Yes, you. You do. You rock harder than a room full of grandmas on speed. I'll tell you why:
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (#26)
Waaaaaaay back when I wrote about being disappointed with Christopher Moore's Fluke (after being somewhat entertained by Lamb), I lamented the fact that there are so few funny, smart fiction writers out there.
A bunch of you suggested that, if I like Douglas Adams, I should read Terry Pratchett, particularly his novel Good Omens, co-written with Neil Gaiman. So I tracked down a copy (which was way harder than it should have been, for some reason) and ploughed through it in just a couple of nights. And it was perfect.
Not only was it effortlessly funny (my biggest criticism of Moore is that he tries too hard, and it shows), it was also intelligent and unafraid to drop some semi-obscure biblical references on me. The plot hung together throughout the story (Fluke kind of fell apart about two-thirds of the way through, and even Douglas Adams's storylines had a tendency to meander off-course and never return, though he had some good excuses for this), and... AND... most important, my edition of Good Omens was a deliciously, eminently holdable trade paperback, meaning I could read it in bed with one hand while cradling young Master Sam in the other arm.
Like I said, the perfect book.
So thank you, thank you, thank you for recommending such a thoroughly satisfying novel.*
And please, please, please... if you can suggest any other authors -- and specific titles -- in this vein, please do. I'm trying to read The Kite Runner, but I have to take a break every 50 pages or so because -- I'll be honest here -- it's a bit of a downer. I need some intermittent yuks to keep me going.
*ETA: Uh, it seems I've neglected to say what Good Omens is actually about. How about I just use Clive Barker's review quote from the cover: "The Apocalypse has never been funnier!"