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Stormy Weather (Skink #3)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  11,051 ratings  ·  599 reviews
When a ferocious hurricane rips through southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste no time in swarming over the disaster area.

Among the predators are Edie Marsh, an entrepreneurial young woman whose scheme to sleep with a Palm Beach Kennedy has fizzled, freezing her to concoct a colossal insurance rip-off; Lester Maddox Parsons, a murderous ex-con whose viol
ebook, 335 pages
Published August 11th 2010 by Vintage (first published 1995)
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Stormy Weather follows Carl Hiaasen's usual fomula, with his normal cast of characters. The confused female victim of the greedy jerk rescued by the "crazy" recluse and the caring, law-enforcement hero. The story takes place in the Florida Everglades, as usual, and contains the author's requrired amount of environmental "preachiness."

If Hiaasen's books are all so predictable, why do I like reading them so much? Because he is an incredibly clever writer with a dark, twisted sense of humor that I
Jonathan Ashleigh
This book was like reading a tabloid, only I cared less about the people between the covers.
Fool me twice, shame on me. What on earth was I thinking taking on a second installment by the same author responsible for writing Star Island? As if that calamitous wonder wasn't bad enough, this glutton for punishment nevertheless vowed to forge his way through Stormy Weather simply because it was sitting there on his desk for the taking. Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky.

This time the author scrambles a muddle of cartoonish characters whose lives intersect implausibly in the immedia
This book was so funny and the characters were so different. I did not know this was a series but I love the crazy, uber intelligent, gross, scrupulous character that Carl Hiaasen created in Skink (ex-governor). Florida has just had a devastating hurricane and between the people that are homeless and the vultures that come there to scam them, CH weaves a tale that is hysterical and has a balanced redemption. If your up for a riotous romp through the Everglades with a wonderfully clever, kooky ca ...more
John Martin
When I joined GR, I mistakenly thought I had read this book and gave it four stars. I was wrong - which I realised when I stumbled upon the book at the Lifeline Bookfair in Canberra. I've now actually read the novel and upgraded it to five stars.
Carl Hiassen has not dissapointed me yet.
This is my kind of book. It has zany characters that you really do love or hate and understand, a funny plot as intricately woven as a fine basket and an underlying message - that is not in your face and you can c
This was the first Carl Hiaasen book I'd read, and probably the first example of "popular" not-quite-literary fiction I'd read in quite a while. I've been reading too much heavy stuff (Under the Volcano, The Savage Detectives etc.) and was looking forward to a light, fast paced read with some good laughs thrown in, and I'd always heard that Hiaasen was a perfect example of what they call a "beach read." Also I was intrigued by the idea that his books are always set in Florida, as I spent my chi ...more
Emily Anderson
Sep 13, 2007 Emily Anderson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who love crime-humor
This is one of my favorite Hiaasen novels. It has 10 or 12 crazy characters (including a one-eyed ex-governor who lives off the wild in the Everglades) and it's hilarious! If you haven't read any Hiaasen, he is based in the Miami area and his books are all humor/crime novels that usually have basically the same theme: a somewhat crazy environmentalist fighting evil, corrupt forces (Florida govt., land developers) in the Everglades. It's really a love-it-or-hate-it genre, but if you love one Hiaa ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Squire rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Squire by: Susan--thanks again!
I've been making an attempt to get around to some GR friend requests this year and this is #8 for this year. The variety of authors I've read this year has been greater than any I've encountered in a long time. This is the latest one.

