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

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HarperCollins, Mar 1, 2002 - Fiction - 416 pages
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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. 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 café 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. Lamb is the crowning achievement of Christopher Moore's storied career: fresh, wild, audacious, divinely hilarious, yet heartfelt, poignant, and alive, with a surprising reverence. Let there be rejoicing unto the world! Christopher Moore is come -- to bring truth, light, and big yuks to fans old and new with the Greatest Story Never Told!

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The premise was good. - LibraryThing
My only complaint was the ending. - LibraryThing
Writing is solid, though nothing to get excited about. - LibraryThing
The thing lacking is any kind of character development. - LibraryThing
The ending definitely left me wanting more, however. - LibraryThing
My only gripe is the ending (don't worry, no spoilers). - LibraryThing

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User Review  - CherieDooryard - LibraryThing

People have been telling me to read this for years and I've avoided it because I don't usually care for "funny" novels. Most of them reek of "trying too hard." This one doesn't. It is funny, just the ... Read full review

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User Review  - elliepotten - LibraryThing

Happily, this novel lived up to all the rave reviews and Moore-hype I've seen everywhere over the past few years. The basic premise is that Christ's oldest friend Biff has been resurrected by an angel ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Christopher Moore was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1957. He studied at Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a roofer, a grocery clerk, a hotel night auditor, an insurance broker, a waiter, a photographer, and a DJ. His first book, Practical Demonkeeping, was published in 1992. His other works include Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Nun, Lamb, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art. In 2014 his title, The Serpent of Venice, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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