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Offline Neveesandeh

Re: Humour in mainstream fantasy, Does it work for you?
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2018, 08:34:10 PM »
I regard Grimdark as inherently cartoony, so that humour works for me. I've had more difficulty with grimdark books that were too po-faced and lacking attempts at humour than with books that tried joking and missed my tastes.

I'd agree that few things kill a book quicker than jokes that aren't funny though. It's one of the reasons I really struggle to read Brandon Sanderson.

Sanderson matches my sense of humour almost exactly, but I have also disliked books because of the author's humour. Andrew Bannister is one author who springs to mind, even though his books are otherwise enjoyable.

One thing I don't like is Comedic Fantasy as a genre. I enjoy humour, but I don't want it at the forefront. It's the reason I've never enjoyed a Terry Pratchett book. Though having said that, Kings of the Wyld was easily my favourite book of last year, and it's pretty much a laugh a minute. So  . . . Yeah, I've got nothing.  :P

I've never got into Pratchett. That said, 'Making Money' is the only book of his I read where he was the only author. The others I've read were 'Good Omens' and 'The Long Earth' and I found the pair of them a little dull, the second one especially.

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Re: Humour in mainstream fantasy, Does it work for you?
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2018, 09:01:03 PM »
I've never got into Pratchett. That said, 'Making Money' is the only book of his I read where he was the only author. The others I've read were 'Good Omens' and 'The Long Earth' and I found the pair of them a little dull, the second one especially.
Oh gosh, please @Neveesandeh, don't judge Pratchett by the 'Long Earth' series, that is *nothing* like him - I did wonder why he lent his name to the series, when it was obviously much more the work of the other guy (which I've erased from memory...)

Go find another one of his books, I promise they're very different :)
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Offline S. K. Inkslinger

Re: Humour in mainstream fantasy, Does it work for you?
« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2018, 10:00:21 AM »
I'm reading Edgedancer and Brandon Sanderson have put in some really good humour in this one. Lift is hilarioius, with great quotes like, "Can't get robbed if you have no money.", "Calm your tentacles!", and forcing people to call her Your Pancakefulness.  ;D