Publisher: Echelon Press
Source: Received from Publisher
Publication Date: 29 June 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
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Place(s) Traveled to: Satus Creek, Oregon and Earth’s Orbit
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
First Line: The planet was once a paradise, Grandfather used to say, a lush world with forests of the crispest green, seas of the deepest blue.
Killer Cows is told from the point of view of Randy Meyer who is the new kid in a small small town and desperately missing the city life his mom pulled him from. As with most small towns there isn’t much to do so Randy spends a lot of his time renting movies at the local video store, discovering such classics as The Day the Earth Stood Still – the original not that horror of a remake. Life is pretty dull in Satus Creek until the day a meteor hits and things start to change. Its also around this time that Randy meets Cody who is a bit slow and considered to be the weird kid at school.
The two form an unlikely (and partly unwilling) friendship which is realistic in its origins and execution. My one issue is that Randy always calls Cody “Little Dude” – the two are the same age and it just always came across as really odd to me. Especially when others who joined their small circle did the same. Little Dude isn’t a nickname for a teen boy – even if he is shorter than normal – its a nickname that is better left to adults referring to younger children. But maybe that’s just me.
I was also a bit disappointed that the killer cows of the title were not featured in the plot as much as I thought they would be. There were a few scenes of them chasing the town bully and his fast cars but they were a largely under used plot line. Which I found strange since the title of the book was Killer Cows and the picture is this cow with eerie glowing eyes. These are the things that attracted me to this book. Instead I got a flying saucer and kids in space. Which was fun and campy and made me wish that I had a flying saucer….but still I really did miss the killer cows. Throughout most of the book I just kept waiting for that plot line to develop and I think that put a bit of a damper on my overall thoughts of the book.
Despite the lack of killer cows rampaging through the town this was a quick read and I read it in just a couple of sittings. It was entertaining and fun and even had a few laugh out loud moments. The characters aren’t always very 3D but this isn’t a bad thing because they’d fit in so well in Syfy’s movie of the week. As I said before if you like cheesy B rated movies then you should definitely check this one out.