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Old 05-09-07, 10:36 AM
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Funny books recommendations

fiction, non-fiction doesn't matter...
Old 05-09-07, 05:09 PM
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If you like satire, Christopher Buckley's novels are quite funny (and very good). Start with Thank You for Smoking.
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My all-time favorite:



"A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs."
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The Fletch books by Gregory McDonald cracked me up then again I've been crack'd most of my life.
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I just picked up Christopher Buckley's new book "Boomsday" the other day. I havent started it yet, but the only reason I got it was because of the Border's shortlist that they preview....the premise of the book sounds absolutely hysterical-very clever! I need to finish Carl Hiassen's "Nature Girl" first.

Nora Ephron's "I Feel Funny About My Neck, and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman" is very funny....
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Anything by Kurt Vonnegut; Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; Bill Bryson is good too and his are mostly non-fiction.
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A Fine and Pleasant Misery by Patrick F. McManus. Most of his books are short story compilations. His stories are mostly for the outdoorsman (hunting, fishing and camping) and can be hit or miss but the stories of his childhood are gold. He has several books, the early ones are the best.
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I'd recommand one of David Sedaris' collections: Barrel Fever, or Naked being the two that made me laugh out loud the most.

I've flipped through it a million times over the last 10 years, but George Carlin's Braindroppings remains the funniest thing I've every read. Gold on just about every page. His latter two books don't come up to this one's ankles.

If you're into the comic stuff, I'd urge you to check out Joe Matt's Peepshow comic book series, particularly the storyline in the first six issues. http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/sho...a3e4e9bab51f0d
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Hugh Laurie (yes, House) wrote a very funny (in a dry English way) take on noir/spy stories caled "The Gun Seller". I recommend it.

Also second "A Confederacy of Dunces".
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Originally Posted by dugan
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I also recommend Douglas Adams' other fiction series, Dirk Gently's Hollistic Detective Agency and the sequel Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul
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Always thought Snow White by Donald Bartheleme was a good choice and small gods by Terry Pratchett.
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I liked

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Any of the Jeeves and Wooster books by P.G. Wodehouse.
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Many already mentioned: Bill Bryson (especially if you like travel books), David Sedaris, Joseph Heller.

I also have to say that I laughed very, very hard during a few segments of The Milagro Beanfield War.
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Originally Posted by dugan
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That combined with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe because these first two books in Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide" series are really just one story cut in half.
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J. Maarten Troost's The Sex Lives of Cannibals is pretty funny.
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Anything by Christopher Moore.
With titles like Island of the Sequined Love Nun and Blood-Sucking Fiends: A Love Story you know this guy is truly demented ...and hilarious.
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I hated the christopher moore book I read, the one with Biff I think Jesus's best friend.

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Riotous Assembly and then the sequel Indecent Exposure.


Riotous Assembly


When Miss Hazelstone of Jacaranda Park kills her Zulu cook in a sensational crime of passion, the gallant members of the South African police force are soon upon the scene: Kommandant van Heerden, whose secret longing for the heart of an English gentleman leads to the most memorable transplant operation yet recorded: Luitenant Verkramp of the Security Branch, ever active in the pursuit of Communist cells; Konstabel Els, with his propensity for shooting first and not thinking later - and also for forcing himself upon African women in a manner legally reserved for male members of their own race. In the course of the strange events which follow, we encounter some very esoteric perversions and some even more amazing perversions of justice when Miss Hazelstone's brother, the Bishop of Barotseland, is sentenced to be hanged on the ancient gallows in the local prison.
Indecent Exposure

Set in South Africa, this broad, brutal farce begins when Afrikaans Kommandant van Heerden, chief of police in the little town of Piemburg, takes a short vacation. While he indulges his Anglophile tendencies by trying to ingratiate himself with some would-be upper-class Britons, Liutenant Verkramp decides to make his part of South Africa safe from the communist threat once and for all. This he undertakes by blowing up the town's main facilities and by arresting and torturing the main citizens. Then, upon the suggestion of libidinous psychiatrist Dr. von Blimenstein, Verkramp subjects all police officers to aversion therapy to keep them away from black women. The experiment goes awry, and the police force becomes homosexual. Called back from his vacation after cuckolding his host on a fox hunt, van Heerden finds Piemburg a shambles and a raving mad Verkramp about to marry Dr. von Blimenstein. In the apocalyptic climax, van Heerden saves face with his superiors while exacting revenge on his snobbish former hosts. This timely satire will strike readers either as hilarious or beside the point.
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Originally Posted by DrRingDing
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; Bill Bryson is good too.

Came in to mention both of these.

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