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Title:Insane City
Authors:Dave Barry
Info:Putnam Adult (2013), Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:early reviewer, LOL, florida, wedding-industrial complex

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I am sure that most Dave Barry fans will just love this book but it was all a little too much for me. There were just way too many zany complications and addled confusions that I wanted to scream "uncle" by the end. The book is based totally on Murphy's Law. It involves the days leading up to the marriage of a young man whose future wife is out of his league in terms of beauty and wealth. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong but yet by the end everything is wrapped up with a neat bow. Too Much. ( )
  muddyboy | May 9, 2014 |
I am a big Dave Barry fan. While I tend to enjoy his columns more than his novels, and find Big Trouble to be the best of his novels (not including those he co-wrote with others), I was still entertained by this story of poor Seth and his mixed-up wedding weekend. Barry's novels tend to have characters and events like a jumble of tangled string, sometimes crossing each other, sometimes veering away, but eventually getting sorted out to make a nice bow of a happy ending. This book was no exception.

After getting separated from both his friends and his suitcase on the night of his arrival in Miami, and then happening upon a Haitian refugee and her two small children on the beach in the wee hours of the following morning, groom Seth spends the rest of the weekend attempting to retrieve his suitcase (which contains the wedding ring), help the Haitians, and appease his high-powered, filthy-rich fiancee and her family. Of course the weekend also includes marijuana laced brownies, a lovesick orangutan, and chicken nuggets fired from a shipboard cannon.

Lots of fun! ( )
  glade1 | Feb 24, 2014 |
Seth has just arrived in Miami, a couple of days before his wedding. The bride -- a rich, beautiful, and extremely strong-willed woman -- is bound and determined that everything is going to be perfect on her perfect day. But almost immediately, Seth begins to have an, uh, interesting time, starting with arriving at the wrong hotel, getting drunk and misplacing his luggage, and moving on through a cascading series of increasingly wacky hijinks involving, among other things, some Haitian refugees, an orangutan, a pirate ship, and rather large quantities of pot.

It's very funny stuff, which is unsurprising, as I don't think Dave Barry is capable of not being at least moderately hilarious. I gotta say, though, I kept finding myself cringing a bit for the poor main character, even as I was laughing.

As with many of Dave Barry's works, fictional or non-fictional, I think the moral here is: Stay the heck out of Miami. That place is nuts. ( )
1 vote bragan | Feb 3, 2014 |
After too long an absence, this is Dave Barry's return to fiction. And he hasn't skipped a beat. Welcome back, Dave. I can't decide whether you're the poor man's Carl Hiassen or Carl is the poor man's Dave Barry. Either way, both you guys make this poor man's life richer. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Feb 1, 2014 |
South Florida captured at its worse. Seth is going to get married on Key Biscayne. But added to the mix is one hilarious situation after another beginning with his grooms party placing a fake vagina in his luggage for the TSA to find at the airport. It begins there. Not a deep book, but laugh out loud funny complete with illegals, pimps, the rich and the snobs. Very funny. A light read. ( )
  LivelyLady | Dec 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399158685, Hardcover)

A dark comic masterpiece—the first solo adult novel in more than a decade from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author.

Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league in pretty much any way you could imagine, which is why it continued to astonish him that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse had already sprung an airport prank on him, and he’d survived it, and if that was the worst of it, everything should be okay. Smooth sailing from now on.

Seth has absolutely no idea what he’s about to get into. In the next several hours, he and his friends will become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom. And there’re still two days to go before the wedding.

As it turns out, it’s not smooth sailing, it’s more like a trip on the Titanic. And the water below him is getting deeper every minute. By the end, amid gunfire, high-speed chases, and
mayhem of the most unimaginable sort, violent men will fall, heroes will rise, and many lives will change.

Seth’s, not least of all.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:08 -0400)

Astonished by his imminent marriage to a woman he believed out of his league, Seth flies to their destination wedding in Florida only to be swept up in a maelstrom of violence involving rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, and a desperate python.… (more)

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