Carl Hiaasen?

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Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:56 am Post

I'd not heard of him until I read this post. What would be a good book of his to read first?
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Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:50 am Post

Native Tongue is on of my favorites. Tourist Season is also excellent. If you are into bass fishing Double Whammy is a good pick. You gotta be really cynical. And a heads up, Florida, especially South Florida really is the way he portrays it.

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Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:31 am Post

I picked up Star Island last night in hardback (it's the only one the bookshop had), so you can credit this post with one sale, at least!
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Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:58 am Post

DO NOT drink coffee or any other liquid.. take it from me, firsthand experience, you are liable to burst out laughing and spit up all over the place..

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Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:18 pm Post

Just ordered CH's Omnibus: 'Tourist Season; Double Whammy; Skin Tiight. If it's rubbish, Ill be sending one of you lot the bill.
Talking about 'funny', I've just started 'Middlmarch' by George Eliot. I've only read the first few paged and I haven't stopped smiling/laughing. If CH is half as funny, you can relax about the bill.
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Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:19 pm Post

vic-k wrote:Just ordered CH's Omnibus: 'Tourist Season; Double Whammy; Skin Tiight. If it's rubbish, Ill be sending one of you lot the bill.
Talking about 'funny', I've just started 'Middlmarch' by George Eliot. I've only read the first few paged and I haven't stopped smiling/laughing. If CH is half as funny, you can relax about the bill.
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Carl owes you about £4 now then, bayamo! You bought him 2 beers or - and this still weirds me out - 1 coffee.
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Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:49 am Post

not to far fetched that i can collect the beers.. my mom still lives in miami, and i would see him in coconut grove, a neighborhood there.. he also is a frequent visitor to an independent bookstore that i used to work at.. next time i visit home i will look him up and show him this thread.. hope you enjoy the books!

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Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:21 pm Post

Carl dropped by the other day, he's sat on the table now, next to our Bodsham's 'Fallen Angel' and George Eliot's 'Middlemarch. A bit of pushing and shoving goes on, I think...attention seeking, y' know what authors are like.
I think we're looking at both ends of the spectrum here. You've got the reporter's brevity of CH at one end, and the gorgeous voluptuous wordiness of George, at the other. In the middle we have the delightful happy medium of Dave Hewson (Bodsham).
I'm already a Hewsen addict and every new page of Eliot's writing is pure sensuous indulgence, so we'll have to see what CH can do for me.
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:33 pm Post

Chalk up another sale that Carl owes you for, Bayamo. I've just finished "Tourist Season" and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'm currently in that glorious reader's nirvana of having found a new author whose work I really like who has a long back catalogue to keep me busy!
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:35 pm Post

He is one of those authors where you keep turning the page just to see what he comes up with next. And worst of all, if you spend any time in South Florida, it reads more like non-fiction. Things like what he writes about really do happen there!

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:47 pm Post

bayamo wrote:Things like what he writes about really do happen there!


That is quite possibly one of the most worrying things I've ever heard!
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:00 pm Post

Florida is like a world on to itself. If I remember correctly Tourist Season has a story line about a Cuban militant and explosives? Well, yes, there was a time there where bombs were going off at travel agencies believed to be paying kick backs to the Castro's, and radio personalities who were deemed "friendly" to the Castro regime also got bombed.

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:43 pm Post

If you like gardening, lawn care, that sort of thing, Skin Tight presents a creative and -- as far as I know -- unique solution to the problem of dealing with weeds.

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:37 pm Post

PJS wrote:If you like gardening, lawn care, that sort of thing, Skin Tight presents a creative and -- as far as I know -- unique solution to the problem of dealing with weeds.

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CHEMO!!!! He became a recurring character. He is in the last novel too, Star Island.

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:20 pm Post

It would be great if a few more of Hiaasen's novels were available on the Kindle. (You can tell what I was given for Christmas.)
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