“The laughs are out there.”
There’s no shelf in the bookshop. There’s no category on the web page. There’s no subscriber option on the discount book email. But hilarious novels exist. The Society To Impede Funny Fiction (STIFF) works in the shadows to categorize humorous fiction as mystery, or sci-fi, or even general fiction, so you, the fans of satirical and silly stories, can’t find them. Oh, yeah, there’s a “humor” section, but it’s non-fiction, mostly collections of blog posts about the trials of being a [insert blogger’s life situation here]. Those of us who prefer hilarious, completely made-up stories have no place to go.
Until now. The Yucks-Files seeks out new and established writers who write stories that make us laugh. We read their books and post reviews, with special emphasis on how funny we found them. So join your fellow members of Yuck Nation and check out the books and series below. Just don’t let STIFF, or their elite Pompous Advocates of Literary Fiction division, catch you doing it.
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Ratings are 1 (bad) to 5 (excellent) — Story rates the plot and characters, Craft rates the writing skill and editing, and Humor rates the hilarity, all of which are admittedly subjective. Each of the series links below takes you a descriptive review and the titles in the series. The book titles there have links to Amazon so you can get other opinions from other reviewers and/or purchase the book.
Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde — Action/Adventure — Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 5 — Highly recommended
Nursery Crimes series by Jasper Fforde — Detective/Mystery — Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 5 — Highly recommended
Lomax and Biggs series by Marshall Karp — Detective/Mystery — Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 4 — Recommended
Solomon vs. Lord series by Paul Levine — Legal Mystery/Thriller — Story 5, Craft 4, Humor 4 — Recommended
Duck and Cover series by Benjamin Wallace — Post-Apocalyptic Adventure — Story 4, Craft 5, Humor 4 — Recommended
Junkers series by Benjamin Wallace — Near-future Adventure — Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 5 — Highly recommended
Space Team series by Barry J. Hutchison — Sci-Fi — Story 3, Craft 4, Humor 4 — Recommended
Shot in the Buff by Joan Dash — Cozy nudist camp mystery — Story 3, Craft 4, Humor 4 — Recommended
Oak Island mysteries by Lance Carney — Cozy mystery — Story 3, Craft 3, Humor 4 for one recommended book
The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens — Sci-Fi — Story 4, Craft 5, Humor 5 — Highly recommended
The Liturgical Mysteries by Mark Schweizer — Cozy mystery — Story 4, Craft 5, Humor 5 — Highly recommended