Stormy Weather (Skink #3)
A hilarious new novel of greed and corruption from the bestselling author of "Strip Tease". The story focuses on southern Florida at the height of the tourist season, when a ferocious hurricane hitsluring con artists, carpetbaggers, and would-be saviors like hyenas to the lion's kill. "Hiaasen himself is a one-man force of nature".
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 ...more
This time the author scrambles a muddle of cartoonish characters whose lives intersect implausibly in the immedia ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
In an initial ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
All Hiaasen stories are hilarious although they do deliver a serious ...more
After a massive hurricane flattens Southern Dade County Florida, the place is overrun with various chiselers, scam artists, would-be contractors, insurance adjusters, and even honeymooning tourists. Hiaasen peoples this romp with the usual mix of characters – Bonnie and Max are on their honeymoon at Disney World when the hurricane hits, and Max just [u]has[/u] to head south to get home videos of the aftermath. Augustine Herrera has recently inherited his uncl ...more
Both plots center upon a massive hurricane that strikes Miami. In one we have a tourist couple, a pair of newly weds who were honeymooning at Disneyland. When the hurricane comes, t ...more