Saturday, 12 December 2015

Book Club #23 - Holy Cow by David Duchovny

My apologies for the radio silence here. I've been pretty busy in December and thought I had given myself enough time for writing blog posts but it would seem I didn't. I mean, I found time to watch three seasons of The Mindy Project, but that's beside the point, right? I'm back with a book review now, and it's Holy Cow by David Duchovny*. 

You've got to be in a certain kind of mood to want to read a book by a talking cow - as told to David Duchovny, of course - but luckily I recently found myself in that type of mood. As soon as I first heard about Holy Cow, I knew it would be a book I wanted to read. Mostly because I like tongue-in-cheek books, and also because I like books with strong leading animal characters... I jest. 



Holy Cow follows Elsie Bovary, a newly converted Jewish pig named Shalom and an iPhone obsessed turkey called Tom as they embark on a quest to find a better world - or at least somewhere where they won't become dinner. I enjoyed Elsie, the bovine narrator, and her endearing way of telling her story - full of Ferris Bueller-style breaking the fourth wall commentary and occasional casting hints for future directors. The pace is quite speedy, and it doesn't take long before 'just one chapter before bed..' becomes five or six chapters. Of course, when a novel's main theme is that eating animals is bad, it can get a tad preachy at times, but I felt like it was justified due to the fact is was 'told' by a cow. I think I'd be pretty pissed off to be a cow if I knew people wanted to eat me. Boy, that's a sentence I never thought I'd put on the ol' blog.  


Have you read Holy Cow? What do you think of talking animals in books?


Chelsea xo

*This book was sent to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. An affiliate link has been used in this post. 

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