The book, Going Bovine by Libba Bray, orbits around the illusions of 16 year old Cameron Smith as he is slowly taken over by Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human equivalent to mad cow’s disease. His story begins after he accepts a quest offered by Dulcie, a literal pink “punk rock” angel, to engage in an exorbitant adventure find Dr. X, the time traveling physicist who triggered the end of the universe via his excessive trips across dimensions through the means of wormholes. Along with Gonzo, his neurotic hospital roommate affected with dwarfism, the sudden appearances of Dulcie, and random signs of guidance, Cameron goes on a utopian road trip to Disney World, the location of Dr. X’s secret laboratory. En route, they meet Balder, a Norse god cursed to appear in the form of a lawn gnome, escape the ever appearing theoretical fire dragons commanded by the Wizard of Reckoning, encounter a mysterious cult, meet the acquaintance of several physicists and fight against a notorious snow globe corporation. At their final destination, Cameron realizes his true identity and twist that shakes the reader’s entire perspective of the book is revealed. The book offers valuable insight to the true meaning of life and leaves the reader wondering even after the last page, regardless of the number of times, has been turned.
The novel brings up unpopular yet eye-opening perspectives on modern education, religious cults, as well as American materialism, and includes several references to wormholes and string theory. Its overall bold quirkiness and unpredictable storyline also added to the book’s appeal. The unexpected twists and turns of the plot made the book more intriguing and harder to put down. Although the book supports several disliked opinions and contains varying degrees of profanity, it offers stimulating views on various topics trending in modern culture. The book invites the reader to be more curious as to how a character ends up. I would recommend this book to readers interested in profound, vivid and yet cryptic dark comic tragedy.
Reviewed by Sritharini R.
The Age of Exploration by John R. Hale is about The British explorers and their inventions as they sailed to Asia and America. It talks about the different explorers discovering America especially Christopher Columbus travelling west to go to India. But he discovered America. It also mentions Vasco De Gama who travelled East to find India and he succeeded. Over time, British explores invented new compasses and ships to travel the sea. Some explores believed after traveling they might not return home one day. But they kept traveling to find new lands, though the journey was hard.
This informs the reader about what exploration was like in the beginning. How inventions improved as time passed. It shows the history of explorers and their difficulties. The seas were hard to travel back then. It would be interesting to those who enjoy history and exploration. Including history teachers and students who enjoy history. I agree with the author’s(John R. Hale) opinion of how the difficulties were back then. The book will raise the attention to people who truly love history and learning about the old ways of traveling.
I enjoyed this book and I learned the history of exploration in the British explorers view. It discussed about many different European explorer’s goals and dreams of their desired achievements. The images show the dangers and risks of ocean travel. Some explorers found the seas their greatest challenge with only a few islands to stop by.
I picked it up because I was recently studying the exploration unit in my history class. I wanted to learn more with all the sources I could get. So I chose it to learn the original ways of travelling.
I enjoy learning the old ways of exploration. And I wanted to learn more.
I would give it next to Mrs. Soto because she loves history and is a history teacher in Cupertino High School.
Reviewed by Saurabhjit
The Argo II have made progress on many quests but they are no where near defeating the earth mother, Gaia. Her giants have all risen and they are stronger than ever. The demigods must face Gaia before the Feast of Spes, where she plans to have two demigods sacrificed to Athens. Gaia needs their blood to awake. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter,led by Octavian, is ready to strike Camp Half Blood. The gods are still suffering from multiple personality disorder, so they are useless. It up to the young demigods to stop Gaia from rising. If Gaia rises, then its game over.
This book is full of adventure and near death experiences by many of the crew members. The Blood of Olympus keeps you on the edge of the seats, and there are also moments where things are sad.
I think the Blood of Olympus is a really good book and a great finish to the series. I really loved of Rick added Reyna’s and Nico’s points of view because we get to know more about them. However, I would have loved if Rick added more Percy and Annabeth’s point of view. I also think the ending could have been better.
My friend in 6th grade recommended me the Percy Jackson and I was hooked from that moment on. I loved how Rick mixed modern day time and Mythology.
I kept reading it because the book was crazy and funny. The book is adventure so you want to know where they are going and who dies.
I would recommend this book to anybody who likes mythology and loves adventure books. This book series is seriously amazing, but I recommend you to read Percy Jackson and Olympians series first before reading The Heroes of Olympus. Because some things the chracters say in the Heroes of Olympus you might not understand.
Reviewed by Swetha