August SFFKit: Humorous Sci Fi & Fantasy
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Our category for the month of August is science fiction or fantasy novels which tickle your funnybone. Everyone has a different sense of humor so use your own judgement in deciding if a book works for this topic; if it amuses you and is a SF/F book, it counts!
Please don't forget to let us know what you have chosen, both here on this thread and on the Wiki
I am planning on Terry Pratchett's The Light Fantastic for this KIT. It's been far too long since my last visit to Discworld!
I'm going with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, my first by Douglas Adams.
I'm going to dip back into the Dresden Files for this month's challenge, reading White Night by Jim Butcher.
I plan to read a Discworld book or two, just not sure which at the moment. I haven't read any books by Scalzi but it sounds like I should!
I think I will read Breakfast of Champions for this month. Seems pretty funny.
I plan to read one of these:
The Light Fantastic
To Say Nothing of the Dog
Touchstones don't seem to be working. : (
I really enjoyed my read of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Since it was originally published in the early 1980's, I was surprised at how relevant the humor still is.
I'm currently listening to The Atrocity Archives which I'm finding to be quite hilarious. :)
>11 Kristelh: I listened to that on audio last year, read by John Malkovich, and I was guffawing out loud as I walked my dog around the neighborhood. Sure the neighbors thought I was losing it.
I finished The Atrocity Archives - Charles Stross - What a lot of fun. Snarky and imaginative.
I finished Night Watch, the next in the City Watch subseries of DiscWorld. Very good - Sam Vimes travels back in time (unintentionally)!
Next up is an short audiobook freebie I picked up last year, The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent by Larry Correia.
>20 leslie.98: & >21 DeltaQueen50: Perhaps the humor hasn't dated for us of the older generation, I thought so much of it was relevant to today, but perhaps the newer generation sees it differently. It is really much more satire than straight out humor so I can only hope that the younger generation will grow into it.
I've got a few friends who tried reading it in high school and didn't really enjoyed it, but then enjoyed it when they went back to it while in college, so I think maybe it is an age thing. I was told not to bother with it until I was at least in college by a professor, and I haven't gotten around to it yet, but I'm hoping to get to it this month.
>24 and >25 That's reassuring to hear! I first read the series in college and loved it. I'm glad it still feels relevant today and I hope it continues to entertain new (college-age) readers. I really must do a re-read sometime soon--perhaps the next time I participate in a readathon.
I read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. It's a fun book with a smidgen of humor but mostly its about relationships among a variety of alien beings.
>29 & >30 Oh, that sounds good! Is it part of a series or a standalone?
>31 I don't think you'd lose too much by not reading Fool first. That one's a re-imagining of King Lear. If you're going to read either then I hope you don't mind your comedy on the bawdy side along with some toilet humour thrown in for good measure.
I've run out of time to read my choice for the month, Mirror Dance...too much going on. I spent a portion of this afternoon just working out final routes for our mini-vacation next week. Real Life wins again.
I really want to read that one, too...
Finished reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and to go back to an earlier conversation... re-reading it now, I have to admit, I do think it would probably be lost on young readers today. I do think the book is timeless, but I have a feeling the humor would be lost on a lot of middle & high school students of today, even if that wasn't the case at one point. Honestly, though, I don't think I would have enjoyed it until I'd at least reached college age.
After being away from LT most of August, I'm still trying to catch up with threads! It's rather late to do so, but I'll mention here that I did finish John Scalzi's Agent to the Stars. It was a good vacation read -- light, funny and heartwarming.
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