A crazy cast of characters all entering Florida during and after a hurricane. The dark and twisted hilarious and satirical nature of the novel is offset by its preachiness over environmental concerns which have grown stale for me and it's predictibility. Hiaasen's d
Carl Hiassen has a satiric edge second to none, as he provides characters and plots that bring to light, make that "spotlight," the human vices and societal ills that plague all places, but especially the state of Florida. As Hiassen said in a recent speech, "they (reprobates and crazies)all come here (Florida). For those of us who speak fluent sarcasm and appreciate nothing better than witty sarcasm, Hiassen's novels, and Stormy Weather certainly, make our joy meters tingle in a most pleasurabl ...more
I love a good Carl Hiaasen book, alas this was not a good Carl Hiaasen. It starts off strong, sweeping the reader into the story following the wake of a hurricane. The cast ballons quickly and just as quickly gets thinned down in a series of gruesome endings, which, for the most part, are not ironic, fitting, or funny. As the cast dwindles down so does the plot, which revolves around: Bonnie and Max Lamb, the mismatched newly wed couple; Augustine, the good guy skull juggler; Edie, the con-woman ...more
H. P. Reed
If the Writer Fairy, dressed in sparkly chinos, tube top, ruby tiara and plaid sneakers, bebopped her way into my bedroom and asked me, "Who d'ya wanna write like?" I think I'd vacillate between Reginald Hill and Carl Hiaasen. But before she bonked me with the ruby magic wand, I'd likely settle on Hiaasen. Why, when he's so often formulaic? Because his formulae make me laugh, that's why. His prose is crisp and funny. His characters are odd, spooky and funny. His plot twists are improbable and fu ...more
Why no one has made a movie out of any of Carl Hiaasen's hilarious novels is a mystery to me. His writing is so cinematic, that you can visualize the plot unfolding on as movie or TV screen as you turn every page. This volume centers around a Hurricane that hits south Florida and its aftermath and is populated by Hiaasen's usual cast of Florida misfits and oddball characters: a honeymoon couple from New York who are looking to see what a hurricane is like, a sexy con artist who gets herself invo ...more
A major hurricane (Andrew?) hits near Miami and Hiaasen has a lot of fun with the aftermath. His cast of characters is perfect, a mix of grifters, clueless tourists, overworked cops, hookers, hobos with a past, building industry cheaters, insurance adjusters on the take and straight, criminals, etc. High quotient of smiling with a few chuckles thrown in. Mindless entertainment but lots of clever writing and twists keep you in the plot. Solid entertainment from every one of his books so far.
Virtually everyone and everything is corrupt, except perhaps the deranged ex-governor of the state, in Carl Hiaasen's marvelously funny Stormy Weather.

Bonnie and Max Lamb are on their honeymoon at Disney World when the one-hundred year hurricane hits. Max, being a good red-blooded American, immediately grabs his video camera and heads for the path of destruction to tape all the gore and devastation. Bonnie is not happy, feeling this is somehow disrespectful, but when Max is kidnapped by Skink,
Usually I start reviews with a brief plot summary, but I'm not even sure how to sum this one up. The story takes place in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane that has hit Florida, and hard -- that part is easy enough. But against this backdrop Hiaasen sketches a tale that could only take place in one of his novels. With the normal social boundaries washed away by the storm, Florida becomes a land of chaos, and Hiaasen's characters reveal very interesting aspects of human nature.

In an initial
Sep 27, 2007 Terry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: modernnoir
In this book, Hiaasen achieves a nice feat. He blends a modern noir with patches of dark hilarity, like the Coen Brother's Fargo. This is a tale of grifters ranging through post-hurricane-Andrew Florida, ripping off victims who have just been through a terrible natural disaster. Snapper, a grifter who had his jaw rearranged by a game warden, is so stupidly menacing he needs a part-time prostitute named Edie to mediate between him and the rest of the world. Edie and Snapper naturally are trying t ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
The usual (maybe not 'usual' except for the folks who end up in the police blotter sections of newspapers) odd Florida characters from murderers to con artists to the distinctly cracked in the head somewhere are involved in various linked ways. This time it's a Florida hurricane which starts the ball rolling, as various couples find the hurricane itself has completely wrecked the lives they had been living before the winds hit and overturned everything that made them the people they felt themsel ...more
Lately I've been making an effort to try and read as much of the full catalog of some favorite authors as possible. This is is in part just to see how the writer evolves over time. I mention this because if you've never read this author before, don't make this your first book.

