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Post by sir on Wed 15 Oct - 3:51


Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
by David Duchovny (Author)

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Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (February 3, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1427261717

ISBN-13: 978-1427261717

Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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I wish this was coming out in time for Christmas!
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Post by dreamy on Wed 15 Oct - 8:01

Good promotion of the book.
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Re: Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale

Post by sir on Sun 2 Nov - 12:04



Here's my full review of David Duchovny's book, Holy Cow, due to be released in February 2015. With thanks to Headline Publishing Group and Lizzie Masters for the proof copy.

You herd it here first: David Duchovny's debut novella is a-moo-sing and udderly ridiculous

I suppose I ought to open with a full disclosure: I've been a little bit in love with David Duchovny since I first watched The X-Files ten years ago. Yet I still expected to hate his book, Holy Cow, due to be published in February 2015. Yes, he has a Masters in English Literature and has written for film and television before, but this had the ring of a vanity project, an indulgence on the part of the publishers. If anyone else pitched a story about a cow, a pig, and a turkey escaping a farm and flying around the world to escape being butchered, I suspect they'd quickly be shown the door (and just possibly be given a job working on Family Guy). But that's the blurb, essentially, and I was somewhat less-than-enthusiastic to find out that such an obviously clever man had scraped together 200 or so pages of what I suspected would be drivel.

Plot twist: it's actually not that bad.

Maybe it's because I went in with low expectations, but I found myself laughing out loud several times at Duchovny's turn of phrase and pop culture references, written in first person narrative from Elsie the cow's point of view. Duchovny is a funny guy and it's the wordplay that really works and makes the story more engaging than I'd anticipated. Some of his imagery, too, is fantastic. If Hank Moody channelled George Orwell and Ben Elton, this would probably be the result.

"We'll see if Hollywood calls. I'll have to lose some weight. I'm as big as a yak. I also have some very specific casting ideas about who should play me, but my editor says if I put them out there, it will step on the toes of the producers. She says producers like to think everything is their idea. So I'll hold my tongue. Jennifer Lawrence."

With a plot such as this one, the best thing you can do is suspend all disbelief upon turning the first page. Take this book seriously and you're missing the point. Embrace its ridiculousness. (Of course turkeys can use iPhones!) If you take everything with a pinch of salt and accept it as a fable - or modern-day dairy tale; see how this practically markets itself? - you'll find it doesn't go far wrong.

Seeing the world through another's eyes - even if that someone is an imaginary cow - is also strangely enlightening, and while the book borders on preachy at times it never truly strays too far into that territory to be off-putting. And there's always a pun or a joke in the next sentence, paragraph, and/or chapter title to prevent it becoming too politically heavy.

That's not to say the writing is perfect. There's some punctuation I'd change - primarily an abundance of commas and lack of colons and semi-colins - and perhaps it will be edited; I only read a proof copy, after all. But a bigger gripe is with the phraseology used by the character of Elsie. She is a pre-teen or young teenager, if we're to refer to her age/maturity in terms of human years. That said, I've never heard anybody, of any age, actually use the phrase 'totes cray-cray' unless they were mocking it or complaining about it. Maybe it's more of an American thing, but some of the 'down with the kids' slang came across a tad 'trying too hard' to this Brit.

More of a concern is the target audience. The book's length, lack of real subtlety, and use of illustrations hint at a younger reader, yet its subject matter is, at times, decidedly adult, and its use of language doesn't suggest an aim at the eight-to-twelve market. A lot of the pop culture references, too, are likely only to be understood by the older-than-young-teen market. (I hate generalising like that, for what it's worth. I'm sure a lot of kids out there know of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Warren Zevon. Just not those I tend to encounter.) The audience issue is actually addressed at the start of chapter seven, with 'Elsie' saying she doesn't know who her audience is as she wants everyone to read it, but her editor is going to market it at kids. If this was a hint I don't think anyone picked up on it as online retailers are sorting it among their adult fiction. I think that's the best place for it but more direction and/or a firmer hand from the editor, and maybe clearer vision from the writer, wouldn't have gone amiss here.

But don't let that put you off. It might make marketing it and selling it to the public a tad difficult but if you have a couple of hours to spare it's a quick, easy read with some whipsmart humour and memorable characters. Just be prepared to receive some strange looks as you giggle to yourself if you read it with others in the vicinity.

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Post by interlude on Sun 2 Nov - 12:45

Thanks sir.
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Post by Sabine on Sun 2 Nov - 12:48

That sounds good.
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Post by rebel49 on Mon 3 Nov - 9:17

Thanks Sir!

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