BOOKS ✭ Insane City Author Dave Barry – Sunkgirls.info

BOOKS ✭ Insane City Author Dave Barry – Sunkgirls.info This is another comic crime caper by Dave Barry It s about a nice guy who s otherwise not much of a catch, traveling down to Florida to marry a hot blonde who s also the daughter of a multi millionaire In a span of mere hours things go fantastically wrong and the wedding is in two days Will he make it In a bazillion very short chapters the many things than can go wrong do and they pile up fast it was a bit of a struggle to care since so many of the two dimensional characters aren t all This is another comic crime caper by Dave Barry It s about a nice guy who s otherwise not much of a catch, traveling down to Florida to marry a hot blonde who s also the daughter of a multi millionaire In a span of mere hours things go fantastically wrong and the wedding is in two days Will he make it In a bazillion very short chapters the many things than can go wrong do and they pile up fast it was a bit of a struggle to care since so many of the two dimensional characters aren t all that likable And the ones who arelikeable aren t all that smart But it reads so fast, I went all the way through this extremely unlikely tale that also includes an occasionaly violent, love sick orangutan named Trevor So that happened FYI My wife gave me this It was a preview copy that she found in someone s trash If you ve read Dave Barry, you know to expect absolutely anything to turn up in his stories Here we have Seth on the weekend of his wedding, getting into one mishap after another with his less than successful group of of friends the groom posse Miami is a great setting for a story as it s another character, an eccentric one, one where you shake your head while smiling about that crazy place I ve only been once and I m kind of embarrassed with how tame my visit was This reminded me of a po If you ve read Dave Barry, you know to expect absolutely anything to turn up in his stories Here we have Seth on the weekend of his wedding, getting into one mishap after another with his less than successful group of of friends the groom posse Miami is a great setting for a story as it s another character, an eccentric one, one where you shake your head while smiling about that crazy place I ve only been once and I m kind of embarrassed with how tame my visit was This reminded me of a poor man s P.G Wodehouse While the writing is no where as sharp as Wodehouse and whose is , you have your clueless screw up of a main character, getting himself into all kinds of impossible situations, surrounded by his sincere but bumbling cast of friends There s the maybe not such a good idea impending wedding looming There s the uptight, upright super rich snobby snoots, who just don t get, and definitely don t appreciate, Seth Sadly there is no Jeeves Our hero has to muddle his way through the mess that is his life on his own Kind of I know this isn t Wodehouse who was cleverly skewering the upperclass with his farcical tales It s Dave Barry,who just wants to have a good time There are pimps and strippers, an albino python, marijuana filled brownies, an amorous orangutan, and a pirate ship Who doesn t love a pirate ship, matey Loads of fun A Dark Comic Masterpiece The First Solo Adult Novel In Than A Decade From The Pulitzer Prize Winner And New York Times Bestselling AuthorSeth Weinstein Knew Tina Was Way Out Of His League In Pretty Much Any Way You Could Imagine, Which Is Why It Continued To Astonish Him That He Was On The Plane Now For Their Destination Wedding In Florida The Groom Posse Had Already Sprung An Airport Prank On Him, And He D Survived It, And If That Was The Worst Of It, Everything Should Be Okay Smooth Sailing From Now OnSeth Has Absolutely No Idea What He S About To Get Into In The Next Several Hours, He And His Friends Will Become Embroiled With Rioters, Russian Gangsters, Angry Strippers, A Pimp As Big As The Death Star, A Very Desperate Haitian Refugee On The Run With Her Two Children From Some Very Bad Men, And An Eleven Foot Albino Burmese Python Named Blossom And There Re Still Two Days To Go Before The WeddingAs It Turns Out, It S Not Smooth Sailing, It S Like A Trip On The Titanic And The Water Below Him Is Getting Deeper Every Minute By The End, Amid Gunfire, High Speed Chases, And Mayhem Of The Most Unimaginable Sort, Violent Men Will Fall, Heroes Will Rise, And Many Lives Will ChangeSeth S, Not Least Of All So here s the weird thing I love Dave Barry Read all his non fiction funny books, in the 1980s, and can still quote verbatim from his book about having babies Babies and Other Hazards of Sex But this take off on The Hangover Weak sauce.First it s essentially a script The dialogue between the Groom Posse is shovel ready The gags are in place The character descriptions almost specify exactly