Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Joke's Book Club (Oct. 2)

Dear Internet,

You may have difficulty believing this, but I have a difficult time reading fiction. It's not fiction's fault, but rather mine. You see, most fiction is riddled with weight and seriousness and earnestness and complex characters that demand to be not-judged-lightly and, more often than not, some quietly allegorical message with which I am bound to vehemently disagree. But mostly, modern fiction is really not funny.

The last real whack I had Modern Serious Fiction was The Lovely Bones. Which, as it turned out, proved to be neither. Oh, sure, I've flirted with some others -- TC Boyle springs to mind --but nothing serious. The problem with funny stuff is that it's usually not intelligently written. In the case of my favorite funny stuff (John Welter, whom you bastids steadfastly refuse to read) it's no longer being written at all. Then you have to wait years on end to read Chris Buckley next one.

Verily it doth give suck.

So, it's with with a fluttering heart that I read and (suggest likewise) With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed, by Lynne Truss. It's funny, crisply written so that every sentence is a small masterpiece, with mildly eccentric characters who are believable as the plot's absurdity unfolds slowly. The ending is a TINY bit "off" but only a teeny tiny bit.

There ya go.


Posted by Joke at 8:54 AM


  • Blogger Lazy cow posted at 6:14 PM, October 02, 2007  
    OK, have you tried Christopher Brookmyre? Scottish, foul, irreverent and very funny. Not in the slightest bit earnest. Promise.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 7:47 AM, October 03, 2007  

    With which one ought I start?

  • Blogger Lazy cow posted at 5:11 PM, October 03, 2007  
    My favourite is "One fine day in the middle of the night" about a high school reunion gone terribly wrong. Hope you enjoy them!
  • Blogger Stomper Girl posted at 8:50 AM, October 04, 2007  
    Joke the Book Club I may try your recommendation. I liked her grammar book.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 1:36 PM, October 04, 2007  
    At last! A minion to do my bidding!

  • Blogger h&b posted at 4:22 AM, October 06, 2007  
    I really enjoyed The Lovely Bones ( despite sobbing and all the rest ). LC hated it - what did you think ?

    This sounds good.

    I am reading "The House of Sand and Fog" ATM and am LOVING it. I haven't seen the movie though. LC did, and she said it was all so utterly depressing, she had no inclination to read the book.

    Hopefully, by book's end, I can recommend it to the Librarian.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 9:05 AM, October 06, 2007  
    I think LC's comments are too mild to encapsulate my opinion of The Lovely Bones.

  • Blogger Major Bedhead posted at 12:50 AM, October 08, 2007  
    Lynn Truss wrote a novel? Oh my. I hear the library beckoning.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 3:23 AM, October 08, 2007  
    Three, actually.

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