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This Is My Funniest [Library Binding]

M. Resnick

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Book Description

October 2006
This collection of 29 short stories from masters of science fiction—each tale chosen by the authors as the funniest they have ever written—presents wildly hilarious stories accompanied by prefaces written by the authors providing valuable insight into their selection and themselves. Featured contributors include David Brin, Esther Friesner, Harry Turtledove, Connie Willis, and many more, with stories such as “Amanda and the Alien,” “Franz Kafka, Superhero!,” “Space Rats of the CCC,” “The Soul Selects Her Own Society,” and ”Too Hot to Hoot”.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (October 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417768169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417768165
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School—Each story in this collection by 29 contributors is introduced in a note that gives readers some background such as why/when it was written and/or why Resnick chose it for this anthology. Some are send-ups of specific types of writing, such as space opera (Harry Harrison), fantasy/romance crossover (Esther Friesner), academic literary criticism (Connie Willis), and Greek myth (Harry Turtledove). Others are the imagined results of certain situations: LSD in New York City's water supply (written in the mid-'60s by William Tenn), contemporary California girl meets dangerous alien (Robert Silverberg), simultaneous periods and PMS in a village of warrior women (Jody Lynn Nye), an alien on a talk radio show tells certain truths to the human race (Nick DiChario). All are truly funny. Fans will recognize many of the authors listed above and others such as Joe Haldeman, Robert Scheckley, Jane Yolen, Jack McDevitt, and David Gerrold. Despite the humor, this collection will appeal primarily to science fiction readers.—Sandy Freund, Patrick Henry Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review

"Grins and smiles. . . . The perfect book for a trip, or a guest room, or a gift, or just for fun."  —Analog SF online
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible science fiction comedy from great authors Oct. 31 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I couldn't resist reading "This is My Funniest", an anthology of stories collected by Mike Resnick from some of the top science fiction writers. Authors were asked to send what they thought was their funniest story. Every story is a real winner, some I thought really funny. The hardest part about reviewing this collection is that types of humor are varied and people find different things amusing. So this is my take at what I thought were standouts because I laughed out loud when I read them. Other stories were great science fiction. In all, twenty-nine stories are included. An added bonus is each story has a letter from the author explaining their choice which are almost as fun to read as the stories themselves.

The top story in my list is a time travel romance between a husband and wife on their tenth anniversary, titled "Present", by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. It's humorous and horrific both and trust me, this is one premise you won't want to try at home.

Next is "Too Hot to Hoot" by Spider Robinson. It starts with hot sex and a wife nine and a half months pregnant and uses realistic details of their life to find humor, especially with the added twist of an alien.
I think I laughed hardest at "The Soul Selects Her Own Society" by Connie Willis, but then, I fancy myself a poet. An academic paper, this story explains how Emily Dickinson dealt with aliens. Don't forget to read the footnotes.

"A Delightful Comedic Premise" by Barry Malzburg tells the story of a writer seeking work in a series of letters. Several others used similar setups to produce a funny work, including "Usurper Memos" by Josepha Sherman, and "Patent Infringement" by Nancy Kress.
Nick DiCaprio's "Alien Radio" is a delightful spoof of talk radio psychologists, this one by an alien with children. Never forget the children.

In terms of stories I found delightful, "The Lemon Spaghetti-Loud Dynamite-Dribble Day" by William Tenn sent me back to the sixties, "Night of the Cooters" by Howard Waldrop, took me into western land, "The Capo of Darkness" by Laura Resnick, had me amongst mobsters, editor Mike Resnick had me giggling at his basement fairies in "Revolt of the Sugar Plum Fairies" and too many more to highlight.

I rate this anthology five stars because it's a collection worth every penny and it might even make you laugh.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing April 2 2008
By PurpleDiane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Up until now I have enjoyed everything I've read from Mike Resnick (either author or editor), and thought his touch as editor of this book would be golden. I love science fiction and love humor, how could I go wrong? Aaack!

A few of the stories were genuinely funny, but most of them were marginal, and some left me wondering whether parts of the stories had accidently been deleted and no one had noticed. Or perhaps they had fallen into the pile of stories for this book from a pile of stories collected for The Most Pointless Short Stories Ever Published.

Perhaps the humor is in the fact that I bought it... a big practical joke on the science fiction community.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so Collection of Stories Aug. 1 2008
By Steven Woodcock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This collection was a bit of a disappointment to me...when I think "funniest" it's generally NOT these stories. Some were fantastic, some were "meh", and others were just plain boring to me.

Not something I'd go out of my way to get again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the funny part? July 30 2008
By Fran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Maybe I had high expectations from the title of the book or from previous work of Mike Resnick, but this book is disappointing. Some of the stories at most can be categorized as "goofy" but nothing jumps out as being "funny", let alone "funniest".
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars maybe i should keep reading it.... Dec 30 2007
By S. Vasquez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As the working mother of an active pre-k aged young child who has not been to a movie with a rating higher than G in 2 years, and the wife of a TV channel flipper who only stops at auto shows, sports events or war dramas, my personal entertainment moments are few and treasured. So I am draggingly through the first three stories in this collection, and have hardly a snicker as yet and am getting discouraged. But maybe I need to keep reading - as the previous reviewer said, "types of humor are varied and people find different things amusing..." SO maybe i just havent found the story in this book that clicks with my sense of humor yet.

I truly want to give this book a chance, I think I generally like Mike Resnick's stuff and want to give him the benefit of the doubt as an anthology editor. I am unfamiliar with the works of the first authors, and am looking forward to reading the stories included by authors that I know, so will continue with a few more before I reconsider returning it to the bookseller as "not as advertised." (maybe I should just jump to those authors I know?) I will come back here and revise my review if i do find my personal hidden chuckles in this book. I want to give it a better review but We Are Not Amused as of yet...

gotta run, daycare is closed today and I am supposed to be working from home while also entertaining Junior but he says his train tracks are broken and he cant fix them with out help... he wont go away. And no, we are not going to the "Thomas the Train" website on Mommy's computer... sigh.

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