I have a new post with three recommendations for you.
I love when a book makes me laugh out loud. Here’s the thing, though. It’s somewhat rare in Science Fiction & Fantasy? I wish publishers put more emphasis on authors with a talent for humor. Sure, some authors try to sprinkle humor into their prose to lift the mood but more often than not, the lines don’t land very well. Both adult and young adult Science Fiction & Fantasy has this rarity where that talent for understanding the pause in written form is brilliant when you find it.
Here are the SFF books that made me fall of my chair.
The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken is more of a romance with a high emphasis on plot and world-building than what’s typical for Romance novels. Highly recommend it for crazy sauce, laughs, and buff ladies—bonus points for giving the finger to scriptwriters of Game of Thrones. Essentially, read this if you want a hilarious Brienne of Tarth.
Gideon the Ninth made me chuckle. This is a space opera, sprinkled with gothic aesthetics and asshole gays. It’s not unknown to be full of memes, and that’s accurate. It’s very meta. If you like funny assholes, definitely read this. I love this book, but it’s made many people pull their hair out for reasons having to do with the aforementioned asshole. There’s sarcasm, gothic gays, and murder.
The Bone Maker is like a cyclone of gothic aesthetics. If you like the innate gothness of Gideon the Ninth but want fantasy and prose that’s beautiful but still simplistic, pick this one up. At its heart, this one is about found family and breaking the law, and even your ethics, for the ones you love most. Again with the funny assholes. What I loved most is that the characters hurting most used humor to deal with their trauma, something many of us know with familiarity. The mixture of Romance tropes and Fantasy tropes kept me vibing and living the whole way through. I loved every bit of this, from the quiet romantic moments to the heartbreaks between friends.
I must have a thing for hilarious lady assholes. Just gotta love those goth magicians, though.