There are a lot of posts (mine included) about what is wrong with the genre, what sucks about it, why authors are terrible, horrible people, why books suck, why publishers suck, why reviewers suck, why readers suck…well you get the picture.
So I’m going to try to start posting about what’s good in the genre.
Today I’m going to talk about sense of humor. There are many, too many to count, instances where readers/reviewers/authors/publishers have absolutely no sense of humor. That’s why when I find it, I cling to such like a drowning person. Be it on twitter, tumblr, blogs, and especially in books. Make me laugh and I’ll be your devoted reader.
I love humor and great humor in books makes some of the best stories ever. For this reason I love the outrageous and completely ridiculous humor of Dave Barry. Seriously if you haven’t read Big Trouble, you’re missing out. And often humor in romance tries way too hard and never ends up being more than a smile or very small chuckle.
But when it works – oh god it’s like a gift with a big shiny bow at Christmas. JL Merrow has a real mastery of comic timing and LB Gregg knows how to write madcap humor. Both of these authors I reach for when I want light and guaranteed to make me laugh. Then there is Rob Rosen. Now this is an author who doesn’t shy away from the extreme and still manages to produce some seriously side splitting humorous events. I still chuckle thinking about the drag queens in Divas Las Vegas.
So who are your favorite comedic authors?
What are some of the great funny books you’ve read?