Friday, August 10, 2012

Carl Hiassen is a hoot!


Lately, Florida author Carl Hiaasen is noted for his novels, Hoot, Flush, Scat and Chomp.  Even the titles are pretty funny which might make you want to pick up one of these young adult novels.  But don't forget his older mysteries. What a hoot!  Someone at Amazon commented that Skin Tight was one of his best and it really does make for a laugh out loud summer read.  One character, the six foot nine Chemo with the weed whacker arm, is unforgettable.

 His web site says "A graduate of the University of Florida, at age 23 he joined The Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the paper's weekly magazine and later its prize-winning investigations team. Since 1985 Hiaasen has been writing a regular column, which at one time or another has ****** off just about everybody in South Florida, including his own bosses. He has outlasted almost all of them, and his column still appears on most Sundays in The Herald's opinion-and-editorial section. It may be viewed online....or in the actual printed edition of the newspaper, which, miraculously, is still being published. "

His sardonic sense of humor may not be for everyone.  But, if you like that kind of wit, he is a master.  He's a staunch environmentalist whose bad guys are always trying to exploit the environment or scam the tourists. "Fabulous sense of chaos and absurdity", delightfully warped mind", wicked imagination" all describe him.

One reviewer mentioned that it seems readers tend to say their favorite Hiaasen book is their first.  Maybe this is because of the reader's surprise.  It may tend to start out as a "normal" whodunit and then his biting wit emerges with laugh out loud consequences.

Why not give it a try - Skin Tight, Double Whammy, Native Tongue, Sick Puppy, Tourist Season are among his more than 30 books that readers mention as their favorites.  What a hoot!

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