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Old 04-09-2011, 01:21 PM
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So, which books have given you the most amusement (intentionally or unintentionally)

I'd nominate Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome, for one. Amazing how well it stands up, after 120-odd years. It's just crammed full of hilarious incidents and very telling insights into human nature.

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Kill Your Friends by John Niven.

The ultimate psychotic chauvinist... I've known a few in my time and this guy embodies them all, hilarious
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My Family and other Animals by Gerald Durrell still is as funny as ever. A little too many descriptions of insects, perhaps..
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Gervase Phinn any of his Dales series. I can't read them - have to get the audiobook - I laugh so much my ribs ache and tears stream down my face. I do however advise giving him a miss when heavily pregnant that was messy and I swear brought on labour at least once.

I can think of plenty of books that make me giggle and smirk, but they are the only ones I have ever ached as a result of reading.

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Pretty much any book by Bill Bryson. I haven't read all of them, but I can say with some certainty that you'll always crack up, even though some books may be better than others. I've laughed out loud while reading Notes from a Big Country, A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here Nor There and The Life and Times of a Thunderbolt Kid.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy can't be missing here: a trilogy in five parts by Douglas Adams.
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Pretty much every book written by Lewis Grizzard.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy can't be missing here: a trilogy in five parts by Douglas Adams.
Indeed! Haven't had a chance to read it properly yet, but even just skimming through it was hilarious. Funniest part is Dent's musings over just what he would miss following the destruction of the earth - he can come up with hardly anything!
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Seriously, Hitchhiker's guide is by far and large the funniest book I've ever read. Can't find anything that was funnier than that. And that was written in 1979!

I only really love the first, and original one though. The rest in the series although amusing, weren't as good as the first one.

Would love to find some other book as funny as that one.
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I second Ilseum with Bill Bryson. I am a HUGE fan of his!

Also Terry Pratchett's Disc World series. In particular any of the stories that include the Unseen University, DEATH and Granny Weatherwax

I aspire to become like Granny Weatherwax... she's my hero!
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I have to agree with Redlorry on Terry Pratchett's Disc World. I absolutley love his books and they never cease to have me rolling in laughter.

I also find Stephen Fry to have a great sense of humor his instructional book on poetry,The Ode Less Travelled, is hilarious and makes the more dry aspects of poetry a good deal of fun.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy still remains in a league of its own though. Such a great read.
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a non-fiction (maybe) account of how the author, Danny Wallace, accidentally started a cult.
That's enough to get me interested. And if there's humour on top of it, it definitely goes on my list I'm really curious now.

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some of bill bryson's work is the best stuff on the planet for laughs. also dig redmond o'hanlon's slightly insane books about travels in borneo et al. pant-wettingly hysterical. he's a very funny man, for an ornithologist.
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Me talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris made me choke on a french fry.
Bryson's Walk in the Woods has golden moments.
Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like A Skank by Celia Rivenbark had me snorting out load on the train.
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I have to agree with hitch hiker's guide, and Terry Pratchett and Me Talk Pretty One Day.
I haven't read Join Me, but Yes Man by Danny Wallace is brilliant.
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Not a whole book, but a short story - P.G.Wodehouse's 'Honeysuckle Cottage.' (Yes, it's old but then so am I). Sends up just about every genre you can think of, and does it seamlessly.
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Anything by Elmore Leonard. I have a weak spot for idiots doing idiotic things. Dave Barry's Elmore Leonard tribute: "Big Trouble" was also a lot of fun.
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Neil Gaiman is pretty hilarious in Anansi Boys, but when he teamed up with Terry Pratchet to write Good Omens comedy gold was produced. Never laughed out loud so hard while reading.
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I'll add Stephen Clarke to this as well. His series about an Englishman living in France. Especially having lived in France myself, I found it really funny to see how he described their way of life and the way they mispronounce English (and he mispronounces French). It has some of a Bill Bryson quality to it, although less consistent.
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hitch hikers guide to the galaxy has to be one of the most out there and funniest books ive ever read period.
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Stephen Leacock's Nonsense Novels are a hoot.
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Apathy And Other Small Victories is, so far, the one book to make me laugh out loud (Hitchhiker's Guide is, of course, hilarious, but in a British, quietly-laugh-to-yourself way).

One classic part (which I have sadly been unable to find the exact quote for) is where the character describes the sex he's having as being like two dead fish being slapped together by an off-duty clown.

First book I ever read twice, I think. Methinks I need to buy it, I have a strong urge to read it now.
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Catch 22 had me rolling at times. And then it blindsided me with Snowden.

Naive.Super by Erlend Loe has some bits that force me to giggle uncontrollably.
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
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I found the Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart pretty hilarious to start with, but then he just tipped over the edge to the point where it became really cringy.
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I ordered that one not too long ago, and am waiting for it to arrive. I wouldn't have thought it was a funny book, really, from the things I've heard about it.
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Agree with a lot that has already been mentioned. I'd suggest Tom Holt, and Robert Rankin as well.

The hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse - is hilarious.
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The only books i've read up to now to have been funny are Wodehouse's novels. They're always a lot of fun.
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As it just got mentioned elsewhere, I'd nominate American Psycho.

Not laugh out loud funny, but darkly and knowingly hilarious.
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Christopher Moore writes hilarious books with titles like Island of the Sequined Love Nun or Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Recommend for laughs
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John Lennon ' In his own write' and 'A Spaniard in the works'
Spike Milligan 'Puckoon' and 'Hitler, my part in his downfall'
Sharpe 'Porterhouse blue'
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