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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
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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 received an ARC of this free from LTER.

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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Two men who despise each other are forced into an increasingly improbable set of escalating events, beginning with the relatively prosaic (a shouting match at a children's soccer game, a stolen lemur) and escalating to the geopolitically important. The book is certainly very funny but for the most part it's not my brand of humor, focusing more on the scatological than I'd prefer.

The story is told in alternating chapters from the viewpoints of the two characters, each character (apparently, based on the different voices) written by one of the two authors; the repetitive cliffhanger/escalation structure makes me suspect that they didn't do much plotting in advance, instead writing each chapter with the mentality of "let's see what he does with this!

As I haven't read any of Zweibel's solo works, what this reminded me most of was Barry's Tricky Business, featuring unsympathetic characters in ludicrous situations. Not a bad book, but not really my thing. ( )
  lorax | May 1, 2012 |
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We dedicate this book to our wives,
Michelle and Robin,
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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