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Lunatics Paperback – December 31, 2012
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“A s**tload of hilarious fun.”—The Kentucky Democrat
“As bizarre as their adventures are, there's a strange sense of believability…That helps keep the story fresh and the pages turning…Creative, unusual and over the top.” —The Associated Press
“Rare political satire…With world affairs in the toilet, Barry and Zweibel bring us what we need: comic relief.”— The Boston Globe
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Philip Horkman is a nice guy: sensitive, thoughtful, reasonable, mild-mannered, maybe a little passive-aggressive. The type who says "pardon my language" before using the phrase "kick the bucket." Jeffrey Peckerman is a jerk: blunt, aggressive, bigoted, thoughtless, foul-mouthed. The type who says things I can't quote in this review without thoroughly censoring them. One day, Philip, who referees kids' soccer, rules Jeffrey's daughter was offside, making her tying goal in the championship game ineligible. There's a shouting match, but it all might have ended there, except that the next day Jeffrey's wife asks him to pick up some wine for her book club, and he stops at a business called The Wine Shop. But The Wine Shop is actually a pet shop (don't ask), and Philip is the owner. Their second meeting ends with a kidnapped lemur, which soon steals an insulin pump, and the effort to restore each to its rightful owner results in a high-speed car chase. Then the NYPD mistakes the insulin pump for a bomb... and that's where things ~really~ get complicated.Read more ›
Not a lot should be revealed about "Lunatics." Anyone that divulges details of the comic exploits is taking away the book's strongest asset--the wonder of what will happen next. The narrative is exceedingly straightforward in concept. Two suburban fathers take an instant dislike to one another at a weekend soccer game. After the initial unpleasantness, though, the two are forced together into additional confrontations that immediately start to spiral out of control. Before long, everything that they've known will become upended as their situation goes from bad, to worse, to impossible, to worse than impossible.Read more ›
Without giving away any of the "plot," you can get a sense of "Lunatics" by this list of words, in no particular order, taken from the story: clothing optional cruise, compost, lawyers, scrotum, Zumba, Pez, lemur, pirates, Jeffrey Dahmer, bananas, Amway, Mary Kay, naked, diarrhea, nun, "Dildo of Doom," bears escaped from the zoo, Chuck E. Cheese, Charo, laser hair removal, Spaghetti O's, Sarah Palin, insulin pump, yodel and Donald Trump.
Hats off to authors Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel. I was really impressed that they could keep this story going for 330 pages. What a remarkable achievement!
Take two completely opposite characters in a book. One is a foresnic plumber. The other owns a pet shop called "The Wine Shop." They cross paths due to an argument during one of their children's soccer games and cross paths again and again. I laughed. I was enjoying the book and the scene where they are on the cruise ship and notice something peculiar about the clothing of the people in the buffet line? Out loud hilarious. Then, however, the book got sillier and more outlandish. It was as if they tried to outwit each other in this book as far as comedy. It felt forced and not funny at times and as I neared the end of the book (yes, I read every page of this book) I just felt, well, cheated.
It's funny. It's outlandish and maybe too silly and outlandish for its own good. It's a fast read and a funny read (at times), but I really lost interest in the outlandish plots and twists and by the end of the book I was looking back and thinking that the book could have been much better and even funnier if they would have kept the zany silly plots out of this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I started laughing from page 1 to the finish. Great book to read and enjoy. Great characters specially good old Donald Trump.Published 2 months ago by antonio R. Pavia
Loved this book. It's like reading something like The Hangover. It made me laugh and wonder what was going to happen next.Published 4 months ago by Annie
One of the funniest books I've ever listened to! Audiobook is the way to go with this one.Published 4 months ago by Keedee
what a great way to relax, reading great obsurdities weaved into a wonderful humorous/outrageous storyPublished 5 months ago by Jenine Homer
Made me roar out loud. Impossible to suppress laughter. So much fun!Published 8 months ago by maureen Keating