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I totally LOL’ed

28 March, 2010

I love it when a book makes me laugh out loud. I read everywhere — busses, trains, airplanes, walking down the sidewalk, walking down the hall — so it means I’m sometimes that person laughing awkwardly to herself in public, but a laugh-out-loud book is totally worth it. I don’t think of myself as a comedic writer, but I would consider it a high compliment if I succeeded in sneaking a few LOL lines into my novels.

This passage from Diana Wynne Jones’s Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories made me LOL, then read it out loud to my man, then laugh again:

All this time, the Vicar’s voice kept coming over the loudspeakers saying, “One. Two. Three. Testing,” mixed with howls and squalls. As we came out of the tent, he said “Ninety-nine!” followed by a noise like God eating celery and the band started to play outside the beer tent. The Fat Wizard’s large shiny Bentley was bumping slowly across the field toward the Vicar. Auntie May got quickly to the back of the crowd.

“I’m sure CRUNCH CHOMP needs no introduction from THUNDERCLAP,” the loudspeakers said as the car stopped and George sprang out dressed as a chauffeur. “We are delighted SQUASH welcome CLATTER once again to TEATRAYS RUN OVER BY LORRY our little Fete.”

(note that, like many Americans, I find British words like ‘lorry’ inherently funny, but I still think this section is pretty great)

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