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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-t
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Putnam Adult
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[Note: I had a hard time trying to review this book because I guess I disliked it so much that I blocked it out of my memory and couldn't remember what book I had just returned to the library!] I was so excited to read this when I saw that Dave Barry co-authored. I have read quite a few of his utterly hilarious columns and thought that the book would be of that caliber. Apparently he should stick to column writing. Although there were plenty of comedic moments that had me giggling out loud, 90% ...more
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 m ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Nicole rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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One of the main characters pees on Sarah Palin.

If that doesn't make you want to read the book, it's because you don't like fart jokes, you don't laugh at pratfalls, the 'f' word makes you uncomfortable, and you never enjoyed Dave Barry's stuff.

Barry's Pulitzer Prize articles appeared every Sunday in the Chicago Trib, and gave me something to laugh at whenever the comics page disappointed. And he rarely failed with his exploding cows and alert readers. I was hooked on Dave Barry for years.

Then he
Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Well, after reading this, I have to agree with my husband, who cautioned me from the start that comic novels are tricky to pull off.

Most of the book was funny enough to make me smirk. There were some parts that made me laugh out loud, though -- I am ashamed to say, those parts were largely poop-based humor... So, although I generally think of myself as a somewhat cultured person, the authors got me there. When it came down to it, a funny passage on diarrhea
Early in the book, there is a note that Barry and Zweibel have both written books for children, but that this is not one of them.

I'll say.

I couldn't stomach this book. Its two main characters alternate chapters (though they sound pretty much alike after the first few). One is a Prius-driving pet shop owner; the other a profane "forensic plumber." They meet up first at a soccer game, where the pet shop owner is refereeing calls the plumber's ten-year-old daughter offside, and he has a fit. Thing
Having read most of Dave Barry's books over the years, I had a pretty good idea what I would be getting into. Not, perhaps, one of his better novels (alone or with a partner) but even at the best of times, Barry's novels don't tend to walk a fine line - they leap over any line of taste and wallow- and that is the hallmark here. With all the flatulence and gastric mishaps, and there are more than several (leading one to think that Peckerman's wife would have been thrilled to have him gone), one h ...more
Paula Lyle
I received a free ARC through Goodreads - sorry guys.
This book is called Lunatics which implies a level of sophistication that the book does not have. It should have been called A**holes, and if you think that's a funnier title - this book might be for you. This is about 2 guys who go on a Forrest Gumpian trip through modern-day conflicts. One is supposed to be nicer, but the real difference is that one swears more.
I wanted this book to be hilarious, but it's just mean-spirited. Sometimes being
Joanne Roehm
Absolutely hilarious! Not my usual kind of read - but it was so silly it had me laughing out loud. Quick and easy read - perfect summer fun. Loved it!
Paul Pessolano
“Lunatics” by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Category – Comedy

This book is hilarious, entertaining, unconventional, and irreverent.

Philip Horkman owns a pet store named “The Wine Shop” and referees girl’s youth soccer.

Jeffrey Peckerman is a Forensic Plumber whose daughter plays soccer.

These two “gentlemen” come together on the playing field with disastrous results.

The two become involved in a slow speed chase with police and are accused of being terrorists. They c
Lunatics must've been a whole lot of fun to write, and just as fun to read--if you like fart jokes and forensic plumbing. It's the unexpected adventure of two douchebags, one more than the other, who meet at an AYSO girls soccer match and end up tangled in a mess that involves Donald Trump, a terrorist in a Chuck E. Cheese suit, being naked on cruise ship, eating quesadilla de harina de yuca rellena con camarones y queso (I looked it up on Google, it looks delectable despite its extremely long n ...more
Wendy Buchheit
So my husband was embarrassing himself. Laughing out loud at a private resort in the SVI...I was appalled and I told him so. Then, I ran out of books to read on the trip so I started this one on the way back...and I LAUGHED OUT LOUD on the many airplanes that we took to get home. I finished it by touchdown and have since apologized. For a comedy is incredibly well done. Far fetched and far reaching and crazy good. And of course we picked who should play which character in the movie. LO ...more
Barry and Zweibel wrote this in competitive, out-grossing, unfunny chapters from the first person narratives of Jeffrey, a racist, homophobic jerk who’s a foulmouthed forensic plumber. Philip is a pet-store owner, a nebbish, who drives a Prius. Each man and each author wants to top the other in this plotless mess. As a five minute improv, this might have been fun; as a novel, for me, no .
Hank Quense

This is the funniest book I have read in years. It is the story of two middle-aged Jewish men living in New Jersey. Phillip and Jeffrey meet at a kids' soccer game and instantly hate each other. Several hours later, they separately drive across the George Washington Bridge and both get involved in an incident that the NYPD interprets as an attempted terrorist attack to blow up the bridge. The two escape and slink around northern Manhattan while their photos are broadcast non-stop on TV. They are
Ann Hinch
This is a fast, easy read from humorist Dave Barry, who I think went without sleep for three days and chugged Mountain Dew to come up with the outline for this one. The plot follows two suburban dads - one an eco-nature peacenik who commits the sin of calling a foul on the other's daughter in a soccer game; and an aggressive, macho in-your-face type who prefers fists to talking. Through a mixup of vehicles, they are suspected of being terrorists and end up on the lam together, even fleeing the c ...more
Cheryl McNeil
First, a board member went into hysterics over this book. Then a member of upper management. Then I did. Lunchtime in the staff room was unbearable for all the ineffectively suppressed snorts of laughter. And now every time it’s back on our shelves, I face it out with a staff recommendation label, and it gets snatched up. Everything that happens in Lunatics is stupid. That a lemur figures so prominently in a caper that begins with two Jewish men in New York City who loathe each other but somehow ...more
I'm glad to see Dave Barry back in the novel world, even though I found this novel eerily similar to.....

