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Amusing Reading Recommendation

Post by Captain Brillo » Wed May 16, 2018 11:42 pm

"Year Zero" by Rob Reid

Earth is at stake: a little mistaken identity lands a copyright lawyer in a mess of aliens, music, royalties, piracy, save-earth-from-destruction, a surprise appearance by Bill Gates and the most amazing, hilarious, and obviously true twist at the end. (a wonderful example of the issue of the Oxford comma there)
This is a hugely fun and light-hearted book in a grim time. An accidental find I wouldn't have missed for the world.

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Re: Amusing Reading Recommendation

Post by AndyMH » Thu May 17, 2018 7:45 am

Hitchhikers guide - Douglas Adams
The colour of magic - the first Terry Pratchett discworld
The lost continent - Bill Bryson
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Re: Amusing Reading Recommendation

Post by absque fenestris » Thu May 17, 2018 7:53 am

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes (1989)
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Re: Amusing Reading Recommendation

Post by giuliogabrieli » Thu May 17, 2018 8:47 am

The Man in the High Castle (P. Dick)
One of the best sci-fi book I've read recently.
What if Germany and Japan were the winners of WWII? And what if someone wrote an alternate history book were the USA won the war?

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Re: Amusing Reading Recommendation

Post by Faust » Thu May 17, 2018 9:14 am

absque fenestris wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 7:53 am
A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes (1989)
Yep .... that's a good read !

I suggest -
Millroy the Magician by Paul Theroux

It's an entertaining novel with the power to change people's views on consumerism in general , and junk food in particular .
Great book for adults and kids alike !
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The modern reality and the satirical parody are rapidly converging .

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Re: Amusing Reading Recommendation

Post by lsemmens » Thu May 17, 2018 9:27 am

I must be boring, All I've been reading of late have been Perl, HTML, PHP and Java tutorials with little progress to solving my problem. :D Anyway, not a topic for this thread!
I agree "Hitchhikers" is a good read. I watched the Netflix rendition just recently which was "interesting" though the movie was a little closer to the original.
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Re: Amusing Reading Recommendation

Post by BenTrabetere » Thu May 17, 2018 11:46 am

If you find Tolkein's prose a bit too prolix, Bored of the Rings is a nice diversion. It is a proper skewering of tales where much of the storyline is about walking. I still get a giggle from: Bromosel looked up to the top of the page and winced. "At least another chapter to go," he groaned.

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Re: Amusing Reading Recommendation

Post by KBD47 » Thu May 17, 2018 2:34 pm

Captain Brillo wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 11:42 pm
"Year Zero" by Rob Reid

Earth is at stake: a little mistaken identity lands a copyright lawyer in a mess of aliens, music, royalties, piracy, save-earth-from-destruction, a surprise appearance by Bill Gates and the most amazing, hilarious, and obviously true twist at the end. (a wonderful example of the issue of the Oxford comma there)
This is a hugely fun and light-hearted book in a grim time. An accidental find I wouldn't have missed for the world.
I've got that book in my digital library waiting to be read :)
Thanks for reminding me!

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