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Stormy Weather (Skink #3)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  10,040 ratings  ·  547 reviews

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 hits—luring con artists, carpetbaggers, and would-be saviors like hyenas to the lion's kill. "Hiaasen himself is a one-man force of nature".

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Published May 14th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 1995)
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Bronwen
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
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Dennis
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
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Cyrus
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
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
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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
Kathy
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
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
Mike
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.
Eric_W
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,
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Rachel
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
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Geoff
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
Terry
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
Kelly
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
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Naomi
Meh. I read this because i'm now living in a hurricane zone, and its about a hurricane and its aftermath. But actually, its about people and strange characters who do things that don't really make sense, with a lot of violence. There were too many details left undone or skipped over: what did the newlyweds do during the storm itself? Where did they ride it out? How about Edie or the other characters? Then the aftermath was more an excuse to talk about the (mostly) crooked characters, and not nec ...more
Alice
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
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San
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
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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.
Jennifer
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
jobiwan6
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.
Renee
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!
Bettyp
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
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Stephanie
So bad I can't even finish it ....
Daisy
Carl Hiaasen books, as well as books by Tim Dorsey, have become my go-to summer reads. I found both these authors two summers ago and I now stockpile their books for warm weather. They are also great reads while visiting Florida. Not because of the warm weather, though that certainly doesn't hurt, but because it's where both author's books take place. Both writer's have a formula they use as the bones for their books but they are far from being formula books. The formula; a variety of characters ...more
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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
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Algernon
My first Carl Hiaasen read, and it's a good one. Quite hilarious if you don't stop to analyze too deep why you are laughing. The book is about the aftermath of a devastating Florida hurricane, with about 150000 homes destroyed, loss of life and property. It's actually a major tragedy, but I guess "everything is funny, as long as it happens to somebody else" . The first reference that came to mind while reading Stormy Weather is the movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World" . I actually checked on imd ...more
Jerry
Hiaasen is known for witty comedic tales, so indeed “Weather” fits right in! A bad hurricane hits southern Florida, blowing away whole trailer parks and all manner of people’s roofs, accompanied by widespread devastation, even a few deaths. We then meet quite a quirky cast of characters: newlyweds Bonnie and Max, with Max abandoning all the honeymoon plans to go south and videotape the damages; “Snapper” and Edie, whose goal is to scam missing homeowners out of their insurance money; Augustine, ...more
Sean O'Hara
This is extremely disappointing for a Carl Hiaasen novel. It's as funny as Hiaasen's best, but the plotting is horrible. This is one of those books with two storylines that eventually converge, but they do so in the most haphazard way, and afterwards it's not clear why the characters don't just go their separate ways.

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
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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 southern Florida.
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