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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 15:46:52 BDT
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Posted on 17 Aug 2012 16:14:33 BDT
I Readalot says:
Depending on your sense of humour there is always David Lodge, Jasper Fforde, Paul Magrs, Tom Holt and Tom Sharpe. Recently read 'What in God's Name' - Simon Rich, a very silly book that really made me laugh.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 16:30:43 BDT
Jonny Cox says:
I have also been recommended an action/comedy book called the Trouble With Girls by Jonny Cox. The blurb says it is Sex in the City for boys although it is set n the army. Worth a try?

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 17:01:10 BDT
Chris says:
Terry Pratchett has made me laugh more times than all other humourous authors put together. I've never successfully recommended him to anyone though.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 18:01:35 BDT
That, Chris, is probably because most of us have already read him...

I Readalot, I really struggle with Jasper Fforde, but the early Tom Holt books are a riot...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 11:14:00 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 11:28:02 BDT
I Readalot says:
Tom Holt's earlier books are definitely the funniest. As for Jasper Fforde, people seem to either love him or hate him, have you tried his post-apocalyptic novel 'Shades of Grey' (came out long before the unfortunately better selling novel with a similar title). It is different to the Thursday Next books, still very clever but the humour is darker.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 12:16:36 BDT
Me, too!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 12:19:36 BDT
So true about the 'subjective'. Had someone comment on my humour book and she said she found it totally boring and mentioned the book she found utterly hilarious. I looked at it and couldn't laugh.

There are so many nuances in humour and only those who understand them will react to them.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 12:22:28 BDT
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Posted on 18 Aug 2012 12:26:30 BDT
I like the humour in We Bought a Zoo. I had several moments where I really laughed tears, but I don't know if the subject matter interests you.

Really good in the beginning is I'd Sooner Starve! (The story of a hapless restaurant owner), but it gets tedious in the second half and the fun voice became bitter.

This is really old, but had me laughing: Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade: How to Survive Life's Smaller Challenges Don't think it's on Kindle. If it were I'd buy it again.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 13:42:52 BDT
Anita says:
Beau Niddle: are *you* Terry Pratchett in disguise?

Posted on 18 Aug 2012 14:51:27 BDT
Garscadden says:
Three men in a boat is wonderful, one of those books i regret not reading a lot earlier than i did. Wodehouse is very good for humour. I find some Carl Hiaason proper laugh out loud funny - Native Tongue being a good example. Another humorous crime write is Christopher Brookmyre - The Sacred Art of Stealing being one of my favourites.

I find Will Self's book amuse me no end too.

I am not at all a fan of Woody Allen - but I do love his written work - Complete Prose is the version I have, i think - you often see it in second hand book shops dirt cheap - well worth a try.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 20:52:40 BDT
STEVEN says:
I've read some WIll Self. 'How the Dead Live' and ''The Book of Dave'. I really want to like his work as he does have some very original ideas but then I read his books and they always seem a bit of a struggle.

A great funny book years a go was 'How to be a Super Hero' by Mike Leigh and Mark Lepine (I think). It was the same guys who wrote 'How to be a complete bastard'. Such greats quotes as 'What's the worst thing about being a super hero?'. Mighty Man replies, "Going out in the rain." Also a hint for all heroes to be:- Never kill the President - even accidentally - people have long memories. Great fun!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 20:56:50 BDT
Anita says:
And I *like* going out in the rain... now at last I know why I've always failed to be even a simple hero (without 'super')... :)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 21:22:10 BDT
Terry Mutton says:
Comedy book about football, writer described as the Alan Coren of football, non football fans are laughing as well, see the reviews.

This time last season 2011-12

Posted on 18 Aug 2012 21:47:36 BDT
Nobody's mentioned Wodehouse but then, I'm guessing you've all done him. But the Jeeves books have me laughing out loud every time. I enjoy Fforde, Rankin and Adams. Also this one Are We Nearly There Yet?: A Family's 8000 Miles Around Britain in a Vauxhall Astra had me chuckling but then, it's about somebody in very similar circumstances to myself so it really struck a chord. And of course Pratchett who is really funny but can get dark bits in as well...

Cheers

MTM

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2012 09:33:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Aug 2012 09:59:06 BDT
Chris says:
I meant people in the real world who I know haven't already read him.

I think you've touched on a problem with the recs on forums such as these though. Great stuff might be going unmentioned because the residents are extremely well read, and so it seems pointless to mention it. I was reluctant to mention TP for that very reason.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2012 11:56:48 BDT
Venta says:
Well - I love a good laugh so I have no hesitation in recommending Chris Brookmyre, though I'd advise starting with his 1st book 'Quite Ugly One Morning' about the unluckiest burglar ever. For sheer hysterical funniness though, my favourite of his is 'Be My Enemy' difficult to pick one but I do love it enough to have read it 3 times - I NEVER re-read books as a rule.
Also - anything by Mil Millington but especially 'Love & Other Near Death Experiences.
Danny King's 'Diary' series too is great, but his 'School for Scumbags' is wonderful also.
Lawrence Block, Robert B Parker, John Locke and the totally sublime Colin Bateman I'd happily and very highly recommend too. Happy reading!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2012 12:47:11 BDT
Know what you mean about Will Self. Good idea's over worded and ruined! I loved this:
http://jonnygibbings.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/your-that-modernist-guy-like-will-self/

Posted on 20 Aug 2012 17:07:19 BDT
Modern Baptists
Unreliable Memoirs
Lucky Jim
Three Men and a Dog
Summer Things
Decline and Fall
Spike Milligan's Memoirs

...no book collection is complete without at least three of these comic titles. Malcolm Pryce is often funny too.

In my opinion, Will Self hasn't produce a worthwhile book since How The Dead Live (more than a decade ago), much less one that was genuinely funny.

Posted on 20 Aug 2012 17:45:16 BDT
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Posted on 20 Aug 2012 17:58:38 BDT
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Posted on 20 Aug 2012 18:45:08 BDT
Doublell says:
There's already a very similar post to this started on 18/09/12, titled 'Recommend some humour'

Posted on 20 Aug 2012 18:57:37 BDT
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