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Postby Dotsie » Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:22 am

I agree that Christopher Moore's good, Catch-up put me on to him & Mr Dotsie's a fan too. I'm reading Lamb at the moment.
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Postby Danny B » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:28 am

If you want snappy dialogue and barbed commentary on modern manners, combined with pacy plotting, then you probably can't go wrong with reading Mike Ripley or Colin Bateman. Ostensibly mystery stories, they both specialise more in dissecting the mores and attitudes of whichever particular subset of society has taken their attention most recently. Christopher Brookmyre does a similar thing, though with less obvious wit than the first two I mentioned. A final mention should go to Nick Revell; I've only read one of his novels (Night of the Toxic Ostrich) but it's about as vulgar as you could ever hope for. :wink:
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Postby raisindot » Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:50 pm

swreader wrote:On the theory that you can never have too many recommendations, here are two American comic satirists (mystery writers) whom you may or may not know.

Christopher Moore - Who has written Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, and Fool. He lives in San Francisco.

Carl Hiaasen - who has some 30 books, two of which have been made into movies.


Hiaasen is the "dean" of Florida "humor" fiction, sort of the comic counterpoint to the more 'serious' Elmore Leonard. Dave Barry's two novels are nearly total ripoffs off Hiaasen's style (they're both good friends, and I love Dave Barry's non-fiction books). Other similar writers are Lawrence Shames and, at the far extreme, Tim Dorsey (see thread).

Moore (see thread) isn't really a mystery writer--he's more of a parodists specializing in the horror/supernatural genre, although one of his most recent novels, "Fool," was a 're-boot' of the King Lear story as told from the POV of the Fool.

Both great authors, very fun to read.

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Postby poohcarrot » Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:58 pm

I didn't know Dave Barry had written two novels.
Dave Barry does Japan is brilliant. :lol:
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:27 pm

chris.ph wrote:ive read peridisio street station by china mievielle and its definately not satire more like horror scifi :shock:
Have you read this one Chris.
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Film Noire meets seaside resort. Strange but clever!

May check it out it looks a fun read. :)
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:01 am

I've come across those books in charity shops, Dug and wondered what they are like. I'll have to try and find a copy. :wink:
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Postby Willem » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:40 am

In the non-fiction department (well, probably embelished non-fiction really), 'Are you Dave Gorman' by Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace is a fun read. They've written some other books too by themselves too that you might want to check out if you like this book.
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Postby Dotsie » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:58 am

Regarding China Mieville:
Who's Wee Dug wrote:Check him out at the Library first.


Good advice. I got The Kraken out of the library, and all I can say is that the story had better be good because his writing is driving me up the wall! I mean, who would write that a bunch of scientists/museum curators were shaing anecdotes of horripilation?? (It means goose bumps - I looked it up) And the main character is Virgil to his best friend's Dante. So that's alright then :roll: Apart from the obvious "found this on wikipedia so I'll fit it in somewhere" references, the writing style seems overly simple at times. Ah well. The giant squid sounds good, so I'll stick with it.
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Postby Courtjezter » Thu Jun 17, 2010 4:05 pm

How about trying Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.

These guys wrote the Red Dwarf books and series
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Postby chris.ph » Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:09 pm

Who's Wee Dug wrote:
chris.ph wrote:ive read peridisio street station by china mievielle and its definately not satire more like horror scifi :shock:
Have you read this one Chris.
Just finished "Aberistwyth Mon Amore" Brilliant! Similar style as Jasper Fforde as it is set in an alternative history.

Aberistwyth is a dirty town full of organised crime(run by Druids), loose women(in Welsh national costume and stovepipe hats), Private eyes and homosidal Welsh teachers.

Film Noire meets seaside resort. Strange but clever!

May check it out it looks a fun read. :)

my copy has just arrived :)
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Postby Penfold » Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:51 pm

'Round Ireland With A Fridge' and 'Playing The Moldovans At Tennis' by Tony Hawks a pretty good fun, especially as they are true stories. I think they are being made into films as well. :D
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Postby michelanCello » Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:03 pm

michelanCello wrote:Does it have to be british?

How about Vonnegut?

There's a hungarian writer who I like very much, his name is Jenő Rejtő, but he wrote a lot under the name P. Howard.
I just found two books of him on the internet, here they are, if you're interested. (They're not my favorites, but also very good. Mostly I like the "Dirty Fred" series... if I'll be in the mood some day, I'll translate the very first chapter (don't worry, it's only two pages, and only a dialogue) in english, because I think it's hilarious)


To keep my promise, here it is (sorry for the grammar faults...).
Enjoy!

