For those of you looking for a fun, quick, fantasy read, then I recommend to you: Heroics for Beginners by John Moore.
And when I say quick, I mean this story moves from point A to point B quick. You just get to know the hero--or wannabe hero in this case--and then it's off to the races to save a kingdom and marry the princess (quite the buxom babe...).
Moore takes all the cliches and uses them to their fullest. The bad guy is a dude named Voltmeter--"he who must be named." I mean, what more do you want? The whole story leads off with a man named "Thunk the Barbarian" and then there's "Eric the Cool." No, I wouldn't count it 'high literature' but, damn, sometimes you've just got to read for fun, right?