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World War Moo: An Apocalypse Cow Novel Paperback – June 9, 2015
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“Apocalypse Cow treads that rare path between horrific and hilarious, which makes for a very fun read indeed. Give it a go.” ―Christopher Moore, author of Lamb, Fool, and A Dirty Job
“Apocalypse Cow made me snort with laughter.” ―Terry Pratchett, author of the award-winning and bestselling Discworld novels
“Logan has a flair for unique description ("a muscled chest that made Arnold Schwarzenegger's pecs look like burst balloons") and for painting a mental picture almost photographic in its clarity. An impressive start for an author who's going places.” ―Publishers Weekly on Apocalypse Cow
“Apocalypse Cow is a promising first novel, with a challenging premise that will be hard to top, so it'll be interesting to see what he has lined up next. Perhaps something equally horrifying (and hilarious) for the vegetarian set.” ―Rue Morgue
“This clever and very funny twist on the traditional zombie novel is exceedingly well executed (it approaches but never quite steps into parody territory), and it ends with a scene that pretty much demands a sequel. Great stuff for horror and fantasy fans.” ―Booklist (starred) on Apocalypse Cow
About the Author
MICHAEL LOGAN is a Scottish journalist whose career has taken him across the globe. He left Scotland in 2003 and has lived in Bosnia, Hungary, Switzerland and Kenya, where he is currently based with his wife and two young children. His short fiction has appeared in various literary journals, and a (very) short story of his won Fish Publishing's International One-Page Fiction Prize.
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Great Britain has been infected by a virus that makes you mad as a box of frogs whenever you see someone that in uninfected – and you want to eat their brains bite them and generally ruin their karma – and it also makes you as horny as a Hare during rutting season; or an average sixteen year old boy – all of the time.
All mammals seem to be infected and those that could, have fled to the rest of the World. We move to the next phase which is containment of the disease. However, we have some proper nutters who have decided this is the work of God – as opposed to a daft Government experiment that went horribly wrong – and they want to bring god’s word to the rest of the World – and infect them. The rest of the World leaders have to decide whether it is best to nuke the Brits and stop the contagion – mwaahh!
Now this is very funny we have the return of Geldof the poor lad who’s nympho, eco warrior mum made him wear hemp clothing even though he was allergic to it and a few other old faces pop up too; mostly those that weren’t horribly killed in the first book. The plot cracks along fizzing with ideas and energy and the laughs are sprinkled throughout. The story is great fun too with some existential stuff to keep one foot firmly in the realm of the slightly possible. It is a book that I just ploughed through, but sadly I used all my cow puns on the previous review so not wanting to repeat myself I will just say it is cowbunga – no actually udderly brilliant does sound better.
How does one contain the deadly infection that has taken over the British Isles, and why are some people inexplicably immune to it? The world appears to have gone stark raving mad, or at least, part of it has. Trade among nations has been obliterated, and famine is rampant. Inflation is out of control, and when you find yourself spending a thousand pounds for a rat kebab, it’s pretty clear that simply surviving ought to be the order of the day.
Not so for young Geldof. His Grandfather Carstairs, the evil genius who twiddles his moustache to prove his inner nature, has appeared and told him that his mother is alive and in danger. Fanny must be rescued from Britain before the bombs fall; there’s even talk of dropping neutron bombs. Grandfather Carstairs has come to help Geldof, not because of any depth of affection, but because he needs an heir to take over his evil empire. He has to find out whether Geldof is “man enough” to do the job.
In addition to being entertained, I greatly appreciated Logan’s metaphorical explanation of the difference between male and female brains. In fact, much of the book is composed of hilarious metaphors and similes. English teachers’ paradise meets the zombie cow apocalypse: the stuff of which dreams are made.
This absurd story, second in its series, was released yesterday. Better get going before they’re all gone!
The characters were great, the story very well put together. I especially liked Geldof and Ruan and how their relationship panned out.
Logan has a great sense of humor and it shows thru in every word.