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 The Greek Interpreter by Max Davidson. Comic thriller.
Oh look! A novel about an interpreter! And he actually interprets stuff! At least, when he’s not trying to get with his never-quite-within-grasp girlfriend, or escape the baddies into whose plot he has inadvertently stumbled while working at the 57th Conference of the World League of Parliaments in Bangkok. A delightfully funny little book that is worth searching out if you think you might like British humor poking fun at international political conferences, linguists, and crime dramas.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. Humor/science.
I love Randall Munroe’s webcomic xkcd so very much. If you are even slightly nerdy and have not read it I am going to gently shoo you in that direction. Okay? We good? Well, his book—which is, exactly as billed, serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions—had me in stitches.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson. Fantasy.
Finn Gramaraye, framed for the crime of dark necromancy, has just gotten his body back after having his consciousness exiled to the fey realm for 25 years. Now he has to deal with all sorts of crazy…such as sasquatch mercenaries. Oh, and being a virgin. And not knowing what the Internet is.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Unicorn Western by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. Western/Fantasy.
Sometimes it just makes me happy that writers try things. This is a Western in which the hard-bitten hero rides a smart-assed unicorn named Edward. If you think that’s funny – it is.
“This is the manliest stakeout I’ve ever been on,” Teddy said, staring at the fairy sparkles.
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Thumbs up for Adult Video 1 by Lexi Maxxwell. Erotica/Humor.
Most erotica takes itself way, way too seriously. This – the first short piece in a series about the employees of an adult video store – definitely does not. There were moments when I laughed so hard that I was concerned I would wake up my roommate. (Have you got the impression that I prefer funny writing to sexy writing?… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas. Autobiography.
I think the title and subtitle sum it up pretty well. Funny in Farsi is indeed, a funny little book, and it has the outstanding point (unlike many humorous memoirs) of being rather sweet as well. Dumas teases her family a bit but she is never mean to them, and frankly that’s rather refreshing.… >> Read more