Tuesday, January 22, 2008

lamb review

christopher moore is awesome, and lamb: the gospel according to biff, christ's childhood pal is his best work. witty, irreverent, slightly think-y and still surprisingly respectful. for the first third of the book or so it's a laugh or two a page. biff and josh (jesus) circumcise a statue of apollo, investigate the fairer sex, develop a taste for bacon... i really, really love the book.

right up until around the time they join a monastery, actually. around 1/3 of the way into the book it starts to lose momentum. it gets less and less funny and less and less interesting. it's still a great book, but it starts a lot better than it ends. still, even at its least inspired moment lamb is funnier and smarter than carl hiaasen's best moment, and i'm very fond of mr. hiaasen. even if his name is damned hard to spell.

don't let that last paragraph deter you, read the book. you'll be glad you did.

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