I heard about this through a friend-of-a-friend and had seen the facebook site and twitter feed. And though the online stuff was funny I wasn't prepared for how consistently clever and laugh-out-loud the book would be. Simply, it tells the story of the New Testament but with a seriously well voiced facebook-style narration in the form of status updates (mainly from Jesus) and comments from "friends" like the disciples, Herod or even Satan on one or two occasions. It's a simple idea but works brilliantly. Just the idea of Jesus saying *lol* is enough to get me going.
For those of us whose knowledge of the New Testament is based upon half-forgotten Sunday School songs or readings of "Bible Stories for Children" when we were six years old, it really brings back the detail too - I can't help but feel that the authors must have seriously researched it.
I'm generally a bit disappointed by what people tend to refer to as "loo books" - more than often they're just a thin idea spread out over 100 or so pages - but this one really delivers. It reminded me of two things - first, there are obviously echoes of the humour of The Life of Brian, but secondly the tone of the Airplane films - each time you look at a page you see something new and hilarious.
And i don't want to spoil it for you but the Mohammed gag at the end is priceless.
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