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Big Trouble Movie Tie-In Mass Market Paperback – Jan 11 2002


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425184129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425184127
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,541,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Puggy had held down his job at the Jolly Jackal Bar and Grill, which did not have a grill, for almost three weeks. Read the first page
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By A Customer on July 13 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Background: grew up in South Florida reading and loving Dave in the Miami Herald but I live many states away now. I found out after reading the book that it was made into a movie starring Tim Allen. I'm sort of a movie buff but still had never heard of the movie and to date I've never seen it.
Pretty good book, but not what I had hoped from Dave Barry. I guess this was his first foray into a full novel. The frog is the best part and it is pretty much what one would expect from a goofy, South Florida tale. It has lots of funny moments, but I really don't know if non-Dave Barry fans could enjoy it because the end story leaves alot to be desired.
Nonetheless, if you get if for cheap, it's a quick read and it's funny.
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By A Customer on June 5 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
...or you'll run the risk of injury and embarrassment if you're in public. Yes, this book has some bad words and sexual situations - it's a novel not a column run in a family-friendly newspaper. And its intended audience is adults' whose books occasionally have bad words and sexual situations - regardless how many young people enjoy Dave's columns. Otherwise it would be a different section of the bookstore.
Anyway, it's very funny. No one can or should be able to make the reader howl on every single page, but "Big Trouble" does a fine job of entertaining. If you've seen the movie (worth checking out) it's very loyal to the book: same characters and most of the funniest situations are kept in.
Plot: Roughly eight to 12 characters wind up interacting in a kind of convoluted manner to describe well here - a pair of teens playing "Killer" with a water pistol wind up inadvertenly messing up a hit man's plan to kill the dad of one of their classmates - whose maid winds up falling in love with the narrator - a homeless man called Puggy. Meanwhile the target of the hitman winds up facedown in a bowl of dog chow squirted by a poisonous toad having hallucinations that involve Martha Stewart. Eventually, the dad of one of the teens winds up hijacking a plane - which finally wins his son's respect. A bomb which passes with impunity through an airport check is finally diffused and - well, why not read the rest? I promise it's funnier than just a brief description here can make it.
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Format: Hardcover
May I first say that I am a fan of Barry's? I love his columns and his comedy books. I didn't like this in the least.
It reaks of rookieness. The characters are so flat and predictable that you will not be able to attach to them. The plot is empty and very, very boring.
And, worst of all, he seems to try and make up for it with distasteful humor. I'm no prude, but this is pretty vulgar stuff, and the payoff in humour is lacking.
Barry is a great columnist, but his fiction is bottom of the barrell, please don't bother.
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I found Dave Barry's novel, Big Trouble, a very entertaining story down to the last page. The book is filled with action and witty humor throughout. The book is a light-hearted crime novel - a storyline of a robbery, with comic relief where it is needed.

Dave Barry creates a wall of characters in the story, which makes the book read a little faster, as he is jumping from character through character throughout the book. The only problem with this is that although the large amount of people in the story adds to the plot's depth, it is easy to get lost between the character's names and what's happening to whom.

Even with this mild flaw, though, the story still reads well and the plot flows brilliantly. Dave Barry takes completely different characters who have nothing to do with each other and then pulls them together through a series of events. At first, no plot seemed evident to me, but as you read on, everything begins to fit in, and then the adventure starts!

The story is a very original one involving a nuclear bomb, a game called killer, a large toad, a homeless man, a bar that's purpose is not to sell drinks, and two hitmen, two police officers, two high schoolers, two FBI agents, and two "veterans". It seems like it would be impossible to write a book incorporating such a wide variety of ideas and thoughts and yet still keeping it an interesting story, but somehow, Dave Barry manages to pull it off.

I find this story very hard to describe in a few short sentences, as there is just SO much that goes on in it. It takes place in Miami, where a victim of attempted murder tries to buy a bomb to get the attention of the feds in some crazy plan of his.
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Dave Barry has done a wonderful job on his first fiction novel. I found myself laughing out loud at parts. In a style reminiscent of Carl Hiassen, Barry introduces a cast of unforgettable characters and a hillarous commentary on society and especially South Florida.
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Fasten your seatbelts, cause Dave Barry is taking you for a bumpy ride through the streets of Miami! Watch out for New Jersey mobsters, FBI agents, teenagers with squirt guns, and Russians selling nuclear weapons. Oh yes, and don't run your car into that goat crossing the street, or that dog that looks like Elizabeth Dole. This is a very enjoyable and fast read.
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