It is an entertaining read but not the best example of the satire that I enjoy in his work. The characters here, while entertaining as usual, were almost too many for the story and even those you tend to root for had a bit
Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen is a fictional novel that takes place in South Florida after the destruction of a hurricane. The plot follows Bonnie and Max, two newlyweds, who were on their honeymoon to Walt Disney World when the hurricane passed through. Max, an advertising executive, decides to document the destruction with a video camera to send back to his friends at the firm. Disgusted, Bonnie leaves him. Bonnie ends up helping a man named Augustine Herra rescue his exotic animals, which es ...more
Esther Warrendorf
This is the first Hiaasen book I have read targeted at adults. After enjoying two of his children's novels (Hoot and Flush) I picked up this at a used book sale. So I don't have other Hiaasen adult novels to compare it to.

Having said that, it is a very enjoyable, if improbable, read. His characters, most of them, are over the top, yet entirely believable. Same goes for the plot. The behaviors of the characters are so crazy that they made me laugh out loud at times, while still feeling sympathy
The story is about honeymooning couple Max and Bonnie in Disney Land, enter hurricane struck Dade County Florida for adventure and what happens to them.

The story under umbrella of hurricane Andrew is dark, frightening and gloomy – colorful elements come together and weave through insurance scams, street fights – looting, hunt for food and shelter, corruption, bureaucracy, ravaged landscape.

Memorable elements make the mark.

Element 1. Max – From the ambitious Ad man of NY city to a pavilion dog in
Nancy Brady
Quirky characters inhabit this thriller set during and after a hurricane that hits the Miami area. Newlyweds Bonnie and Max Lamb visit the aftermath, and his desire to videotape the destruction leads to upheaval in their lives together. Add in insurance scammers, a former governor, and few other memorable characters and the plot thickens. Keeping straight all the characters is the biggest drawback to this novel, but there are plenty of humorous moments throughout.
Fun characters
Interesting setting - post hurricane destruction
Not your typical ending, but satisfying

There were a lot of characters to keep track of.
Same number of viewpoints as there were characters (12 maybe?)
Because of all the POVs and different subplots, I'd barely get into the action before it changed to someone else, some where else.

Stormy weather follows a newlywed couple from their honeymoon in the beginning of the book to the end, where the word honey doesn't apply. These
Though formulaic and full of the same sort of characters as the 3 or 4 other stories I've read--super-confident women who relentlessly use sex to get whatever they want, men so dumb and desperate they fall for that, and an array of circus/zoo freaks that come alive in a many-pronged Keystone-type plot--I find that reading a Hiaasen book every few years cleanses the palate between serious literary undertakings...
Phil Nichols
Once again Carl Hiaasen shows why he is the master of character development. He uses the hurricane as a metaphor for the dramatic events experienced by his cast, each of whom is strong in their own particular way, and each of whom has a strange idiosyncrasy. A sprinkling of crisp irony and satire provide laughs throughout.
Bruce Cook
I downloaded this to my Kindle because I had read Bad Monkey and felt like reading another no-brainer like that one. It was much the same and very typical of this author. It is an easy read and entertaining, as long as you understand what it is. It is more tongue in cheek than anything else. I laughed out loud reading one review that called it a great crime novel. That it most certainly is not. The things that happen are outlandish - not something that would happen in ordinary life. But, with th ...more
Dec 03, 2010 jobiwan6 rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moe, Larry, or Curly. Maybe Curly Joe. But not Shemp. Shemp would hate it.
Recommended to jobiwan6 by: gift from mom
Shelves: gift-from

Many people find this author amusing. I am not one of them. My taste in literary humor runs to more of the Kurt Vonnegut variety. To me, reading Vonnegut is like watching Chaplin. And reading Hiaasen is like watching the Three Stooges.
Hiaasen is one of my favorite authors. I love that he writes about saving nature & animals even if its only in Florida...gotta start somewhere. His characters and quirky and laugh out loud hilarious. He is a premier satirist!
I loved reading this book. I was in the perfect spot - on the beach in Ft. Myers Florida. I'm not reading another Hiaasen story until I'm back in Florida. It is so much more fun to read it there. It seems that I've read reviews of other books that use the words, 'rollicking ride' and they surely apply to this story. I don't know how Carl Hiaasen keeps his story ides straight but I appreciates that he wraps it all up in the end.
All Hiaasen stories are hilarious although they do deliver a serious
So bad I can't even finish it ....
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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