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Stars: Four and a half of five.Review format: One-liner following this header. Lamb – Christopher Moore. 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. Ever since the day when he came upon six-year-old Joshua of Nazareth resurrecting lizards in the village square, Levi bar Alphaeus, called “Biff,” had the distinction of being the Messiah’s best bud. That’s why the angel Raziel has resurrected Biff from the dust of Jerusalem and brought him to America to write a new gospel, one that tells the real, untold story. Meanwhile, Raziel will order pizza, watch the WWF on TV, and aspire to become Spider-Man. 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 – whose considerable charms fall to Biff to sample, since Josh is forbidden the pleasures of the flesh. (There are worse things than having a best friend who is chaste and a chick magnet!) And, of course, there is danger at every turn, since a young man struggling to understand his godhood, who is incapable of violence or telling anything less than the truth, is certain to piss some people off. Luckily, Biff is a whiz at lying and cheating – which helps get his divine pal and him out of more than one jam. And while Josh’s great deeds and mission of peace will ultimately change the world, Biff is no slouch himself, blessing humanity with enduring contributions of his own, like sarcasm and cafe latte. 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. (from the book jacket)
Hilarious and creative, and surprisingly not undevout. One of the better Moore books.
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Practical Demonkeeping… it has its funny moments but nothing as revelatory as some of the other Moore books.
Demon, and djinn, Pine Cove… ho-hum. If you want Moore about Pine Cove, read the Lust Lizard.
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Ah ha – it’s been pointed out that this was Moore’s first book. Thanks, GuildedEarlobe.
Ha! Now this is what I mean by a Christopher Moore book. Even Moore so than Fluke, this book is a side-splitting stand-alone slapstick. Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.
This takes place in a sleepy coastal California town, with a toking sheriff, terminator barkeep, and retired Xena-wannabe. And, the Labrador who’s devoted to his Food Guy, within reason.
In rolls an empathic shape-changing lust-inducing aquatic pseudo-dinosaur. What exactly, and why? Don’t ask, just enjoy. Unlike Fluke, the Deus is explained ex machina early and then we get to enjoy the mayhem.
Fluke is not quite what I was expecting from Christopher Moore this time around. We’ve had zombies and vampires and death (deaths?) incarnate. Here we have… whales. Significantly special whales of course, but it just didn’t quite feel like the usual stuff.
There is a central group of main characters, but our main guy remained a bit faceless to me. I can’t remember his name. Our guy ‘grows as a person’ and discovers the ‘nifty secret’.
It did not include quite as many snort-beer-out-your-nose moments as several of his other books. By which I mean humour.