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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2012 18:04:02 GMT
Shame CB seems to have moved away from the comic side of things now. I couldn't see myself doing that - to write a serious book requires you to take life seriously and I find the whole thing just too ridiculous for that.

Posted on 27 Dec 2012 19:30:37 GMT
Hi, I write different genre and as an author I can tell you that the mention of comedy seems to provide both publishers and agents with heart attacks. We are in a time of uncertainty and depression so surely now is the right time to provide a literary chuckle even if only for a selective few. I've put my comedy on Kindle and it cheers me to know that some of you still support humour. Please keep searching for books to make you laugh. Then authors like me can stop using ours for loo paper. Thank you. Di

Posted on 7 Jan 2013 17:30:55 GMT
Anita says:
Just remembered in another context and read very long ago, but do remember as very funny... :)

The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (Hesperus Classics)

Posted on 7 Jan 2013 19:21:28 GMT
Mrs Jones says:
I think the funniest book I have ever read is My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. It is much better than the TV version, which left chunks out for reasons that will become apparent on reading. I also enjoy the Agatha Raisin books by M C Beaton, and also her Regency novels which are so much more than run of the mill romances, with lots of humour and social history thrown in.
Christopher Fowler's books are great if you like your humour dark and fantastic.

Posted on 8 Jan 2013 13:55:21 GMT
CARTER says:
Fool by Christopher Moore

Posted on 8 Jan 2013 14:52:43 GMT
As many of those posting have said, one man's or woman's humour is another's nauseating drivel. Hornby, Pratchett and O'Toole do nothing for me, but Wodehouse (at his best) and EF Benson can be good. Saki can often be funny but can get a bit repetitive. In a very dark way some of Patricia Highsmith is unintentionally amusing too.
I agree that it's too much to hope for a book that will make you laugh on every page but if the tone is right, then it can cheer you up throughout. Alistair McCall Smith (44 Scotland Street not the No 1 Ladies) manages it a lot of the time.
If you like your humour darker, but with a light tone, you could also do worse than Charlie had his Chance by Ellis Major - odd abut appealing.

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 18:48:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jan 2013 18:50:50 GMT
Hi, I have seen most good comedy authors mentioned by you all with the exception of the 1930's author Thorne Smith. He wrote the Topper series among others about two outrageous ghosts haunting a respectable man. I read all of his books as a child, they are totally mad but wonderful, cartoons in words. But not childrens books I have to add. His stories have been used as plots for films and television series, but now he seems to have vanished from memory. The Jovial Ghosts, Topper takes a Trip, Rain in the Doorway, Turnabout and my favourite The Stray Lamb are ones that come to mind. Please search him out and get to know him, you won't regret it. Cheers Di

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2013 20:36:19 GMT
Mrs Jones says:
Hi DPF,
I remember reading Thorne Smith's Nightlife of the Gods about 50 years ago when I was 14, and being scandalized as well as amused. A lot of the story revolved around finding a new pair of arms for Venus as she had a problem keeping her clothes on without them. A bit different from 50 Shades, though.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2013 11:16:41 GMT
Hi Linda. The theme throughout all his books was an ordinary henpecked husband suddenly finding himself involved with a beautiful young woman and on a weird adventure. I can remember a line from Rain in a Doorway when he finds himself in a department store with a difference and a beautiful shop assistant says "My skin is like satin. Would you like to see more of it." His stories were sexual fun, a bit like the 30's saucy postcards, but never mucky or crude. Sadly he died quite young. He should be remembered more. Di

Posted on 12 Jan 2013 11:17:55 GMT
Spike Milligan's war memoirs always made me laugh. On describing the enormous queue for the NAAFI, he claimed that the people at the front were from World War One. It made me laugh anyway.

Posted on 13 Jan 2013 20:59:22 GMT
Heide Goody says:
I saw Elmore Leonard & Cark Hiaasen mentoned earlier for humorous thrillers. Harlan Coben belongs in the same pigeon hole. Seek out the Myron Bolitar books especially.

Posted on 14 Jan 2013 15:04:07 GMT
Janie says:
Trinity and Daydreamer are funny books. Chick lit based, but Trinity is written by a male author so a little different to the norm.

