I just got my new library card at the city to which I moved, but I don't want to do anything too scholarly with it. Recommend me something which a library might have that fits my definition of fun (and not my definition of anti-fun.) Thanks! Fun: Early 20th century swashbucklers (d'Orczy, Sabatini), mid-century thrillers (William Goldman, Ira Levin), certain scifi/fantasy (Lieber, Vance, Bester, LeGuin, Mieville when not writing in sheer purple, Scott Lynch, Tim Powers), mysteries with a sense of fun (Carl Hiaasen), mindscrew books that owe a debt to Joyce (Italo Calvino, Flann O'Brien, Vonnegut) Anti-fun: Most romance novels, most 'beach reading' (Pat Conroy, Ya-Ya Sisterhood), scifi/fantasy that takes itself way too seriously and comes in fifty volumes (Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan), scifi/fantasy that is really not scifi/fantasy as far as I can tell (most kick-butt girl urban fantasy a la Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse), very serious mysteries that air commercials on true-crime channels (Patterson, Ellroy), jerky authors or bad writing or both (Ayn Rand, Christopher Paolini) I will be at the library for another hour-ish. I am getting a book of knitted jacket patterns, but that makes for none too exciting reading. Thanks, denizens of the internet. Addendum: I considered Steven Brust and Glen Cook when writing this, too, but have not read them. Would I like either or both?