Funny / The Kane Chronicles

In General

  • Like in Percy Jackson and the Olympians by the same author, the chapter titles often only make sense in context. But they're nearly always hilarious out of it.
    • Highlights from ToF: "We tame a Seven-Thousand-Pound Hummingbird", "The Ice Cream Man Plots Our Death", "The Revenge of Bullwinkle the Moose God", and "We Visit the House of the Helpful Hippo".
      • How about "Camels Are Evil..." and "...But Not As Evil As Romans"
      • "Major Delays at Waterloo Station (We Apologise for the Giant Baboon)"
      • "Men Asking For Directions and Other Signs of the Apocalypse"
  • Carter and Sadie squabbling over the mic, and the occasional mention of what's going on while they're recording. Doubly funny if you're listening to the audiobook version.

The Red Pyramid

  • "Somebody get a can opener, I've got a god stuck in my head!
  • "You got your head cut off?" "I got better."
  • How does Bast justify stealing a car?
    Bast: My dear, I am a cat. Everything I see is mine.
  • This one appeals to myth experts: Anubis threatens Sadie with the still-to-be-invented mouth closer ritual.
  • Carter and Sadie come face to face with the Rosetta Stone.
    Carter: The Rosetta Stone.
    Sadie: Isn't that a computer program?
  • Sadie getting Shezmu's secret name.
    Sadie: And so your friends call you what... Shezzy? Bloodsiekins?
    Shezmu: I have no friends! But if I did they would call me Slaughterer of Souls, Fierce of Face! But I don't have any friends, so my name is not in danger! Ha ha ha!
    Shezmu: GAAAAHHHH! How do they always know?

The Throne Of Fire

  • "Oh noes, vegetables!"
    • Said by king-of-all-gods Ra, no less.
  • One word: Penguins.
    • "Penguin in the fireplace if anyone's interested."
    • Expanding on that, anything Felix does or says is funny to some degree.
    Felix: Yes! I found my path. I'm supposed to follow the god of ice!
    Carter: There's a god of ice? Egypt is a desert. Who's the ice god?
    Felix: I have no idea!
  • Camels are evil...
  • Ptah explaining how words can get him into trouble.
    Ptah: "Once, just for fun, I made up the word platypus and..." instantly a duck billed furry thing appeared on the floor scrabbling around in a panic "Oh dear, yes that's exactly what happened."
  • Set's introduction in Throne of Fire. Apparently, he likes the name "Rockin' Red Reaper" better than "Evil Day". Then again who wouldn't?
  • In the audiobook version, Carter's "I don't think I could've been more surprised if Bes had said 'By the way, you're leaning against a hydrogen bomb'" because the latter is said in Bes's voice.
  • The graphic novel is worth a look just to see Bes and his "ugly outfit."

The Serpent's Shadow

  • Shelby is both adorable and hilarious beating the enemy magicians on the butt with her wand and chanting 'Die, die'.
  • The interactions between Drew and Sadie are this and awesome.
  • "Sadie, please do not call the Destroyer of Souls 'poochiekins'."
  • The return of Hindenburg the camel. "If you're confused think how the criosphynx felt."
  • The chapter where Amos/Set is fighting with Sarah Jacobi. Sadie rushes in to help her uncle, only to be nearly killed by Jacobi, and then Walt/Anubis steps in and takes care of her. The words exchanged between Set and Anubis is just lulzy:
    Set: "That's my boy!"
    Anubis: "Shut up, Father."
  • Carter's narration about Sadie's attempts in crafting magical statues.
    Last week she'd created a magical Thermos with googly eyes that levitated around the room, yelling, “EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!” until it smacked me in the head.
    • That one could not be a more obvious Shout-Out to Doctor Who...
    • Clearly Sadie is a huge fan, because who else could she be channeling when she tricks the goddess Neith into believing in a jelly baby conspiracy in a display of rapid fire stories half-remembered from a past encounter with her grandfather's veteran friend in the spur of a moment, while deviously scribbling down the glyph for a protection barrier as the sun slowly set towards their victory?