What are the best humorous fantasy and science fiction books?

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    #1Good Omens

    Good Omens

    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is a collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Printed in 1990, it's about how the world prepares for the birth of the Son of Satan and the prophesied apocalypse.


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    James Greene
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is a very highly rated humorous sci fi book that fits the bill."
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    #2The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Frank George
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is sort of a childish book. It's good for a young reader, in my opinion. Not something to be taken serious. The movie of this book was also quite weird and odd. It would not be a book I would waste my time on reading."
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    #3The Stainless Steel Rat

    The Stainless Steel Rat

    The Stainless Steel Rat is a science fiction book series written by Harry Harrison. First published in 1957 in the Astounding magazine, it follows the adventure of James Bolivar, a conman, thief, and criminal mastermind.


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    Jack Yi
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Definitely one of the best, if not the best, of Harrison's works. For fans of the Stainless Steel Rat series, this is a must-read. For those unfamiliar with the books, I suggest you pick this one up. It is light and entertaining and a great blend of sci-fi and humor. Hard to put down once you start it."
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    #4Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is a humor and fantasy fiction novel first published in 1964. This book tells the story of Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and five lucky children who got an entry ticket for a tour.


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    Jennifer Dixon
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an amazing piece of fantasy and fun. All the world is candy in Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory! Charlie wins the prize of a lifetime after getting a golden ticket in a chocolate bar that he bought - a tour through with Willy Wonka himself! He takes his grandpa with him and the two experience oddities and fun together with the other golden ticket winners."
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    #5The Stupidest Angel

    The Stupidest Angel

    The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror is the third book in the Pine Cove series written by Christopher Moore. This humor fiction book was published in 2008.


    Benjamin Rios
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a story about Christmas terror, I strongly recommend the novel."
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    Redshirts by John Scalzi is a comic science fiction novel published in 2012. This book follows the story of Andrew Dahl and his exciting and life-threatening Away Missions for the Universal Union Capital Ship, Intrepid. 


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    Cynthia Contreras
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I enjoyed reading this book, but I wouldn't call it groundbreaking. If you are even a little bit of a fan of Star Trek you will have heard/thought/mocked all of these things before. Still funny though. :) It's a quick and easy read, and can make you think a little about the real Trek as you read it, but don't expect too much. "
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    #7Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)

    Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
    Dealing with Dragons is a book by Patricia Wrede that tells a story about Cimorene. She is a unique princess that has all the abilities of a strong man. She became bored with her life as a princess so decided to run away with her dragon.

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    Harry Johnson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I started reading this book after dinner and the next thing I knew it was 3 am. I read the entire book in a few days because I couldn't put it down. Very entertaining sci fi book. "
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    #8Going Postal (Discworld)

    Going Postal (Discworld)

    Going Postal is a fantasy novel by multi-award-winning author, Terry Pratchett. It tells the story of Moist von Lipwig, who gets assigned as the postmaster of the city-state Ankh-Morpork. It is the 33rd book in the Discworld series.


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    Keith Henderson
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This is my favorite series of fantasy books, the author really understands how to weave a narrative that is both humorous and exciting. The characters practically climb off the pages. "
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    #9The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Saanvi Chavan
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Hobbit is a fantastic book so much better than the film version. I love how the writer brought the characters to life in the book. I came to love Bilbo. The adventures of Bilbo and the dwarfs will keep you entertained. A funny suspenseful book for all ages. "
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    #10Witches Abroad (Discworld)

    Witches Abroad (Discworld)

    Witches Abroad is a satirical fantasy novel by well-known British author, Terry Pratchett. It tells the story of a trio of fairy godmothers who set off to a distant country to help the princess. It is the 12th book in the Discworld series.


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    William Stone
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I'm not a fan of the series, but some may like it. This was not my cup of tea."
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    #11Wyrd Sisters

    Wyrd Sisters

    Wyrd Sisters is the sixth book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. This book is a good mix of fictional humor and fantasy. This book was published in 1988 for young readers.


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    Matthew Ortiz
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Overall, this is the start of one of my favourite series of all time. 'Wyrd Sisters' is a really entertaining story, and very cleverly crafted. It's one of my go-to books when someone asks me to recommend them something. Pratchett's writing is super accessible without being in any way dumbed down or juvenile. It's just wonderful, which is why these are some of my favourite comfort books. I can pick them up any time and be happy."
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    #12Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is the first book in Douglas Adams' science fiction and mystery series, Dirk Gently. It was first published in 1987 and was adapted into a television series starring Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood.


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    Parakram Sen
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I quite honestly don't understand the high reviews for this book. Yes, it's funny but definitely not one of his best novels."
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    #13Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend is a 2002 novel by Christopher Moore. It tells the story of Levi bar Alpheus, also called Biff, as he recounts the events of the gospel from his point of view.


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    Grace Meng
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I love lamb the gospel according to biff! It's like the best funny scifi book to come out ever!"
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    #14The Dark Side of the Sun

    The Dark Side of the Sun
    The Dark Side of the Sun is a science fiction novel written by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1976. It tells the story of Dom Salabos, a man who has it all but is still not happy with his lot in life. 

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    Christopher Hudson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "An early work by Terry Pratchett, this is far from his best work. It's good, humorous and displays the author's talents, but it's a bit far from the well developed, insanely brilliant style we're used to from the Discworld novels. "
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    #15The Big U

    The Big U

    The Big U by Neal Stephenson is a science fiction novel originally published in 1984. This is the first book that Stephenson has published. It explores the satirical life on a university campus. This book was followed by Zodiac.


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    Amber Mendoza
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Love, love, love this book! We were trying to find a satirical, sci-fi, sports-themed book for book club and found the perfect story! This book will leave you in stitches while still making your grammar nerd happy. Very well written, 10/10 recommend."
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    #16The Salmon of Doubt

    The Salmon of Doubt
    The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time is a science fiction and humor literary novel written by Douglas Adams. This book was originally published in 2002 by the U.S. Pocket Books.

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    Wayne Contreras
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Rescued from one of the late Douglas Adams' computers after his passing, this is a story, knowing his other works ('A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', et. al.), that gets released just as he would have wanted and leaves us with one last and lasting humorous tale. You HAVE to read this if humor appeals to you, and even if it doesn't. I'm giving it a 5 only because the scale doesn't go to 50."
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    #17Reaper Man (Discworld)

    Reaper Man (Discworld)
    Reaper Man is a fantasy novel by acclaimed author Terry Pratchett. It tells the story of Death, who goes on a vacation after losing his job and causes a backlog of souls to be collected. It is the eleventh book in the Discworld series.

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    Daniel Anderson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Any fan of Terry Pratchett should pick up this book. This book had me laughing during the entire read through. Who knew a story about Death could have such incredible moments of comedy? I would definitely recommend you give this a try. It might even convince you to explore Pratchett's Discworld even more!"


Best What are the best humorous fantasy and science fiction books
1Good OmensBooks 25 Paid
2The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 22 Paid
3The Stainless Steel RatBooks 21 Paid
4Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryBooks 20 Paid
5The Stupidest AngelBooks 18 Paid
6RedshirtsBooks 17 Paid
7Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)Books 16 Paid
8Going Postal (Discworld)Books 11 Paid
9The HobbitBooks 9 Paid
10Witches Abroad (Discworld)Books 7 Paid

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