Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Outside Reading: Lamb

So I am about 1/4 of the way through Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.

I have another online book club that I belong to and these other women (it's through a mother's group) raved about Moore. I'm not so sure.

I've already read "A Dirty Job", and while I appreciate blasphemous humor as much as the next atheist, I think the dialogue is a little bit too witty for my taste. I don't mean to say that I don't appreciate wit, I really do. It just seems like the dialogue is overwritten. You know, like the 5th season of "The West Wing".

I don't know if that even makes sense, but I just feel like he doesn't have to hold my hand and explain all of his jokes. I've read The Bible. I get the references.

I guess I just feel sort of guilty not enjoying it. I really like black humor and I feel like Chris Moore should be my kind of author. He is supposed to be hilarious. Maybe it's just with the whole "DaVinci Code" crowd, but still...

Should I just stop reading it now, or should I stick it out and see if it gets better? I so love the idea of a smart-ass disciple that they left out of The Bible because he was such a dick, but this just isn't doing it for me.

- Sarah


IFLYG said...

It's so frustrating to find a book with a great premise but shit execution. The same could be said for most movies, too, I suppose.
Maybe you should stop reading and just rent "The Life of Brian".

Kristen said...

AAA! The Life of Brian rocks.

Sarah, I guess my answer would be that it depends on how disappointing the book really is. With Life of Pi, it took me a while to get into the flow, but when I did, I ended up enjoying the book. Maybe this one will be similar for you??

Andie D. said...

I am not the type to start and then not finish a book. I read this and originally thought, "How could you NOT finish the book?"

But then Life of Brian was brought up.

"I'm not dead yet."
"Yes you are." BONK.

Maybe you should just give it up.

cape buffalo said...

I have no problem with not finishing books. Life's too short to read something you don't really like.

Arwen said...

I loved this book. Have you found out why jews eat chinese on Christmas yet? You need to keep reading.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

That the thing. I like the humor - it's just forced. It's too much.

That being said, I'm still reading it, but I'm rolling my eyes a lot.

Cammy said...

If you haven't finished it already trade it in for George Carlin's "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops"?