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Old 01-16-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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Rec me some light-hearted fluffyness?

Hi everyone,



I've hit my stress limit for the next month, and need some recommendations for light-hearted, angst-free reading. Epics or adventures are fine, if the characters handle it without angst or too much stress. I just can't deal with something that makes me sad or stressed right now.

Wodehouse, Heyer or Pratchett are OK and I've read most of them. Tolkien is too depressing (everything sinks into decay is not the message I'm looking for ). For comics examples, Order of the Stick is tolerable, but Megatokyo is too much emoting. I've heard that Jo Walton wrote a social comedy with dragons, what is that like?

Any other suggestions?

ETA: Serious medical problems and doctors/hospitals are triggery for me right now.


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Old 01-16-2014, 12:33 PM   #2
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If you like P.G. Wodehouse, you'll probably enjoy O. Henry. And perhaps also Stephen Crane.

As far as I know, neither of them wrote full-length novels, but they wrote plenty of entertaining short stories and articles.

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Old 01-16-2014, 12:35 PM   #3
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:46 PM   #4
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Catherynne M. Valente's The Girl Who... series is a great one. I've read the first two books and it is just light adventure fun in the same style as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
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For tongue in cheek fantasy with bad puns, try Piers Anthony's Xanth series.
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For a real light hearted giggle try Dog's On It by Spencer Quinn. This is a private eye novel narrated, not by the detective, but by his dog.
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Roald Dahl wrote some good stuff that (IMO) could be lighthearted reading. The Willy Wonka books have been favorites of mine since I was a kid. My parents got me copies of them via one of the book flyers that they gave out in grade school back in the 70's.
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James Schmitz Witches of Karres and all the rest of his books.
Loius Bujold's Vorkosiggan Books starting with Warrior's Apprentice.
MaryJanice Davidson's Undead and Unwed.
David Eddings Belgarrion series (paper only in the US).
A. Lee Martinez's A Nameless Witch. A witch with a terrible handicap, she's gorgeous, along with her demonic duck with serious attitude.
Elizabeth Moon's The Deed of Paksenarrion.
Tamorra Pierces Protector of the Small series, Trickster series, Lioness series.
H. B. Piper's Little Fuzzy.
James White Sector General novels.
Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton novels (paper only and hard to find,don't read sequels by other authors).
Francis Burnett's A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Secret Garden (I've been rereading them since childhood).

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Old 01-17-2014, 11:50 AM   #9
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I also like a lot of the fantasy fun suggested, but for something completely different try
All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland or some Carl Hiassen books - I liked Skin Tight. There is a little angst in these books but in a funny way, especially in Coupland's stuff.
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Thank you all so much for the recs you've given so far! I'm looking into the ones that seem good so far, if you have any more suggestions please feel free to keep posting.

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Loius Bujold's Vorkosiggan Books starting with Warrior's Apprentice.
David Eddings Belgarrion series (paper only in the US).
Elizabeth Moon's The Deed of Paksenarrion.
Tamorra Pierces Protector of the Small series, Trickster series, Lioness series.
Francis Burnett's A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Secret Garden (I've been rereading them since childhood).
Just to clarify, I can't read any of these books right now. Warrior's Apprentice includes 3 major injuries, death of a main character, the aftermath of rape and psychotic breaks, massive stress on the main character and a treason trial. It's funny, but is in no way 'light' or 'fluffy'. A Civil Campaign is closer, but Bujold doesn't really write anything light or fluffy.

Deed of Paksenarrion hits the stress and angst pretty quickly (attempted rape and a trial), then goes through campaigns against dictators, multiple rounds of torture and major emotional drama. It's not light-hearted at all.

Ditto for Tamora Pierce and Francis Burnett - the writing level is aimed at kids or teenagers, but the subject matter is usually very serious (treason, death of family, child abuse, adult relationships, major illness, just to name a few) and is usually portrayed seriously.

Roald Dahl also deals with serious stuff, but he adds in a bunch of fantastical elements and everything has unambiguously happy endings, so I might try him.
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How about Shirley Jackson's family stories? The Magic of Shirley Jackson includes both Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons, as well as some of her darker stories.
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the Bachelor Brother's Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson. Unfortunately not in ebook, is in audio. I read it a number of years ago during a bad time and I loved it. Usually at those times I reread Heyer. What about Julia Quinn? Not at all close to a Heyer, but definitely fluffy and light. Maybe a Katie Fforde?
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How do you feel about romances?
Georgette Heyer's Venetia, Frederica and the Grand Sophy might work. It's been a while since I read them but I remember them as funny and light.
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