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What if Jesus knew kung fu?

Gonna do the book-review-listing thing this year. Not planning to shoot for a certain number, but I am interested in having a record of what I read.

1. Lamb - or, The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore
The subtitle pretty much says it all as far as what the book is about. Levi who is called Biff, Jesus' friend from the time he was six, is brought back to life two thousand years later to write his own version of the Gospel. Moore reminds me of Connie Willis and Tom Robbins in his peculiar blend of the profound with the absurd - and his particular take on what Jesus *really* was trying to do is, in my view, very Gnostic and very very cool.

And yes - it answers the question of "what if Jesus knew kung fu?"

Moore's written at least six other books, including such titles as Practical Demonkeeping and Island of the Sequined Love Nun, which may now be required additions to my library as well....

Many thanks to tzaddi_93 and tygeressdenacht for recommending this book to me :)

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sea_gaagii
Jan. 3rd, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)
Jew Do
Lamb was an excellent book.
tavalon
Jan. 3rd, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
Re: Jew Do
I never finished that book. I remember the part I read was great. Do you have that book?
tygeressdenacht
Jan. 3rd, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Teehee...
Read Lamb and Practical Demonkeeping... Which is funny because the demon just so happens to make an appearance in both books... :-) Christopher Moore is extreemely funny. You just have to take him slowly to gather the great depth of all his humor.

You definately should read all his works... though I'm finding it harder and harder to find him in the used bookstores... so I guess it's time to just suck it up and buy them from Amazon.com... :-)

PS (I Think we might have told you about Lamb a while back.. too... glad to see you got a chance to read it... :-P )
jnanacandra
Jan. 3rd, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Teehee...
You know - I think you're right. I was trying to remember who the first to mention it was. I'll have to edit the post now ;)
sarahnade
Jan. 3rd, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
I am currently reading Island of the Sequined Love Nun, and I have read Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and Coyote Blue as well. They are all very good, fun reads. Most of them have some spiritual/ghost-like theme to them, but the mind-blowing plots are what get me every time. Moore has a vivid imagination, and his sense of humor is both snarky and witty. I love his stuff.
tygeressdenacht
Jan. 3rd, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Teehee..
I absolutely LOVED Coyote Blue... It was definately an awesome read. :-) I still need to break down and read Lust Lizard... and Island of the Sequined Love Nun... but I know they are around the house somewhere.. and I just need to hunt them down (when you literally have boxes of books around the house because both you and your husband are avid readers... well books tend to just be everywhere..)
cali_nic
Jan. 3rd, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
I liked Fluke best. Listened to it at work. Sequined Love Nun seemed to go on forever... Practical Demonkeeping was quick and fun... still need to read the rest.
tzaddi_93
Jan. 3rd, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
I definitely recommend all of the books of Moore's that take place in Pine Cove, CA:

Practical Demonkeeping
The Lust Lizzard of Melancholy Cove
The Stupidest Angel

This is their chronological order. I read them in reverse order and it wasn't a problem.

I haven't read Fluke. jonah777 said that it was a slow starter and then switched to Moore's beverage-spewing-through-the-nose humor about halfway through.

Coyote Blue is also fantastic. Island of the Sequined Love Nun was fun (Tucker Case is a hoot!) but it's not my favorite. The Stupidest Angel is a must-read as well. Two words: Christmas Zombies.
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