The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure

By Jack Handey

(Grand Central Publishing, $19)

Jack Handey is widely known as a deadpan dispenser of funny platitudes thanks to his work on 1990s-era Saturday Night Live and in a series of humor books. This time, Handey tries his hand at a novel, and the results are as uniquely hilarious as one would expect. The plot focuses on an unreliable, sad-sack narrator and his pal who go on a quest through a ruinous Hawaii, encountering untold dangers, ancient civilizations and some very quirky natives along the way. Peppered with Handey’s signature one-liners and absurdist sensibility, Honolulu is a rib-tickling treasure-hunt travelogue that keeps the pages turning fast.