Lunatics

Lunatics

by Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel
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Lunatics by Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel

Philip Horkman is a happy man, the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for a local kids’ soccer league. Jeffrey Peckerman is the proud and loving father of a star athlete in the girls’ ten-and-under soccer league, and he’s not exactly happy with the ref.

The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, subversives, bears, revolutionaries, pirates, and a black ops team that does not exist. Where all that takes them you can’t even begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration, chaos, and unadulterated, well, lunacy. And they might even learn a lesson or two along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425253373
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 469,742
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 25 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom "Dave's World," in which Harry Anderson played a much taller version of Dave.

Dave plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud. Dave has also made many TV appearances, including one on the David Letterman show where he proved that it is possible to set fire to a pair of men's underpants with a Barbie doll.

In his spare time, Dave is a candidate for president of the United States. If elected, his highest priority will be to seek the death penalty for whoever is responsible for making Americans install low-flow toilets.

Dave lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter. He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom thinks he's funny.
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 25 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom "Dave's World," in which Harry Anderson played a much taller version of Dave.

Dave plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud. Dave has also made many TV appearances, including one on the David Letterman show where he proved that it is possible to set fire to a pair of men's underpants with a Barbie doll.

In his spare time, Dave is a candidate for president of the United States. If elected, his highest priority will be to seek the death penalty for whoever is responsible for making Americans install low-flow toilets.

Dave lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter. He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom thinks he's funny.

Hometown:

Miami, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 3, 1947

Place of Birth:

Armonk, New York

Education:

B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969

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Lunatics: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
SillyGoose More than 1 year ago
My mothere read the book I did the audio (which is read by authors- even better). I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. I am talking giggle cackle haha funny stuff. It will be hard to find a book that compares to this humor. I hope they make a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical Dave Barry humor. I laughed out loud while reading. However, the language is sometimes offensive and over the top, so some people might not enjoy this novel.
ReadadaBeada More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed "Lunatics" and would gladly read another collaboration by these two. I love being able to read in the car in the dark on long trips thanks to my Nook Color and spent a long car trip reading this book out loud to my husband. I got tired of telling him- "you have to read this book, it is HILARIOUS!" Lots and lots of laugh out loud moments. --ReadadaBeada
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book! I laughed out loud so hard i scared the dog & pissed off my partner. I have not enjoyed a book in SO long. Seriously - I did not want this book to end, I was having so much fun. If I don't die of cancer it is totally because of all thevgreat energy I generated from laughing my ass off for 2 days! If you want to live to 100 ... buy this book. Better than tofu & goes down a helluva lot easier!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Dave Barry so decided to give this one a try. The story is hilarious, and of course completely unbelievable, but so creative and funny that I couldn't stop laughing in the beginning. I thought the ending could have been better, they kind of lost me with the whole presidential campaign thing. All in all, though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
mcduff1495 More than 1 year ago
What an apt title for a book like this. Phillip and Jeffery really are lunatics. I've had to stop read several time because I was laughing so hard. The whole premise is out there but it is so funny you can't stop reading. These two authors have written a great book that I would recommend to everyone you won't be sorry.
KC23 More than 1 year ago
I am not even done reading this book and I have laughed to the point of crying at least twice. The premise is ridiculous, but that's what makes it so funny. You should check it out! It works perfect on the NookColor, too, and it was the second book I bought for my Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Dave Barry's two solo novels for adults, "Big Trouble" and "Tricky Business," so my disappointment with this one is, frankly, easy to blame on his co-author, Alan Zweibel. The two main characters were completely unlovable, the plot went from "wild and crazy" to "asinine and stupid," and the language seemed ridiculously heavy with profanity. (This last in contrast to Dave Barry's solo novels, which, yes, had profanity-- but didn't have anything *like* the amount of profanity in "Lunatics.") Overall, I cannot recommend this one.
psychedforreading More than 1 year ago
This book had me laughing out loud! I would definitely recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the story line was entertaining the language was atrocious and vulgar!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
100% improbable, but amusing and appealing. I wanted to keep reading to the end to find out what crazy thing would happen next. Remember the movie Forrest Gump? Where there were all those photos of historic events and Forrest's face showed up in the photos? That's a parallel to the improbability of this book. Enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't read the book, rather listened to the audio book, tead by the two authors. Can I tell you how many times I literally bent over with laughter? Too many to count. Great book!
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stephanie christiansen More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Dave Barry's Insane City more, but this one was also funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally ridiculous story line and therein lies the humour. A laugh-out-loud book. I had to keep reading  it to see what next would happen to the 2 lunatics.  I've given it 3 stars because of the language. It would have been a great Book Club option if not for the cursing and vulgar  words.
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MysteryLovingMom More than 1 year ago
This was positively the funniest book I have ever read. I'm a fan of the early Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich so was looking for another funny fiction book. I was laughing so hard, my eyes were watering. Truly great adult humor that made me sad the book had to end.
TECP More than 1 year ago
Crazy entertaining. A perfect read for a nasty, cloudy, overcast day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after seeing Jimmy Fallon interview Alan Zweibel. Zweibel was very funny and intelligent in the interview, but this book offers no evidence of either attribute. If the characters have underlying issues that cause them to act completely irrationally, the authors keep them concealed from the reader. This left me asking, "Why did he/she do that?" far too often during the read. The book is meant to be outlandish, but the authors are not at all clever about making the reader believe one word of it is plausible. At one point two of the characters are carrying around $200 million dollars, totally comprised of $100 bills, contained in two duffle bags. This amount of $100 bills would weigh roughly two metric tons, or about 4400 lbs. There are many other errors involving impossible physics that I personally found insulting to the reader. The book is sloppy work framing blunt jokes that weren't funny enough to offset the overall shoddy writing. The next time these two get drunk and dictate a book they then publish word-for-word, they won't get my ten bucks for their half-assed effort. I could offer a dozen other specific examples of why I loathe this book, but if you decide to read it anyway I don't want to spoil it for you. I'll leave that task to the authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Dave Barry but was disappointed in this book. It is mildly funny, but full of bathroom humor with very little story content. If this was the first book I read by this author I would not be reading further!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, I read it twice and find myself laughing out loud everytime. I basically recommended this to everyone and they all loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious can only imgine how much fun they had writing it very funny laugh out loud clever writing thanks guys