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While I checked mostly fiction out of the library the other day, I… 
14th-May-2006 09:18 pm
While I checked mostly fiction out of the library the other day, I didn't manage to check out nearly enough fluff. Anyone have favorite fluffy but not insultingly dumb authors or books to recommend?
15th-May-2006 02:01 am (UTC)
I'd recommend:

- Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson
- The Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Just about anything by Jenny Crusie
- Royal Treatment or the Betsy the Vampire Queen series by MaryJanice Davidson.
15th-May-2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
All of the above looks fun, thank you. :)
15th-May-2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Anything by Sue Townsend except Revuilding Coventry--much too serious.
15th-May-2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
The Adrian Mole books look... odd, but interesting. :)
15th-May-2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Tom Robbins. I saw a collection of his short stories in a window the other day and it reminded me that I haven't read anything by him in a while.
15th-May-2006 03:33 am (UTC)
I heartily second the author recommendation, although I don't recommend the book of short writings--it's mostly non-fiction, and pretty mixed wrt quality of writing. I'd go for Jitterbug Perfume, Still Life with Woodpecker, and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. Actually, I think Cowgirls would be more up Joyce's alley than the others.

The new Christopher Moore, A Dirty Job, is out and awesome, and it's the right mix of fluffy and not-dumb.
15th-May-2006 03:34 am (UTC)
Good call with the Christopher Moore - I loved Lamb, but keep forgetting to check out other stuff by him.
15th-May-2006 06:21 am (UTC)
I adore large bits of Sewer, Gas, & Electric, by Matt Ruff. One of his other books, Fool on a Hill, might also fit your description.

I'll second & third the recommendation for Jennifer Crusie. She's great! I recommend starting with Bet Me, Welcome to Temptation, or Charlie All Night.

Also, I don't think of Tom Robbins as fluffy at all, but I discovered him while I was still fairly young and might not have read his books with tongue appropriately in cheek.

Hmmmm - oh yeah! Try Laurence Shames, particularly Florida Straits! I bet it qualifies.
15th-May-2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
Shames looks perfect, thank you. :) I'd meant to go looking at him the last time you mentioned him, and got sidetracked.

Have I mentioned the Tony Valentine books, by James Swain, to you?
15th-May-2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
You're not the first person to recommend Robbins to me; I'll have to give him a try. :)
16th-May-2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
I second Cowgirls, but have enjoyed others of his significantly less. (Haven't read them all, though.)

I did not enjoy the one Cusie I've read so far, but I seem to be in the minority there. It was...too fluffy, and too predictable. (_Faking It_ was the title, and if it's not up to snuff, I'd be happy to hear others are better.)

My current favorite for chick-lit fluff is Lorna Landvik. Charlaine Harris's Sookie books are great, too -- Southern supernatural with some romance thrown in, but not so much it drowns the plot, unlike LKH.

Brendan O'Carroll's books (The Mammy (aka Agnes Browne), The Chisellers, The Granny, The Young Wan) are short, but tasty, and Maeve Binchy is always good for an escape.

Joan Aiken is one of my favorites; a lot of her work is YA, but so are a lot of good books. :)
15th-May-2006 03:34 am (UTC)
Charles de Lint - novels tend to be a slow start, but good and his collections usually have some good stuff

I love Jane Yolen's stuff, if you can get your hands on "Sister Light, Sister Dark" and "White Jenna", I love them. You may want to avoid "Briar Rose" as it has been known to twick people.

For low-level smut, there is always Laurell K Hamilton, not sure if it counts as insultingly dumb, ut it is fluffy.

Enjoy your break!

15th-May-2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
I've read some of de Lint's short stories, and liked them; thanks for the reminder. :)

I do read LKH, and enjoy them, though like most folks, I wish she'd lay off the sex a little and get back to other kinds of action. What I meant by "not insultingly dumb" was that I want fluff, but not bubblegum. Hrms. I'm not sure how else to put it.
17th-May-2006 02:04 pm (UTC) - vorkosigan
Oh... I can't remember, do you read sci-fi? My absolute favorite wonderful bits of "fluff" (I use quotation marks because I actually consider them a bit deeper than fluff, but oh so much fun and such quick reads that you don't realize the depth until the second go-round) are the Vorkosigan books by Lois M. Bujold. They start with Shards of Honor, although you could also alternatively start with The Warrior's Apprentice (the first Miles book; the first two are about his parents). Twisty plots, amazing characterization, and often laugh-out-loud prose (although she gets better as the books go on-- the penultimate book, Civil Campaign, has me guffawing almost every single page). Lots of suffering, though, and some death, although not of major characters. Yet.

Heck, I'd recommend these even if you don't read sci-fi. They're that good.

The Brust Vlad books are also fluffy (fantasy) and a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, although I've been reading a lot of chick lit lately, nothing I'd actually recommend to another person. I'm going to have to read some of the above things...
18th-May-2006 12:23 pm (UTC) - Re: vorkosigan
I do read scifi, but I'm picky about what I read; they've got to have good people and characters and not just a golly-gee factor, you know? :) I'll take a look at the books, thank you!
18th-May-2006 05:31 pm (UTC) - Re: vorkosigan
Yeah, I'm totally with you; there's loads of sci-fi, especially series, that I'm incapable of reading because of the cardboard characters, urgh.

Another thing that hit me last night as I was flipping back through the Bujold books... she definitely gets better as they go on; the later books are exponentially better than the first. Partially because she becomes a better writer, and partially because the characters get older and more developed. I remember being amused by the first several books but not being totally riveted till I got to Memory, which is well along in the series.

I do NOT recommend reading Memory (or Mirror Dance, or Civil Campaign) as your first Vorkosigan book, however-- you need a lot of backstory to get the proper emotional resonance, or even to know what the heck is going on... _Komarr_ might be a decent later-book to start with, if you're not especially taken with the (more fluffy) ones I posted above. But it's better to read them in order. Just be warned that they do get better :)
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