Not Big Trouble.

The other one. With the helicopter, and the cruise ship.

Actually, there's a helicopter and a cruise ship in this one too.

Anyway, I liked the concept, which is two people in the same story alternate chapters of their story, often with hilarious results. It's an eye-opener about what different perspectives two people can bring to the same experience. And I'm sitting here typi
My husband and I listened to this on a road trip and, despite the problems, I will have to admit this book did have us laughing uproariously.

Philip Horkman is a mild mannered, gentle sort who owns a pet store, donates to the hospital, and referees kids' soccer.

Jeffrey Peckerman is an angry man with a vile tongue who comes up with the most ridiculous and sometimes downright shocking things to say and thinks everyone around him is an idiot.

These two collide in what starts as the most ridiculous a
Unrealistic? Definitely. Funny? Yep! I've read Dave Barry's two previous comedic novels, Big Trouble and Tricky Business, and liked this one just as much. If you're a Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey or Bill Fitzhugh fan, you'll like this. It's just as much of a mad romp as their books.
Lunatics was a great read, though from many of the reviews I've seen, people read it not knowing what a book from Dave Barry and an ex-SNL writer would be like. It's ridiculous, over the top and has foul language and bathroom humor. Not for everyone and certainly not high literature.

The story is how an argument between two suburban dads escalates to a global scale. The chapters alternate from the point of view of the two main characters in what I thought was a well done device/novelty.

If you wa
David Caldwell
An idiot and a jerk are thrown together in a series of ever escalating wild adventures after they run into each other. They will go from having an argument at a children's soccer match to world wide felons/revolutionaries/celebrities (depending on whom you ask).

This book proved to be fairly hard to review for me. I have read and really enjoyed other Dave Barry novels. His hapless main characters tend to get involved in truly bizarre sets of events that continue to escalate while providing tons o
I liked it. I have to admit though, the book probably isn't that memorable. I was halfway through the first chapter when I realised I had already read this book. I enjoyed it this time too. The plot is zany and out there, that's undeniable. And after about half of the book, it starts to strain incredible to the point of breaking, but honestly, this isn't the type of book that you're reading for a believable straightforward plot from beginning to end.

So, to the book - the back and forth narrativ
This is quite possibly the funniest book I've read in the past 10 years.

Having Alan Zweibel to tame Dave Barry is just the right recipe for a hilarious book. Not once was there an anagram or stupid band name. It's crude, slapstick and wholly unbelievable, but it's FUNNY! You don't even need to know what the story is about; just read it and laugh.

I cracked up more times in the first 17 pages than I did for the entire catalog of David & Amy Sedaris' work.
Man, was this funny. Dave Barry's adult novels are great farces, and this pairing is great as well. This book isn't as brutal as the other two. I frequently laughed out loud. This book is written from alternating points of view of two people who collided at the wrong time, and the escalation from there. At 1/3 of the way through the book, you will believe that it can't escalate any further. You will be wrong.
Suzze Tiernan
This is like watching one of those really stupid, crass movies that come out in the summer that only middle school boys like, yet you laugh all the way through it, and come out loving it.....until you think about it and realize how ridiculous it was.

I laughed out loud A LOT. I enjoyed reading it. Who could I recommend it to? Only someone who loved over the top, craziness. Like maybe Carl Hiaasen on steroids.
Kathy Hiester
Lunatics is sidesplittingly comical. Rooted in modern pop culture it won't have a long shelf life but this was one of the hilarious books I've ever picked up. Two grown men fighting about the simplest things that just keep going to the next level doesn’t seem hilarious but it is. I hardly even pay to go to the movies but I honestly have a need to see this play out on the big screen.
5 Stars
If I could have given this trainwreck of a book zero stars, I would have. By far one of the absolute worst books I've ever read. Between the sloppy plot construction and taking gratuitous profanity to a whole new level, I couldn't decide which part of this mess I hated more. I was also disappointed because I've read so many of Dave Barry's other books and thoroughly enjoyed them.
This is without doubt the funniest book I have ever heard. I did listen to the audiobook and am sooo glad I did. The two authors read the book and they are a perfect team for comedy/straight man The cast of characters and misadventures of these two are priceless. There is one caveat and that is Barry's character is a total jerk. A total cussing, slur-slinging, racist (not the N word), moronic jerk. I would not say some of the things he says in the story, and don't usually listen to such language ...more
This book is absurd. Truly absurd. Things like a lemur stealing an insulin pump. That is probably the least absurd thing in the book. This story of hate at first sight that tangles two men in a web of improbable events and insane actions is utterly absurd and over the top, in the best way. Completely silly, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, it's a very fast read that manages to continually top itself, even as you say 'it can't get more absurd than this.' But it does. Lots of profanity, a fa ...more
Okay so this is a completely silly and ridiculous story. Pure brain candy. And it is freaking hilarious! I highly recommend the audiobook experience of this book as it is read by the authors, each one representing one of the main character's point of view. As with all Dave Barry books, there are wild animals, crazy characters and unbelievable situations. The juxtaposition of the angry intense soccer dad (voiced by Barry) and the mild pet shop owner/soccer ref (voiced by Zweibel) is just perfect. ...more
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Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.
Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as
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