Anyone who has ever read a Christopher Moore book knows he isn’t easy to categorize. With titles like You Suck, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, and The Stupidest Angel, it’s easy to categorize Moore as a writer of crude humor. And he is. But that isn’t all he is.
The full title of the book I’m currently reading is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. For those who read with the intent of being offended, I’m sure they will manage just fine. For those looking for crude humor, it is here. Making fun of multiple major religions, check. Also contains insight, satire, literary and social references, and a lot of sex. And yak shaving.
All in all, this is a fun book – I especially recommend it to anyone who loves Terry Pratchett, Kurt Vonnegut, or Neil Gaiman. I also highly recommend the trilogy that starts with Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story. I learned new and amazing ways to insult people that made me want to find someone to yell at. And shaved cats. What’s with the shaved animal theme, anyways?
If my bookstore manages to sell the most Christopher Moore books (in our chain), apparently Christopher Moore will do a signing, so don’t be too surprised if you hear stories of people being forced to buy his books by a crazed bookstore employee in Toronto.
I will finish with a quote from Carl Hiaasen about Moore: “A very sick man, in the very best sense of the word.”