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5.0 out of 5 stars Shrieking with laughter!, June 22, 2005
This review is from: Big Trouble (Mass Market Paperback)
I am a huge Dave Barry fan, but I was a little skeptical of reading a novel by him; I thought, "Can he write a novel and still make it funny?" Oh boy, is it hilarious. One of my all-time favorite Barry books. I literally was alternately shrieking and crying with laughter throughout the entire book. I've read it again and again, and it is still just as funny every time I read it. The storyline is really well done, too! There are about a million characters (so you do have to pay attention) but Barry takes the time to develop each one so that they all have their own subplot (which makes them easier to remember), and each plot and character is extremely funny. What is even better (and really shows Barry's talent as a writer) is the fact that all the characters end up connected in the main plot in a believeable way. Not an easy thing to do well. I think my favorite characters were the two hit men. Poor guys, they just have a terrible time in Miami. This is Dave Barry, so of course, there are ridiculous things happening, but it is still believeable, in my opinion. The only thing that some might consider a flaw is the cursing, and there are a few scenes that discuss topics (fairly explicitly) that are definitely inappropriate for children. Barry does warn the reader at the beginning about this, though. I kind of wish he had left out the cursing and other stuff, but it's still a fantastic read. It is definitely worth owning. The movie with Tim Allen and Rene Russo is great too, but the book is even better.
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