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How do two humorists effectively collaborate on a novel? By each writing the narrative for his character, alternating the perspectives in an insane adventure. Phillip Horkman is a by-the-rules kind of guy, a pet-store owner and soccer referee. Jeffrey Peckerman is a profane forensic plumber who thinks the world is populated with jerks, with the exception of himself. The New Jersey suburban dads collide when Horkman disqualifies what would have been a game-winning score made by Peckerman’s daughter. The two embark on escalating violence that takes them on a wild car chase that gets viewed as a possible terrorist threat by the police. On the run, they travel by cruise ship, submarine, helicopter, freighter, and airplane to Cuba, Somalia, China, and the Middle East, wreaking havoc and inadvertently checking off a lot of items on the U.S. geopolitical to-do list along the way. Barry, humor columnist for the Miami Herald, and Zweibel, award-winning comedy writer originally with Saturday Night Live, are more than effective in this collaboration, although the gag of two lunatics on the run sometimes wears a bit thin. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist Barry and Emmy, Thurber, and Tony Award winner Zweibel bring plenty of star power to a comic novel that will be supported by a national print and electronic advertising campaign. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“An outrageously funny, irreverent, over-the-top comic mystery.”—Sun Sentinel

“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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425253376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425253373
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brendan Moody VINE VOICE on December 3, 2011
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I'm always suspicious when people offer variations on "I couldn't put this book down," but in small doses it's often true. I picked up Lunatics late one night, after spending several hours finishing another book I'd been trying to get through for days. I expected to read a couple pages, just enough to get a flavor of it and have a head start for the following day. But each chapter led so easily into the next, and I was having so much fun, that I read eighty pages before I was finally too tired to go on. The next evening I tore through the remaining 240 pages in a few hours. Really, it's no surprise: Lunatics is a wild, frivolous novel, a rollicking adults-only ramble that practically demands to be sped through.

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.
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It's been a long while since I've read anything as unapologetically and wonderfully silly as "Lunatics." The collaboration of Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel certainly plays as a game of one-upmanship with plot points of this comic misadventure escalating beyond all reason and rationale. Hyperactive and unrelenting, this swift and enjoyable read is not meant to be taken with any degree of seriousness. It is simply and purely outlandish nonsense, and as such, it is wildly successful. I literally read "Lunatics" in two sittings which, for me, is exceedingly rare. It is that entertaining and paced like a runaway locomotive. As it barrels forward from one improbable situation to the next even bigger catastrophe, I was simply compelled to push forward to see what would come next. This element of surprise and humor coupled with complete ridiculousness is something that I enjoy mightily. But if you aren't into slapstick comic mayhem (and really, this plays as a big adult cartoon), "Lunatics" might not be for you. In fact, to fully enjoy the craziness, it probably helps to be slightly unhinged yourself!

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.
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If you like Jerry Lewis you will probably enjoy "Lunatics." If you are the type of person who laughs out loud when reading funny books, you will probably like "Lunatics." If you are that type of person, do not read this while eating because you are likely to spew food all over the book and your dining companions. Getting the idea?

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!
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The first 50 pages of this book? I laughed until I had tears in my eyes. After the first 50 pages or so? I got tired of the fact that Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel tried too hard to keep being funny in every paragraph and in every page.

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.
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