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 09:49:43 GMT
I've got 3 short stories out that are more of a British style of humour, it helps if you like football.

Here's one of them.

The People Who Ruined Football - The Hooligan

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 11:45:24 GMT
I'm with you David.

Spike's war memoirs are a hoot. Remember the scene when he met Secombe?

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 23:41:34 GMT
Try Byeways of Europe, by C.L Reilly. It is not meant to be a highbrow literary tome, it is simply meant to entertain. The craft is in the literary prose rather than the smart-ass smugness that causes a lot of humour to fall at the first hurdle. Currently free to download.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 19:42:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2013 19:42:51 GMT
Hi, thanks and yes, I've checked out and read a few Myron and Win novels a while back. I like them, for some reason they remind me a bit (just a bit) of Elvis Cole and Pike in Robert Crais books. However, Myron and Win are a tad funnier and less violent. If you like Elmore Leonard (hard not too) and Carl Hiassun, you might also like Laurence Shames too. Maybe I should also mention my own fast moving, satirical crime thriller Cut Limbo?

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 21:29:54 GMT
A Reader says:
Balloon Animals by Jonathan Dunne is starting to draw attention. A Roadtrip from Ireland to the USA with 1 young man and his birthday balloon with his his grandfathers dying breaths in the balloon. LOL is thrown around a lot lately but I really did burst out laughing at some of the escapades in this book. I've never read anything like it and it's a book I will read again owing to the vivid characters.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 22:59:20 GMT
Thanks, I will have a look

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 23:00:43 GMT
Yes, Spike was the best. I liked his Hitlergrams

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 20:35:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2013 20:40:35 GMT
Ummmm and hello.. am looking for funny.. cannot find funny that have not yet read.. am sleep deprived/depraved mammy and am in need of giggles.. want books in style of Mr moley/Ms Jones any suggestions??? P.s if you're female and looking for light read try Alison Kervin.. love her stuff! Also love fake tan/hair/nails, tells you all you need to know 'bout my literary tastes really... gahhh and buggrit, yippeee for ability to edit silly spelling corrector thingamybob.. also bug grit is all one word.. wahhhh how so I turn off spelling thing???? Awww I give up... have edited lots and will be here till 2023 re-editing comments. They are typo's honest am not as thick as post reads!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 08:06:53 GMT
Venta says:
Hi Rebecca - have you tried the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovitch? I think they'd be right up your street! Fortunately they're easy to read in order cos they have the number in the title - eg. One For The Money. She's up to number 19 now so if you like them they should keep you going a while!

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 10:13:45 GMT
G. Owens says:
Thorne Smith's American Humor Fiction Collection: 12 Novels - I was just going to suggest a bit of Thorne Smith, looked around for a good product link - found this one and promptly bought it myself. Paranormal comedy from the 1920s.

However, one man's "Simple!" is another man's "Huh?" - so I can't say what is funny, only stuff that makes me laugh and for me it's the vicious pantomime of the younger Tom Sharp. Riotous Assembly, Indecent Exposure, Blott on the Landscape, The Throwback, the first two Wilt books.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 15:43:25 GMT
Kevan James says:
Not sure if anyone's mentioned David Nobbs (I'm sure someone has but I'm too damn lazy to go through the whole thread!) but I laughed out loud at "Second To Last In The Sack Race"! I'd also recommend Kinky Friedman, and the Hap & Leonard novels by Joe R Lansdale - these are a bit 'earthy' and might not be for some but always make be smile in places (and wince in others!!).

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 17:16:58 GMT
Blue Jay says:
I find it sad that so many readers ignore the humour genre. Many people are surrounded by stressful situations in their jobs or home life. A simple sentence that evokes a laugh or a smile can go a long way towards reducing that stress. As an Indie author who writes short humourous stories as a hobby, I have often found it frustrating how readers would rather become entrenched in novels filled with horror, killing,or stressful relationships which simply add more drama to the realities of their everyday life. I've offered my collection of eBooks, Funnybones, away for free in the hope of making a few people smile. Yet I'm lucky if a hundred readers take advantage of these promos while thousands download free novels about murders, rapes, vampires or zombies.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 18:18:07 GMT
Cmoon says:
Filth by Irvine Welsh
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