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#CBR4 Maneuver #27-28 – Divine Comedies

Target: Tom Holt’s Here Comes the Sun and Odds and Gods

Profile: Comic Fantasy, Absurdist Fiction, Satire

Summary: From the Divine Comedies omnibus edition, “Here Comes the Sun: The sun rises late, dirty and so badly in need of a service it’s a wonder it gets up at all.  The moon’s going to be scrapped soon and a new one commissioned – but they’ve been saying that for years.  All is not well with the universe… and it’s because the mortals [aren’t] running the show.  It’s time for a Higher Power to take charge.

Odds and Gods: It’s a god’s life at the Sunnyvoyde Residential home for retired deities.  Everlasting life can be a read drag when all you’ve got to look forward to is cauliflower cheese on Wednesdays.  But things are about to change, because those almighty duffers Thor, Odin and Frey have restored a thousand-year-old traction engine, and the thing actually works!”

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#CBR4 Maneuver #13 – Lamb

Target: Christopher Moore’s Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. 

Profile: Comic Fantasy, Absurdist Literature, Religious Fiction?

Summary: From the Back Cover, “The Birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years – except Biff, the Messiah’s best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in this divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work.

Verily, the story that Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healing, kung fu, corpse, demons and hot babes.  Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior’s pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny.  But there’s no one who love Josh more – except maybe ‘Maggie,’ Mary of Magdala – and Biff isn’t about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.”

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