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#1 Edited by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -

I have just realized i have not read a great book in a while and i was hoping to read something.

Can anyone recommend any great books to read? I have always enjoyed Comedy and always loved the "Alphabet of Manliness" by Maddox. So if anyone has read this, is there a possibility of recommending any similar funny books? Or just Any Great  books i may have missed out on in General! From any era in time. Old. New. Suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you!

#2 Posted by nail1080 (1975 posts) -

The God Delusion - by Richard Dawkins

#3 Posted by eroticfishcake (7789 posts) -

You were never a good reader. Hmm. I can't think of any books in particular since the Alphabet of Maniless is really just a parody book. Most books tend to have a story or satire to them. Would you even read those type of books?

#4 Posted by gingertastic_10 (4141 posts) -

Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan is a pretty funny book. A lot of critics compared it to Office Space.

#5 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -
@eroticfishcake: Oh yes Ferg most definitely! It's been a while since i read a type of novel like that (maybe 2 years or so) but I'd always read in depth novels like that in my earlier days.
I was actually quite fond of reading believe it or not! 
I have to pick it up again.
#6 Edited by get2sammyb (6412 posts) -

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, The Catcher In The Rye, Tess Of The D'Urbevilles, 1984, Wuthering Heights, Brave New World, The Gargoyle, The Wind In The Willows, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Animal Farm, blah, blah, blah...
... Pride & Prejudice, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, The Narnia books, To Kill A Mocking Bird, Anthem, Lord Of The Flies, blah, blah, blah.

#7 Posted by RichardLOlson (1852 posts) -

I am an avid book reader and I have a good one for the fans of fantasy and wolverine.
  WOLVERINE: Election Day
 Check it out in your local book stores.

#8 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -
@nail1080: Thank you! I will surely check it out.
#9 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -
@gingertastic_10: Thank you very much! I will check them out and hopefully have a good read!
#10 Edited by eroticfishcake (7789 posts) -

I'm pretty sure a majority of these books aren't comedy let alone similiar to the Alphabet on Manliness...they are good excellent books no doubt though.
@CornontheCobbe: We told you read more last year. Good to see that you listened!

#11 Posted by dbz1995 (4790 posts) -

Depends what kind of book you  like. Something more fantasy-y is the Inheritance cycle-which I adore.

#12 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -
@get2sammyb: Ah yes! The classics. They are a must to go back and read. Catcher In the Rye! What a great novel. 
Wuthering Heights is another. Thank you for the suggestions! 
 Alice's Adventures In Wonderland is definitely one i would not have thought of reading.
#13 Posted by get2sammyb (6412 posts) -
@eroticfishcake: Totally. I just listed my favourites above. Sorry OP. Got carried away. You should read the blurbs of the ones I mentioned and see if they tickle you.
Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy is my best recc if you only want comedy. :)
#14 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -
@RichardLOlson: You cannot go wrong with Wolverine alright. What a great suggestion. I shall check it out!
#15 Posted by SPACETURTLE (1622 posts) -
I love reading comedy myself. I havent read the book you mentioned but there is this other book i found myself laughing out loud when reading it. It's a norwegian book though, or at least by a norwegian writer. It's called "Doppler" by a guy named Erlen Loe. I don't know if it has been translated into English or whatever language you would prefere reading it in. But I would most def check out if there is a translated version of it. Highly recommended!
#16 Posted by eroticfishcake (7789 posts) -
@get2sammyb: You've got great taste in books then! Nobody really reads them anymore though unless it's for school or something.
Also, apart from the BBC Mini-series of Pride and Prejudice (Yay!), I wouldn't watch the movies on any of these books. Really, just read them and leave it as it is!
#17 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -
@eroticfishcake: Haha. Indeed Ferg. But that was last year my friend... This year i have the Freedom and Money to start reading again! Don't have to worry about Psychology essay this and History essay that.
Actually i should edit the Topic and Question. Should make it just "What Are Some Good Books to read" in General. Don't know why i just picked Alphabet of Manliness. You know me. It's my favorite book, and my lack of reading has limited what i chose. Ha.
Well hopefully i can get some variety here!
#18 Posted by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -

If you are looking for a comedy, have you tried reading the Bible? The funny part is that millions of people think it is not fiction! Sorry i had to.

 I fell in love with this book.
I mostly read Star Wars novels as well as other sci-fi and fantasy as i just prefer those settings to real life. The only funny book i recall reading was the 2nd biography Mick Foley wrote "Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling ", but if your not into wrestling you probably wont like that. If you are though it is an amazing read as well as funny as hell when he talks about backstage stuff he did/saw. I had a smirk on my face almost the whole time i read that book.
#19 Posted by WitchHunter_Z (882 posts) -

If you like Fantasy at all check out the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series by George R.R Martin; absolutely compelling stuff with extremely well written and realistic characters in [very] politically charged high fantasy setting with only small amounts of magic involved.

#20 Posted by Dr_Feelgood38 (1550 posts) -
@gingertastic_10 said:
" Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan is a pretty funny book. A lot of critics compared it to Office Space. "
Definitely check this out. It's fantastic.
But I don't really have anything to add...
#21 Posted by eroticfishcake (7789 posts) -
@WitchHunter_Z: Doesn't that series has the characters being killed off every 10 pages or so? I should probably get them myself since I heard they were excellent as well.
#22 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -
Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy! I forgot about that one! I remember reading it years ago... That book must be ages old. At least 20 years old or so? I didn't quite understand the comedy in it then, but it was enjoyable alright. I shall give that a go most definitely.
#23 Edited by WitchHunter_Z (882 posts) -
@eroticfishcake: Not quite every 10 pages but Martin has no fear of killing off characters you've been inside the head of for several books.
#24 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -
@SPACETURTLE: Thanks Spaceturtle! Doppler eh? So it's directly translated from Norwegian to English? Oh well works for me! Thank you I'm looking forward to searching for it.
#25 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

#26 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -

Haha. Maybe I'll give that one a go when I'm closer to my deathbed.

