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August SFFKit: Humorous Sci Fi & Fantasy

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1leslie.98
Jul 31, 2:47pm Top



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

2christina_reads
Jul 31, 4:12pm Top

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!

3majkia
Jul 31, 5:45pm Top

Planning on The Serpent of Venice. Christopher Moore is always fun.

4Robertgreaves
Jul 31, 7:58pm Top

I think Carpe Jugulum is my best bet for this one.

5DeltaQueen50
Jul 31, 7:59pm Top

I'm going with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, my first by Douglas Adams.

6mathgirl40
Jul 31, 9:26pm Top

I'm going to start with Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi.

7jeanned
Aug 1, 2:55am Top

I'm going to dip back into the Dresden Files for this month's challenge, reading White Night by Jim Butcher.

8sushicat
Aug 1, 7:45am Top

I just read Redshirts by John Scalzi - a quick romp, very enjoyable.

9leslie.98
Aug 1, 4:36pm Top

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!

10fuzzi
Aug 1, 11:04pm Top

I think I'm going to start another Lois McMaster Bujold "Miles" story, Mirror Dance. The other books in this series have plenty of comedy, so I'm assuming this one will as well.

11Kristelh
Aug 3, 8:21pm Top

I think I will read Breakfast of Champions for this month. Seems pretty funny.

12bluebird_
Edited: Aug 5, 3:19pm Top

I plan to read one of these:
Good Omens
The Light Fantastic
Redshirts
To Say Nothing of the Dog

Touchstones don't seem to be working. : (

13AHS-Wolfy
Aug 8, 6:40am Top

I read Thraxas and the Warrior Monks from Martin Scott. It's the second book featuring a not very good sorceror who has turned his hand to investigating to keep his head above water.

14DeltaQueen50
Aug 9, 1:30pm Top

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.

15majkia
Aug 9, 4:01pm Top

I'm currently listening to The Atrocity Archives which I'm finding to be quite hilarious. :)

16sturlington
Aug 9, 4:09pm Top

>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.

17leslie.98
Aug 9, 8:42pm Top

I have finished The Fifth Elephant, part of the City Watch subseries of Pratchett's Discworld. Very enjoyable - so much so that I plan to read the next one in this subseries, Night Watch, before the month is out.

18majkia
Aug 11, 10:34pm Top

I finished The Atrocity Archives - Charles Stross - What a lot of fun. Snarky and imaginative.

19Kristelh
Aug 12, 9:40pm Top

I finished Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. Humor/satire about some pretty awful themes; suicide, alienation, mental illness. Still very funny, and >16 sturlington:, I did listen to the audio by John Malkovich. He did a great job.

20Kristelh
Aug 12, 9:42pm Top

>14 DeltaQueen50:, I think the humor of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was great but I wonder if it isn't a bit dated. The teen group at the library recently read it as their BOTM and most teens did not find it compelling and either did not finish it and would not read any more in the series.

21leslie.98
Aug 13, 8:30am Top

>20 Kristelh: Aw, that makes me sad! I recently reread it and didn't think that it had become dated but I suppose that it might be hard for someone of my generation to notice.

22Robertgreaves
Aug 13, 9:44pm Top

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood was unexpectedly very funny, so I'll count it here.

I have also COMPLETED Carpe Jugulum and am currently reading The Wee Free Men.

23leslie.98
Edited: Aug 15, 4:23pm Top

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.

24DeltaQueen50
Aug 15, 7:06pm Top

>20 Kristelh: & >21 leslie.98: 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.

25whitewavedarling
Aug 15, 8:28pm Top

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.

26bluebird_
Aug 16, 4:01pm Top

>24 DeltaQueen50: and >25 whitewavedarling: 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.

27Kristelh
Aug 19, 9:24pm Top

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.

28lavaturtle
Aug 22, 8:16pm Top

I read Innsmouth #1 by Megan James, which is the beginning of a funny & charming comics series set in a Lovecraftian horror world.

29majkia
Aug 23, 7:33am Top

I finished The Serpent of Venice , a mash-up with comedy of The Merchant of Venice and Othello. Starting Good Omens in light of newly announced TV series.

30AHS-Wolfy
Aug 27, 5:22am Top

I've also read The Serpent of Venice as well. A good follow up to Fool.

31leslie.98
Aug 27, 9:34am Top

>29 majkia: & >30 AHS-Wolfy: Oh, that sounds good! Is it part of a series or a standalone?

32AHS-Wolfy
Aug 27, 10:36am Top

>31 leslie.98: 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.

33fuzzi
Aug 27, 4:30pm Top

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...

34whitewavedarling
Aug 31, 1:33pm Top

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.

35mathgirl40
Sep 18, 9:48pm Top

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.

36pammab
Sep 18, 10:09pm Top

>34 whitewavedarling: To be fair, I didn't quite get Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy even back in the day when I read it around age 14, though there was enough to make me laugh even so. I'd be curious if I'd do better now, but I'm worried it'd lose the gleam.

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