Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fighting vainly the old ennui

Bookwise, that is.

I'm in one of those moods where I pick up a book, read a couple of pages, then let it fall listlessly from my hand where it falls to the hand-woven Indian carpet beneath the chaise longue. I am not cheered even when my primitive manservant Gustav plies me with Siberian delicacies. It all seems so tedious.

What books do you recommend to pull me from this slough of despond? Fluffy, my friends. I'm looking for good plot and good humor and no socially redeeming insight whatsover.

It's that or the laudanum. I await your response.

8 comments:

Cowboy Dave Dickerson said...

Simon Silber: Works For Solo Piano is one of the funniest books I've read in at least two years. And for REALLY short punchy fun, check out "Ant Farm" by Simon Rich. Hilarious two- and three-page humor pieces. "The Road Back To Beersheba" is particularly funny for Bible readers.

LKT said...

Excellent! Thank you!

Lynn Bruner said...

I just laughed my way through "The case of the missing books" by Ian Sansom (hapless librarian moves to Ireland only to find he has no books and a decrepit mobile library). I've also been enjoying the Swedish mysteries of Maj Sojwall and Per Wahloo - written in the 1970s - darkly funny and great procedural mysteries.
love from Lynn!

Brian Cole said...

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk?
Or how about Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman?

Anonymous said...

Martha Grimes, "Biting the Moon" and "Dakota."

Rose City Reader said...

Have you read Bridget Jones' Diary? It really is very funny.

And if you decide you want something more inspirational, I am halfway through Anthony Burgess' 99 Novels and it is terrific. It will make you want to read again.

Buffy said...

How about the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde? I think they are great!

LKT said...

Thank you all so very much! I have acquired the Ian Sansom mystery which was on hand at the local library and will track down others.