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Lunatics by Dave Barry

Lunatics (edition 2012)

by Dave Barry

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Authors:Dave Barry
Info:Putnam Adult (2012), Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Jan. 2012 Additions

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This book comes with an advisory: "Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel have both written books for children. This is definitely not one of them." It's not, but I love that such a nonsensical book was written for adults. The whole plot line is just silly - everything happens by chance, is misinterpreted, and then leads to something else crazy happening. It's delightful. I laughed out loud at least once a chapter, and most chapters were just a couple of pages. If you want to read something fun that will make you think a little and laugh a lot, this is your book. And the laughs aren't limited to the text itself: a blurb on the back reads "Reading Alan Zweibel makes me laugh out loud. And yet it is not a particularly funny name." - Eric Idle; and the page that dedicates the book to the authors' wives, "who, if we had discussed the idea with them ahead of time, would definitely have discouraged us." ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
It was a terrible book. Rude jokes. Annoying characters. I felt like I was reading the script of an Adam Sandler movie.
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  kelly.falk | Oct 4, 2014 |
Lunatics is a book for those who like ridiculous humor and just want a good laugh. There is nothing deep or earth shattering here. Just pure page turning escapism. A good break from serious literature. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Sep 12, 2014 |
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I like Dave Barry's writing. I do. I enjoy the over-the-top zany tone of this book. But there was less to it than there should have been. I don't know what it was missing for me, but it was something key.

The main problem I had was that it was really predictable. By page 30 I had started calling each shot and by the middle I was thinking, "I'm sure I've seen this movie before." There just wasn't enough new there for me. Can't put my finger on why I feel there was no "there" there, but this book was a disappointment. ( )
  reconditereader | Feb 18, 2014 |
A farcical comedy of errors finds our two "heros" alternately a putz and an asshole traveling around the world. They hate each other but through the bizarre actions and incidents they bring hope to the world. Overall, I enjoyed it, but for a short book, I got tired of it after awhile. ( )
  hoosgracie | Feb 22, 2013 |
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We dedicate this book to our wives,
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who, if we had discussed the idea with them ahead of time, would definitely have discouraged us.
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Before we explain how it all happened, we'd like to take this opportunity, from the get-go, to apologize.

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One of them is a bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form the League of Comic Justice, battling evildoers in the name of . . . Okay, we made that line up. What they do form is a writing team of pure comic genius, and they will have you laughing like idiots.

Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer.

Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day.

The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

Where that all takes them you can't begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration and mayhem.

But what else would you expect from the League of Comic Justice?
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An uproarious tale told in alternating voices follows the stories of a pet shop owner and a curmudgeon who find themselves on the run from police, terrorists, and a pizza chain mascot.

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