Jarmara - I'm beginning to think more and more that comedic writing could be the salvation of civilisation - we don't laugh enough do we and everyone seems to take things so seriously? Respect is also a much vaunted requirement and causes no end of trouble - mainly because the people who seem to demand it most, tend to forget that it has to be earned first... Comedy, satire, parody and lampooning have been the tried and tested weapon used against 'the powers that be' since medieval times and probably much longer, so there's nothing to be ashamed of in admitting a partiality to authors who pull things off to the calibre of Pterry or Douglas Adams and so many others who entertain so well at the same time as they inform and make us think.
I like this idea of the loup-garous - so if they're ghosts and 'possessing' animals (so not always wolves?) then they're not the 'allergic to silver and only get out of a full moon' kind then? 'Re-invention' of familiar supernaturals is always interesting as is a change in direction from an author's usual subject matter and here I can get a little more informed with Douglas Adams
who's the only one in your list I've read (I am fearfully in a rut with books these last few years). I adored his Hitchhiker's Guide
series so when he switched from sci-fi to 'holistic crime' books in the Dirk Gently books I was very apprehensive when I got the second one (I think) The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul?
I was delighted and it caught me almost immediately, which was admittedly a relief because the last two Hikers
books took some perseverence! Thor's difficulty in dealing with the modern world was hilarious and I am so
sure that JK Rowling pinched Dumbledore's electric light snuffer from that bit where Thor goes down the street exploding the lights....
And then of course there's Adams'
work on Dr Who
and Blake's Seven
- which ones did you find most interesting?
Detective/crime writing isn't really something I've read an awful lot of - but then actually I have because I love the Watch of course.
So I know all about themes and addictions where authors are concerned!
I haven't read the other two authors you mention - what kind of work do they do - besides being funny of course?