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list of ebook authors-can you recommend any comedy/humour writers...? Haven't heard of most of them.

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joko | 22:38 Tue 09th Aug 2011 | Arts & Literature
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im also into douglas adams, pratchett type stuff, if any similar here..?

or are there any other unusual or amazing books you'd recommend from these authors?
the disc has loads of each author

i know its a big list but any review or input would be most welcome

thank you!

Abraham Verghese
Alan Weisman
Albert Camus
Alexandre Dumas
Alfred Bester
Alice Sebold
Anita Diamant
Ann Patchett
Anna Sewell
Arthur Golden
Arthur Lee
Audrey Niffenegger
Ayn Rand
Barbara Kingsolver
Bernard Cornwell
Bill Maher
Bob Woodward
Brandon Sanderson
Brent Weeks
Bret Easton Ellis
Brian Greene
Bruce Campbell
Carl Sagan
Carlo Collodi
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Carolla_Adam
Charlaine Harris
China Mieville
Chinua Achebe
Christian Lander
Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Moore
Christopher Paolini
Chuck Hogan
Chuck Klosterman
Chuck Palahniuk
Clive Cussler
Colleen McCullough
Cormac McCarthy
Craig Ferguson
Dan Simmons
Dante Alighieri
Dave Barry
Dave Eggers
David Baldacci
David Brin
David Cross
David McCullough
David Sedaris
David Wong
Dennis Lehane
Diane Setterfield
Douglas Preston
E. Dixon
Edith Wharton
Elie Wiesell
Emma Donoghue
Erik Larson
F. Paul Wilson
Flannery O'Connor
Foer_ Jonathan Safran
Frank Herbert
GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
Garth Stein
Gaston Leroux
Gene Wolfe
George Eliot
George R. R. Martin
Glen Cook
Grabriel Garcia Marquez
Gregg Hurwitz
Gregory Maguire
Gustave Flaubert
H.A. Lorentz
Hamilton, Laurell K
Harper Lee
Henry James
Henry Miller
Hillenbrand,Laura
Honore de Balzac
Hubert Selby
Hugh Ambrose
Huston_ Charlie
Italo Calvino
J. G. Ballard
Jack London
James Cook
James Ellroy
James Fenimore Cooper
James Joyce
James Lee Burke
James M. Cain
James Patterson
Janet Evanovich
Jared M. Diamond
Jeannette Walls
Jeff Lindsay
Jeff Sharlet
Jeffrey Eugenides
Jerry Weintraub
Jim Butcher
Jodi Picoult
Joe Abercrombie
Joe Haldeman
Joe Hill
Johanna Spyri
John Ajvide Lindqvist
John Buchan
John Cleland
John Galt
John Milton
John Schember
John Steakley
Jon Krakauer
Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Swift
Jose Saramago
Joseph Campbell
Joseph Conrad
Joseph Heller
JR Ward
Julie Kawaga
Junot Diaz
Justin Cronin
Justin Halpern
Karl Marlantes
Kathryn Stockett
Kazuo Ishiguro
Ken Follett
Ken Kesey
Kerrelyn Sparks
Khaled Hosseini
Larry Niven
Larry Wilmore
Laurell K.Hamilton
Lee Child
Lev Grossman
Lois Lowry
Louis Sachar
Lynch, Scott
Madeleine L'Engle
Malcolm Gladwell
Margaret Mitchel
Mario Puzo
Mark Bowden
Mary Roach
Max Barry
Max Brooks
Meghan McCain
Michael Chabon
Michael Connelly
Michael Lewis
Michael Pollan
Michelle Magorian
Mitch Albom
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Neal Stephenson
Neil Strauss
Nevil Shute
Niccolo Machiavelli
Ninni Holmqvist
Octavia Butler
Olivia Munn
Orson Scott Card
Pat Frank
Patricia Briggs
Patricia Cornwell
Patrick O'Brian
Patrick Rothfuss
Patti Smith
Paul Murray
Paulo Coelho
Peter Benchley
Peter Straub
Philip K. Dick
Philip Pullman
Philip Roth
Portia de Rossi
Preston Douglas
Rachel Caine
Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Randy Pausch
Raymond E. Feist
Rebbeca Skloot
Richard Castle
Richard Laymon
Richard Matheson
Richard Morgan
Richard P. Feynman
Richard Preston
Rick Riordan
Robert A. Heinlein
Robert Frost
Robert J. Sawyer
Robert Jordan
Robert Kiyosaki
Robert Leckie
Robert M. Pirsig
Robert R. McCammon
Robert Tressel
Robin Hobb
Ron Paul
Ryan North
Sarah Silverman
Scott Lynch
Scott Sigler
Scott Smith
Sebastian Junger
Seth Grahame-Smith
Sir Walter Scott
Stacy Schiff
Stephen Colbert
Stephen E. Ambrose
Stephen R. Covey
Stephenie Meyer
Steven D. Levitt
Steven Erikson
Steven Wright
Stieg Larsson
Sue Grafton
Suzanne Collins
Tana French
Terry Goodkind
Tess Gerritson
Theodore Dreiser
Thomas Hardy
Thomas Paine
Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Ricks
Timothy Ferriss
Tom Rachman
Tom Wolfe
Toro_ Guillermo del
Tucker Max_ Maddox
Umberto Eco
Upton Sinclair
Vicente Blasco Ibanez
Walter Arnold Kaufmann
Walter M. Miller
Washington Irving
Wilbur Smith
Wilhelm Grimm
Wilkie Collins
Willa Cather
William Gelding
William Gibson
William Golding
William Goldman
William Makepeace Thackeray
Yann Martel
Zora Neale Hurston
Zusak_ Markus

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'kin 'ell, thats a serious list.

jem
phillip pullman is similar (northern lights, amber spyglass and subtle knife)
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cheers bednobs, ill have a look
Yeah - Pullman always has 'em rolling in the aisles... not!

There's no-one on there that I am familiar with who I'd consider a humorous writer, but there are some great authors there.
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cheers le marchand...
i bought a disk off ebay full of ebooks, and ive taken all the ones i know or like off it, but seems a shame not to check out the rest...might be a gem in there...but obviously there is way too many to just delve in and hope i find something...take years, hehe

i know its a long list, but hoping people just scan over it and offer some sort of comment if they know someone
i didn't put phillip pullman in for being funny, but joko asked for something similar to pratchett
Why don't you download a few pot luck styly? If they're rubbish, just simply delete, it's not like they've cost you anything.

I've found that's the beauty of my kindle, I've downloaded all sorts of books as they're free (as I'm a tight northerner- refuse to buy any) and a few have been rubbish, but a good many have ranged from readable to bloody good. A lot of them, i wouldn't have chosen from say the library or bookshop, but as they're free, ive given them a whirl.
Still don't see how Pullman is similar to Pratchett apart from being "Fantasy". It's a bit like saying someone who enjoys "Flipper" might like "Jaws" as they're both about sea creatures.

Anyway:

Alfred Bester - experimental (for the time) SF, The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination (Tiger! Tiger!) particularly good.

China Mieville - the Bas Lag novels (weird fantasy) starting with Perdido Street Station brilliant (the third less so) and his YA Un Lun Dun is great.

Dan Simmons - SF/horror. A bit variable. The Hyperion books are good, as are Carrion Comfort and Children of the Night and others, but some a bit poor.

Douglas Preston - easy-to-read techno thrillers.

More later if time!
Continued...

F. Paul Wilson - mainly horror. "The Keep" is superb (miles better than the film) and the others I have read have been good.

Frank Herbert - SF. "Dune" is great, the sequels start going downhill.

George R. R. Martin - one of my favourite authors. Mainly fantasy/SF. "A Song of Ice and Fire" has just had its first book made into the first season of "Game of Thrones" and is his best known work. The only one of his I'm not keen on is "The Armageddon Rag". "Fevre Dream" is well worth checking out.

Richard Matheson - "I Am Legend" is better than any of the film adaptations; I've read most of his stuff and there are rarely any clinkers.

Robert R. McCammon - horror in the Stephen King mould.

William Gibson - the man who put cyberpunk on the map. His early novels are excellent, but then he goes a bit "literary" for my tastes.

I've read many more of the authors on the list and intend to try others (and know a fair amount by reputation) but those are the people I'd suggest are worth checking out from personal experience.
As others have said none of them jump out as being a barrel of laughs but from the list would recommend-
Alice Sebold- The Lovely Bones
Audrey Niffenegger- The Time Travellers Wife
Cormac McCarthy- The Road (not read it but boyfriend raves about it)
Emma Donoghue- Room
Markus Zusak- The Book Thief
Also by Markus Zusak- The Messenger
Looking at that list all of these are far from funny but they are all really good!
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thanks all, thats a great start.

i would boo, but i dont want to waste my time...i want to start with a few i know have something.
once ive read all the ones recommended then i may start randomly choosing.
le marchand, they are both set in worlds that are very similar to ours on th e surface, but very different underneath. Plus i can't help but recommend his dark materials trio as it's the BEST book i've ever read :)
I don't see many there who would be regarded as humourous. David Sedaris is very witty, Sarah Silverman is a comedienne, but she can be quite crude so it depends on your taste. I think Janet Evanovich's books are quite lighthearted (for crime novels). I think that's as close as you'll get with that list though.

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