Reviews tagged "humor"

 

The Thief of Time by Terry Prachett

A mysterious lady has comissioned the obsessive (but now safely medicated) Jeremy Clockson to build a perfectly accurate clock–which, just incidentally, could be used to stop time and destroy the world as we know it. Death is concerned, and so he dispatches his adopted granddaughter Susan Sto Helit to investigate the problem. The History Monks […]

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The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

Disclaimer first: if you haven’t read a lot of fantasy, this book probably won’t be too funny. If you have, it’s absolutely hilarious. Presented in the form of a guidebook for Generic Fantasyland, it’s a delightful skewering of all the cliches which infest modern fantasy. You know, the Imperious Woman and the Vestigial Empire and […]

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Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

In this Peter Pan ‘prequel’ co-authored by Dave Barry (yes, that Dave Barry), young orphan Peter boards a rickety old bucket of a ship called the Never Land on his way to become a slave in the courts of a far-away and not-so-nice king. But of course, he never makes it to this dubious destination, […]

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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I had difficulty deciding whether to classify this book as fantasy or sci-fi; basically, it’s just fluff with elements of both. But enjoyable, charming fluff, which makes for an entertaining if not extremely edifying read. The book is set in 1985, in an alternate-history England — a world in which England has been at war […]

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To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

To Say Nothing of the Dog opens in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral, right after it’s been bombed in the blitz. The hero, a time-travelling historian called Ned Henry, is in an advanced state of time-lag because he’s been jumping back and forth to look for an atrocity of Victorian art called “the Bishop’s Bird […]

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