Insane City

Insane City

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A dark comic masterpiece--the first solo adult novel in more than a decade from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times--bestselling author.
Seth 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 on.
Seth 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 wedding.
As it turns out, it's not smooth sailing, it's more 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 change.
Seth's, not least of all.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780399158681
Branch Call Number: FIC Barry
Characteristics: 341 pages


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Jan 26, 2019

Hilarious dialog...I laughed out loud several times! Fast paced story, very, very funny!

Nov 03, 2018

Juvenile, potty-humour level 'jokes' and the normalization of rape culture. I fail to see how people find this book funny or entertaining. I will be avoiding this author in the future.

Aug 14, 2016

A wedding is a big event, and planning one can be a real headache. But if your wedding's in Miami, the Insane City, you'd better pack some extra-strength aspirin. Dave Barry's novel is a hilarious race against time as our protagonist attempts to avoid ruining the big day in a city where the only law is Murphy's Law. He's already lost the ring, but now that he has to deal with a flirtatious orangutan, a real-life pirate battle, and a family of refugees, it seems hopeless. His heart is in the right place though, and you just can't help but cheer him on as tries to do the right thing even when everything else is going wrong.

Jun 07, 2016

This is the best book I've ever read đź‘Ś

Feb 04, 2016

I so wanted to like this because it's Dave Barry! But the plot and characters were so pedestrian and unlikeable. I tried a few chapters and gave up. Sigh.

Mar 02, 2015

Funny story as expected from Dave Berry. Found myself giggling as I read certain parts. He has a way of making ordinary things become silly and he hits the nail on the head.

Jul 20, 2014

This is my second Dave Barry book (I didn't really enjoy the other one, but I gave him another chance)....this book was hysterical!! I laughed out loud a lot! Absolutely ridiculous storyline, and so fun!! Loved it!

Apr 09, 2014

Funny and enjoyable

Kraut01 Mar 23, 2014

This guy won a Pulitzer???? Inane drivel that wouldn't rate as a "B" grade screenplay. No challenger to Carl Hiassen.

Jun 25, 2013

this is a nice, quick, mind-numbing read in the same vein as "the hangover" films reduce the brain to a sludge factory over a 2 hour time frame. the well-played out "bachelor party gone wrong where stereotypical ex-frat boy runs rampant to overcome ridiculous hurdles to marry the snotty rich girl" angle gets pretty old, though, after the first chapter. it was funny, for sure, but absolutely predictable and made me think the author studied the above-mentioned films for story lines and ideas to trump the over-the-top hijinx that occurs in the movies. recommend for a boring airline ride...

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AnneDromeda Apr 02, 2013

At this point, winter’s hung on long enough that most of us are past yeti jokes and fort building and are well into the kind of resigned stalwart ennui that fuels so much prairie CanLit. What better way to get away from the maddening drear than a comic romp through Miami?

Dave Barry’s Insane City is just the thing to chase away extended-winter blahs – a hilarious comedy of errors set in a city with no filter, taken to all the ridiculous extremes the author could think of in the name of laughs and adventure.

Seth Weinstein is your typical nice guy who can’t win. He went to college and did passably well, only to wind up living back in his parents’ basement tweeting PR pap for a living. When he meets gorgeous, sophisticated Tina Clark, he can’t believe his luck. He wastes no time proposing to the clever, socially conscious lawyer from a family of famous investors. Before he knows it, he and his lovable-loser friends from college arrive in Miami for the bachelor party before the beachside wedding.

Of course, nothing goes as planned. Before the night’s out, Seth’s lost the Groom Posse, an orangutan has Tina’s wedding ring, and a family of Haitian refugees are camping out in his suite at the wedding hotel. Tina, meanwhile, has gone full bridezilla, and refuses to tolerate Seth’s good-natured attempts to solve the problems. I won’t give away too much more other than to tell you the author employs some very well-timed special brownies and there’s a pirate battle.

Fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tom Cockey, or Bill Bryson’s more debauched material will find this book has everything they want from a winter escape novel. The characters are stock stereotypes, but that’s actually desirable in a slapstick plot this complicated. No psychology gets in the way of the laughs, and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that will get you dubious looks on public transit or in bed next to your partner. (I snorted! Most unladylike.) It’s The Hangover for people who read, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Winter, consider yourself pwned.

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