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So You Want to Read Comedic Fantasy: Here’s Where to Start

Fantasy fiction is serious business, until it isn’t. While we love our multi-volume doorstoppers and grimdark epics as much as the next reader, sometimes it’s fun to let loose and look for a laugh. Enter comedic fantasy. There are plenty of contemporary fantasy writers who know their way around a joke, and if you’re looking for a laugh, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are our suggestions for the humor-hungry bookworm.

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    Kill the Farm Boy Book Cover Picture
    Kill the Farm Boy Book Cover Picture

    Kill the Farm Boy

    by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson

    Iron Druid Chronicles author Kevin Hearne and Star Wars: Phasma author Delilah S. Dawson’s Kill the Farm Boy is a take-no-prisoners comedy assault on the high fantasy genre, complete with a trash-talking goat, necromancer named Steve, and a Dark Lord who is a bit of a turophile — a cheese lover, that is.
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    Kill the Farm Boy Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Hike Book Cover Picture

    The Hike

    by Drew Magary

    Drew Magary’s fantasy novel The Hike is one of the strangest and funniest contributions to the genre that I’ve read in the last few years. It’s the story of a guy whose short walk in the woods turns into an epic journey across a fantasy world populated with hungry giantesses, witheringly sarcastic crabs, dog-men, and dwarves.
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    The Hike Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Tough Guide to Fantasyland Book Cover Picture

    The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

    by Diana Wynne Jones

    The Tough Guide to Fantasy Land is your travel guide to the fantasy worlds of your favorite authors. Which ones? All of them! Jones parodic masterwork skewers the fantasy tropes that all of us know and love, from magic swords to dark lords.
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    The Tough Guide to Fantasyland Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $9.99

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    To Say Nothing of the Dog Book Cover Picture

    To Say Nothing of the Dog

    by Connie Willis

    The invention of the time machine has opened up the past to historians in a way that their forebears could only dream of. There are rules, though: You aren’t supposed to bring anything back with you from the past — least of all a cat. Now an overworked Oxford Don has to return to the 19th century to set things right. To Say Nothing of the Dog is part of the same universe as The Doomsday Book, but a heck of a lot funnier.
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    To Say Nothing of the Dog Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $7.99

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    Heroine's Journey Book Cover Picture

    Heroine’s Journey

    by Sarah Kuhn

    Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex novels stand as proof that you can find big laughs in other forms of fantastic literature. In her case, superhero fiction. Heroine Complex is about a former personal assistant to an A-list superhero whose life turns upside down when she discovers her own powers.
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    Heroine's Journey Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.00

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