Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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

I borrowed this book a couple of years ago from KC, but it's only now that I got to finish it. Why? Let me digress for a moment to tell you how much I hate it when people clean my room. The helper thought it was a bible and placed it with, uh, all our other bibles, which they kept in a box when we had to move some stuff. I found the book just last month. Sheesh.

See? It looks like a bible. And yes, it also has that red ribbon bookmark attached to the book's spine.

Back to the book. The bible tells us all about Christ's childhood and the teachings and miracles he performed after his 30th birthday, leaving a huge gap in between. Nobody really knows what happened except for Levi (better known as Biff), his bestfriend, who was brought back to life to fill in the blanks. He takes us through his divine (and hilarious) journey with Joshua (Jesus' "normal" name) filled with adventure, magic, martial arts, Abominable Snowmen, demons, and uh, hot women (Biff's pasttime, LOL). Their travels took them as far as India and China, where they met all sorts of people, saw all kinds of rituals, and where Biff (who is Josh's total opposite) kinda hooked up with a lot of girls. They met one named Feminine Keeper of the Three Tunnels of Excessive Friendliness. No, I'm not kidding.

Now before you even attempt to read this, you have to have an open mind. This is fiction; I doubt Moore intended to change someone's faith with this book, and readers have to remember that. I'm Catholic (not a super devout Catholic, but I know my faith) and I will admit that there were some weird parts in the book, but I never saw my religion in a different light afterwards and I don't think I'm going to preach about the Gospel of Biff ever.

Lamb was probably one of the funniest books I've ever read, with Biff's mishaps and Josh's naivete. I wouldn't mind reading it again.

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