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1span1
Jun 15, 2008, 10:17am

Can anyone recommend me something lighthearted? I've been reading a lot of serious books lately and its depressing me. The last humorous book I read was incompetence by Rob Grant was I found quite funny but I am willing to try anything.

2QueenOfDenmark
Jun 15, 2008, 10:59am

Well, anything by Terry Pratchett, but my personal favourites being Witches Abroad, Reaper Man, Guards, Guards and Small Gods.

I still have my childhood collection of Just William books and they still make me laugh.

Robert Rankin is funny too and some bits of Ben Elton but he does try a bit too hard.

And the Red Dwarf books are funny but since you already like Rob Grant you might know that already.

3quartzite
Edited: Jun 15, 2008, 2:19pm

There are lots of good suggestions in the Humor Group thread. For very light humor it is hard to beat P.G. Wodehouse. For more modern stuff, I like the two Christophers Christopher Moore and Christopher Brookmyre. Try The Island of the sequined Love Nun or One fine Day in the Middle of the Night.

4span1
Jun 15, 2008, 4:23pm

Thanks for your quick replies!

I've checked the humor group thread out, theres loads of authors there that I want to try. Also theres some authors here that I might try too - my TBR pile has grown significantly!

5ReneeMarie
Aug 8, 2008, 12:06am

The ones I would recommend are all mysteries, oddly enough:
* One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
* Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
* Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith

If you read romance, try:
* Take a Chance on Me by Susan Donovan
* Daisy's Back in Town by Rachel Gibson

A new book that had me smiling and chuckling a bit, although not completely lighthearted, was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

A fellow bookseller who likes funny is also a big fan of Evanovich and the forementioned Christopher Moore. I know she really likes Jeff Lindsay's Dexter books, too, and I believe she finds them funny, but they must be dark funny since the lead character's a serial killer.

Renee

6span1
Aug 13, 2008, 7:02am

thank you renneemarie. The guernsey literary and potato peel society looks quite good as does skinny dip.

7Booksloth
Sep 26, 2008, 3:09pm

This is the latest read I'm busy recommending to everyone in the world - Tiny Deaths by Rob Shearman. The humour is black and decidedly quirky but if that is your kind of thing I yelped out loud a number of times!

8WholeHouseLibrary
Sep 26, 2008, 3:26pm

Not sure where your interest lie, but a few years ago, I finally read my eBook copy of Al Franken's book, Oh, the Things I Know!.

It's not political; it's not inane. It IS the funniest book I've read in probably the past ten years, though. I rarely laugh out loud when I read humor. MrsHouseLibrary decided it was time we started reading in separate rooms by the time I finished Chapter 2.

9span1
Sep 29, 2008, 4:24am

Thanks for that! I haven't tried either author before so will have a look see. I always love being recommended new authors to try!

10Sandydog1
Apr 4, 2009, 1:12pm

How about A Confederacy of Dunces. Or perhaps The Master and Margarita for some fanciful and satiracal humor.

11Tid
Apr 4, 2009, 1:30pm

Have you ever tried The Cat Who Came In From The Cold by Deric Longden? I wet myself the first time I read it!

12retropelocin
Apr 4, 2009, 1:32pm

Mary Roach is pretty funny. I especially like Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.

13sunny
Edited: Apr 4, 2009, 6:52pm

I'm reading The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal by Sean Dixon at the moment and think it's quite funny so far.

If you like comics: the Calvin and Hobbes books by Bill Watterson.

Also very nice: A smile in the mind: witty thinking in graphic design.

The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett. The Queen becoming reluctant to perform her duties because she's taken to reading. :-)

Also worth a look: the tag hilarious.



14retropelocin
Apr 4, 2009, 3:47pm

Oh, I forgot, a couple of funny mysteries you may not have heard of:

Ian Sansom, The Case of the Missing Books

Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection

15sunny
Apr 4, 2009, 6:52pm


I found The case of the missing books such a deception! Promising plot, so badly written. :-(


16retropelocin
Apr 4, 2009, 7:41pm

Really? I enjoyed the humor of the two cultures. The plot was really secondary to me.

17sunny
Apr 5, 2009, 6:53am

Good someone liked it ;-)

19Sandydog1
Apr 18, 2009, 6:17pm

How about some good ol' fashioned Brit humor like Three Men in a Boat, Right Ho, Jeeves or maybe even Zuleika Dobson?