Well I like Terry Pratchett because he's funny - that's fairly simply. But what's interesting is that when I go through all my funny authors, I find that they are British men - Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, P.G. Wodehouse, Mark Helprin (not entirely British, but he did go to Oxford at least :))... the English part is particuarly interesting, as I have said b/4 I am more than something of an Anglophile, but male? When I go to the library I look at several things before even pulling a book off a shelf and one is definitely the gender of the author - if it's by a man... that's a point against. Except when it comes to funny books. I don't know if women don't try to write funny books or if I'm just not interested... I think it's more the former. Well maybe not... offhand, the only funny female author I can think of that i read is The Spellman Files - those books are funny, but it's an *entirely* different sort of funnyness. They are funny because Izzy is funny and she gets into funny situations. Terry Pratchett, PG Wodehouse... they're funny because the writing itself is funny. I think the same can almost be said about Alexander McCall Smith, in the No. 1 series at least and the 44 Scotland Street. It's a supremely dry sense of humor that I think comes along with being British and to me at least, seems peculiarly (and I mean that in the archaic sense :)) male. And obviously, that's the sense of humor I find funny.
It's not really worth analyzing why that's the case... I think I have that in common with many others, and slapstick just doesn't make it through when it comes to writing (I tend to skim right over anything smacking of an action sequence), it's just interesting to recognize. And it's the only interest I ever have in male authors at all, so it's a good thing there are so many of them. I think Van Reid would fall in this category too, though I've only read one of his books, and I don't remember it that well. I really shouldn't say that's the only interest I have in male books though - I mean I definitely read male classics - though Mark Twain was like the *prototype* for this kind of humor (sorry if I'm overusing ** tonight)- and I did read The Dante Club and that author's other book... and I'm sure there are more... whatever, I seem to be rambling so I guess it's time to stop :) All I know is, I like books like this, and you should all be aware that I'm not a totally single minded reader - sorry if that disappoints :)
on an interesting side note, I once read a Terry Pratchett that had a comment blurb on the back that said "The single funniest English writer" or something like that - and I thought how can they say that? what about PG Wodehouse? then I picked the book up and saw the rest of the quote "... since PG Wodehouse" :) Great minds...
Signing off then... g'night all :)