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

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal My Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars

OK so I was wary of this book because of the subject manner as I am a Christian. However, I know myself and I do not get offended easily and decided that I would give it a go. One thing I do like is how the book calls The Messiah Joshua, not Jesus.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal is written from the perspective of Levi, also known as Biff. Biff is resurrected in modern times by an angel to put to words his testament to the life of Joshua/Jesus. His story fills in the “gaps” in Joshua’s live from the age of about 6 until he is crucified. Together Joshua and Biff have some adventures as they journey together to find the knowledge Joshua seeks to fulfill his role as the Messiah and Hijinks ensue.

While there are some parts of this book that will offend those who are easily offended when it comes to this subject, the story really does not feel as if it’s intent was to poke fun at Christianity, but rather to take a subject that is the source of some heated arguments and wars, and tell it with a humorous angle and some lighter tones. And of course, it is completely made up.

I would recommend this book if you know that this is a subject that you can tolerate to be seen from a fictional point of view.

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Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) My Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 stars

Catching Fire left me with mixed feelings. While I really dig the whole concept of the Hunger Games universe and the struggle that the districts and their citizens face, there are definitely parts I could live without. The whole “love triangle” aspect really did not do anything for me, especially since I was not able to connect with Katniss’s feelings on the subject. Perhaps I am not the target audience for that particular part of the story.

The Hunger Games left me wanting to continue the story so I jumped right into Catching Fire. While I loved the way the story is told I was really quite let down by both the first half of the book and the Hunger Games themselves.

The first half, Katniss really seemed to be naive to the politics and and rebellion sparked by not only the living conditions of the other districts but how her actions affected them. I get that she is young but she has has had to grow up fast and be the primary provider for her family.

The second half also was a little bit of a let-down as the hunger games did not have the excitement as the first time we were there.

Now that I am starting Mockingjay (book 3) I feel as though I could have skipped book 2 entirely.

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