Thoughtful Thursday: Knock Knock

It’s been a long hard slog through dissertation land. Yesterday I got an email telling me I really will get to defend in April and graduate this semester (Whoohoo!). Also, one my committee members is in the hospital with a heart attack (Crap!). Don’t worry, though, he’s going to be fine. Hopefully. For many reasons, the most important of which is that he is awesome and should not die because of his awesomeness.

So, do you know what this means?

I can start reading fantasy again! Double whoohoo! I haven’t read a fantasy book since Christmas break because I’ve been up to my eyeballs in drafts and revisions and formatting and 8 1/2 hours double-checking citations. And then there was the job interviewing. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s a light spell. And lo, it is good.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsSo, today, my dear readers, we have a new sort of a challenge for you.

Create a fantasy knock-knock joke. The one that makes me laugh the hardest gets the book of their choice from our stacks and also (!) gets to pick my first fantasy book to read after this long drought.

So, tell me a knock-knock joke and list which book I should read. I’ll let you know which one makes me spit my drink I laughed so hard.


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RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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16 comments

  1. Congratulations, Ruth! Now relax!
    I want you to read The Child Thief by Brom.
    http://www.fantasyliterature.com/brom.html

  2. Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    Sauron.
    Sauron who?
    *pause*
    Um…Sauron. You know. Sauron. Lots of rings? Fiery eye of Mordor? Aw, you’ve gotta know–oh screw it. *burns down door with fireball*

    Seriously, Ruth? Fantasy knock knock jokes? Aren’t they bad enough already?

    …for that matter, isn’t some fantasy bad enough already?

  3. I freely admit I have the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy.

    I thought your joke was funny.

  4. oh this bad Ruth..lol…these are all going to be so so bad.

    Knock knock
    Who’s there
    He
    He who
    He who must not be named

    Knock knock
    Who’s There
    Aragorn
    Aragorn who
    Aragorn to ask me inside?

    Knock knock
    Who’s there
    Asgard
    Asgard who?
    Asgard the door while you stay inside.

    There I did it. I wrote three fantasy themed knock knock jokes, You happy Ruth? lol. Oh and Congratulations!

  5. I was wondering who was going to do the Voldemort joke first. I sort of imagined it going:

    Knock Knock
    Who’s there
    *silence*

  6. This reminds me of the Dragon Slayer Academy books that the child read in 2nd grade. You slay the dragons by telling them knock-knock jokes.

    The only joke I could come up with was:

    Knock knock
    Who’s there
    Reed
    Reed who?
    Reed more books.

  7. – Knock knock.
    – Who’s there?
    – A Dance with Dragons.
    – […pause…] No, seriously, who’s there?
    – A Dance with Dragons!
    – […silence…]
    – *sulkily* You were supposed to say “A Dance with Dragons who?”
    – Yes, well, sure, but you were supposed to say who you really are.
    – I TOLD you! I’m A DANCE WITH DRAGONS! I’m the most anticipated fantasy novel since, since forever! Fans will be sleeping three deep in front of every book store once I’m released!
    – Riiiight. And I bet you have the next Locke Lamora novel AND the lost Shakespeare plays with you too, huh?
    – Oh, sod it. *stomps off grumpily*

  8. Knock Knock
    Who’s There?
    Terry Goodkind
    You mean Terry Goodkind, the fantasy author??
    I AM NOT A FANTASY AUTHOR!

  9. okay, Kat, so far you’re in the lead because that one actually made me spit my water.

  10. Knock knock
    who’s there
    Doctor
    Doctor Who
    Yes
    Doctor Who
    Yes
    Doctor Who
    Yes

    knock knock
    who’s there
    Shadow
    Shadowwho?
    Shadowthrone, Shadowfax, Shadow fall, Shadow magic, Shadow Rising, Shadows Linger Shadow Gate . . .

    Knock knock
    Who’s there
    Hermione
    Hermione who?
    Hermione of these do you want?

  11. I choked on the Hermione one if that counts for anything.

  12. Melanie Goldmund /

    Knock, knock
    Who –*door breaks apart* Oh, Alcatraz Smedry.

  13. Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    Ron.
    Ron who?
    Ron away! The spiders are coming!

  14. Ron away! The spiders are coming!

    ***GROAN!***

  15. Okay, Kat, I think you’ve been beaten. Groan worthy jokes are a precious thing.

  16. Only took me the whole weekend to come up with it :D

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