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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2012, 01:35:06 AM »
thanks. i'll check it out.

Let me know if you enjoy it! :)

i just read another post on this forum by a guy who also wasn't into pratchett, and mentioned this abercrombie guy as being darkly funny. i'm really geared up to read this dude's books. it sounds as though he's writing specifically to me.

Certainly by your description of what you're looking for he is. Very dark humour but constantly hilarious, excellent plot and stunning set of characters. I honestly think you will struggle to find many people on here that don't like Abercrombie to some extent.
Yes ... Abercrombie... very good humor from some of the characters .. also very dark.... I love his books.  This is definitely another good option(s) :)
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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2012, 07:46:33 AM »
Ummm Tom Holt anyone? Tends to be urban fantasy or at least set in a contemporary setting, but very similar to Douglas Adams.

Tom Holt is always good for a chuckle :)

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch and Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L Howard are also fun reads, plenty of LOL moments in both.

Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick also had a good sense of humour about it, too.

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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2012, 05:40:46 PM »
The Eddie LaCrosse series by Alex Bledsoe is hilarious. Sort of noir meets sword and sorcery. And it is very purposefully anachronistic. The Sword-edged Blonde is the first book.
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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2012, 03:55:45 PM »
The Riyria Revelations by Micheal Sullivan is a very entertaining read with great characters and constant witty remarks, I thoughly enjoyed it, so much so read the set twice.

Also another nod for Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick as mentioned by Jeni.

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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2012, 12:41:00 PM »
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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2012, 12:28:14 AM »
You can't go past Pratchett for comic fantasy. If you wanted to go old school Fletcher Pratt and Sprague de Camp's Incompleat Enchanter stories are pretty good. In a more contemporary vein I find Atticus O'Sullivan's conversations with his dog Oberon in Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid books are also very amusing. For sheer madcap comic fantasy I'd always recommend Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books. The Eyre Affair, which kicks those off, is in my all time list.
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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2012, 10:01:44 AM »
I have ze answer!

I think it should meet all your requirements.

Simon R. Green - The Forest Kingdom series

Blue Moon Rising

This is starts like typical fairytale fantasy, but very quickly subverts that and is incredibly funny. Rarely have I laughed out loud while reading a book (or even watching a movie), but i did with this one. Lots of action, cool story, funny characters. Kind of like a Monty Python-esque take on a fantasy novel.
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« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2012, 07:24:25 PM »

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You can't go past Pratchett for comic fantasy.


i don't know exactly what you mean by that.

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If you wanted to go old school Fletcher Pratt and Sprague de Camp's Incompleat Enchanter stories are pretty good. In a more contemporary vein I find Atticus O'Sullivan's conversations with his dog Oberon in Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid books are also very amusing. For sheer madcap comic fantasy I'd always recommend Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books. The Eyre Affair, which kicks those off, is in my all time list.

i've read the two books in fforde's nursery crimes series, and i loved the shit out of those. i've been afraid to read the thursday next series because i'm afraid i'm not well read enough to understand all of the allusions and whatnot.

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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2012, 01:06:46 AM »

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You can't go past Pratchett for comic fantasy.


i don't know exactly what you mean by that.

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If you wanted to go old school Fletcher Pratt and Sprague de Camp's Incompleat Enchanter stories are pretty good. In a more contemporary vein I find Atticus O'Sullivan's conversations with his dog Oberon in Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid books are also very amusing. For sheer madcap comic fantasy I'd always recommend Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books. The Eyre Affair, which kicks those off, is in my all time list.
You can't go past Pratchett means he's one of the best.

I'd never read some of the books Fforde mentions in his Thursday Next series, but if you've got a passing knowledge of the works you'll get most of the jokes. Fforde has also done a couple of YA books (The Last Dragonslayer and The Song of the Quarkbeast) which are also funny and entertaining, as well as Shades of Grey, the first in a series, but it's rather more satire than straight comedy.
i've read the two books in fforde's nursery crimes series, and i loved the shit out of those. i've been afraid to read the thursday next series because i'm afraid i'm not well read enough to understand all of the allusions and whatnot.
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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2012, 10:43:20 PM »
Bone is really good

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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2012, 12:00:24 AM »
Bone is really good
Bone is totally awesome, I agree, especially the early issues with the three cousins
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« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2012, 04:24:45 PM »
Low Town by Daniel Polansky ( debut novel ) has lots of lines of wit from the main character Warden, enjoyable read for those with a good sense of humour however the book is classd as Fantasy-Noir and as such is nothing like Hitch Hikers or Discworld.

Another author I would recommend is Jasper Fforde, His book ' Shades of Grey' ( not to be confused with E L James 50 Shades of grey ) is hilarious albeit the fantasy is centered around a distant dystopian future. The humour is different and sometimes subtle.

Ie. One law made by the government in the book is ' To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable '. After reading this book i quickly read through his Thursday next collection and Fforde now has a place as one of my favourite authors.

While its not your typical comic fantasy: witches, wizards and swords, the book is definently worth a read and has many lines that will make you chuckle.

Offline Carl

Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #27 on: July 28, 2012, 05:02:42 PM »
I don't know if it's available in audio but The Dark Lord's Handbook by Paul Dale had me laughing early on and comparing it to Pratchett.

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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #28 on: July 28, 2012, 05:09:06 PM »
You can try some stuff from the Bizarro writers.  They have a website called Bizarro Central where you can find links to some of their books.  They write bizarre, oftentimes funny books in strange worlds with strange characters.  There are a lot of titles which I can't post the names due to them being...uh, NSFW?  As far as fantasy, I'd second or third Joe Abercrombie.  His writing isn't exactly "LOL" to me, but it is witty and funny at times.  I read some of A. Lee Martinez.  He may be a bit similar to Pratchett, but he's worth checking out as well.   
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Re: recommend some good comic fantasy?
« Reply #29 on: July 29, 2012, 02:34:10 AM »
Austin Grossman (Lev's brother) put out a book a couple of years ago called Soon I Will Be an Invincible Supervillain, it was a shot at the growing super hero fantasies and there were elements of Watchmen in it. It was a quick read, but a highly enjoyable and funny one at the same time.
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