Look at some of Poul Anderson's stuff. Holkas! Polkas!
comes to mind as fun reading:
Also you might enjoy The Compleat Enchanter
by L. Sprague de Camp as well as the modern day revival of the Harold Shea stories titled The Enchanter Completed
. Sold over at Baen:
Also the old Stainless Steel Rat
stories are light hearted and fun but lean toward more of the ray guns and rocket ships SF.
And I would confirm the Hal Spacejock books are a very fun guilty pleasure sort of read. Simon Haynes, the author, visits the board here now and then for a fun time. But there are oodles of light and fun reads that are not the brooding apocalyptic style that is very popular today. I admit I like books with that underlying theme these days. But I am always drawn to fun reads as well.
You know, Ben Bova also comes to mind. He can be funny as heck!! Any of his novels is recommended:
Hour of the Gremlin & Laugh Lines are a nice duo. The Sam Gunn Omnibus
is a very fun time but it too is a ray guns & rocket ships SF.
Piers Anthony is good as well. I recently read On a Pale Horse
again. It's a but dated these days but is a nice silly read about someone who is sort of tricked into filling the recently vacated job of Death. Really it is a lot more light hearted than it sounds. He is a really funny writer. His Blue Adept
novels are very enjoyable without a doubt and I highly recommend them.
I am not sure what B&N or Fictionwise have from him though. But if you use the desktop version of Kindle Reader and Calibre with "the plug-in" winkwink
there are a number of his books over on Amazon:
The are not out in ebook form yet but the whole set of Callahan stories by Spider Robinson
is one of the most entertaining reads for me in a long time. I began with The Callahan Chronicles
followed by Callahan's Key
, Callahan's Con
then Lady Slings the Booze
and a couple others. It's odd they are not in ebook form because Spider is a net sort of guy but I sense he has a predilection for printed matter over bit-streams. So, it's Audible audiobooks or printed copies. I can vouch for the Audible editions, well read and FUN to hear different voices.
I could go on but that's a nice grouping.