which A list comedy actors will fill the bill Vince Vaughn as Big Steve Cameo role for Shaq a So here s the weird thing I love Dave Barry Read all his non fiction funny books, in the 1980s, and can still quote verbatim from his book about having babies Babies and Other Hazards of Sex But this take off on The Hangover Weak sauce.First it s essentially a script The dialogue between the Groom Posse is shovel ready The gags are in place The character descriptions almost specify exactly which A list comedy actors will fill the bill Vince Vaughn as Big Steve Cameo role for Shaq as Wesley And really do you need to have an orangutan to make the plot complete Yeah there are funny bits, and great lines But you have to wade through a whole lot overdone zaniness to get to them Disappointing Many laugh out loud moments, especially in the first half The first third or so definitely felt like a re write of The Hangover crossed with the first episode of The Life and Times of Tim, but still, funny Little too over the top during much of the second half and not nearly as many laugh out loud bits First half comedy albeit not original second half action movie. If one has never seen the movie The Hangover they might enjoy this bookthan I did I just kept thinking about that movie as I read this Book starts off real good and keeps interest until the ending I thought the author just kind of gave up at the end and wrapped things up all nice and tidy like Ok read but not great This is the kind of book that would make a good movie The kind of romcom I would love to watch So much better than Hangover Guy knows she s out of his league, but she agrees to marry him anyway The question is, why As the answer is uncovered the story gets funnier and funnier Warning if you are like me and like to listen to books while you do yoga, be careful The downward dog does not go well when you re laughing your ass off. I know it sounds crazy I ve been a fan of Mr Barry s for decades He has elicited from me embarrassing snorts of laughter on too many occasions to count Therefore, and new novel is always an occasion to be looked forward to The insane city of the novel s title is Miami, Florida, soon to be the site of the Weinstein Clark wedding At the heart of the tale is groom Seth Weinstein, and the novel s first few chapters could be the opening of The Hangover III It s bachelor party night, and while I know it sounds crazy I ve been a fan of Mr Barry s for decades He has elicited from me embarrassing snorts of laughter on too many occasions to count Therefore, and new novel is always an occasion to be looked forward to The insane city of the novel s title is Miami, Florida, soon to be the site of the Weinstein Clark wedding At the heart of the tale is groom Seth Weinstein, and the novel s first few chapters could be the opening of The Hangover III It s bachelor party night, and while amusing, I did think to myself, If this is 300 pages of Boys Behaving Badly, I m not sure I can take it Happily, that is not the case Well, there is a lot of bad behavior from boys, girls, and, uh, various other creatures, but the bachelor hijinks soon pave the way for a farabsurd and entertaining tale It s goofy as all get out, but has both substance and heart at its very core I could try to summarize the novel s plot, but I think it would be a lotfun to share a few brief quotes This isn t what it looks like So, you re NOT bleeding from the head and hanging out with a Beyonc look alike and a Jerry Springer bouncer carrying a large snake He had to stop being an idiot Wait, he SHOT A JET SKI Even in Miami, that has to be against the law I know it sounds crazy Eventually these people decided that this was just another one of those strange things that seem to happen in Miami Nothing I hatethan an orangutan shooter If you re just joining us this morning, we re following one of those weird stories that makes you shake your head and say, Only in Miami It s complicated Even by Miami standards, this was a weird group making its way through the Bayside crowd Any man fleeing from the police with three women, two children, and an orangutan is a friend of mine Oh, yes, it s novels like this that make me wonder why I m considering relocating to Miami Dave Barry can still make me laugh out loud after all these years And while no one will ever mistake his work for literary fiction, he did once win a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary He knows how to write a proper sentence Further, he did a nice job of creating characters who, over the course of the novel, manage to reveal their true natures Don t come to this one looking for sophistication or subtlety, but if you ve had a bad day and are seeking a little screwball comedy, look no further Insane City is guaranteed to lift your spirits Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen