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Lamb Special Gift Ed: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal Imitation Leather – October 23, 2007
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Joshua (a.k.a. Jesus) knows he is unique and quite alone in his calling, but what exactly does his Father want of him? Taking liberties with ancient history, Moore works up an adventure tale as Biff and Joshua seek out the three wise men so that Joshua can better understand what he is supposed to do as Messiah. Biff, a capable sinner, tags along and gives Joshua ample opportunities to know the failings and weaknesses of being truly human. With a wit similar to Douglas Adams, Moore pulls no punches: a young Biff has the hots for Joshua's mom, Mary, which doesn't amuse Josh much: "Don't let anyone ever tell you that the Prince of Peace never struck anyone." And the origin of the Easter Bunny is explained as a drunken Jesus gushes his affection for bunnies, declaring, "Henceforth and from now on, I decree that whenever something bad happens to me, there shall be bunnies around."
One small problem with the narrative is that Biff and Joshua often do not have distinct voices. A larger difficulty is that as the tone becomes more somber with Joshua's life drawing to its inevitable close, the one-liners, though not as numerous, seem forced. True to form, Lamb keeps the story of Joshua light, even after its darkest moments. --Michael Ferch --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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I interviewed Chris Moore for my writing ezine. At the time, he was in the throes of writing Lamb, and had been instructed by his publisher to keep the project hush-hush, lest a bad B movie rendition torpedo the whole thing. I remember him saying that this book would certainly "piss off more people" than any of his previous works--and from the looks of the reviews cropping up here, the process has already begun.
I've read every one of Christopher Moore's books--I'm a devoted fan. Every time I read Chris Moore in bed, I find myself laughing so hard that my husband refers to me as "the human equivalent of Magic Fingers." I have to believe that someone whose writing can evoke such a reaction has a true gift. Christopher Moore's writing is both funny and deeply humane--he pokes fun at the world with tenderness and benevolence. That style shines through in Lamb, a story retold by Jesus' life-long friend, the irrepressible Levi, who is called Biff.
At first glance, it might seem Biff is an archetype--the guy whose exterior reflects "a--hole," (to quote the angel, Raziel), but who actually possesses a heart of gold. But on further examination, Biff's more than that. He's intelligent (incidentally, the first to theorize that the world was round, and the first to speculate on the existence of gravity), kind and selfless. Sure, he has his faults, but that brilliant combination of jerk/gentleman is what makes him so intriguing.
Those who scoff at this book for religious reasons (and there will be many, I'm sure) are missing the bigger picture.Read more ›
I should issue a warning, however, which is that this book is dangerous. If you're someone who doesn't like embarrassing yourself by laughing out loud in public places like subway trains or at boring baseball games, then this isn't the book for you. It's one of those rarities, the book that makes you guffaw whether you want to or not.
I've read most of Moore's work (and have met him a couple of times - he's a very funny guy in person too), and this is easily his best novel. It is hysterically funny at many points, and yet manages to always protect the central character of Joshua (Jesus). Moore treats Joshua with respect throughout. He's never the butt of the many jokes directly; his best friend Biff is always the comic and the fall guy - but oh my, how gloriously he plays that role.
Offhand, and despite my extensive reading experience, I can't think of a funnier book than this one. True, you have to have a somewhat sick sense of humor to fully appreciate it, but those of that persuasion will love it and will find it one of the best reading rides of their lives. Buy it and treat yourself.
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I always read the five star and one star reviews when considering purchase of a book here at Amazon. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Randle Brashear
Every Christian should read this book. Expect to be entertained, and perhaps even challenged. Lots of fun and time well spent.Published 8 days ago by P. V. Prewandowski
An excellent read! It was so funny I laughed out loud sometimes. Don't hesitate, read ittPublished 9 days ago by lerineka
This m is surely one of the best novels I have read! It's such a unique, interesting and humorous take on the gospel! I would absolutely recommend this book!!!Published 12 days ago by valerie
I'm not at all familiar with anything in the New Testament, so put off reading this work by one of my all time favorite authors. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Anna
This book had me laughing out loud in public where I looked like a fool. My ribs hurt I would laugh so hard at certain points. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Katherine
This book is beautiful, I wanted this particular copy as I had rented it from the library but never got a chance to read more that a few chapters due to time allowance. Read morePublished 14 days ago by jenniferlivengood
Hilarious and so fun to read. One of my favorite cooks to recommend, even to people who don't read much.Published 15 days ago by Nadia M.