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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

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Staff Pick

Christopher Moore's Lamb is an utterly hilarious take on the story of Jesus. Told from the perspective of Jesus' smart-ass best friend, Biff, it is irreverent without being disrespectful. Lamb, or any of Moore's books, would be perfect for someone who has read all of Tom Robbins's titles and is looking for something new, or just for anyone who needs a good laugh.
Recommended by Billie Bloebaum, Powell's Books at PDX

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Publisher Comments:

Everyone knows about the immaculate conception and the crucifixion. But what happened to Jesus between the manager and the Sermon on the Mount? In this hilarious and bold new novel, the highly praised Christopher Moore shares the greatest story never told: the life of Christ as seen by his boyhood pal, Biff.

Just what was Jesus doing during the many years that have gone unrecorded in the Bible? Biff was there at his side, and now after two thousand years, he shares those good, bad, ugly, and miraculous times. Screamingly funny, audaciously fresh, Lamb rivals the best of Tom Robbins and Carl Hiaasen, and is sure to please this gifted writer's fans and win him legions more.

Review:

"An instant classic...terrific, funny and poignant." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"[R]eminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"The style is smooth, drawing readers into the story seamlessly except for the need to laugh out loud every page or two....In an excellent afterword, the author explains the choices he made in writing the novel, which will fascinate would-be writers, as well as provide a rebuttal for the book's likely critics." School Library Journal

Review:

"[A]s in Moore's other books, the jokes, ranging from the sublime to the sophisticated to the utterly sophomoric, make the book. What Lamb lacks in theological sophistication it more than compensates with mirth....simply impossible not to laugh." John Green, Booklist

Review:

"In inventing his own conflicted, determined Jesus — one who found His conviction one step at a time instead of emerging from the manger fully formed and ready to preach — Moore is endlessly, wryly creative." Tasha Robinson, The Onion

Review:

"An audacious and irreverent novel...guaranteed deeply to offend all right-thinking Christians....The style is a bizarre mix of serious and sometimes brutal historical fiction laced with black humor, wordplay, in-jokes, and sharp one-liners worthy of a good stand-up comedian." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Christopher Moore's impish, madcap addition to the New Testament. . . .Lamb is an earnest comedy in the style of Woody Allen's play God, simultaneously addressing matters of ultimate concern while wallowing in the broadest possible slapstick." Washington Post

Review:

"Moore writes with a kind of reverent irreverence — he's got a keen eye for the absurd but leavens it with a child's sense of wonder....[Lamb is] his best book so far." Houston Chronicle

Review:

"Wrapped in this cloak of craziness are nuanced themes dealing with friendship, faith, and religious pluralism." San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"Like the best of comedies, Lamb is filled with tragedy, love, loss, beauty, anger, and, above all, an unfailing and intelligent sense of humour." Locus Online

Synopsis:

The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years — except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more — except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala — and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of five previous novels. His turn-ons are the ocean, elephant polo, and talking animals on TV. His turn-offs are salmonella, traffic, and mean people. Chris enjoys cheese crackers, acid jazz, and otter scrubbing. He lives in an inaccessible island fortress in the Pacific. Visit the official Christopher Moore website at www.chrismoore.com.

