The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure #2020

The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure Jack Handey The Stench of Honolulu A Tropical Adventure The legendary Deep Thoughts and New Yorker humorist Jack Handey is back with his very first novel a hilarious absurd far flung adventure taleE STENCH OF HONOLOLUAre you a fan of books in which famou

  • Title: The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure
  • Author: Jack Handey
  • ISBN: 9781455522385
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure Jack Handey The legendary Deep Thoughts and New Yorker humorist Jack Handey is back with his very first novel a hilarious, absurd, far flung adventure taleE STENCH OF HONOLOLUAre you a fan of books in which famous tourist destinations are repurposed as unlivable hellholes for no particular reason Read on Jack Handey s exotic tale is full of laugh out loud twists and unforgettableThe legendary Deep Thoughts and New Yorker humorist Jack Handey is back with his very first novel a hilarious, absurd, far flung adventure taleE STENCH OF HONOLOLUAre you a fan of books in which famous tourist destinations are repurposed as unlivable hellholes for no particular reason Read on Jack Handey s exotic tale is full of laugh out loud twists and unforgettable characters whose names escape me right now A reliably unreliable narrator and his friend, who is some other guy, need to get out of town They have a taste for adventure, so they pay a visit to a relic of bygone days a travel agent and discover an old treasure map She might have been a witch, by the way Our heroes soon embark on a quest for the Golden Monkey, which takes them into the mysterious and stinky foreign land of Honolulu There, they meet untold dangers, confront strange natives, kill and eat Turtle People, kill some other things and people, eat another thing, and discover the ruins of ancient civilizations As our narrator says, The ruins were impressive But like so many civilizations, they forgot the rule that might have saved them Don t let vines grow all over you.
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    1. When you are reading a book by Jack Handey, and you come across a sentence such as The sun was like a blazing ball of fire in the sky, you know you are witnessing genius.Because yes, the sun literally is a blazing ball of fire in the sky, so structuring the sentence as a metaphor is ironic But the word fire has connotations of heat, and with blazing it s an unbearable, oppressive heat So Despite the irony, the description is perfect This is also ironic And achievable only in the context of this [...]

    2. When humor columnist Dave Barry wrote his first novel, he was caught whining, You mean you have to have characters AND a plot Complain though he did, Mr Barry actually managed to fulfill this challenge and write a pretty decent funny novel.Jack Handey, on the other hand, didn t appear to be in the mood to work quite that hard I suppose this book has the scaffolding of a plot, and it is upon this scaffolding that Mr Handey hangs his relentless 1 3 line jokes I could forgive this lack of literary [...]

    3. Dry Incoherent Hilarious It s basically Deep Thoughts crammed into a flimsy plot I love his stuff, but I could only take so much at a time due to dryness desensitization Then I d come back to it and it was hilarious again So a 3.5 rounded up His tone is hysterical, and I could definitely see re listening to this in the future.

    4. Downright hilarious, delightfully absurd, and pleasingly nonsensical, THE STENCH OF HONOLULU is Jack Handey at his finest.It s so good, it made me do my funny cowboy dance, and I wouldn t say that in public if it weren t absolutely true.Buy this book Support Handey s drinking habit Have some laughs.

    5. this book was funny at least 10 times on every page.i will put this book on my shelf right next to The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy Jack Handy is a Genius

    6. A word of warning do not read this book while wearing a clay facial mask You ll just crack it up, rendering it useless and you ll have no one to blame but yourself.That said, DO read this book preferably without any substance of any sort on your face of course If you are like me you loved Jack Handey s DEEP THOUGHTS on Saturday Night Live sometime in the past if you are like me, you don t remember much before yesterday in which case that is sad and you should probably see a doctor or eat omega f [...]

    7. The great thing about The Stench of Honolulu is that it reads just like Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey The disappointing thing about The Stench of Honolulu is that reads just like Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey I d always loved the absurdist humor of the old Deep Thoughts bits on Saturday Night Live, so when I saw the recent New York Times profile of Handey in which I learned how did I miss that for 20 years that Handey wasn t a character but an actual writer and mention of his new novel, I decided [...]

    8. One of the silliest, most joyfully goofy books I ve ever read I laughed out loud several times reading this not on EVERY PAGE, as the lunatic Ian Frazier says in his pull quote on the front cover You ok, Ian , and was pleasantly surprised at how much enjoyed a book that only has the merest semblance of a plot I love the dry, bold idiot of a main character Handey has created here known only to us as Wrong Way Slurps, a name he made up for himself and the completely brash way he treats his well me [...]

    9. Not much here in terms of plot, character development, or anything else you probably ought to look for in a good story But if a book makes me laugh this much out loud I just can t help but give it 5 stars Such a fun read I was embarrassed to read it in public, because I didn t want to look like a nut constantly laughing at the adventures of Wrong Way Slurps.In the jungle you come to realize that death is a part of life The bat eats the moth Then the giant moth sucks the life out of the bat Then [...]

    10. Oh my I can t remember reading a book like this in a long, long time Completely and totally silly book for grownups Not that the plot is important in this silly book, but I suppose I must at least tell you a little Let s see Our main character and his friend need to get out of town, visit a travel agent, and learn of a mysterious treasure map Soon they are off in search of the Golden Monkey.It s quite silly, silly than I can really say, and that s the charm of it Don t go looking for Deep Thoug [...]

    11. I didn t like Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves It s neat, but it worked too hard to be neat, you know House of Leaves is like those kids in high school who clomp around with black lipstick or capes or tails sewn into their pants Deal with my weirdness, they scream with their outfits, made up of pieces hijacked from one trip to an anime convention or a Google image search of David Bowie hot These kids and House of Leaves desperately want to be appreciated for their uniqueness they re terrifie [...]

