News room: Top 10 Hilarious Book Dedications

Top 10 Hilarious Book Dedications  by Jessica Barrah

Books are usually dedicated to the people that helped you survive the book writing process – family, friends, writing groups, editors…even pets. But sometimes dedications can be used to settle scores, prove a point, or just to get a laugh.


Here are 10 of the best we’ve found.


Tobias Wolff, This Boy’s Life


Wolff very economically gives us an insight into a fractious family relationship, fitting in a joke, and satisfying dig at his ‘first stepfather’ in just a few words.


My first stepfather used to say that what I didn’t know would fill a book. Well, here it is.



2. Pedram Amini, Fuzzing: Brute Force Vulnerability Discovery


A fantastic ‘back-handed compliment’ (or just profound sarcasm) makes this one of our favourite dedications.


I dedicate this book to George W. Bush, my Commander-in-Chief, whose impressive career advancement despite remedial language skills inspired me to believe that I was capable of authoring a book.



3. Robin Hobb, Ship of Magic


Robin Hobb dedicates her book to two (legal) substances which must have helped countless other writers over the years….


To caffeine and sugar, my companions through many a long night of writing.



4. Rick Riordan, The House of Hades


A playful dedication to Rick Riordan’s readers.


To my wonderful readers:
Sorry about that last cliff-hanger.
Well, no, not really. HAHAHAHA.
But seriously, I love you guys.



5. Babe Walker, Psychos: A White Girl Problems Book


Who’s there for you during those long hours at the laptop? You are! So like Babe Walker, why not dedicate your book to yourself?


Dedicated to the strongest person I know: me



6. Editors of Cracked, You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News


Along with an instantly intriguing title, the dedication to this book is pretty mind-blowing.


For refusing to collapse into an earth-devouring black hole under the force of it own staggering density, we dedicate this book to Theodore Roosevelt’s left testicle.



7. Antoine Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince


A sweetly convoluted dedication to Antoine Saint-Exupery’s childhood friend.


To Leon Werth

I ask children to forgive me for dedicating thie book to a grown-up. I have a serious excuse: this grown up is the best friend I have in the world. I have another excuse: this grown-up can understand everything, even books for children. I have a third excuse: he lives in France where he is hungry and cold. He needs to be comforted. If all these excuses are not enough, then I want to dedicate this book to the child whom this grown-up once was. All grown-ups were children first. (But few of them remember it). So I correct my dedication.

To Leon Werth
when he was a little boy



8. Tad Williams, Otherland books 1-5


Tad Williams dedicated his book series to his father…who still may not know it.


This Book is dedicated to my father Joseph Hill Evans with love.
Actually Dad doesn’t read fiction, so if someone doesn’t tell him about this, he’ll never know.

This Book is dedicated to my father Joseph Hill Evans with love.
As I said before, Dad doesn’t read fiction. He still hasn’t noticed that this thing is dedicated to him. This is Volume Two – let’s see how many more until he catches on.


This is still dedicated to you-know-who, even if he doesn’t.
Maybe we can keep this a secret all the way to the final volume.


My father still hasn’t actually cracked any of the books – so, no, he still hasn’t noticed. I think I’m just going to have to tell him. Maybe I should break it to him gently.

Everyone here who hasn’t had a book dedicated to them, take three steps forward. Whoops, Dad, hang on there for a second…



9. Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys


For those unlucky enough not to be married to /best friends with /closely related to an author, Neil Gaiman has kindly covered every base in his dedication.


You know how it is. You pick up a book, flip to the dedication, and find that, once again, the author has dedicated a book to someone else and not to you.
Not this time.
Because we haven’t yet met/have only a glancing acquaintance/are just crazy about each other/haven’t seen each other in much too long/are in some way related/will never meet, but will, I trust, despite that, always think fondly of each other….
This one’s for you.
With you know what, and you probably know why.



10. e.e.cummings, No Thanks


Finally, to poet e.e.cummings, an inspiration to self-publishing authors. After fourteen failures to get his poems published, he borrowed money from his mother, and published them himself. Changing the book title from ‘70 Poems’ to ‘No Thanks’ he created a dedication poem in the shape of a funeral urn, made up of the names of the publishers who had rejected him.


NO
THANKS
TO
Farrar & Rinehart
Simon & Schuster
Coward-McGann
Limited Editions
Harcourt, Brace
Random House
Equinox Press
Smith & Hass
Viking Press
Knopf
Dutton
Harper’s
Scribner’s
Covici-Friede



Who would you dedicate your book to? We’d love to know!




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21/07/2015
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