I definitely enjoyed “Lamb.” I really enjoyed Moore’s choices about what Jesus (called Joshua in the book) was doing during those thirty years of childhood that the bible never mentions. In this telling, Josh and his childhood friend Biff (Levi who is called Biff, actually) go on a quest to find the three wise men who attended Joshua’s birth, to ask them to teach him how to be the Messiah. In the process Josh learns Confucianism, Buddhism and Yoga, and Biff learns Feng Shui, Kung Fu and the Kama Sutra.
Overall I found Christopher Moore’s writing style very readable – this was another quick one to finish. I was surprised near the end, when the more familiar events begin to happen, at how distant the character of Joshua suddenly became. It seemed as if Biff was suddenly watching impotently through a pane of glass as the prophecy of Joshua’s birth was carried through, unable to be heard or to have any impact on the events. Contrasted with Biff’s role as protector and streetwise companion during their thirty-year journey, it was a gut punch of emotion I wasn’t expecting.
I’d say Lamb is definitely worth a read, especially if you have a sense of humor about the subject matter.