Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that currently resides at The Artsy Reader Girl and features bloggers sharing lists on various book topics. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday participants are tasked with listing their top ten favourite hilarious book titles. This was an intriguing topic that I was quite interested in having a go at. There are some fun book titles out there, usually associated with some entertaining books or comics, and I had a great time going through some of my favourite books to figure out which titles were the most amusing or hilarious.
This proved to be a slightly difficult list to come up with, and I had to dig deep to find a full ten books to feature on this list. However, I endured and managed to pull together a full list, as well as a good honourable mentions section, and all the entries featured below have fantastically entertaining titles, as well as some great stories to match them. I love all the titles of the books below, although in a few places I used a bit of context of both the specific book’s story and the rest of the series. I am pretty happy with the results below and I think this represents my favourite books with the most hilarious book titles.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra: Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit by Kieron Gillen
This comic series has several great titles for its volumes (Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon is one of my favourites), however I think Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit was the most entertaining, especially if you know how much Doctor Aphra loves money and how likely her plans are to backfire.
The Trouble with Peace by Joe Abercrombie
Yeah, peace is never really an option in one of Joe Abercrombie’s dark fantasy books, so this was a rather apt and fun title.
Firefly: The Magnificent Nine by James Lovegrove
Who doesn’t enjoy a title that parodies classic western film, The Magnificent Seven? This time we have it with the cast of the iconic Firefly television series, with a fantastic matching plot to boot.
Runaways: Rock Zombies by Terry Moore
Refers to the Runaways facing off against literal zombies created by rock music, love it!
Top Ten List:
How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It by K. J. Parker
The first book on this list is the fantastic fantasy novel, How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It. Part of Parker’s Siege series, which features two other books with fun titles (Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City and A Practical Guide to Conquering the World), however, I love this book’s title the best. How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It is such an eye-catching and humorous title, especially when the narrative literally shows how a simple actor and writer was able to take over his nation and eventually escape from the responsibilities in some entertaining and hilarious ways. A truly awesome book with an outstanding title.
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
There was very little chance I wasn’t going to feature any of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels on this list, as Pratchett came up with some amazing titles for all his books. Most of these titles are strongly connected to the stories they are associated with, and that context generally adds to the cleverness and comedy of the book’s names in some great ways. I honestly could have featured 10 Pratchett books with hilarious titles on this list alone, but I figured I would limit it too only a few. The first example of this is Equal Rites, the third book in the Discworld series. While this isn’t my absolute favourite Discworld book, I love the title, especially as it is a very clever pun that ties into the story extremely well. The book Equal Rites is about a young girl gifted with a wizard’s staff and magic, which is completely the wrong sort of magic for a woman in this universe. Determined to gain this power, she, her sentient staff and the witch Granny Weatherwax, travel to male-only Unseen University so she can try and learn wizard’s magic, only to experience ridicule. As such, Equal Rites refers to both the female magic user trying to get equality with her male peers (equal rights you could say) and access to their magic (or magical rites). I love the simple, but very clever, pun of this book, and the novel itself is a very fun early entry from this supremely talented author.
The Bookkeeper’s Skull by Justin D. Hill
Now this Warhammer 40,000 book might a dark horror/mystery novel about a science fiction farming community experiencing a series of brutal murders, but it has a very fun title to it. The Bookkeeper’s Skull definitely made me chuckle when I saw it for the first time, and it fits into the resultant story really well.
A Comedy of Terrors by Lindsey Davis
I love puns, what can I say! Most of Lindsey Davis’ Flavia Albia novels (and her preceding Falco series) have fun and entertaining titles, but my favourite is A Comedy of Terrors, which, with a simple one letter addition to a classic phrase, gives an apt new meaning to it. I had fun with this book, and it was a clever little change that fit the story very well.
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
I also had to featured Witches Abroad on this list as it is such a fantastic title as well as being one of the more entertaining Discworld novels. The title of this book, Witches Abroad, continues the naming conventions associated with the sub-series around the Lancre witches started in Wyrd Sisters by using quotes from Macbeth. However, rather than being a reference to the witches being out and causing mischief, the title of this book literally refers to the witches being abroad on a holiday. This was a continuation of a joke in Wyrd Sisters, and I always have a chuckle at how this name came about.
X-Factor: Invisible Woman Has Vanished by Peter David
Throughout its awesome run, the X-Factor comics had some of the most entertaining stories going in Marvel comics at the time. Loaded with fun and entertaining stories based around the mutant private investigators known as X-Factor, this is one of my favourite comic series of all times and is really worth a read. This series had several great titles, but my favourite and the most hilarious was Invisible Woman Has Vanished. A play of a fun joke at the front of the story, this title is very catchy with its ridiculousness, and I loved it so much. It helps that its associated volume does have a great story about the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman literally going missing and is definitely worth a read.
Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Best Left on the Drawing Board by Vince Houghton
The title says it all when it comes to this great non-fiction book about the stupidest military plans, technology and intelligence gathering plans in history. There are some really insane plots in the book, and spoiler alert, they really did consider nuking the moon.
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
The final Discworld title I have on this list belongs to the very entertaining and impressive Going Postal. This is another great title, especially when seen in the context of the story about a notorious conman forced to reopen a cursed post office. Initially very reluctant to join into the insane postal process, he eventually becomes a dedicated postman as the book progress, while also losing his mind to a degree. As such the title cleverly references both his change in demeaner, and the craziness of postal work that the saying usually refers to. Not only do I deeply enjoy Going Postal’s very fitting title, but it is probably one of Pratchett’s better books with a unique and fantastic style to it.
Anyone who knows anything about Star Trek will appreciate the fun title for this John Scalzi science fiction parody novel. Redshirts does exactly what it says on the tin, providing readers with a fun tale of death and destruction from the perspective of the lowly redshirts, the ultra-expendable crew who find themselves getting killed off on every away mission. The moment I saw this title I knew I was going to have a hilarious time with this book, and I really did as it was a great and funny book.
The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
Finally, I had to include this awesome book from Jasper Fforde on this as it has a great title to it. The Constant Rabbit is a very eye-catching and entertaining title, but even after seeing it you are still unprepared for the exceedingly funny book about sentient, human-sized rabbits who have been created in England and have started a whole new race war there. I loved the title of this book, and it is a very clever and hilarious standalone novel to check out.
Well, that’s the end of this latest list. I hope you enjoyed the fun titles above, I honestly find them all pretty hilarious, and these entries are great reads to check out. Let me know in the comments which titles you liked the most and link in your versions to this list as well.