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Lunatics

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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
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ebook, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Putnam Adult
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Cyndi
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May
Jul 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
[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
Nicole
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Allison
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Norm
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tiffany
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
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Laura
Aug 27, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joanne
Feb 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Paula Lyle
Jan 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nancy
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joanne Roehm
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Cecily Kyle
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lilian
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Pessolano
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Olga
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 book...it 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
Julia
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 .
Wendi
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
It went on and on. Unbelievably hilarious series of unfortunate or fortunate (depending how you look at it) events. Listened to audiobook. Chapter or two in before I realized was listening to a story and not non-fiction.
Valerie
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ann Hinch
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hank Quense
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Cheryl McNeil
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Robin
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-12
I'm glad to see Dave Barry back in the novel world, even though I found this novel eerily similar to.....
Oh.

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
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Laurie
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012, humor
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
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Glenn
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous-novels
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.
Sean
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brian Anderson
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two ordinary men with nothing in common find themselves inextricably connected after they are mistakenly accused of domestic terrorism. As they try to get a handle on how this happened, the stakes rise as they become embroiled in world affairs and international politics.

This is one of those "what more could possibly go wrong" stories, with each successive pickle the men find themselves in more ludicrous than the last. Given Barry's reputation, I had high hopes for a funny and entertaining read,
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Chris
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.
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.
Michael
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.
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“Horkman and I are on one side of the ravine, holding our guns over our heads. The Cubans are on the other side, going nuts, shouting "YI-YI-YI" ready to go kick some ass. In a movie, the next scene, we're all charging into battle.
But what actually happened was, first, Horkman and I climb down our side of the ravine, which was hard because those guns are a lot heavier than they look, plus it is really steep. We both kept dropping the guns and falling down, so we ended up mostly sliding on our butts, which took awhile. The Cubans tried to keep cheering, but after a while they realized they'd better pace themselves. Like every twenty seconds or so, one of them would yell "YI-YI-YI!" But you could tell they were losing the mood.”
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“WILLIAMS: The phrase, of course, is a variation of a line from the song "MacArthur Park." Any idea why the terrorists picked that particular song, Elizabeth?
BURGER: Brian, one theory is that it was chosen specifically to demoralize the United States, because it gets stuck in your head and everybody hates it.”
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