Try Christopher Moore. Read and loved Lamb(Gospel from Jesus best friend Biff), You Suck(Stupid and disfunctional vampires) and The Stupiest Angel(Angel tries to grant a kids Xmas wish and creates mayhem). Plus he's from Ohio, if that matters. Maybe thats why his humor is a little demented.
"It's hard to go wrong with anything by Douglas Adams, Dave Barry or Carl Hiaasen."
Found a book by Dave Barry hidden on a shelf at home. Funny stuff. Appreciate the recommendation. I hope to get to the other authors as well, but I've been trying to get through some of the books that folks have pointed out.
Believe it or not, the funniest book I've recently read is Michael Lewis' Boomerang. It's about the financial crisis but it read like a comedy routine to me. His basic premise is that nations have characters which are reflected in what they chose to do with all of the money that could be borrowed before the financial crash. Sometimes he'd make you laugh early on and then re-apply the punchline throughout the chapter like he did with his man vs woman thing in Iceland. Other times he would build and build a story and then floor you with the punch line like he did with German's and crap. I was literally lol throughout the book. Funny and informative at the same time. I must warn you though, some people were apparently offended by his characterizations of some nations.
I'm currently reading You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News by Cracked.com. It's just a collection of different facts told in a funny way. It's kinda like Asimov's Opus series but trying to be funny. That's a very loose comparison. Did you know that the color pink is has been used in some college locker rooms for the visiting teams? People claimed that it made the visiting team passive and statistics backed them up. Blue has been used to some effect on bridges to discourage people from jumping off of them. Anyways, it's an easy book to pick up and put down whenever you have a few minutes to invest and want a chuckle or two. You can get a feel for it by visiting Cracked.com.
If they trade up a slot, we'll know that for all their analytics, they're doing the same old stupid stuff. - DazeDawg
I don't know if he has anything out of late, but I counted the days until Bill James annual Baseball Almanac came out. The Sabermetrics stuff was over my head, but I loved his snarky writing (his stuff on the fielding prowess of Willie Mays Aikens is a howl). He's probably become enough of an establishment figure within baseball that he's left his attitude behind.
Reread Bill Simmons book. Best book on the NBA ever (though enjoyed Pluto's book on the ABA). As much of a smart ass as Simmons can be, he knows when to be snarky, and when to write some very meaty and well reasoned pieces. For someone who's much younger than me, his grasp of NBA history is outstanding.
Anyone can quibble with where certain players may wind up in his top 100, but it's as smart a list as anyone could compile. And while Bill Russell was my all-time idol in any sport, I guess I can't quibble with his ranking behind Jordan. If anyone else made that claim, I'd have more of an issue with it. But I respect Simmons opinion so much, I'll let it go.
This is a bit old skool but Jean Shepherd - "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters" is very funny stuff IMO. The book is a compilation of short stories from Shepherd's youth. The style is similar fashion to "A Christmas Story" - which you may already be familiar with. The man has a way with the English language like none other.
He also wrote "In God We Trust - All Others Pay Cash".