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 Post subject: Laugh Out Loud books
PostPosted: 29 Jul 2016, 14:41 
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Inspired by the "comfort reading" thread and and also by the fact I've just finished reading a couple of the William books and thought I'd ask: what books/ incidents in books make you laugh (giggling out loud rather than merely amused smile)?
I've attracted some odd looks on the tube when reading Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer. PG Wodehouse is another go to, as is Tintin (and William as said)...so what makes you "LOL" (in real life)? Are there any CS incidents that do?

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PostPosted: 29 Jul 2016, 16:13 
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I'm currently reading Damon Runyon's stories. They are making me laugh out loud, literally, which is very rare for me. I used to find PG Wodehouse did it, but not any more, I must be getting old.


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PostPosted: 29 Jul 2016, 16:38 
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Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books usually make me laugh out loud, although the laughs in the later ones started to feel a little more contrived. The one author guaranteed more lately to have me laughing out loud is Jodi Taylor and I owe a debt of gratitude to those on this forum who introduced me to her books!


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Sophie Kinsella (not the Shopaholic ones, but I love almost all of the standalones). My Family And Other Animals, not to mention various others of Gerald Durrell's books.

And it's TV, not books, but even though I've watched it a dozen times Miranda never fails to make me laugh and laugh.

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PostPosted: 30 Jul 2016, 11:51 
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The last book I read which made me laugh out loud was Observing the English - sorry I've forgotten who wrote it - about the idiosyncrasies of the English.

I first read it when I was sitting on a train from Warrington to London and couldn't help chuckling. I was in a table seat and when the lady sitting opposite me realised what book I was reading, she said that she'd been exactly the same when she read it.

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PostPosted: 30 Jul 2016, 18:58 
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For me it's Terry Pratchett. No matter how many times I reread them there are certain passages that make me laugh out loud. Except for Thief of Time which I have only been able to read once.


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PostPosted: 30 Jul 2016, 21:46 
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Some of Kipling's Stalky stories remain laugh out loud no matter how often I read them. And any of Gladys Mitchell's mysteries featuring Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley and her assistant Laura Menzies usually contain laugh out loud exchanges between the two of them.


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I haven't read many of his yet but so far Edmund Crispin has made me have a full on case of the giggles.

I recently re-read Hilary McKays 'Exiles' books for the first time since I was at school and they still made me laugh out loud.

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PostPosted: 31 Jul 2016, 21:53 
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Bits of the Chronicles of St Mary's, especially the short story Roman Holiday.

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PostPosted: 01 Aug 2016, 11:05 
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Reading Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader on a train was a bit of an error; I was laughing so hard the man sitting opposite said he was definitely going to buy it.


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I'd forgotten that one! Yes, definitely a laugh out load one. And agree bits of St Mary's too.

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PostPosted: 01 Aug 2016, 17:15 
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Three Men in a Boat, and quite a lot of Bill Bryson.


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PostPosted: 01 Aug 2016, 20:03 
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Lots of Terry Pratchett and St Mary's - particularly the bit with Helen and ten feet of rubber tubing. Makes me laugh every time.

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Parts of Catch-22 make me laugh out loud; it's also one of the few books that makes me cry.


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I'd forgotten Catch-22! I read that as a teenager and the first page had me nearly sick laughing.
I can't actually recommend this, in case someone reads it who hasn't and then I get thrown off the CBB, but Portnoy's Complaint is disgustingly hilarious. I wouldn't want to be seen reading it in public though!


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There was one very funny bit in the history of comics that Cestina mentioned in the kindle deals thread. Apparently Jackie magazine used to get lots of letters written to its problem page and other sections, and had a lot of generic replies so that people would at least get a response. But sometimes they could get muddled…

In one case, a girl who'd written in worried that one breast was growing bigger than the other was sent a knitting pattern to make a baby's cap…

I was reading that as my plane landed on Sunday night and chortled madly.


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I had three chortle out loud moments last night reading Operation Venus which I bought last week following the Kindle Recommendations thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Laugh Out Loud books
PostPosted: 03 Aug 2016, 13:22 
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LucyP wrote:
I'd forgotten Catch-22! I read that as a teenager and the first page had me nearly sick laughing.
I can't actually recommend this, in case someone reads it who hasn't and then I get thrown off the CBB, but Portnoy's Complaint is disgustingly hilarious. I wouldn't want to be seen reading it in public though!


Yeah I've read that, it is hilarious. I love his idea that his teacher and his mum are the same person and she must have magical powers to beat him home :lol:

Other parts are not so CS friendly!


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