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Light(er) Funny books needed
« on: February 15, 2019, 12:11:23 PM »
Replying to @Neveesandeh's thread on new tropes I wrote this:
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I guess I just miss light funny books to alternate with the heavy dark ones... off the top of my head I can only remember the Greatcoats series by Sebastien de Castell and @OnlyOneHighlander's Here be dragons book that fit in this group that I've read recently.

Can anyone give me ideas for books that fit in this description, and preferably not urban?
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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2019, 01:15:29 PM »
Greatcoats?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Where the MC's wife is raped to death by the king and his guard?

I'm all for funny and/or lighter books, lemme think.

If you don't want to read YA, from the top of my head:

Michael J. Sullivan's books (Ryria) mostly fit this.
Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Some Terry Pratchett, especially those with Rincewind/the Wizards or Death.
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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2019, 01:17:19 PM »
My mind went straight to Discworld.

Other decent shouts would be anything by David Eddings and the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.

Hmm... what else...

Thaddeus White writes a good Blackadder/Flashman-esque self-published series about a guy called Sir Edric. Also self-published, Lindsay Buroker's The Emperor's Edge is solid entertainment. And our own T.E. Baukatis is semi-light funny when he does stuff like Supremacy's Shadow.
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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2019, 01:29:23 PM »
Ok, ok, there are a few darker scenes in Greatcoats, I admit.
Read Riyria and Temeraire.

Of course, Discworld, there are still lots I haven't read!

I'll check the others out, thanks :)
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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2019, 07:27:15 PM »
Kings of the Wyld fits in, as would Jen Williams' Copper Cat and Winnowing Flame series.

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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2019, 08:32:58 PM »
Seconding Kings of the Wyld. Jon Hollins' Darton Lords trilogy is also worth a read.
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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 09:16:47 PM »
Ta.
Read Jen Williams, will check the others.

Maybe what I need to do is some re-reading ;D
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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2019, 01:41:41 AM »
Ta.
Read Jen Williams, will check the others.

Maybe what I need to do is some re-reading ;D
I’ll throw A. Lee Martinez’s Gil’s All-Fright Diner in there. All of Martinez’s work is comedic, but his debut is his best. Jon Hollins’ Dragon Lords series is quite fun, if a little ott at times. Sarah Gailey’s American Hippo duology was quite violent, but still swashbuckling and fun (hippos in the American West, what could possibly go wrong?) Weis and Huckman’s Dragonlance books were good old fashioned fantasy adventure and funny whoever the kender were involved. Their Arabian Nights flavoured Rose of the Prophet was also good in the vein. For pure comedy there’s Robert Asprin’s Myth series and most of what Craig Shaw Gardner write. There’s Tim Holt, and if you want to go old school try Fletcher Pratt and Sprague De Camp’s Harold Shea books.
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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2019, 04:13:31 PM »
Everything by Tom Holt
Rude Tales and glorious (if you can find a copy)
Flashman


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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2019, 05:43:51 PM »
Well, I'm planning to write one. It'll be the second or third standalone after the standalone I'm planning to start next month. Give me a year or so.
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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2019, 10:12:55 PM »
Everything by Tom Holt
Rude Tales and glorious (if you can find a copy)
Flashman
The Flashman books are amazing and while they have some bits that are laugh out loud funny there are some other poignant moments
Spoiler for Hiden:
the demise of poor Willy in Flashman at the Charge and Ilderim Khan in Flashman in the Great Game
and there’s something in the first book that even the author found disturbing and said if he had his time over he wouldn’t have written it. His Pyrates on the other hand is out and out funny from go to whoa and as the title suggests it does have pirates in it, and pirates make everything better, just like ninjas and zombies.
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« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2019, 02:16:12 PM »
I know you said not urban but the Dresden books were always a good palette cleanser for me.  Maybe Gentlemen Bastards as well?

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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2019, 12:27:23 PM »
I know you said not urban but the Dresden books were always a good palette cleanser for me.  Maybe Gentlemen Bastards as well?

I read one Dresden book every few months (I'm now on like book 11). They're definitely the best for a change of pace from other darker fantasies back to the lighter, funnier world of Harry Dresden.  :D

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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2019, 10:52:11 PM »
Alan Dean Foster’s Spellsinger series are in this vein, although I recommend not reading the sequels he wrote a few years after he finished the original series.
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Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2019, 12:25:16 AM »
Discworld! Read all the Witches books and then the Tiffany Aching ones. And then read some Douglas Adams because it probably has been a while since you read any Douglas Adams.
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