1066 And All That.
And Now All This.
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1066 And All That.
And Now All This.
Have to admit that I think it's the Spike Milligan books that have had the Ex-Mrs Svendo angriest because of a laugh while reading in bed causing her to wake.
Rich Hall has written a few good books (one might have been under his Otis Lee Crenshaw monicker).
Pratchett make me chuckle but not LOL.
HHGTTG is an obvious choice although I think Ive read/heard/seen it that many times that I know the funny bits before they happen and so don't get the pleasure of the LOL moment.
I found this on some internet site, someone called 'Anna' trying to describe the HHGTTG film to others:
"This movie is based off of a book that you will find in most white people’s bookcase. They love it because it has that sort of smart humor that will actually make them laugh. That’s right. You will see them laughing out loud while reading a book, if it’s this one, usually once every four pages."
The Tibetan Book of the Dead has it's funny moments but not all that many 'laugh out loud' passages. Ditto: Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Hard to chose between them, really.
Giles Smith has written TWO of the funniest books of all time.
OK - so I haven't read all the books ever written, ever
Lost in Music
Midnight in the Garden of Evil Kenievel
are masterpieces of the comedy genre
page 134 of MITGOEK has the best one liner ever written
OK - so I haven't read all the one liners ever written, but.....
Spike M., yes ("He was a tall, handsome, cross-eyed man with eczema" - Puckoon); and Tom Sharpe too.
Surprised nobody mentioned Catch 22 and Portnoy's Complaint.
Must go, got to find out about Giles Smith.
"The World According To Garp", by John Irving.
Brilliant, poignant, and lol too.
The Robin Williams movie version was passable, but missed out so many important parts of the book.
Ive just read Frankie Boyles "My Shit Life So Far" while sitting in hospital waiting rooms for the last couple of days waiting to see if I have a DVT and there were several points where I actually LOL'd and made a Pfft!
Any of 'The Broons' or 'Oor Wullie' annuals ever.
Especially the more recent ones where they make a valiant, but wholly unsuccessful, attempt at modernising the storylines.
What was that one "Sense and Sensibility in Post-Cromwell Leicestershire 1640-1912" or something like that? That was a real knee-slapper, that was.
"The Colour of Memory" by Geoff Dyer - I know just how he feels.
Christopher Brookmyre, Marshall Karp and Jasper Fforde are always amusing.
Hello all, haven't been around for ages but...
Jeni, yes World According to Garp has GOT to be the most weird and memorable book I've ever read. Wonderful.
Also recently read, Adolph Hitler - My part in his downfall (at long last). I thought it might be a tad dated but it was hilarious - anti-social bedtime reading...
What was that one "Sense and Sensibility in Post-Cromwell Leicestershire 1640-1912" or something like that? That was a real knee-slapper, that was. [/quote]
How soon they forget....
Most 'humourous' writing ends up not being that funny IMHO, though then again I rarely read novels. That said, I just re-read Joseph Wambaugh's The Choirboys, which is by far his best and blackly hilarious at times.
How could we forget "Civil War, Interregnum and Restoration in Gloucestershire, 1640-1672"?
Such a catchy title.
Can't remember who wrote it though.
Garrison Keiller's Radio Romance was taken from me in hospital as I was 'disturbing the other patients'. Hmmm.
I had Saki in bed last night. Doesn't matter how many times I read Esmé, it never fails to amuse.
"Civil War, Interregnum and Restoration in Gloucestershire, 1640-1672"! There's a real page-turner. I can't remember the author either - lovely bloke, good-looking chap, I recall. Wasn't he on Countdown, or something?
Dr M - If I was only allowed one book for the rest of my life, I think I could cope as long as it was Saki.
Ah... (Reaching for bookcase...)
Get your coat, Rick, you've pulled.
Oxbridge - you have the soul of a meringue!
Ben Elton's "Stark" made me cry with laughter on a beach (someone having his nose bitten off I seem to recall) although his predictions of oceanic "Total Toxic Overload" are coming uncannily, and frighteningly, true.
Look what you've made me do!
I've felt compelled to go and rummage in the attic to dig out HHGTTG, and the other four parts of the trilogy.
Talking of Vogons today I found that online electronic applications cannot be forwarded to me, I have to go over to Registry, where they print them out. 5 milliseconds to get it into the University, 9 days to get it to me.
It goes something like this - Form A must be signed before the student can be admitted to the course, but must be accompanied by a completed and signed form B, agreed by the Dean. Form B can only be completed when accompanied by a signed off form C. Form C can only be completed when a signed and authorised form A is present.
My brain is about to explode.
Have you considered reciting some Vogon poetry to the pen-pusher behind this idea?
unfortunately he would probably like it.
The Bible .
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