Posts tagged ‘Christopher Moore’

Book Review: Good Omens

Cover of "Good Omens"

Cover of Good Omens

By Mandy Webster

Good Omens. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Ace Books, New York. 1990.

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens is a hilarious satire of Armageddon in which the world is salted and peppered with the devil’s and God‘s minions, each doing the work of his or her own respective master.

One of my personal favorite minions is Raven Sable, of the Newtrition Corporation which owns, among other things, the Burger Lord franchise. Sounding suspiciously like a real life McDonalds, the burger franchise is testing out Newtrition’s latest MEALS™. Manufactured with CHOW™, only with added fat and sugar, the theory behind MEALS™ is that if you ate enough, “you would a) get very fat, and b) die of malnutrition” (138).

But I digress… Here’s the premise of Good Omens: In preparation for the Apocalypse, the devil’s infant son is sent topside to be switched with the newborn son of the American Cultural Attaché to Britain. But the devil’s plan goes seriously awry when Sister Mary Loquacious (of the Satanic Chattering Order) misplaces the Anti-Christ, and the little bugger accidentally goes home with the Youngs who decide to name their new spawn Adam. Read more…

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

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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. By Christopher Moore. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2002. Print.

By Mandy Webster

After thousands of years, the mystery of Christ’s whereabouts from the time he was 12 until the age of 30 has been solved. Christopher Moore’s Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, is Biff’s often hysterical account of the life of Christ during this oft-debated period.

Throughout this novel, Moore explores such deep theological questions as the divinity of Christ and free will, using modern language sometimes reminiscent of a contemporary television sitcom. Moore manages to integrate a high level of intellectual humor throughout most of the novel. For me, Lamb has earned the cliché, “laugh out loud.” In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that Biff himself had coined the phrase to begin with.

I’m not normally one to cry or laugh out loud when reading any book, but the sarcasm and irreverent humor used to create humor throughout Lamb definitely had me going. For example, when Joseph asks Biff, whose name translates roughly as “smack upside the head,” (p. 9) if he wants to become a stonecutter, Biff replies,“I was thinking about becoming the village idiot, if my father will allow it.” Read more…

Read With Me: March Books

Cover of "Wit"

Cover of Wit

By Mandy Webster

I’m a bit late this month, I know… most of this month’s books are supposed to be humorous, although I did manage to also get through The Hunger Games (great book, by the way) so far this month. Anyway, here’s the quick list:

Next month’s list will likely be considerably shorter, considering I’ll be working on a 15 page final paper. But come May, I’ll be out of school for the summer and on to some “fun” books. Read more…