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Old 12-31-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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I read Naked and was like .

I definitely got the feeling that I was not "getting" it - I have a few more books by him, maybe I should try some more.
I don't remember which one of his books made me laugh out loud -- which is pretty hard to do -- but I think it was Me Talk Pretty One Day. Or maybe it was Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Definitely give the others a shot; I've found that some of his aren't my cup of tea either (such as When You Are Engulfed in Flames).
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:25 AM
 
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Whew, John Dark, you are sick. (For those of you who haven't read Saki - his work is truely soul deadening.)

Go back to the end of the line, JohnD.

Both Wodehouse and Saki wrote about a similar time period, in a similar style, and with humor. The primary difference is that Wodehouse's humor was silly, whereas Saki's was cynical and dark. Both were hilarious.

Soul-deadening? You must have very fragile sensibilities.

Hope you find some Garfield collections or something equally suitable to your tastes.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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I don't remember which one of his books made me laugh out loud -- which is pretty hard to do -- but I think it was Me Talk Pretty One Day. Or maybe it was Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Definitely give the others a shot; I've found that some of his aren't my cup of tea either (such as When You Are Engulfed in Flames).
I thought Me Talk Pretty One Day was uproariously funny. I'm a big fan of David and Amy Sedaris. They're a hilarious family.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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I second Lamb by Christopher Moore. I also loved his vampire series--I LOL'd a lot reading that. Dog of the South by Charles Portis is funny, as is Norwood, also by him. Lisa Lutz's series about the Spellman family detective business is also good for some laughs.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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I remember laughing out loud reading Richard Russo's Straight Man.

How about some Robert Benchley essays?
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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It's a zombie book, but it's a really funny spoof of Garrison Keillor's books called The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten. It's really well done, and made me laugh aloud a few times.
I gave this to my sister for Christmas! But I didn't read it first, which I usually do. Glad to know I made a good pick. Thanks!
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:36 PM
 
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I second Lamb by Christopher Moore. I also loved his vampire series--I LOL'd a lot reading that. Dog of the South by Charles Portis is funny, as is Norwood, also by him. Lisa Lutz's series about the Spellman family detective business is also good for some laughs.
Oh yes! I found a Spellman book and did enjoy it some time ago. Will start the series from the beginning.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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And thanks to everyone for their suggestions! Keep 'em coming. Happy New Year!
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:46 PM
 
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An oldie but very entertaining little book, The Egg and I, by Betty McDonald.

The movie was great, too.
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