Thumbs up for The Gentleman by Forrest Leo. Fantasy/historical fiction/humor.
Lionel Savage—a young poet straight from the pages of Wodehouse or Jerome K. Jerome—discovers that he loves his wife. Unfortunately, this happens only after she is stolen by the Devil. Usually I expect this sort of thing to quickly grow tedious, but The Gentleman was consistently funny from start to finish.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Fantasy.
The Thursday Next novels (of which this is the first) are some of the few books I’ve read multiple times and plan to read again. They’re so stuffed with jokes about literature and history that they stand up well to re-reading; you’re never going to remember all that, and you’ll probably get more of the references each time.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton. Comics.
I did not laugh quite as uproariously as I did when reading the first Hark! A Vagrant book, but that is setting a very high bar indeed. Check out the webcomic, and if you dig it, you’ll find that the print collections are well-worth adding to your shelf.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Packing For Mars by Mary Roach. Science/humor.
If you have not yet read Mary Roach, and you like learning things and want to laugh so hard you curl up in pain and make little squeaking noises in place of breathing, then you need to go out right now and buy all of her books: Stiff, Spook, Bonk and now Packing for Mars.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Ranma 1/2, Volume 1 and Ranma 1/2, Volume 2 by Rumiko Takahashi. Manga.
My current project of reading Japanese literature would not be complete without some manga. My options were limited to what we had in the bookstore where I work: in other words, it was this or nothing. I did check reviews on Amazon first to make sure I was reading something decent, and was astonished to find that the first and second volumes had five stars each – with scads of reviews.… >> Read more