#27 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
The Hot Zone - A really good book I enjoyed. We had to read it during freshman year in high school. It's about Ebola, and goes over a few people who experienced it [and died]. True story, by the way. Real disease as well if you've never heard of it.
#28 Posted by tombp92 (16 posts) -

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby was a wonderful book, mainly because it was something i could relate too, but i still recommend it

#29 Edited by jkz (4058 posts) -

Hmmm. I actually just decided to delve back into the depths of Russian literature. Just picked up The Idiot by Dostoevsky, and I'm reading back through the always enjoyable short stories by Gogol (Specifically the Petersburg Stories). Couldn't believe that I'd never read the Idiot, but I'm about to remedy that.
I'd recommend any of Dostoevsky's work (Crime and Punishment is a good jumping off point, The Brothers Karamazov is a brilliant story, but it's a tough one to jump right into without any prior knowledge of Dostoevsky), and Gogol is always good for some easy reading with a deep political undercurrent. Tolstoy is always good fun as well. For all of those authors, I'd also suggest the Pevear translations. A lot of people criticise them for being clunky, but I find that they capture the Russian language much more accurately than any other translation to date.

#30 Posted by CaptainObvious (3000 posts) -

How about some comic books? 
I would recommend Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch, Vengeance of The Moon Knight, Cable & Deadpool or Captain America: Reborn, if you like some classic super heroics.  
These series are relatively new, 'cept Cable & Deadpool, so you can catch on pretty easily.

#31 Posted by SamsDaddy010106 (23 posts) -

One word my friend: Vonnegut.
I would recommend starting with Cat's Cradle or The Sirens of Titan.

#32 Posted by Jman522 (401 posts) -
  • Zen Mind, Begginer's Mind
  • A Brave New World
  • The Book of Balance
  • Genesis (Sci-Fi book)
#33 Posted by CitizenKane (10508 posts) -

Read Paradise Lost.  Click on my mini bio to read an excerpt from it.  It is really a fantastic book and the language he uses is phenomenal.  I recommend it to anybody who likes literature.

#34 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4899 posts) -

The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings

#35 Posted by HypoXenophobia (1045 posts) -

I'm surprised no one ever said a 100 Years of Solitude. The Paradox of Choice is a pretty quick interesting read. The Culture of Fear gets kinda preachy but its interesting.
#36 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • 1984
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • 100 Years of Solitude
  • Slaughterhouse Five
  • Dickens...Dickens....
#37 Posted by Kenny (66 posts) -

One Hundred Years of Solitude is an excellent read.

#38 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -

 One Hundred Years of Solitude! My sister was kind of obsessed with that book! Thank you everyone for suggestions, I'm planning on checking out all of these!

#39 Posted by ArcLyte (893 posts) -

Eisenhorn omnibus by Dan Abnett

#40 Posted by Mattzz10 (496 posts) -

If you don't like sports then don't read my suggestion: 
Bill Simmons is by far my favorite sports journalist, and you can read some of his work over at ESPN.com, and he recently just wrote a 700 page book about basketball.  Originally named The Book of Basketball, now it was just released, and I haven't read it yet, but just based on the exerpts that I read over on ESPN and just the way his articals are written, I am pretty sure that this book will be good.  Don't worry about the length of the book, it is divided up into easy to read chapters, and its not like you will need to remember characters... these were some of the biggest stars of basketball at the time.  For anyone that is just a fan of sports in general, I recommend this book, Simmons has a way of expressing the views of the fan.

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#42 Edited by eroticfishcake (7789 posts) -

If you actually manage to read all of these books...I wouldn't even know what to say let alone now.

#43 Posted by Cadmus (290 posts) -

Anatomy of Melancholy, anything by Dostoevsky, Gogol's Dead Souls, Melmoth the Wanderer, Don Quixote, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Monk, Clermont: A Tale, Shelley's Frankenstein, Euripedes ..

#44 Posted by Alphonzo (756 posts) -
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff 
Absolutely awesome!  Fast-paced, funny, action-y, original, constantly whipping out new surprises, it stays fresh and really mind-gamey from start to finish.
#45 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4779 posts) -
#46 Posted by Bwast (1342 posts) -

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Daniel Klein

#47 Posted by moemar26 (9 posts) -

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

#48 Posted by JakJ (1010 posts) -
@SamsDaddy010106 said:
" One word my friend: Vonnegut. I would recommend starting with Cat's Cradle or The Sirens of Titan. Enjoy! "
Hell yes! Though I would recommend starting with his first book Player Piano instead. It's a little more.... structured than his later works, and serves a good introduction to his humor. Otherwise completely agree with SamsDaddy, and would add Slaughterhouse Five to the end of the list.
#49 Posted by Alexander (1724 posts) -

I have just finished 1984 today and you must must read it.

#50 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

Any that are done by Richard A. Knaak or Halo The Fall of Reach. Its whats pushing Halo Reach