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Any Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Book Search & Suggestions' started by raffaellabella, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. raffaellabella

    raffaellabella New Member

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    Can anyone suggest some witty and amusing novels? I need something light :rolleyes: after the last two books I read.
     
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    Well, Carl Hiaasen fits at least the former requirement, as for amusing, he's more hilarious, more slapstick and "caricature" driven. If you've never read him, you can start with almost anything - I liked Sick Puppy pretty well. Once you've read a few you get the idea - they're not really dissimilar from one another ... :D Doesn't bother me a bit.
     
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    Edward St. Aubyn's Some Hope trilogy - Never Mind, Bad News, and Some Hope.

    Or Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy - The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van.

    The only two novellists that I've read, to my mind, that have made me laugh out loud.
     
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    Howto Cook a Tart - Nina Killham

    Very witty with some good sex, good food, and of course murder. IMO a book every woman should read.:cool:
     
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    I too would go with Carl Hiaasen...but read Skinny Dip...it was hysterical...:D

    and Dogmatix...thanks for the tip on the tart one:D
     
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    I second The Barrytown Trilogy..specially The Snapper and The Van. I still feel like I know this family.

    Cheaper By the Dozen is a fun and lighthearted read too.
     
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    The Princess Bride - William Goldman
     
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    Anything by Janet Evanovich will definitely fit the bill. If you haven't read any Stephanie Plum books yet, you are missing out on the ultimate in "light and funny" summer-type reading.

    Jennifer Crusie is pretty good for this too, but the romance element is pretty strong in her books.

    If you're more in the mood for pure comedy, try anything by Dave Barry :D
     
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    pretty much anything terry pratchett, but color of magic and good omens would be some highlights.
     
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    Have you read anything by Jasper Fforde? I'm currently enjoying the first of his Nursery Crime books, The Big Over Easy. In this one, Jack Spratt investigates the murder of Humpty Dumpty. Very witty and an easy read, and much less complicated then the Tuesday Next series. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy his writing. I went right out and bought the newest, The Fourth Bear.
     
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    Ya know I really didn't like Good Omens. The teaser seemed great but I thought it was about 100 pages too long and there were too many characters. I think it had potential but needed some editing.
     
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    I second Jasper Fforde - The Eyre Affair is light, witty and a great read.
     
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    terry pratchet!! and yes, the princess bride, definately.
     
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    Maybe not light, but definitely amusing and witty-Candide by Voltaire. I was rolling in laughter with the first fifty pages. You must give it a shot. It's a shame that it's one of those works that people read more about from textbooks and other sources, without actually reading the work.
     
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    Hey, I just read Candide this week. I don't know about a rolling grade of laughter, but its certainly chuckly-worthy even (or especially) in the first couple of pages. The style is so naive, so (well obviously) candid, and the situations so obviously... well it sort of the kind of funny where you're not sure whether to laugh or bite your tongue because the guy telling the story is so simple.:p

    Otherwise I was going to suggest... oh shucks, I've forgotten :confused:
     
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    A few more...

    I'd agree with pretty much evertyhing that's been posted but would add (apologies to those who have in the list I didn'y check) anything by Elmore Leonard, especially considering the Carl Hiasen threads, as his novels skip along at a ridiculously fast pace and convey a huge amount of plot/emotion in very few words/paras.

    Of particular note I would suggest Freaky Deaky and Out Of Sight (subsequently filmed as a the same title with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez - a cracking film, too).

    I've just started on Carter Beats The Devil by Glenn David Gold and that, so far, is very good indeed. But the jury is still out.

    Tobytook
     
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    "The Roaches have no King" by Daniel Even Weiss might be worth a look. Moving slightly further afield Jaroslav Hasel & Vladimir Vionivich have a keen sence of humour.

    K-S
     
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    Alexander McCall Smith is light and amusing. The Ladies' No 1 Detective Agency is perfect to start with.

    McCall Smith

    Lilian Jackson Braun writes books that are fun and amusing.

    link

    The Braun books could be called "sweet" too. If sweet is not for you, I second Elmore Leonard as a good read -- speaking of which and of whom (kind of), whatever happened to Joseph Wambaugh?
     

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