Fantasy Can Be Funny

Robert Asprin

Skeeve was a magician's apprentice--until an assassin struck and his master was killed. Now, with a purple-tongued demon named Aahz as a companion, he's on a quest to get even.

Sharyn McCrumb

For one fateful weekend, the annual science fiction and fantasy convention, Rubicon, has all but taken over a usually ordinary hotel. Now the halls are alive with Trekkies, tech nerds, and fantasy gamers in their Viking finery, all of them eager to hail their hero, bestselling fantasy author Appin Dungannon: a diminutive despot whose towering ego more than compensates for his 5' 1" height . . . and whose gleeful disdain for his fawning fans is legendary.

Hurling insults and furniture with equal abandon, the terrible, tiny author proceeds to alienate ersatz aliens and make-believe warriors at warp speed. But somewhere between the costume contest and the exhibition Dungeons & Dragons game, Dungannon gets done in. While die-hard fans of Dungannon's seemingly endless sword-and-sorcery series wonder how they'll go on and hucksters wonder how much they can get for the dead man's autograph, a hapless cop wonders, Who would want to kill Appin Dungannon? But the real question, as the harried convention organizers know, is, who wouldn't?

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Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley

It is the year 1,000, and the time has come for the Millennial contest to see whether good or evil will control humanity’s destiny for the next millennium. The demon Azzie Elbub, representative for evil, has a brilliant plan that will win both the contest, and an award for himself. Unfortunately, things do not go off as planned.

Diana Wynne Jones

In this inventive fantasy, Wynne Jones tells of a magical world invaded each year by off-world Pilgrim Parties who participate in orchestrated battles between the powers of good and evil.

Tom Holt

In this story, one man believes he has discovered the hideous truth - that every great civilisation in history has, rather embarrassingly, been founded, run, and then cunningly manipulated by a small gang of devious frogs.

Ray Bradbury

"...he takes us to a most wondrous destination: into the heart of an Eternal Family. They have lived for centuries in a house of legend and mystery in upper Illinois -- and they are not like other midwesterners. Rarely encountered in daylight hours, their children are curious and wild; their old ones have survived since before the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. And some sleep in beds with lids. Now the house is being readied in anticipation of the gala homecoming that will gather together the farflung branches of this odd and remarkable family.

"In the past-midnight stillness can be detected the soft fluttering of Uncle Einars wings. From her realm of sleep, Cecy, the fairest and most special daughter, can feel the approach of many a welcome being -- shapeshifter, telepath, somnambulist, vampire -- as she flies high in the consciousness of bird and bat. But in the midst of eager anticipation, a sense of doom pervades. For the world is changing. And death, no stranger, will always shadow this most singular family..."

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

In the battle between Good and Evil, an angel and a demon set out to thwart their respective bosses’ plans to reach Armageddon. Also available on audio.

Terry Brooks
After purchasing Landover from a catalog, Ben discovers that the ad left out a few minor details. His court scribe is a dog, his wizard can’t do a spell right, and his kingdom is in ruins.
Jean Ferris

A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.

Peter David

A gothic, atmospheric tale rich with tension and unexpected turns of fate, David's fantasy novel introduces the enigmatic Apropos, a man spawned from dark crime and destined for a darker future

Will Allen
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.
Douglas Adams

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.


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

Terry Pratchett

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.

Connie Willis

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.

Bill Richardson

"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."

Piers Anthony

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