P. Howard (aka Jenő Rejtő) – Dirty Fred, the captain
Chapter one
(Translated by michelanCello)

’Sir! I’ve come for my knife!’
’Where did you leave it?’
’In some sailor, I believe.’
’What kind of knife was it?’
’Steel. Strait blade, slightly curved. Haven’t you seen it around?’
’Wait a minute… let’s see… What was his stem like?’
’Pearly.’
’How many parts did it consist of?’
’It was made of only one part.’
’Than there’s no problem, sir! We’ve got the knife!’
’Where?’
’In my back.’
’Thank you…’
’You’re welcome… The barman told me, what a splendid knife I had in my back. A one-piece pearl rarity.’
’Please, turn around so I can pull it out…’
’Hold on! The barman told me to let the knife where it is until he returns with the doctor, otherwise I’ll bleed out. The barman knows what he’s talking about, because even doctors have been killed here. It’s an old restaurant.’
’But I’m in a hurry, please! And no one can know when a doctor arrives? I can’t go home in the night without a knife, can I?’
’The doctor lives nearby, and the innkeeper has gone for him on a tricycle. Who stabbes around sir, must bear the consequences’
’Ho! Just because someone stabs you doesn’t mean that you’re allowed to keep the knife. This is lynch-law! Thank God there’s still real law on Earth’
’I wasn’t referring to the law, but to medicne. The barman said, that the best prescription is not to touch the knife. It’s a medical order!’
’A doctor should take care of his own business, the knife if my instrument!’
’Hmm… tought question…’
’You know what? My heart isn’t from stone either, I’ll help you. I’ll pull my knife out of you, and I’ll put another one in it’s place. That’ll do untill the ambulance arrives.’
’All right. But the knife shouldn’t be smaller, so that it bars the wound completely, because health is more important than anything else, and a prescription is a prescription, nothin’a do about that.’
’Don’t you worry a second. I’ll put a big kitchen knife in the wound.’
’That’s all right, then.’
’Turn… around…hopp! Like this…’
’Now put the other one in it!... Quick!’
’This one here, on the shelf’ll do, althought it’s only got a wooden stem.’
’Is it in it?’
’Bugger!... Your wound is hardly bleeding at all. The blade’s stopped right here, between the cartilages… What the hell, it’s blade’s chipped!’
’You should have stabbed it into the flesh, you probie!’
’Wait! I’ll put a wet shawl on it… The sweather claps it pretty well…’
’Please believe me finally that it needs a knife! The innkeeper knows it. People getting killed is a daily routine here. Put the knife in it! Why does that bother you?’
’I’m no good at it. I take responsability for stabbing, but not for opreations. Ask some other sailor to do it. They’ll come by any minute.’
’Good of you to remind me! Sir! You’ve knocked down twelve of my men!’
’One got hit by a liqueur-bearer, that’s not my fault.’
’He was the first stoker!’
’How should a liqueur-bearer possibly know that?’
’And there lies the ship-waiter. How can I find another ship-waiter at this time of the day? The Honolulo Star is departing tomorrow, and weve neiter a stoker, nor a waiter, because you knocked them out!’
’I was right by doing so. They threw a jug of water at me, and this kind of behavior offends me.’
’Neither of them threw that jug at you. They’re innocent.’
’Then who was it?’
’Me.’
’You’re lucky, that you’re at your in mortal agony, otherwise I’d hit you on the head… Good day!’
’Wait!’
’I have no time. I’m in a hurry.’
’Please have a look, if the wound needs a knife. Such stabs can’t be neglected. It could be bleeding in the inside.’
’No one could possibly have stabbed you from that direction. Just wait for the doctor, he’ll help you, if he can. If not, than rest in peace.’
’Thank you…’
’I’m sorry you enlisted such a weak crew…’
’Hey! Young man! I’ll escort you. I have a good idea you can earn money with…’
’All right.’
’Wait! Hey, barman! If the innkeeper comes back, tell him I went for a little walk. He shouldn’t be worried, if it gets worse, I’ll put a knife int he wound. I’ll take care… Now, come on!’
Listen.
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Postby Foul ole Ron » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:11 pm

Big thumbs up for Robert Rankin here too.

Another very good writer in the Comic/Fantasy genre is Tom Holt, particularly the 1st 3 H W Wells books. If you're put off by the occasional four letter word you might not like them though.
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:39 pm

Foul ole Ron wrote:Big thumbs up for Robert Rankin here too.
Another very good writer in the Comic/Fantasy genre is Tom Holt, particularly the 1st 3 H W Wells books. If you're put off by the occasional four letter word you might not like them though.
Don't give the Robster any idea's. :wink: :lol: some of Tom Holts early ones are good too.Image
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Postby Banzai » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:50 am

Well, I only liked one book from Mr Holt, and thats the "Snowwhite and the seven samurais". Other chaps that is worth reading is Thomas Block's 'Mayday mayday' (very 'cant-put-it-down' book) and everything of RA Salvatore (dark elf thrilogy etc)
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