The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize is awarded every year in the UK for comic literature. This sounded like a treasure chest for my Amazon wish-list, but clicking through the descriptions, black comedy and tragicomedy - not even "quirky," which would be the lite versions of those - seem to dominate. A Fraction of The Whole looks like it might be just plain funny, but apparently we don't do that so much anymore.
I don't doubt I would like many of these at least somewhat. Terry Pratchett has always seemed to me to be a cross between Xanth and Hitchhiker's Guide and not so appealing years later, but I have liked bits that I have had described to me. The others listed - except maybe that Ukrainian Tractors thing - seem too drenched in irony, or nuance, or something. Yet, seeing that even I don't like the humorous styles I used to love, it may be the age. Some other generation may have to reclaim simple humor.
Does anyone know anything about the others?
Or you could just comment about book-humor in general.