Fantasy Can Be Funny

Swords for Hire: Two of the Most Unlikely Heroes You'll Ever Meet

By Will Allen

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In the ancient kingdom of Parnall, sixteen-year-old Sam Hatcher and an eccentric Royal Guard set out on a mission to rescue the rightful king who has been imprisoned in a faraway dungeon by his evil brother.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

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Minutes before the Earth is scheduled for demolition, Arthur Dent is rescued by his friend Ford Prefect and finds himself traveling the galaxy, armed with only a towel and the ultimate guidebook. Also available on audio.

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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

By William_Goldman

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The classic story of true love, sword-fights, revenge, death and miracles. Also available on audio (abridged) and video.

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The Wee Free Men

By Terry Pratchett

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A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of sixinch- high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

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To Say Nothing of the Dog

By Connie Willis

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Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest. He's been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop's bird stump. It's part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier.

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Waiting for Gertrude: A Graveyard Gothic

By Bill Richardson

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"In Paris's Pere-Lachaise cemetery lie the bones of many renowned departed. It is also home to a large number of stray cats. Now, what if by some strange twist of fate, the souls of the famous were reborn in the cats with their personalities intact? There's Maria Callas, a wilful and imperious diva, wailing late into the night. Earthy, bawdy chanteuse Edith Piaf is a foul-mouthed washerwoman.

"Oscar Wilde is hopelessly in love with Jim Morrison who sadly does not return his affections. Frederic Chopin is as melancholic and deeply contemplative as ever, and in honor of the tradition of leaving love letters at his tomb, he is now the cemetery's postmaster general. Last but not least, Marcel Proust is trying to solve the mystery behind some unusual thefts - someone has stolen Rossini's glass eye and Sarah Bernhardt's leg. Told in a series of amusing set pieces and intercepted letters, this is a delicious tale of intrigue, unrequited love, longstanding quarrels, character assassinations, petty spats, and sorcery that builds to a steady climax at the cats' annual Christmas pageant."

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Yon Ill Wind

By Piers Anthony

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An ordinary family on vacation is blown into the land of Xanth by a tropical storm and must save the kingdom.

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