Funny Fantasy

This months’ theme is humor, and the fantasy genre is a good place to find funny books. Some people think the pun is the lowest form of wit, while others counter that that means the pun is the foundation of all wit. If you hold the latter opinion, you’ll love Piers Anthony’s Xanth series. The first book in the series is A Spell for Chameleon, and it’s set in a land where everyone has magic–except one person. I don’t know how many books are in the series now (I got tired of them several years ago), but they get even punnier as the series progresses.

If you enjoy good banter, then you’ll enjoy the dialogue in Lindsay Buroker’s books, particularly in her Emperor’s Edge series. A former enforcer tries to get back into good graces with the emperor by rounding up an unlikely group of men to do unlikely good deeds. The first book is perma-free, so it’s worth checking out — though you might wind up reading the entire series! Another fun series is the steampunk Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. The first book in the series is Soulless.

Finally, if you just want a comic situation, I recomment Off to Be the Wizard. It’s about a computer programmer who discovers how to hack reality but discovers it’s too easy to get into trouble in our time. He seeks refuge in the Middle Ages, only to discover he’s not the only “wizard” around….

What are your favorite funny fantasy books?



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