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However, next up is Tales of the Truly Unpleasant which is a collection of humour columns by Steve Johnston - a local Seattle writer. I'm really looking forward to it.
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But, then again, his writing just might not be your cup of tea since his humor is always mixed in with politics and some absurd kind of violence.
I almost always enjoy Hiasson but he has some weak novels. He is almost too prolific. I wish he spent more time revising.
>1 LitClique: You ask about hilarious novels. I'm currently reading "Polyglots" by Gerhardie. While not mostly "laugh-out-loud", it is extremely funny. If you're into satire which I regard as a subset of humor there is always Vonnegut. (Hiasson is mostly satire). Some of his work (Vonnegut) is "laugh-out-loud".
If you like Irish lit, Roddy Doyle is extremely funny.
I would greatly appreciate help in this area.
I would consider Tom Holt, Michael Moore, Terry Pratchett, and even Garrison Keillor to be contemporary satirists. Yes, definately Carl Hiaasen...and I've GOT to eventually get around to reading Vonnegut but since I haven't yet I can't offer any opinion there.
I was asking the person in message #13 since I noticed his library had a lot of humor books but I greatly appreciate your helpful response.
Vonnegut is great - possibly the greatest satirist of modern times. I recommend you begin with his "Slaughterhouse-five'. It's short but, I believe, satire at it's best. He has the ability of writing about very dark subjects, displaying "man's inhumanity to man". His Slaughterhouse-five, for instance, is about the fire-bombing of Dresden which he experienced but he can make you laugh amidst such a dreadful thing. The overall impression is "how could such a terrible thing happen".
Hiasson is doing a great service, not only to Floridians but to Americans in general. As you probably know, he is an investigative journalist for The Miami Herald and has a great knowledge of the corruption that goes on in the "Sunshine State". I live here and detest how much corruption goes on.
If you have time, I would appreciate how you can make a link to a book e.g. your reference to Tom Holt.
I use touchstones but they work better for book titles then they do for authors. The next time you post a message - look to the right and there is a brief description of how to use touchstones, basically it is single brackets for works and double brackets for authors.
There is one tricky bit, sometimes the title or author is not the same one that you want and you have to click on the 'others' and scroll through the list and pick the correct one.
I do like the ones mentioned by CarolO but like to add David Sedaris and Chuck Palahniuk. And of course, G. B. Trudeau for his Doonesbury series.
BTW, I notice on your profile that you say "I have stopped buying fictional novels for a year now,- - - " Aren't all novels fictional?
Btw, Vonnegut is one of my favorites, along with Douglas Adams.
Doesn't In Cold Blood get popular credit for ruining that rule?
(and, at the risk of blatant self promoting, check out my books, The Adventures of Guy and The Next Adventures of Guy. Excerpts are www.normcowie.com)
You don't think the congressman getting caught in a strip joint funny, especially in light of so many Congress members getting exposed recently? Of course, humor is very personal. What might be funny to one person is blah to others. (Many people groan at my jokes!)
Hiasson is on the satire end of the humor spectrum - maybe satire isn't your thing. One definition of satire is "the use of ridicule and humor to effect social change". And sometimes satire is quite serious, lacking any humor.
I think Hiasson has made many enemies. As an investigative journalist for the Miami Herald, he knows S. Florida very well, especially all the corruption and crime that's there.
I find it not very original (especially after so many being exposed). It's cute. But not "funny as hell."