need to have a love child I ll let the medical professionals work out the logistics, and Congress appropriate the funds But as a lover of satire and humor and all things bright, beautiful, and wonderful in the universe, this needs to happen Now INSANE CITY doesn t even begin to describe the colossal aftermath of this potentially dystopian universe, but that s the price you pay for greatness Miami, we re about to hit the mother lode And the future never looked br Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen need to have a love child I ll let the medical professionals work out the logistics, and Congress appropriate the funds But as a lover of satire and humor and all things bright, beautiful, and wonderful in the universe, this needs to happen Now INSANE CITY doesn t even begin to describe the colossal aftermath of this potentially dystopian universe, but that s the price you pay for greatness Miami, we re about to hit the mother lode And the future never looked brighter, or bleaker, depending on whether or not you think the glass is half full or half empty.Since I look at the glass as half full, I can t help smiling ear to ear, laughing manically, tapping my chin, and pounding my desk in triumph, right before I smack my head and knock myself unconscious for about three hours I ll come to in a puddle of drool, possibly sucking my thumb, and steadfast in the belief that my name is Sally or Sarah or Roberta or maybe it s Steve No matter what happens, though, I ll have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.If I were to sum up his first solo novel inthan 10 years, I d say I m thoroughly glad Dave Barry didn t plan my bachelor party This novel is batshit crazy, and only one step removed from certifiably insane I laughed uproariously to the point that folks in Arizona probably wondered what the fuck was going on, and Texas citizens probably wanted to top the outstanding noise intrusion.If you like characters that are better off locked up in jail, shoved in the direction of the guillotine, or slipped the needle with copious amounts of an unidentifiable clear liquid that turns stars into rainbows and dogs into cats, then this book is definitely for you There s a douche tweeter, an orangutan who wants to mate with any human female in sight, bedroom divas, pompous assholes, bridal princesses, plastic surgery poster children, a flatulent stripper, a record executive turned spiritual healer who uses religion as a way to get laid, a groom posse, a married man with no ethical code when it comes to humping with the opposite sex, and a Haitian refugee There s enough pot to fuel the state of California for an entire year, andhumping songs and picture perfect porn than a dark lit theatre in the middle of the night In other words, comedy, this is your paradise, and I was thrilled to be along for this wild ride, even if I did end up with whiplash, a broken nose, and a lump on the back of my head the size of a silver dollar.So if comedy is the elixir of the soul and the key to the fountain of youth, then this novel might add a few years to your life Or then again, it might not, but either way it was an entertaining experience of which all humor lovers should partake.By the way, you need to leave sanity at the door and enter at your own risk And if you want to have the wildest ride imaginable, you should totally have Dave Barry plan your bachelor party I m sure he sthan willing to entertain offers.Cross posted at Robert s Reads I farking ADORE Dave Barry If he didn t live so far away, and if we weren t both already hitched, I d certainly marry him Or at least stalk him Insane City is brilliant farce in the tradition of Carl Hiassen, who, I might add, heartily endorses his fellow Floridian comic genius I believe that this hilarious novel is in reality a ghost written explication of real world examples of chaos theory and the butterfly effect, with Barry channeling Ian Malcolm In other words, nothing is random.If you I farking ADORE Dave Barry If he didn t live so far away, and if we weren t both already hitched, I d certainly marry him Or at least stalk him Insane City is brilliant farce in the tradition of Carl Hiassen, who, I might add, heartily endorses his fellow Floridian comic genius I believe that this hilarious novel is in reality a ghost written explication of real world examples of chaos theory and the butterfly effect, with Barry channeling Ian Malcolm In other words, nothing is random.If you like funny, you must read this book The book I read and reviewed here was an Advance Review Copy ARC provided to me by the publisher via my local Indie bookstore I did not accept any payment in exchange for a review, and was in no way influenced to provide a positive review I now consider my ass covered, FTC

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