Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal By Christopher Moore
Oh Mr. Moore, you who hath brought into being stories about whales with 'Bite Me' written upon their tales. Ye are the new wondrous creation of humor and bullshit.
And that is what this book is, humor and bullshit. This is the type of book where if you are looking to be offended, you will be. It is best to approach it with a pleasant smirk.
Enough of that. This book begins with an angel sorting through a closet, when he is told he has to resurrect Biff, Jesus's best friend, in order for the full story to be told. As soon as Biff is resurrected he punches the angel, and so begins our story.
Did you ever wonder what Jesus would have been like as child? Would he have played games that involved teasing his siblings (yes he has siblings in this book, they came after he was born,) and acting out the Torah as I acted out the crucifixion with my siblings (guess who was Jesus?) Christopher Moore writes that Jesus was a dumb kid once, and he had dumb kid friends like the rest of us.
Biff is the daredevil best friend who sticks to you like glue for your life. He constantly rescues Jesus from getting into trouble; Jesus is a bit naive as a child. Mary Magdalene makes an appearance as the woman who is in love with Jesus, but he loves her in the way he loves everyone. Biff follows her doggedly.
Most people know about the missing years of Christ's life. Moore fills them in with Jesus and Biff going to visit the three wise men. Biff finds plenty of time to enjoy women, while Jesus pursues a quest to try to understand what his mission is on Earth.
In between the stories of Biff's gospel you read about the angel and Biff living in a hotel room. Delightful things happen as the angel damning the people on the soaps to Hell, and describing how he once was the best smiter of them all.
It is an amusing book, and despite its' silliness it does make you pause and think. I would advise you to read it so long as you are okay with sex and silliness.
Note: I did not capitalize Him and whatnot in reference to Jesus because I am lazy.