    12. One of the best things about Saturday Night Live in the late 80s was the Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey in between skits.I never realized that Jack Handey was an actual person I also didn t realize that he d written a couple of novels I forget how I stumbled across this one but was tickled pink to see how his wit would translate into a novel.The answer In many ways, many of his deep thoughts strung together into a full story Having a story context allowed for thoughts that wouldn t otherwise stan [...]

    13. I ve decided to read only funny books on planes.This is what you d expect from Jack Handey I laughed outloud a lot It somehow manages to be slapstick in writing, but at the same time it s slightly dark.I expected it to actually be set in Hawaii though, but the Honolulu in this book is fictional it s a foreign country with a different currency and everything The main character s internal monologue is basically ongoing deep thoughts esque comments with their weird totally out of the blue punchline [...]

    14. 1 1 2 Maybe I was in a grumpy mood, maybe I was just not into abjectly silly material, I certainly know I will never trust Judd Apatow s recommendations for the funniest books on the planet ever again I smiled once or twice at a few references in this very short read, but laugh out loud Not even close Ridiculous the whole way through absolutely on purpose I am glad that Handey was so entertaining on SNL but this is a farce Luckily it only wasted an hour or so of my time On to better things.

    15. The problem with novels focused entirely on absurdist non sequiturs is that there s no compelling reason to finish because the plot and characters are so thin It was funny while I was reading it but entirely forgettable whenever I wasn t, so there s little impetus to keep going.

    16. I was looking forward to laughing I wanted to laugh Here and and there I thought I might l laugh but in the end I didn t.

    17. I was laughing out loud before I finished reading the first page of this book Jack Handey is a comedic genius This achingly hilarious novel is essentially a book length version of Handey s Deep Thoughts, but with all the parts woven together into a brilliant cohesive narrative The short chapters make a quick read The Stench of Honolulu brought me so much joy that there is a very strong probability that I will be re reading it.

    18. This is hilarious And the humor is so zany and stupid that one almost forgets how brilliant this book is Every single sentence is either a set up or a punch line, and somehow the story moves forward into ridiculousness.

    19. So I was torn between three and four stars for this book It was full of very funny lines and non sequiturs, but it got kind of old Still the background story was decent, but simple.

    20. Some critics have criticized Jack Handy s first novel for being skimpy Their ignorance is forgivable Consider Some descriptions are minimalist, e.g He sat down and pondered, while others are maximalist, e.g Carefully choosing a chair of exotic woods, silver and gilt, of the sort Andr Charles Boull made for the Sun King, he lowered himself arthritically into it and, as it creaked slightly at his weight, wondered with what treatment the artisan had finished the wood Handey has become rich and famo [...]

    21. Yes, Jack Handy is a person Non comic writer nerds remember Deep Thoughts on SNL, but those in the know remember him as the creator of Toonces the driving cat and many other weird SNL sketches that usually went over people s heads.This book is a lot like if you took a bunch of Deep Thoughts one liners and smashed them together in a novel It s a very pure form of absurdity that is sure to make a small percentage of people appreciate Handy s true genius, and completely alienate the other 90 some p [...]

    22. Handey, Jack The Stench of Honolulu 3 CDs unabridged 3 hrs Hachette Audio 2013 ISBN 9781619693609 24.98 American humorist, Jack Handey, narrates his zany and ridiculous travel novel filled with tongue and cheek humor and hilarious adventures Wrong Way Slurps and his companion Don head to Hawaii, to find the fabled golden monkey Their journey is not an easy one though, they encounter turtle men, horrible smells, angry natives, and a pelican god according to the narrator this is no tourist attract [...]

    23. Jack Handey helped shape my sense of humor as a young teenager he has a way of distilling the absurd and grotesque in the world into brilliant little comic nuggets and hypothetical situations In The Stench of Honolulu, he demonstrates the entertainment value of a protagonist who is high on self importance and low on self awareness or any sort of reasonable perspective, really The story is loose, but that s kind of the point It s a forum for one liners and ridiculous set ups starring the insuffer [...]

    24. A ludicrous little book If you wondered how Jack Handey might handle the transition from the one liners of Deep Thoughts to the long form of a novel, the answer is that he doesn t even try This is a pile of loosely connected jokes and quips, and as such, it s old timey comedy writing few people bother with any But what jokes and quips they are The opening line alone would be a stage classic, and while not all that follows is A material, there s just so much of it, it adds up to a nonstop chuckle [...]

    25. This book was absolutely perfect a completely unsympathetic and totally unreliable narrator No real plot, no pathos Just dumb joke after dumb joke, one after another, ceaselessly.When I read the excerpt on , I was laughing so hard I was crying And then I realized that I was just crying which made me laugh again but also terrified me.I can t give any higher recommendation than that.

    26. The first time I read this I laughed so hard that tears, like salty drops of rain, flowed from my eyes The second time I read this, I thought, What was so funny This book is dumb My advice Read this book, once, and then bury it deep inside the earth, in your neighbor s yard If he asks what you re doing, tell him you are looking for treasure Then he will help you dig.

    27. If you like Jack Handey, you ll love this book I think What I d Say to the Martians is far funnier possibly the funniest book I ve ever read but any doubts I had about Handey s ability to do a novel are gone.It s absurd but the humor is rich, simple, and rife I got this last night due to a preorder and I m already done it s that good

    28. 3.5This book was so brilliantly stupid that it was very funny I always found myself reading a paragraph, thinking it was so dumb and hilarious, and then reading it out loud for whoever I could find to hear They never thought it was as funny as me I guess you had to be there.

    29. If you know Jack Handey of SNL s Deep Thoughts then you know what you re getting into If you don t, then you re in for a nonsensical, funny, absurd read I m not a laugh out loud kinda person I never, EVER, use LOL But I had some close calls reading this one.

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