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Subject: Looking for next Christopher Moore & Carl Hiaasen
Date Posted: 1/26/2008 12:47 AM ET
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I've been doing a lot of 'serious' reading and I'm starting school again on monday (organic chem & physical chem, yikes!) so I want something easy, fun & funny to read.  I read A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore & Skinny Dip & Nature Girl be Carl Hiaasen and I'd like to read more by either of those authors.  What other books of theirs are the best? 

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 6:21 PM ET
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Get  Lamb by Christopher Moore.  Very funny!!  I wish more of his books were available here  :)

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 6:24 PM ET
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Definitely get Lamb!  Funniest book ever and worth paying full price for.  I'm especially fond of Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends and the sequel, You Suck,  too.  But Lamb is the hands down winner.

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 7:27 PM ET
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ALL of Hiaasen's books (excluding the books written for children) are absolutely hilarious! Get them read them.......enjoy!

9 different titles are available on PBS:

Native Tongue, Basket Case, Tourist Season, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Skin Tight and Double Whammy.

They are very funny!





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Date Posted: 1/26/2008 11:04 PM ET
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Try something by Tim Dorsey or Laurence Shames They are even funnier than Hiaasen! I have read them all, anything of Dorsey's is great (its a series) My favorites of Shames are "Welcome to Paradise" and "Florida Straits" but they are all good.

Date Posted: 1/29/2008 10:25 PM ET
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I will also vote for "Lamb" as the funniest 'damned' book I've ever read...haha!  It's funny, but not light reading.

I've got "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" on my TBR pile...I've heard it's another good one.

A few years ago I read a book called "happyness" which was about a guy who fakes a self-help book and it really cracked me up.

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 11:20 AM ET
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I think all of Christopher Moore books are great, Lamb is great and one of the first I read.

Bloodsucking feinds is one of my favs,, You Suck was just as good but make sure to read it second.

OH try reading the Moore books in order of publication because some of the characters mentioned in some appear in the other books.

Plus if you like Moore try Terry Pratchett or Jasper FForde, similar type of humor.

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 11:26 AM ET
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Hiaasen - I recommend Lucky You - a hilarious story about two lottery ticket winners

Moore - I recommend Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck! (the exclamation point is part of the book title).  They should be read in that order as You Suck! is the sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends.   If at all possible, I also recommending listening to the unabridged AUDIO versions of these books - especially You Suck!.   There is a character in You Suck! (the young goth vamp wannabe) that the narrator of those books has down pat.  I was listening to it while driving in the car and laughing so much that the people in the cars next to me probably thought I was crazy :-)

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 3:29 PM ET
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Brian Wiprud also writes very much in that style.  New York setting, and the main protagonist (in some) is a taxidermy dealer - rents stuffed animals to movies, etc.  HIs brother, a small time hood is the protagonist in the others.

Subject: Christopher Moore
Date Posted: 1/30/2008 11:04 PM ET
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I, too, just loved Lamb.  I've given away so many copies I've lost track.  But I didn't care for "Fluke" at all.  I'm on the wait list here for all of his others. 

Terry Prachett's Discworld novels are great, too.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 9:31 AM ET
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Hiassen's "Native Tongue" is hilarious.  In addition, his writing highlights the natural (and vanishing) beauty of Florida without being preachy.  A true artist.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 9:53 AM ET
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If you read Hiaasen's "Skin Tight".....just picture Geraldo Rivera as the reporter.  OMG, I died laughing!!