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Lamb

The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Moore, Christopher (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Lamb


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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.
Authors: Moore, Christopher, 1957-
Title: Lamb
the Gospel according to Biff, Christ's childhood pal
Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial,, 2003, c2002
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
Characteristics: 444 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Christopher Moore
Notes: "A hardcover edition of this book was published in 2002 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers"--T.p. verso
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0380813815
9780380813810
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOORE
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Report This Jun 19, 2013
  • tdmenten1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As always, Moore "retells" a story with great humor and a clever flip on perspective. I really liked Levi, the one who is called Biff - he is definitely the yang to Joshua's yin - and the friendship between the characters feels genuine. And Maggie (aka Mary Magdalene) is treated with respect and is recognized for what she was - an intellectual, an equal to the apostles, and one of Josh's most trusted advisers. The Afterword is worth a read.

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  • sviera rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! I laughed often and even teared up a time or two. The writing is crisp and clean. The story takes unexpected twists. A great read!

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  • sldoug rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I'm surprised that so many of my friends liked this book so well, while I really didn't like it at all. The premise of the book was interesting, there were plenty of clever bits, and if nothing else, I actually feel like I understand more about the Christian Christ story (despite this being a primarily fictional account), but, man, the book was so boring! I kept waiting for something interesting to happen and nothing ever did. The plot was so uneven, important events were completely glossed over (really, you just walk up to some complete stranger and suddenly he becomes a disciple? Over and over again??), and what was up with that completely gratuitous happily ever after ending? Plus, the fact that every woman in the book existing solely to have sex with Biff got really old, really fast. I guess Biff was supposed to be a shallow asshole, and so maybe this was supposed to be funny? I don't know, I just found it to be boring and completely uninspired. I never would have finished this book if it hadn't been a gift from a friend. At least now I know that I'm not particularly interested in reading anything more by Christopher Moore.

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  • Dawngiac rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Irreverent, but not really that offensive, mostly damn funny! Definitely one of Moore's best.

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  • mochapea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is probably my most favorite book ever!!!

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  • mogie rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Ok read. Wasn't in love with it. Didn't make me laugh aloud but it was good.

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  • bibliophage91 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hilarious and creative, and surprisingly not undevout. One of the better Moore books.

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  • ebonysoul34 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I read this book about four years ago and I can honestly say this is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I found myself laughing out loud. Many may find this to be sacreligious, and they may be right. But humming softly behind the humor lies a touching story about Jesus, who was sent on a mission he may not be sure he's ready to handle - and the friend who loves him so much he's willing to do anything to help a friend, no matter how much he may or may not enjoy it. For those who have read Lamb, I highly recomment reading some of his other works. They are almost as good.

Report This Jun 21, 2010
  • eUser999 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is invariably described as funny, laugh-out-loud, hilarious, etc, etc ... but when I remember this book (it's been along time since I read it) what I remember most is how touching it was. It's the story of two great friends, one of whom happens to be the <thunder> Son Of God. It's funny, swashbuckling, and sad, at diferent times and to different degrees...

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  • sstpierre rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

LOVED This book. I originally got it by recommendation from a friend and I thought it was going to just make fun of religion and would be a good laugh. Well turns out I got a good laugh, but believe it or not, it strengthened my beliefs. I would LOVE to read the Christopher Moore version of the bible, and if church was more in tune to this book, I think a lot more people would attend... I know I would!

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Lighthearted satire of the life of Christ - from his childhood days up to his crucifixion.

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