At the recommendation of Viccie I just read the first of what I hope will be all of the Iron Druid books by Kevin Hearne, although Hexed is actually the second in the series. And I must thank you for this Viccie! This was a great find. Humorous on the levels of prose, dialogue and situations, but much more in the sense of a light touch and not taking itself seriously, rather than being an outright comedy. Possibly overly violent for some, but very much comic book violence. And characters I cared about and was intrigued by. Throw in history lessons, a vast array of mythical knowledge and tale telling, pop culture references, Shakespearean quotes, a varied cast of supernatural creatures and you have a book that, while it isn't what you'd call important and doesn't aim for literary greatness, does squarely hit the bullseye of entertaining, amusing, interesting, compelling, eminently readable fiction.
Firstly a huge thank-you to Grasshopper for suggesting that if I liked my fantasy with a large dollop of humour I might enjoy this. I did, very much.
Atticus Sullivan, a 2,000 year old druid, is trying to lead a 'normal' life in a small town in the Arizona desert - as normal a life as anyone can who has pinched a sword that an Irish god thinks is rightfully his and who has been looking for it for the last 2,000 years... Add in various Celtic deities, a coven of polish witches and a giant Irish wolfhound who has fantasies about a harem of black French poodles and you get a splendid romp with plenty of genuinely funny moments.
Being a dog person I particularly enjoyed Atticus's telepathic communications with Oberon, the wolfhound, who is all dog and desires sausages only slightly less than the black French poodles but the whole book was huge fun.
I'll definitely be searching out the next books in the series.