In the Books Section:
- Cameron “Cam” Smith – victim of mad cow disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob)
- Paul Ignacio “Gonzo” Gonzales – neurotic, gamer, dwarf
- Baldur – a lawn gnome
- Dulcie – punk angel, psychopomp?
- Dr. X, Wizard of Reckoning, Junior Webster, etc – archetypes on Cam’s mythic journey
- Copenhagen Interpretation – a cosmic band
- Jenna – Cameron’s sister
- Cameron’s parents
- Gonzo’s mother – referenced, never “seen”
- Glory – a nurse
- Chet King, Staci Johnson – key high school peers
- Parker Day – television personality for the youth generation
- Did you like the book? Why or why not?
- Bray utilizes pop culture in a somewhat sideways manner in Going
Bovine… using cultural references we’ll understand in our world but
calling them slightly different things in hers (Star Fighter/Star
Wars….YA TV!/MTV….why might she have chosen not to use the “real” names? Did her use of these pop cultural touchstones work for you?
- Going Bovine is chock full of Don Quixote references…..did you see
parallels between what happens to Cam and the story of Don Quixote?
- What other myths/well known stories did you see as major influences
on Going Bovine?
- Going Bovine is marketed as a YA novel (Young Adult) – yet contains
a lot of material that adults might find questionable for teens (drug
use, drinking and driving, sex, unsafe sex, etc) – discuss….
- The novel contains a *lot* of social commentary, what were some of
the social themes you found most prevalent and how well did you find
the author did with incorporating them?
- Bray utilizes a number of quantum physics concepts and
multi-dimensional theory elements in the book. Did you find that she
presented them in a way that was understandable? Meaningful within
- What did it all mean? What was the message of the book?
- The spoiler question……did any of this “happen” in the world of the
book or was it all in Cam’s head?