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Authors Answer 101 – Books That Make Us Laugh

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Everyone loves a good laugh. There are some funny books out there, but not all of them make us laugh out loud. It takes a special book to make us laugh. The art of comedy is difficult to be successful in. An author who can make the reader laugh has a certain talent. But what we find funny may not be funny for someone else. So, what do we find funny?

laughingQuestion 101 – Which books have made you laugh?

H. Anthe Davis

I don’t read humorous books on purpose, so they sort of have to ambush me with the laughs, and I can’t really remember any off the top of my head.  Terry Pratchett’s stuff amuses me, yes, but it doesn’t make me laugh out loud.  Usually it’s some quirk of character interaction that does it, and I don’t know that any book has done it in a while.

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Authors Answer 87 – Non-Canadian and Non-American Authors

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It’s Canada Day! And Monday is Independence Day. Fireworks, festivals, good food, and fun in the sun. That’s what we think of for both holidays. But many of us just want to enjoy a book. Most readers of this blog are from the USA or Canada, so we hear about authors from North America all the time. But what about the rest of the world?

320px-Flag_of_Canada.svgQuestion 87 – It’s Canada Day! And American Independence Day is in three days. What are some non-American and non-Canadian authors you would recommend?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I have to be honest: I’m not the type of person to pay much attention to the details of an author’s life. Mostly I just know the name of the book and the name of the author, so it’s difficult to come up with any right off the top of my head that wouldn’t be totally obvious, like…

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My Mecha Anime Recommendations

In the process of writing my Mecha that Changed Anime posts, I unavoidably also thought about what I’d say here.

These are my top ten (plus one) favorite mecha anime. (Note there are series with some mecha elements that I’d consider better than some of these, but aren’t quite “mecha” enough to belong on this list: Magic Knight Rayearth, Tekkaman Blade, and FLCL come to mind.)

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Authors Answer 65 – Convince Me to Read Your Genre

People like what they like, but it can be a shame when someone hasn’t given a genre a chance in the first place.

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You know the kind of person who says they don’t like your favourite genre, even though they’ve never read it before? The kind of person who says, “Oh, that’s stupid. Why would anyone read it?” I’m sure you’ve met a few. I know I have. If you are one of those people, these answers are for you!

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 65 – What would you say to someone to convince them to read the genre you write in?

S. R. Carrillo

“Gay angel.” No, seriously. You’d be surprised what an uncommon word combination can do to intrigue someone. And it sums up my genre pretty well, I’d say – queer fantasy. One and done.

Gregory S. Close

If someone is convinced that they don’t like genre x,y or z then it’s hard to convince them to try it.  I’ve found the better approach is to find out what kind of stories a…

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Authors Answer 13 – Give These Authors Some Love

These authors might not be famous, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good.

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Authors have to start somewhere.  They start off as unknowns, struggling to find a foothold in the industry.  They may get lucky and have a great marketing team and publisher, resulting in a bestseller.  But most struggle to make enough to pay the bills.  There are a lot of lesser-known authors out there that are actually quite good.  They just need more exposure.  Although the guy in the picture below is not unknown, you usually don’t see him this young.

382px-Mark_Twain,_Brady-Handy_photo_portrait,_Feb_7,_1871,_cropped Not unknown!

Question 13: Can you recommend an author you enjoy that is not well-known? Why did you choose them?

Elizabeth Rhodes

Earlier in the year I read Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery.  It caught my eye because the setting (post apocalyptic, in a region of the US ruined by war and natural disasters) and protagonist (grieving father with a shady past) felt very similar to what I’d…

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