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Welcome to our funny fiction series. The series highlights a variety of humorous books that share common elements (or appeal), which are things people typically look for when trying to find a book to read.
All of the books featured below are fast paced and funny to boot! The novels are suspenseful, richly detailed, steamy, thought-provoking and/or bittersweet. We're hoping this series helps you find that next great read (and a few laughs along the way).
Fast-Paced Funny Fiction
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones
Struggling to make peace with her goddess powers and her daughter's destiny to save the world, Charley Davidson finds herself targeted by forces from hell who are determined see her banished to another dimension.
Appeal: Fantasy, mystery, snarky characters, fast paced, funny, offbeat and suspenseful
Overclocked by Cory Doctorow
In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mindbending sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology and when its various uses run amok.
Appeal: Urban fantasy, science fiction, character-driven storylines, funny and thought-provoking
What’s So Funny? by Donald Westlake
Tempted to find a highly valuable, seven-hundred-pound chess set, hapless crook John Dortmunder musters his merry band of fellow ne'er-do-wells on a haphazard treasure hunt that prompts his investigation of Russia's last czar. This book is part of the Dortmunder series (book 13).
Appeal: Mystery, crime capers, plot-driven storyline and funny
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie
Rescued during a break-in by an unlikely hit man who has been directed by the mob to protect her, food writer Agnes Crandall finds her situation further complicated by a missing cache of money that becomes a key factor in a Southern mafia wedding.
Appeal: Romantic suspense, plot-driven storyline, banter-filled, conversational, steamy, upbeat and funny
The Blight Way by Patrick McManus
Idaho sheriff Bo Tully's hopes about a rekindled romance with his high-school sweetheart are challenged by his father's upcoming seventy-fifth birthday celebration and a ranch murder involving numerous possible suspects.
Appeal: Mystery, likable / snarky characters, homespun, offbeat, well-crafted dialogue and funny
Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
The daughter of an Italian immigrant family in 1950 Greenwich Village, Lucia Sartori pursues a career in the fashion industry until she falls in love with a handsome stranger, who must win over her traditional family to marry her.
Appeal: Domestic fiction, historical romance, character-driven storyline, family dynamics, bittersweet, moving, reflective, engaging, richly detailed and funny
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