Top 10 Funniest Novels Ever Written
Ellis is a comic genius that has finally turned to prose. Crooked Little Vein is a detective tale that starts with its hero matching wits with a rat that is pissing in his coffee, and then heads out into America to seek a lost Constitution misplaced by Richard Nixon in a whorehouse. We had to clean soda off of the computer screen before we finished the first page.
Neil Gaiman can't really be called funny, even though we're at a loss to think of a single work that didn't have at least one brilliant joke. Conversely, Terry Pratchett writes some of the funniest books around, but picking one Discworld novel is impossible. We compromised on Good Omens, which was a collaboration that heavily parodies the Omen. Several very helpful theories are put forth in the novel, such as how all albums left in a car eventually become The Best of Queen, and how freeway design is actually a plot by Hell to increase frustration in the world.
To paraphrase Kathleen Madigan, Amanda McKittrick Ros was hilarious, but she had no idea why. Her husband self-published her novel as a tenth wedding anniversary present, and it eventually became the greatest unintentional literary comedy ever written. Tolkien and Lewis would hold reading competitions to see who could get the furthest through the book without laughing. Why is it so funny? Here's a sample of her writing style:
"Speak! Irene! Wife! Woman! Do not sit in silence and allow the blood that now boils in my veins to ooze through cavities of unrestrained passion and trickle down to drench me with its crimson hue!"
Seriously, she's like a real-life Fawful without the rocket hat. The best part is, while finding a physical copy of Irene Iddesleigh costs over $100, it's available on Kindle now for free!