Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (2002)
Summary: Everyone knows about the immaculate conception and the crucifixion. But what happened to Jesus between the manger and the Sermon on the Mount? In this hilarious and bold new novel, the acclaimed author Moore shares the greatest story never told: the life of Christ as seen by his boyhood pal, Biff.
The only other books I’ve read by Moore were the first two in his A Love Story series which I did enjoy. I find his writing style incredibly humorous and his stories and characters are always unique. Lamb seems to be one of his most popular books so it’s been on my TBR for awhile now.
I did enjoy reading it but I can’t say I absolutely adored it. The reason for this is because it wasn’t what I was expecting before I started reading. Having expectations about a book can definitely hinder your enjoyment of it when it’s completely different from what you thought it would be. To be honest, I don’t know what I was expecting. Maybe something completely new and a little wittier. I didn’t find the jokes to be all that clever and Biff mostly made comments about sex which got old.
Plus, I am somewhat familiar with the Bible and the story of Jesus so toward the end things seemed really repetitive and uninteresting. I already knew what would happen and it seemed like Moore just wanted to get the story over with. This part seemed rushed and there wasn’t much of interest added.
Overall I thought it was a really clever concept but I think some of the humor was lost on me. I really wanted to like it but just didn’t find myself turning pages or smiling to myself as a I read. I think my next book by Moore will be Angel“>The Stupidest Angel. Unless I really love those two, then I might be done with Moore for a while. I do think he’s a clever writer but I think it might just not be for me as a reader.
My Rating: ★★★☆☆