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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  3,237 ratings  ·  829 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ADVISORY Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel have both written books for children. This is definitely not one of them.

A series of misunderstandings between Philip, a pet shop owner and all around good guy, and Jeffery, a forensic plumber and complete asshole, escalate into international terrorism, revolution and the end of Donald Trump's political career.

Just a simple misunderstanding, officer...
Looking back, I realize how it must have looked to the cops when they saw me. They’re all tense, they have a
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the hilarious story of two men on a comedic adventure like the Stooges or Laurel and Hardy. Just one after another madcap happening.
The two men begin as enemies and end as enemies. No character development just fun. And now we know who to blame for the president. Apparently these two lunatics! Lol
Jul 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
[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
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
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Allison Renner
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Nope, nope, nope. DNF’d at 20%.

I was looking for something fun and silly after a run of heavy books and this came recommended, but…. WHAT. THE. HELL?

It was too stupid and juvenile to be funny. Everyone was a total arsehole. The supposed ‘nice guy’ was keeping an endangered lemur in a tiny cage. Said lemur ends up being swung around by its tail during a school dance recital at the 15% mark. The lemur then steals a police gun and shoots upwards, the bullet goes through the bottom of a helicopter
Ange H
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-books-i-own
Lunatics is a work of staggering comic genius and shrewd political insight.

I'm a lifelong Dave Barry fan so your results may vary, but holy cr@p this made me laugh. How could anyone not get a kick out of this crazy story?

Two nerdy Jewish guys from New Jersey get into a feud over a disputed call at their daughters' soccer game, and inadvertently become embroiled in a series of international political events that change the course of world history. Each episode is more absurd than the last. Supe
Joanne Roehm
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy
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!
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A work of comedic genius!
Phillip Horkman is a nice guy. He owns a pet store called The Wine Shop. He referees youth soccer games.
Jeffrey Peckerman thinks he's the only sane person in a world full of douchebags.

What begins as Phillip calling Jeffrey's daughter off sides at a 10-year-old and under soccer match turns into the two men being the subjects of a worldwide manhunt as sexually-deviant terrorists!

Laugh out loud hilarious hi-jinks!
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
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Paula Lyle
Jan 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
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
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great fun! I am a fan of Dave Barry, but this collaboration with Alan Zweibel (whom I had not known before) and read by booth authors with a few actors was just terrific! Even my husband, with whom we have very different tastes, loved it. We listened to it on a 7 hours car trip, after I had already listened to it on my own, and I hardly ever read or listen to books twice. Wow! What a trip (in this book)! NJ to NYC to Cuba to China to Egypt to .... Oh wow! You get to meet Somali pirates, Cuban un ...more
Wendy Buchheit
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bizarrely entertaining, hilarious quick read.......what else can I say!
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rarely do I laugh out loud at books that others find hilarious (ex., any Janet Evanovich numbers novel.) I’ve been amused, and appreciative, and have done mental fist bumps to an author, but I don’t generally make audible happy sounds while reading. “Lunatics” made me laugh, chortle, snort and blurt (too bad that “laughter” doesn’t have prettier synonyms.) Authored by master humorist Dave Barry and the equally talented, although not as prolific Alan Zweibel (who I have admired since the early da ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
“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
Hank Quense
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Cheryl McNeil
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Elyse  Walters
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Its a chilly Sunday afternoon-- Paul is sick --

I found this new release other day, [perfece New condition], for a dollar at our local thrift store ---thinking my husband would get some laughs from Dave Barry.

Yet--I'm the one reading HIM....(to Paul, my husband). Its his 'GET WELL' medicine.

Lets hope it works!

I'm laughing so far!
.....and much different than "Shantaram" which I'm also reading ---(with only 800+ more pages to go)

I like to laugh....but this was just not 'THE BOOK' w
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 .
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Cecily Kyle
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wobble
Oh my gawd!!

I laughed so many times reading this book, like what the hell did I just read.
I found myself shaking my head several times but it is like nothing I have ever read. A mass of chaos the lead to some crazy events for these two guys. Also, the mention of Donald Trump is just hilarious considering where we are now in 2016.
I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did but its just strange enough to make me remember it for a long time to come.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, own
What starts off as a seemingly innocent interaction at a kids' soccer game turns into a hilarious international adventure story! There were times I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard! Only read this if you need a good laugh!
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I normally like Dave Barry, but this book was a disappointment. Both of the main characters become unbearably annoying after a few chapters.
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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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