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    Tremor of Intent by Anthony Burgess

Denis Hillier is an aging British agent based in Yugoslavia. His old school friend Roper has defected to the USSR to become one of the evil empire's great scientific minds. Hillier must bring Roper back to England or risk losing his fat retirement bonus. As thoughtful as it is funny, this morality tale of a Secret Service gone mad features sex, gluttony, violence, treachery, and religion.

Year: 1966
Genre: EspionageHumor

    After Things Fell Apart by Ron Goulart

The time is a few decades from now, the place what used to be the United States, now disrupted by internal factionalism as well as a short-lived foreign invasion. Out of this chaotic background Ron Goulart has produced a swift-moving, witty and constantly delightful novel, a story of a future odyssey.

Year: 1970
Genre: HumorNear Future

    Vital Parts by Thomas Berger

The third novel in Thomas Berger’s acclaimed Carlo Reinhart Series, Vital Parts is a stingingly hilarious swipe at twentieth-century culture and mores. Unrestrained and unapologetic, it is a tour de force from a master satirist that stands alongside Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, and the novels of Kurt Vonnegut as a trenchant and funny comment on American life.

Year: 1970
Genre: HumorSatireSuburbia

    End Zone by Don DeLillo

In this triumphantly funny, deeply searching novel, Don DeLillo explores the metaphor of football as war with rich, original zeal.

Year: 1972
Genre: FootballHumorMilitary

    Brothers Keepers by Donald E. Westlake

What will a group of monks do when their two-century-old monastery in New York City is threatened with demolition to make room for a new high-rise? Anything they have to. "Thou Shalt Not Steal" is only the first of the Commandments to be broken as the saintly face off against the unscrupulous over that most sacred of relics, a Park Avenue address.

Year: 1975
Genre: Humor

    A Whiff of Madness by Ron Goulart

Of all the colonized galaxy, the Barnum system was the whackiest. Nobody could ever predict what would likely to happen there, so it was no surprise to newsman Jack Summer when he was sent to check out the King of Laranja East on the planete Peregrine.

Year: 1976
Genre: HumorScience Fiction

    Ratner's Star by Don DeLillo

One of DeLillo's first novels, Ratner's Star follows Billy, the genius adolescent, who is recruited to live in obscurity, underground, as he tries to help a panel of estranged, demented, and yet lovable scientists communicate with beings from outer space.

Year: 1977
Genre: HumorLiterature

    Arthur Rex by Thomas Berger

The myth of King Arthur has been told countless ways since the sixth century, always combining action, adventure, romance, and tragedy. In Arthur Rex, Thomas Berger updates the legend in irreverent fashion, forever changing King Arthur and his Round Table.

Year: 1978
Genre: Arthurian FantasyHumor

    Hello, Lemuria Hello by Ron Goulart

When Ron Goulart gave the publisher of this book the original outline for it, he promised it would be one of the very few novels ever written to be based on the famous "Shaver Mystery" that agitated the world years before the UFO's appeared in the sky. But since this is all taking place in the 21st Century and involves Jake Conger, who has a talent for the invisible, this obviously sheds no light on the late Elvis. Or does it?

Year: 1979
Genre: HumorScience Fiction

    Reinhart's Women by Thomas Berger

Thomas Berger’s modern hero Carlo Reinhart is thrust into the strangest chapter of his life yet. With Reinhart, Berger has created one of the great comic characters of the twentieth century—a man who beautifully represents, and parodies, his moment.

Year: 1981
Genre: HumorSatireSuburbia




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1966Tremor of Intent by Anthony Burgess Humor, Espionage
1970After Things Fell Apart by Ron Goulart Humor, Near Future, Fragmented America
1970Vital Parts by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire, Suburbia, Carlo Reinhart
1972End Zone by Don DeLillo Humor, Military, Football
1975Brothers Keepers by Donald E. Westlake Humor
1976A Whiff of Madness by Ron Goulart Humor, Science Fiction
1977Ratner's Star by Don DeLillo Humor, Literature
1978Arthur Rex by Thomas Berger Arthurian Fantasy, Humor
1979Hello, Lemuria Hello by Ron Goulart Humor, Science Fiction, Jack Conger
1981Reinhart's Women by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire, Suburbia, Carlo Reinhart
1984Hellquad by Ron Goulart Humor, Science Fiction
1984The Big U by Neal Stephenson Humor
1985Nowhere by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire
1985Suicide, Inc. by Ron Goulart Humor, Science Fiction
1987Being Invisible by Thomas Berger Humor, Literature
1988Zodiac by Neal Stephenson Eco-Thriller, Humor
2001Skipping Christmas by John Grisham Humor
2016Zero K by Don DeLillo Humor
2020The Silence by Don DeLillo Humor, Literature, New York City





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