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Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. 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, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.
Where that all takes them you can't begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration and mayhem. But what else would you expect from the League of Comic Justice?
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By Vox Locus on 03-18-12
This is funny -- like a train wreck
Dave Barry's Tricky Business is funny.
Lunatics,well, has a few moments.
Think of it as the worst moments of the Three Stooges, Moe constantly poking Curly and Larry in the eye. Hour after increasingly pianful hour.
It is easy to imagine how Barry & Zweibel wrote this book. Dave wrote something outrageous, Zweibel tries to top it. Each and every time the next chapter has to become ever more improbably humiliating to the characters. It isn't long until I wished the authors would do both in and move on to exploding whales.
Is it really funny that Phillip Horkman had to name his pet shop the Wine Shop because his in-laws, the Wines, funded it? How about an Islamic Terrorist dressed as Chuck E Cheese? Or a nun aboard a nudist cruise? Or the two idjits running against each other for President on the Democratic and Republic tickets?
Obviously, there's some folks who think this is funny. But if you're wanting to enjoy something that is LOL funny, go for Barry's Tricky Business, or any of Carl Hiaasen's works. In fact, begin with Hiaasen's first if you've not read it, and enjoy all 18. Weeks of great listening . . .
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Erik on 12-28-12
Funny Books Are Rare and This One Is Rare
What made the experience of listening to Lunatics the most enjoyable?
The story is outlandish and adeptly done with two separate narrations. Moreover, I think this is a stunt format, whereby the two authors separately wrote their parts. They also do the narration.
What's funny about this book? The story starts as a commonplace squabble between two polar opposite characters. Hilarity ensues when they unwittingly go about changing the world through no fault of their own.
Barry has written some funny novels. This is a good companion to his work.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful