Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

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This week’s topic: Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

Or well, they made me laugh, anyway. I may have questionable humor. 😉
Palace JobThe Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

The most powerful man in the republic framed her, threw her in prison, and stole a priceless elven manuscript from her family.

With the help of a crack team that includes an illusionist, a unicorn, a death priestess, a talking warhammer, and a lad with a prophetic birthmark, Loch must find a way into the floating fortress of Heaven’s Spire–and get past the magic-hunting golems and infernal sorcerers standing between her and the vault that holds her family’s treasure.

It’d be tricky enough without the military coup and unfolding of an ancient evil prophecy–but now the determined and honourable Justicar Pyvic has been assigned to take her in.

But hey, every plan has a few hitches.

War for the OaksWar for the Oaks by Emma Bull

Eddi McCandry has just left her boyfriend and their band when she finds herself running through the Minneapolis night, pursued by a sinister man and a huge, terrifying dog. The two creatures are one and the same: a phouka, a faerie being who has chosen Eddi to be a mortal pawn in the age-old war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Eddi isn’t interested–but she doesn’t have a choice. Now she struggles to build a new life and new band when she might not even survive till the first rehearsal.

 

The Light FantasticThe Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

“The sun rose slowly, as if it wasn’t sure it was worth all the effort.”

In The Light Fantastic only one individual can save the world from a disastrous collision. Unfortunately, the hero happens to be the singularly inept wizard Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the world…

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

The Adventures of the Stainless Steel RatThe Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

In the vastness of space, the crimes just get bigger and Slippery Jim diGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat, is the biggest criminal of them all. He can con humans, aliens and any number of robots time after time. Jim is so slippery that all the inter-galactic cops can do is make him one of their own.

 

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

DisenchantedDisenchanted by Robert Kroese

King Boric the Implacable knows death comes to all great warriors. He just didn’t expect it to be so damn fickle.

Felled by an assassin’s blade, he should be spending eternity carousing in the Hall of Avandoor. Instead, his spirit is bound to his decaying body by the enchanted sword of Brakslaagt. And unless he can hunt down the mysterious Lord Brand, who gave him the weapon so long ago, he is cursed to wander the earth forever as an undead wraith.

So begins Boric’s extraordinary journey across the Six Kingdoms of Dis as a walking corpse who wants nothing more than to be disenchanted and left in peace. His is not an easy quest: along the way he is burned, riddled with arrows, and nearly blown to bits. But when he finally comes face-to-face with Lord Brand, Boric will discover that nothing – in life, in death, or in between – is exactly what it seems.

The Princess BrideThe Princess Bride by William Goldman

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything.

A Scanner DarklyA Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

Substance D is not known as Death for nothing. It is the most toxic drug ever to find its way on to the streets of LA. It destroys the links between the brain’s two hemispheres, causing, first, disorientation and then complete and irreversible brain damage.

The undercover narcotics agent who calls himself Bob Arctor is desperate to discover the ultimate source of supply. But to find any kind of lead he has to pose as a user and, inevitably, without realising what is happening, Arctor is soon as addicted as the junkies he works among…

The Lies of Locke LamoraThe Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.

A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying…

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While going over this list, I realize that I need more humorous SFF in my life. What books have made you laugh?

Tiara

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22 Comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

  1. I chose The Martian and The Lies of Locke Lamora too! I love both of them so much. I think I’ve mentioned them so often on my blog, but I just want every single person to read them! I’ve have The Palace Job on my to-read list for so long, I should really pick up a copy.

    Great list!

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    • I haven’t even finished The Lies of Locke Lamora yet, but it’s made me chuckle more than many books have. I adore The Palace Job. It’s just fast paced good fun. 🙂

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    • More non-genre books came to mind for me as well, but I did my best to find genre books to use for this blog. I’m glad I could come up with so many.

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  2. OMG YES!!! The Martian was hysterical. 😀 And someone just recommended The Lies of Locke Lamora over the weekend and mentioned it made her laugh, too. So I’ll have to check that out.

    These weren’t on your list, but Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller books (The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear) really show his sense of humor in spots.

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    • I think my favorite line in The Martian is the line about Aquaman. The narrator conveying that sentiment along with the question itself had me chuckling for days whenever I thought about that. The Lies of Locke Lamora has turned out to be way more humorous than I thought, and it’s that sort of in your face shock humor with the crude language that I fall prey to at times.

      I need to read a Rothfuss book. I’ve had The Name of the Wind on my TBR for a while and need to make an effort to get around to him.

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  3. Nice list! I’m glad to see Pratchett made it, he’s my favorite! I love funny books! Generation V, Hold me Closer Necromancer, Warm Bodies, and Percy Jackson are some that made me laugh. I’m sure there are a lot more, but that’s all that comes to mind right now.

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    • I love Pratchett’s style of humor. I’ve only just started reading him recently, but I certainly appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor he put in his stories, especially The Light Fantastic. That’s when his humor really started to shine. I didn’t even think of putting Percy Jackson on this list and I’m listening to the series with my kids now. Warm Bodies either! I definitely want to get around to Hold Me Closer Necromancer soon. I read a short story set in the universe recently and enjoyed it.

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  4. To my everlasting shame, I have yet to read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Pratchett, Locke Lamora, Princess Bride OR The Martian. Sigh. Those are ALL on my tbr shelf though and I own Locke Lamora so there’s that LOL!

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    • Nobody can hold that against you. There are so many books out there waiting to be read. The most important part is that they are all on your TBR. 😉

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  5. Aha! We share The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Hitchhiker’s Guide and The Palace Job! I still haven’t tackled The Martian… mostly because I’m still bitter that I accidentally one-click bought the e-book and it was more expensive than the paperback! *Shakes fist*

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  6. Gah I just added a few of these books to my list. I’m especially excited about Disenchanted.

    I completely agree with you about Hitchhiker’s Guide and The Martian both of those had me laughing out loud in a few places.

    I need to pick The Palace Job back up. I had started it a few months ago but hadn’t been in the mood for a fantasy book at the time so set it aside.

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    • Disenchanted took me by surprise. It was such an impulse read and that only turns out well about half the time for me. I was looking for something to fill my time after reading The Palace Job and wanting more fiction in that vein. Hope you enjoy it and The Palace Job.

      Hitchhiker has been one of my favorite books since forever, and it never fails to amuse it. Now, I can say The Martian is, too. Just so enjoyable and hilarious.

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  7. Ahh, I’ve read six of these and couldn’t agree more – they’re all great! I should definitely go and check out the other four – especially War for the Oaks which i bought eons ago!
    Lynn 😀

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    • I read War for the Oaks many years ago, and I need to revisit it. But I remember enjoying it and finding it quite humorous at the time. That might be something I do this year if my schedule permits.

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