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Old 05-29-2012, 12:37 PM   #31
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Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
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It's a little more risque than the movie.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:13 PM   #32
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:40 AM   #33
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I was just thinking though, at what point does the discussion of a book become copyright infringement? Most of us would assume that simply stating the title of the book with no content references would not be infringement, but why?
Looks like no-one is biting, Giggleton.......


So here is a nibble


Because it would be silly?
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:25 PM   #34
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This thread has caused me to add a couple to my Amazon wishlist!
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:21 AM   #35
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Here's another vote for A Confederacy of Dunces. It has me laughing out loud every time. Everything is Illuminated does that also.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:30 PM   #36
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Looks like no-one is biting, Giggleton.......


So here is a nibble


Because it would be silly?
Why is discussing a book not infringing, but reading the book is? There must be a line there that we can recognize and then throw away...
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:52 AM   #37
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I can't resist adding another vote for A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES
Unique...and funny.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:22 AM   #38
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Why is discussing a book not infringing, but reading the book is? There must be a line there that we can recognize and then throw away...
It's called Fair Use.

Reading a book doesn't infringe copyright either. It's copying it that does.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:41 AM   #39
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Why is discussing a book not infringing, but reading the book is? There must be a line there that we can recognize and then throw away...
This is "Funny Book Thread." You're free to start your 5,326th thread bemoaning the fact that the world won't deign to freely give you everything your little, entitled heart desires (and then thank you for being such a mooch), if you want.. but please... for the love of god... don't subvert "Funny Book Thread." I mean seriously... c'mon. Be a pal.

For science-fiction comedy fans out there:

I found Michael Rubens' The Sheriff of Yrnmeer humorous—but not gut-bustingly so.

Muddle Earth by John Brunner would tickle the funny-bone of anyone who laughed at The Hitchhiker's Guide.

Almost anything by Robert Rankin.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #40
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Changing Places by David Lodge has already been mentioned. I'd like to add Small World and The Writing Game by the same author.

I thought A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke was very funny, but maybe you must have lived in France to get the most out of it.

Many of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books are funny, especially the ones about Death, for example Hogfather and Reaper Man.

If you want something more literary, how about The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry? Or Wilt by Tom Sharpe.

Arto Paasilinna is always good for a laugh, too.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:57 AM   #41
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This is "Funny Book Thread." You're free to start your 5,326th thread bemoaning the fact that the world won't deign to freely give you everything your little, entitled heart desires (and then thank you for being such a mooch), if you want.. but please... for the love of god... don't subvert "Funny Book Thread." I mean seriously... c'mon. Be a pal.

For science-fiction comedy fans out there:

I found Michael Rubens' The Sheriff of Yrnmeer humorous—but not gut-bustingly so.

Muddle Earth by John Brunner would tickle the funny-bone of anyone who laughed at The Hitchhiker's Guide.

Almost anything by Robert Rankin.
Thank you.

I found that The Phule's Company Series by Robert Asprin was humorous, but got old after the first couple of books.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:36 PM   #42
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:29 PM   #43
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A couple I remember finding funny at the time:

Who Goes Here? By Bob Shaw
Who's Afraid of Beowulf by Tom Holt

It's quite a long time since I read them, so I'm not sure I'd still find them so funny (although the Bob Shaw still contains my absolute favourite method of FTL travel.)
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:40 PM   #44
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Oh, I'd like to add that Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! Trilogy had me in stitches at times. In fact, I might like to bump that up to my number one Funny Fiction spot.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:46 PM   #45
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Or Wilt by Tom Sharpe.
I love Tom Sharpe. I'll add Riotous Assembly and Porterhouse Blue.
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