascinating. The plot is pretty impossible to describe, but if you like funny writing and a fast-paced story, then you should like this book.
I found Libba Bray through her Gemma Doyle series, so I did want to read this because I knew her voice.