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

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christopher Moore’s rendition of the life of Christ through the eyes of Biff bin Levi, Christ’s childhood best friend, is witty, thoughtful, and well researched. He managed to touch all the major points of the gospels’ outline of the life of Christ in a hilarious and strong narrative voice. As the daughter of a minister, I was impressed with the attention he showed to the details of the story, while telling it from the unique and brave perspective of Biff.

I laughed out loud more than once.

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Review: Stardust

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was NOT my favorite Neil Gaiman book. In fact, this was the first Neil Gaiman book I read, and almost the last. I liked it that little. I found the setting and the characters to be hollow. The naming convention he used for the villains made them more flat than they might have actually been.

I put this book down with a “harumph!” and moved on to other things, determining never to read anything by Neil Gaiman again. Then… after following him on Twitter, and really coming to know more about Neil’s creative life, I decided to give him another try. I picked up American Gods… and since then have fallen in love with Neil and his worlds of fantasy. I still haven’t tried to read Stardust again, and probably won’t. But I find that I can forgive him for that book, since the larger body of work he has produced captivates me so.

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