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Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:56 am
by pigfender
I'd not heard of him until I read this post. What would be a good book of his to read first?

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:50 am
by bayamo
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.

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:31 am
by pigfender
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!

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:58 am
by bayamo
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..

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:18 pm
by vic-k
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.
Take care
Vic

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:19 pm
by pigfender
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.
Take care
Vic


Carl owes you about £4 now then, bayamo! You bought him 2 beers or - and this still weirds me out - 1 coffee.

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:49 am
by bayamo
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!

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:21 pm
by vic-k
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.
Take care
Vic

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:33 pm
by pigfender
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!

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:35 pm
by bayamo
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!

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:47 pm
by pigfender
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!

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:00 pm
by bayamo
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.

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:43 pm
by PJS
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.

ps

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:37 pm
by bayamo
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.

ps


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

Re: Carl Hiaasen?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:20 pm
by Hugh
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.)