FNORDinc, February 26, 2010 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
What with moving out of my apt, i have not had a whole ton of time for reading. in fact, it took me over a week to read Lamb, which was a real shame.. it should have been one i could never put down. it deserved that kind of attention.
Christopher Moore is a phenomenal writer. he put out a couple fairly hilarious books i have head in the past (thanks Jenn) and so when this was handed to me, i was anxious to crack it open and start the absorption process.
Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Christ's childhood pal:
this book is a work of fiction, compiled from a number of sources and the authors brain. it has sex murder resurrections spontaneous healing. Lamb basically covers from year 10 of Jesus's life to the crucifixion, primarily focusing on the years that are undocumented and not part of the typical gospel coverage.
Jesus, known in the book by his Greek name Joshua is seen in the first chapter resurrecting lizards, he is a kid. it is fun. he doesn't fully get it, but hey it passes the time. Levi, who is called "Biff' after the sound made when someone gets beat on the head, meets Joshua and they become fast friends. As Josh tries to learn how to become the messiah, it is Biff who helps keep him from getting stoned to death during the opening years. the book covers their travels to the far east in search of the original three wise men, hoping they can help josh learn to save humanity. Along the way Josh learns how he want s the world to be, in contrast to how the Jewish world expects their savior to make it.
damn. this book was hilarious. I read a reprint of the book. it was a special edition that came in a soft faux leather cover with parchment paper and a ribbon book mark. reading it on public transit almost guaranteed me a seat by myself as no one want to sit by the guy reading the bible on his way to work.. little did they know.
There are two printings with this cover. one is thicker it is using a semi gloss parchment paper that though nice, makes it feel less authentic. the other is skinnier due to the use of regular parchment paper. it feels like a real bible, looks like a real bible, but is far far funnier.
I highly suggest this book for any and all religious people with a sense of humor and an open mind. it is not meant to be a new gospel, just a comedic look at what could have been. for those who would say it is blasphemy, i say, shoosh. pick it up and read it. it does nothing to diminish the christian viewpoint. in fact, you may find that it is eye opening on many levels.
Thank you mr moore. this book is one i am proud to have on my book shelves.
C. M. Stultz, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by C. M. Stultz)
This humorous (naturally, from Mr. Moore), spiritual, and very moving extrapolation of Jesus' life between childhood and the tragic end of his ministry is simply the best book I read within the past 10 years -- and one of the most thought-provoking, too. This "Gift Edition" is even better than the original, and includes the author's comments on writing the book, and the many and varied reactions from its readers.
dbaudit, December 6, 2007 (view all comments by dbaudit)
This is the most subversive, outlandish, over the top insanity Mr. Moore has produced to date. He has the ability to take a simple premise, say an amphibian altered by radioactive leak that becomes enamored with an airstream trailer or the tale of remembered childhood by the best friend of a messiah, and make it into a read of such hilarity and outrageousness that you overlook his true understanding of the human condition.
This edition is brilliant in its execution.
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