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Initial post: Oct 10, 2008 12:40:25 PM PDT
shaheen88 says:
I really liked Terry pratchett's diskworld series. Whats funny?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008 8:38:15 AM PDT
sue says:
i liked a book call "the rape of the a.p.e." it is very funny

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008 9:01:17 AM PDT
D3h says:
You kidding me? The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy books are hilarious! I laughed out loud at each page!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2008 12:21:51 PM PDT
Raoul Duke says:
"A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole always makes me laugh, no matter how many times I've already read it.

I've got a pretty warped sense of humor and have tried countless times to read Douglas Adams but just can't get into him. I can't tell you how many attempts I've made to read "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and haven't been able to finish it once. I'm not trying to dis it; I just don't get its appeal.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2008 7:21:06 PM PDT
cotbqott says:
You may want to check out this thread from the Fiction forum; it contains many good suggestions:

http://www.amazon.com/tag/fiction/forum/ref=cm_cd_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1X9OILUVOYVZ7&cdThread=TxH9I06HACOP7H&displayType=tagsDetail

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2008 7:54:43 PM PDT
Pratchett is DA MAN!! (Footnote: Or other sentient being of your choice.) For a totally different type of humor -Jersey Girl Raucous, basically - take a look at Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mysteries. They're funny enough in places to make your cheeks sore.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2008 10:19:03 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2008 5:47:08 AM PDT
Dale Merlin says:
Whats funny? The Treasurer's Report and other Aspects of Community Singing by Robert Benchley. Ageless.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2008 6:23:32 AM PDT
Another Roadside Attraction
Still Life With Woodpecker
Jitterbug Perfume
Skinny Legs and All
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

The above are all by Tom Robbins

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Jurgen by James Branch Cabell
The Stupidest Ange: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terrorl and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, both by Christopher Moore

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2008 8:24:56 AM PDT
I think that both books by Lisa Lutz are HILARIOUS! she wrote The Spellman Files and Curst of the Spellmans. Very funny mysteries- check them out

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2008 9:34:06 AM PDT
There are some really funny faux-academic books out there. Especially Areas Of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require by John Hodgman, and A Practical Guide to Racism by C.H. Dalton.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2008 11:11:06 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2008 2:22:01 PM PDT
Steve James says:
"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson was so funny I laughed until I cried.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2008 3:04:17 PM PDT
Grim says:
1) The Bear Went Over the Mountain
2) Lamb: The Gospel According to Bif, Christ's Childhood Pal.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2008 5:20:00 PM PDT
I always return to one of these books when I need a laugh -- Erma Bombeck's "When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time To Go Home" and Dave Barry's "Bad Habits" book. These books were my first introductions to these authors, and each book is ragged with wear from picking them up over and over again.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2008 5:06:58 PM PST
Adventures of Brave Soldier Shveik by Czech writer Jaroslav Hasek. I read it in Russian translation. Amazingly hilarious and quotable. I don't know if English version is available though. I gotta czech:)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2008 8:47:40 PM PST
Check out Pratchett & Gaiman's "Good Omens" or Warren Ellis' "Crooked Little Vein". Two novels that instantly come to mind when thinking of funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2008 3:01:57 AM PST
Try "The Baby in the Bag, A Politically Incorrect Tale."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2008 1:03:37 AM PST
Hi Mr Vinogradov, there is an English version which I read many years ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2008 8:13:45 AM PST
I. Sondel says:
The funniest book I've ever read was "Sellevision" by Augusten Burroughs (who wrote "Running with Scissors"). It is a novel set behind the scenes at a Home Shopping TV station. Screamingly funny. This is one of the two or three books that have actually given to half-a-dozen friends (even my book group read it) and havn't heard anything back but praise. This is the only novel by Burroughs so far and it is rumored that a film is in the works (which I would be first in line to see)......"Myra Breckinridge" by Gore Vidal has lost some of its shock value, but none of its blistering wit....Two non-fiction books by Dan Savage: "The Kid" and "The Commitment" are hysterically funny, poignant and politically au courant......finally, I think that Chuck Palahniuk is one of the very funniest writers currently working. True, his sense of humor (as well as my own) is rather too dark for the timid reader, but "Fight Club," "Choke," "Survivor" and "Lullaby" are satrical masterworks with punchlines and paragraphs I'd read aloud to freinds.

Great topic.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2008 9:11:10 AM PST
The Humor of Islam....you'll die laughing.

Very funny, very informative, especially the news stories!

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a popular cleric said he wanted to speak about the "emotional abuse" that Muslim men face because it is seldom discussed.
Malaysia's Muslim men are suffering sleepless nights and cannot pray properly because their thoughts are distracted by a growing number of women who wear sexy clothes in public. He went on to say; women should stop wearing lipstick and perfume to lower the risk of being raped. We always hear about the abuse of children and wives in households, which is easily perceived by the eye, but the emotional abuse of men cannot be seen. Our prayers become unfocused and our sleep is often disturbed.

Maybe a cold wudu would help them.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2008 3:18:22 PM PST
Woody Allen: Without Feathers, Side Effects, Getting Even
David Sedaris: Me Talk Pretty One Day; Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Moe Howard Died For Our Sins
In God We Trust - All Others Pay Cash
The World According to Garp
Thanks For Smoking
Lamb
Mirth of a Nation
The Complete Saki

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2008 3:29:57 PM PST
gilly8 says:
Agree, most of Bill Bryson's stuff is really good, really funny. I loved his story of being a tourist in Austrailia--" In a Sunburned Country", as well as "A Walk in the Woods". I thought Sedaris' life story "Me Talk Pretty One Day" is just hilarious, also early Dave Barry---"Babies and other hazards of Sex" --that may not be it, can't remember the exact title, but its about going through pregnancy with his wife, and the babyhood of his son...with little line drawn pictures...so funny. I used to give a copy to anyone I knew who was pregnant, because its' also true to life!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2008 4:37:58 PM PST
Joe Harrison says:
The books by David Sedaris are very funny. He uses internal monologue to describe events with his family, his teachers, his job, etc. A bit dry, but hilarious. The Bill Murray type of humor.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2008 7:42:25 PM PST
80s fan says:
Peanuts and Archie comics
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