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

78%

20 Critic Reviews

Like Christ's world-wise, more competent half, Lamb is whip-smart and subversively funny. But it also works best when it works solely on its own terms.
-AV Club

Synopsis

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.

 

About Christopher Moore

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Christopher Moore is the author of twelve previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Bite Me. He lives in San Francisco, California.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by William Morrow. 468 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Lamb
All: 20 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
on May 20 2010

The style is a bizarre mix of serious and sometimes brutal historical fiction laced with black humor, wordplay, in-jokes, and sharp one-liners worthy of a good stand-up comedian. Sometimes it all works well, and sometimes the jokes seem strained.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 02 2002

Moore has tapped into organized religion for laughs before, but this isn't one of his better efforts.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Whitney Gallien on Sep 27 2009

Moore, however, makes sure that his readers realize that, during the "lost" years, Jesus was just a confused human looking for his way – like we all are. And that, my friends, is beautiful. While reading Lamb, I find myself wishing that it was actually taught in Bible classes

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Anna Creech on Jun 24 2005

Clearly Moore had a great deal of irreverent fun filling in the gaps of Jesus’ life left by the other gospels. And, as he notes, if this book is enough to shake your faith, then perhaps you need to do a little more praying.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Brian Triplett on Oct 31 2012

"Lamb" is an incredibly compelling work even for readers who don't agree with Moore's conclusions. The book is also laugh out loud funny at times, which really helps during some of more irreverent parts of the story.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Eileen Zimmerman on Jan 22 2011

I'm impressed by the author's humor, inventiveness, and bravery in taking on this story. His dialog sparkles with sarcasm and wit.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Apr 03 2002

Like Christ's world-wise, more competent half, Lamb is whip-smart and subversively funny. But it also works best when it works solely on its own terms.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Apr 03 2002

Like Christ's world-wise, more competent half, Lamb is whip-smart and subversively funny. But it also works best when it works solely on its own terms.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Laurie Likes Books on Jan 18 2013

Again, it's hard for me to know where sacrilege begins, but Moore's manner of juxtaposing the practical - and hormonal - Biff with Joshua's earnest human and super-human qualities result in a very engaging read. Until, that is, the time of The Passion is reached, and the story's tone, quite necessarily, I understand, changes.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Lesley Mason on Aug 01 2007

But mostly, the book is just delightfully silly. Pythonesque. Pratchettian. That it explains the Easter Bunny and why blondes are thought to be dumb are mere by-products. Simply brilliant.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by Commander Strikeher on Jan 26 2010

This book was a blast to read, and I am sure that I will be re-reading it again and again. Put this on your shelf next to Good Omens. They would be great companions.

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About.com

Good
Reviewed by Mark Flanagan on Jan 18 2013

Lamb is a fantastic work of the imagination that, like Moore's other novels, will likely have you laughing the blood of Christ right through your nose.

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Daily Kos

Good
Reviewed by BrechtFollow on Sep 30 2014

I've read more realistic books, and funnier books, and wiser ones - but I must say, this is a marvelous blend of those flavors.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

Good
Reviewed by SB Sarah on Feb 23 2013

...If you like absurd humor (of which Moore is a master) and you are open to having your view of Christ reshaped a good bit, this book might blow your mind like it has mine.

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Giraffe Days

Good
on Apr 09 2015

Despite Biff’s silly humour and the occasional fart joke, Lamb is written with maturity, compassion and skill. The setting, landscape and supporting characters immerse you in the story, the period and the upheavels.

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Nylon Admiral

Good
Reviewed by Kayleigh Murphy on Jun 23 2014

I've made this book sound incredibly emotional and serious, and while I think you can take some brilliant things from it, it is first and foremost a funny, funny book.

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Hipster Zoe

Good
Reviewed by Zoe_E_W on Feb 20 2014

In the end, I have to give Lamb four stars. Moore’s done a fine job of presenting a new gospel detailing the life of the Messiah, and while I didn’t laugh once, there were several times when I got choked up or teary-eyed. The writing is good, the research is sound, and the story was definitely worth the time it took me to read it.

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Eight Bookcases

Excellent
Reviewed by Elise Guest on Jan 02 2012

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. I have read it (almost) every Christmas for the last 7 years, and I never get tired of it. I think it should be proscribed reading for everyone.

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Liquid Hip

Above average
Reviewed by Richard Becker on Aug 13 2010

Moore doesn't claim to present biblical history perfectly, but he does infuse a surprising amount of research in it to spin his story.

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Reviewers Choice

Good
Reviewed by Sunnie Gill on Jan 01 2006

In his note at the back of the book, Christopher Moore says he did a great deal of research to try and fit the story he's written as seamlessly as possible with events written in the Gospels. He freely admits he has taken a few historical liberties in order to create a good, entertaining yarn. And that is exactly what he's succeeded in writing.

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