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thegoogy, June 18, 2015 (view all comments by thegoogy)
If you have an open mind, and can read a story about biblical times without getting angry or judgemental, then you will thoroughly enjoy Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff. People know the story of Christ, but how much is written about his childhood...not a lot. This book tells the story of Jesus' (Joshua) childhood as seen through the eyes of his best friend, Biff. Yep, Biff. I don't know how many times I laughed out loud while reading this book. The setting itself is very Python-esque, and also another favorite of mine; Jesus Was a Time Traveler. How can anybody not enjoy this story? Were you there? Nope. Could this have happened? I hope so, as it paints the characters as people in extra-ordinary circumstances. Well-written and laugh out loud funny, put this on your reading list. And for goodness sake, have an open mind about it. It is a work of fiction...as far as any of us know.
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Uh Clem, April 15, 2015 (view all comments by Uh Clem)
This is probably, no--no probably about it: It is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. Christopher Moore is a storyteller par excellence. His writing is easy on the mind's eye and his ability to spin a yarn keeps the reader captivated down to the final period. This novel, in particular, fills in all the lost and/or undocumented details of the life of Christianity's most well-known leader and founder of the faith, as related by the Messiah's best bud: "Levi bar Alphaeus, more commonly known as Biff". Biff, at the order of the Great Spirit, has been sequestered in an upscale modern day hotel room by the archangel Raziel, in order to complete his version of the Gospel. And what a Gospel it is! Think you know a lot about Jesus? The Bible? History? Once you read this novel, you'll have a whole new perspective on just how one of the world's most prominent religious figures grew up before taking on the burden of mankind. He had to have a life, you know, and here's your chance to discover what it was (or could have been, anyway.) This is a great read and I believe it will make you an avid fan of Christopher Moore. He has quite a few other literary achievements in the form of entertaining (and often hilarious) fiction and they're all excellent. After reading "Lamb..." I couldn't wait to read more of Moore and read one right after another, he's that good! But why take my word for it? (Because I'm not exaggerating, that's why!) Head for your favorite bookseller (and you know who that is!) and pick up a copy today. I'm relatively sure you won't be disappointed.
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arostow, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by arostow)
This book had me rolling on the floor with laughter. I have never read a fiction book that I wanted to be real more than Lamb. Witty, original, and fabulously well-written. A great book for atheists and devout Christians alike.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380813810
Author:
Moore, Christopher
Publisher:
William Morrow & Company
Author:
by Christopher Moore
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
Jesus christ
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Christian fiction
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
107-201.
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in 11.92 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Christopher Moore's Lamb is an utterly hilarious take on the story of Jesus. Told from the perspective of Jesus' smart-ass best friend, Biff, it is irreverent without being disrespectful. Lamb, or any of Moore's books, would be perfect for someone who has read all of Tom Robbins's titles and is looking for something new, or just for anyone who needs a good laugh.

"Review" by , "An instant classic...terrific, funny and poignant."
"Review" by , "[R]eminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams."
"Review" by , "The style is smooth, drawing readers into the story seamlessly except for the need to laugh out loud every page or two....In an excellent afterword, the author explains the choices he made in writing the novel, which will fascinate would-be writers, as well as provide a rebuttal for the book's likely critics."
"Review" by , "[A]s in Moore's other books, the jokes, ranging from the sublime to the sophisticated to the utterly sophomoric, make the book. What Lamb lacks in theological sophistication it more than compensates with mirth....simply impossible not to laugh."
"Review" by , "In inventing his own conflicted, determined Jesus — one who found His conviction one step at a time instead of emerging from the manger fully formed and ready to preach — Moore is endlessly, wryly creative."
"Review" by , "An audacious and irreverent novel...guaranteed deeply to offend all right-thinking Christians....The style is a bizarre mix of serious and sometimes brutal historical fiction laced with black humor, wordplay, in-jokes, and sharp one-liners worthy of a good stand-up comedian."
"Review" by , "Christopher Moore's impish, madcap addition to the New Testament. . . .Lamb is an earnest comedy in the style of Woody Allen's play God, simultaneously addressing matters of ultimate concern while wallowing in the broadest possible slapstick."
"Review" by , "Moore writes with a kind of reverent irreverence — he's got a keen eye for the absurd but leavens it with a child's sense of wonder....[Lamb is] his best book so far."
"Review" by , "Wrapped in this cloak of craziness are nuanced themes dealing with friendship, faith, and religious pluralism."
"Review" by , "Like the best of comedies, Lamb is filled with tragedy, love, loss, beauty, anger, and, above all, an unfailing and intelligent sense of humour."
"Synopsis" by , The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years — except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more — except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala — and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

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