9 Fantasy Books With A Great Sense of Humor
Fantasy novels don't have to be serious melodramas full of deep metaphors and dry heroes. With a good sense of humor, the genre can let the author's personality through, making for an infinitely more entertaining read. The nine books listed here blend the magic and fantastical with witty dialog and funny situations that are sure to make you smile. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
9 Fantasy Books With A Great Sense of Humor
Fun Activities For Fantasy Fans
- Host a magical movie night
- Enter a Magic: The Gathering tournament
- Play a fantasy video game with friends
- Use a Ouija board to contact the spirits
- Create a cosplay of your favorite character
- Have a board game night
- Podcast about your favorite show, movie, or book
- Host a Dungeons and Dragons campaign
Why Do We Laugh?
Reading comical tales can help cheer anyone up, especially during times of stress and grief. Adding elements of fantasy into the mix creates an extra layer of things that can go wrong for the stories' characters, which paves the way for more humorous moments. With that said, we've gathered nine fantasy novels with a great sense of humor, listed here in no particular order.
First up, at #1, we have "Dark Tidings" by Ken Magee. Disgraced wizard Madrick is in possession of a magical scroll with limitless power. Unfortunately, he's lost his ability to cast spells, and when he gets thrown into the executioner's dungeon, he has to depend on a young and incompetent thief named Tung to escape. The scroll sends them a thousand years into the future, where they meet a hacker named Michael. Together, the three of them stumble around as they try to take down a secret organization while running away from evil wizards.
Next, at #2, is "Snowflake" by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. After being left behind by her parents at the age of twenty-five, Lori Belkin has to live on her own with no means of contacting her family. With the help of her friend Cookie, she tries to learn how to be an independent adult. Along the way, she makes a lot of hilarious mistakes, including using her magic pendant to bring one of her drawings to life.
Along the way, she makes a lot of hilarious mistakes, including using her magic pendant to bring one of her drawings to life.
At #3 is "One Ghost Per Serving" by Nina Post. Eric Snackerge spent over a year being possessed by a mischievous spirit named Rex. With his life now in shambles, he joins a yogurt company's unusual competition in order to prove his worth to his family. Unfortunately, some of the people behind the contest are doing everything in their power to make sure that Eric loses, including dispatching attack helicopters to subdue him. In addition to that, he also has to regularly attend self-help meetings with the ghost that once possessed his body.
Next up, at #4, we have "It Happened One Doomsday." Written by Laurence MacNaughton, it's the first entry of his "Dru Jasper" series, which revolves around the eponymous heroine's misadventures as she tries to save the world from evil. As an inexperienced sorceress, Dru is content with staying in her store and selling magical trinkets and crystals to other mages. One day, a man who claims that he's cursed to bring about the apocalypse shows up at her doorstep, and now she's forced to help him in order to prevent the end of the world.
At #5 is "Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them" by Brittanie Charmintine. Waverly Fishwater is a 16-year-old mermaid whose parents force her to transfer to a new school full of other supernatural creatures. There, she falls in love with a vampire, despite knowing that their kind sees mermaid blood as an exotic and highly desirable snack. She soon realizes that something is amiss in the school, and together with her friends, she has to uncover its dark secrets before it's too late.
There, she falls in love with a vampire, despite knowing that their kind sees mermaid blood as an exotic and highly desirable snack.
Next, at #6, is "Remember Why You Fear Me" by Robert Shearman. It's a collection of Shearman's short horror stories, most of which have bizarre and humorous premises. The characters in his tales go through all sorts of odd experiences, such as giving birth to home furniture or becoming roommates with Hitler's dog in Hell. Fans of psychological horror are sure to enjoy these amusingly surreal stories which deal with a lot of heavy themes, such as depression and grief.
Next up, at #7, we have "Escape From Samsara" by Nicky Blue. Barry Harris is a gardener who still lives with his mother. One day, the hedge he's working on suddenly starts talking to him, leading him to go on an adventure that will change his life forever. Now, he travels through time in order to find and rescue his long-lost father from the forces of evil, learning more about his true nature as a ninja along the way.
At #8 is "Apocalypse Cow." Written by Michael Logan, it's the first entry of his eponymous series. When an experimental virus is unleashed on Britain, it turns all the animals in the country into bloodthirsty zombies that engage in sexual intercourse with their victims before eating them. Amidst the chaos, journalist Lesley McBrien finds evidence that the government is behind the outbreak, and with the help of Geldof, a troubled teenager, and an abattoir worker named Terry, she'll have to escape the country in order to share the truth with the world.
When an experimental virus is unleashed on Britain, it turns all the animals in the country into bloodthirsty zombies that engage in sexual intercourse with their victims before eating them.
Finally, at #9, we have "Joe Vampire" by Steven Luna. It tells the story of the eponymous hero, an average person who was accidentally turned into a vampire after a blind date gone wrong. Told through Joe's snarky blog posts, the story follows him as he tries to learn what it's really like to become one of the undead and experiences the ups and downs of being immortal. It's a hilarious tale full of quirky characters, and it features a less-than-glamorous take on the daily life of a vampire.