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Old 06-01-2012, 08:02 PM   #46
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So many wonderful choices! Less known ones are Zodiac by Neal Stephanson, Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by LLosa Vargas who just won the Nobel Prize.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:20 PM   #47
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Zodiac is a pretty funny book!
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:08 AM   #48
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No love for _The Princess Bride_?


That's a great book, thanks for bringing it up!
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:28 PM   #49
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Looks like folks here don't have their funny bones tickled...enough

Pick from this list, you can't go wrong with:
Guy Gilpatric and his Glencannon series
Ernest Bramah and his Kai Lung stories
William Hazlett Upson and the indefatigable Alexander Botts
Three men in a boat and Three men on the bummell by Jerome K. Jerome
The Diary of a Nobody - George and Weedon Grossmith
Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole series
Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad
Anything by David Sedaris
Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers (read the unabbreviated version)
George Ade's Fables series
Douglas Jerrold's Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures
Saki's Reginald
James Thurber's short stories
Leo Rosten's Hyman Kaplan stories
E.M. Delafield's Provincial Lady
Joyce Dennys' Henrietta
Anything by Gerald Durrell, but especially the Corfu trilogy
Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay
Most anything by P.G. Wodehouse
Any of Bill Bryson's travel books or his autobiography
As you can gather from the above list, i'm a fan of British humor. Don't make me choose among these...please.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:23 PM   #50
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This thread has caused me to add a couple to my Amazon wishlist!
Ye gods! Haven't noticed they expanded into that kind of markets. They seem to going ACME-alike.
Coyote would be delighted.
Do they have single females too?
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:59 AM   #51
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Hmm, another vote for Hitchhikers. + Catch 22. + Portnoys Complaint.

No Vonnegut nominations? C'mon people... Cats Cradle? Breakfast of Champions? Anyone?
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:04 AM   #52
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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.
I read this a long, long time ago. Its a good giggle all the way through!

If you have any friends that spout off on the Free Masons and secret societies, recommend this to them. They tend to leave you alone afterwards.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:01 AM   #53
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I wept with laughter all the way through Jane Austen's juvenile masterpiece, "Love and Freindship" (spelt thus).

And another vote for anything by Douglas Adams.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:33 AM   #54
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Yes, anything by Vonnegut of course!

And some of Magnus Mills' books are among the funniest I've ever read. E.g. The Restraint of Beasts is excellent. Mills is one of the few writers who manage to win literary awards with funny, easy-to-read novels (this fact should also tell you that there is a lot more to his books than that they are 'simple' and funny).
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:50 PM   #55
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Pick from this list, you can't go wrong with:
Guy Gilpatric and his Glencannon series
Ernest Bramah and his Kai Lung stories
William Hazlett Upson and the indefatigable Alexander Botts
Three men in a boat and Three men on the bummell by Jerome K. Jerome
The Diary of a Nobody - George and Weedon Grossmith
Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole series
Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad
Anything by David Sedaris
Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers (read the unabbreviated version)
George Ade's Fables series
Douglas Jerrold's Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures
Saki's Reginald
James Thurber's short stories
Leo Rosten's Hyman Kaplan stories
E.M. Delafield's Provincial Lady
Joyce Dennys' Henrietta
Anything by Gerald Durrell, but especially the Corfu trilogy
Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay
Most anything by P.G. Wodehouse
Any of Bill Bryson's travel books or his autobiography
As you can gather from the above list, i'm a fan of British humor. Don't make me choose among these...please.
British humour (spelled correctly!) fans will likely enjoy Jasper Fforde's works. Comic fantasy where the line between reality and literature is thin- to-non-existent, cloned dodos plock quietly, and the fantasy part doesn't get in the way. Start with "The Eyre Affair."
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #56
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A Fine and Pleasant Misery by Patrick F. McManus is probably the funniest book I've ever read. It's a fictionalized account, so probably doesn't really qualify, but it's funny as hell.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:11 AM   #57
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I checked out "The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse" based solely on the title. I don't generally read books like this one, but I found it funny. The characters and lines were a bit, but the author's use of wit in the narrative was amusing.That said, I ultimately didn't check out any more by the author. "Motherless Brooklyn" had some laugh out loud moments as well, but as a whole the book really didn't do it for me either.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:44 AM   #58
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Time for some Australiana:
John O'Grady (as Nino Culotta) They're a Weird Mob, and its funniest sequel Gone Fishin'.
Frank Hardy The Outcasts of Foolgarah.
David Martin The Hero of Too.
The daddy of them all, Lennie Lower Here's Luck.
Not to mention all of Henry Lawson's short stories.
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:14 PM   #59
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Honestly, I think if you're looking to read something funny you're probably better off reading some memoirs by funny people.
Bingo.

"I am Ozzie" trumps the humor in all the fiction novels i have ever read. But who knows? Maybe it is fiction (or even fantasy).
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:56 PM   #60
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