This will be the first in an irregularly appearing series call "yes, I really hate it" in which I tell you about something I hate that everyone else loves. And then you can try to change my mind and I'll pretend that having my mind changed is an option. Fun!
Today I was killing time before a Giants game at Borders when I saw the Christopher Moore book, You Suck, marked down on clearance. I picked it up and was almost about to check out with it when I remembered just how much I hated Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. With a shudder I put You Suck back on the clearance table, because I was fairly certain it would suck.
Awhile ago I picked up Lamb because everyone I know raved about that book. When I worked at Barnes and Noble it would end up on the staff rec wall at least every other month. When I told people I hadn't read it they would gasp and tell me that I must read it right that second. Since I tend to shy away from things that I. Have. To. Do. I resisted reading Lamb for awhile, mainly so that when I did read it, all of the hype about it would be far from my judgmental mind. And yet, I still thought the book was meh.
I wish I could tell you exactly what about Lamb didn't transform me into a ravenous Christopher Moore fan; all I can say is that the book really didn't do it for me. I didn't laugh once, much less laugh out loud. I ended up zoning out while I was reading, seeing the words, but not absorbing them, and had to go back and reread parts. If I like a book, even a tiny bit, I do not zone out. I might reread a part, but it's because it was some awesome I couldn't take it all in the first time.
I don't know if my lack of biblical knowledge ruined the book for me. I mean, I know the basic story in the Bible, but I haven't studied the text as throughly as some people. I found that Lamb dragged on and I actually felt like reading the Bible might be more interesting. For me it was a letdown and has turned me off of Christopher Moore's other books. Some people probably think I'm missing out but I think I'm the smart one, using my reading time to read real quality literature.
Now feel free to tell me just how wrong I am.