Sunday, July 27, 2008

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

Enjoyed this book quite a bit. I had gotten the recommendation to Lamb, as well as to a few other recent books I've read or plan to read (Ender's Game, The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break, etc.) from a forum on Lamb was a fun read, covering the life of Jesus (Joshua) from his birth through the crucifixion, all written in modern American English from a recently revived Biff, Joshua's best friend.

Lamb was all in good fun, and although some parts were glossed over or, conversely, ran on a bit too much, overall it was a fun read. The one part of the book I did not like was the ending, it felt rushed and suddenly the protagonist (Biff) wasn't acting anything like the character we had learned about throughout the novel. I suppose the shock of watching your best friend/son of god die could cause you to act irrationally, still it felt like the writer ran out of ideas and just rushed through this part. Otherwise a very enjoyable read.

After I finished the book yesterday I started reading The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson. Killer looks like it will be a fun, fast, and maybe a little disturbing read. Looking forward to finishing this one, which might be today.

On a side note, as I mentioned before I got all the books from AbeBooks because I was ordering one book for my wife (Short Lines) and decided if I'd spend the money on that used book, I'd get a few others I'd wanted to read that were not available at the public library. Well the first seller I tried to buy Short Lines from canceled the order after about a week. No problem chose a second seller. That second seller also canceled the order after about a week. I've always like AbeBooks, but this is incredible frustrating. I was trying to avoid using Amazon Marketplace, but that's exactly when I ended up doing. I ordered Short Lines once again, this time via Amazon Marketplace, we'll see if my wife's book finally arrives. Assuming it does, I may have to take a break from AbeBooks for a while. This experience soured them for me.

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