Every month, as well as our regular lists of new science fiction, general novels, and mysteries, we pick another genre to profile and list out our favourite new titles. The selection for Other Genre novels this month is humour/satire/black comedy. As the present trend in fiction is towards the paranormal, undead, and vampire novels, some humorous versions of this fiction are included in this selection, with a few normal situation comedies for the less adventurous reader!
Undead and undermined / MaryJanice Davidson.
” Continuation of this popular series, now with a re-vamped cover, finds Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor, who thought she couldn’t die in a morgue? It could have something to do with a time-traveling trip she made, and a foe with a wicked agenda that could finally be the real death of Betsy, if she’s not careful.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Florida roadkill : a novel / Tim Dorsey.Florida Roadkill: A Novel
“Two guys on their way to a fishing trip in the Florida Keys have no idea that $5 million is stashed in the back of their Chrysler. But others do, including an unbalanced trivia buff, his brain-dead partner, and a cocaine-loving stripper.”(adapted Syndetics summary)
Paul is undead : the British zombie invasion / Alan Goldsher.
“In this hilarious chronicle of the zombified Liverpudlians’ rise to fame, “bloody” is no longer just a four-letter word. It’s a way of life for the undead moptops, whose arrival is heralded by the bloodcurdling screams of sanguine American girls who twitch, and writhe, and scratch their own eyes out in manic ecstasy. Using hidden messages in their songs, the Beatles mind-meld millions of delicious fans. That is, until a notorious zombie hunter named Mick arrives, the fierce wiggle of his lithesome hips and shoulders his only defence against a seemingly impenetrable glut of reanimated corpses.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Friends like these / Wendy Harmer.
“Greed, fraud, betrayal and resurrection, this is a search for something to believe in. Jo, recently single, 45-year-old mother of two, is the former deputy headmistress of Sydney’s most exclusive private girls’ school, Darling Point Ladies College. A year ago she was forced to abandon her post in a scandal that had all the social set talking. In fact, they’re still talking. Jo is moving on, but with friends like hers, maybe leaving them behind is her only option.” (adapted from Amazon.com)
How to flirt with a naked werewolf / Molly Harper.
“The first in a new paranormal romantic comedy series about a woman who moves to Alaska and finds love with a handsome, rugged werewolf” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The stray sod country / Patrick McCabe.
“Cullymore in 1958 is a backwater on the border between the north and south of Ireland. This complex literary novel focuses on the daily lives of its Catholic residents and their interactions with each other and Protestant fellow citizens. Central to the story is the outrageous Father Hand whose plans to bring Cullymore to national attention include resurrecting an ancient Easter rite while his parishioners act out the Crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday. The omniscient narrator is a malicious and contrary spirit who, as the story progresses, assumes a more active part by leading some characters to behave in ways they loathe or to believe in and act upon the unreal. “(adapted from Syndetics summary)
Bertie sings the blues / Alexander McCall Smith ; illustrated by Iain McIntosh.
“This seventh satirical instalment of the adventures of the people at 44 Scotland Street. Domestic bliss seems in short supply as over at the Pollocks, dad, Stuart, is harbouring a secret about a secret society and Bertie is feeling kind of blue. Having had enough of his neurotic hot-housing mother, he puts himself up for adoption on eBay. Will he go to the highest bidder or will he have to take matters into his own hands? Will the lovelorn Big Lou find true love on the internet? And will Angus Lordie and Domenica make it up the aisle?” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
About last night / Adele Parks.
“Steph, eternally solid, considerate and dependable, is begging her best friend to lie to the police as she’s desperately trying to conceal two shocking secrets to protect her family. Pip, self-consigned to the role of scatty, frivolous hot-head is overwhelmed; she’s normally the one asking for help in a crisis although never anything as catastrophic as this. Both women have always believed that friendship is built on mutual selflessness, compromise and trust. Are those beliefs now to be tested beyond endurance?” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Attachments / Rainbow Rowell.
“It’s 1999 and for the staff of one newspaper office, the internet is still a novelty. By day, two young women, Beth and Jennifer, spend their hours emailing each other, discussing in hilarious detail every aspect of their lives, from love troubles to family dramas. And by night, Lincoln, a shy, lonely IT guy spends his hours reading every exchange. At first their emails offer a welcome diversion, but as Lincoln unwittingly becomes drawn into their lives, the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realizes just how head-over-heels he really is, it’s way too late to introduce himself. After a series of close encounters, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)