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Stormy Weather (Skink #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  12,272 Ratings  ·  665 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 hitsluring 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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Jonathan Ashleigh
This book was like reading a tabloid, only I cared less about the people between the covers.
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
Mar 26, 2015 Dennis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-lit, never-again
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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John Martin
Jun 22, 2012 John Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Susan
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
Cyrus
Jun 07, 2008 Cyrus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Geoff
Aug 12, 2011 Geoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
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
Squire
Jul 25, 2015 Squire rated it liked it  ·  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
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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
Dec 17, 2008 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
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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Jay
Jan 31, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse-now
South Florida is its own uniquely twisted universe. Other than the late Charles Willeford ("Miami Blues"), no one captures this world more accurately, vividly and hilariously in fiction than Carl Hiaasen. "Stormy Weather", written in 1995, is the zanier side of the truly horrific Hurricane Andrew, a vicious satire of the darker side of my adopted Sunshine State, a poke in the eye of the public "servants" and developers who built (or allowed) a world of match-stick and balsa wood homes, and those ...more
Rachel
Jun 01, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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aPriL does feral sometimes
The usual (well, maybe not exactly 'usual' except for the kind of 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 are involved in various linked ways.

This time it's a Florida hurricane which starts the ball rolling, as various couples find that a hurricane has completely wrecked the lives they had been living before the winds hit and overturned everything that made them the people they felt
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Andie
Apr 16, 2015 Andie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Terry
Sep 27, 2007 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 14, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
Vin
Jul 18, 2013 Vin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2009 Phil Nichols rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Renee
Jun 23, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
jobiwan6
Dec 03, 2010 jobiwan6 rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Stephanie
Oct 13, 2008 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So bad I can't even finish it ....
Eli
Oct 31, 2016 Eli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humor, crime
I was getting bored with Rosie Dunne and I couldn’t get past the first chapter of The Fault in Our Stars so I decided to pick up a light and fast read. I’ve read some of Hiaasen’s books before so I can say I’m at least familiar with his formula. The ones I’ve read (Skin Tight, Sick Puppy, and Basket Case) feature the following elements:

1. Two major storylines (protagonist side / antagonist side) that eventually converge late into the book;
2. Some subplots from those storylines;
3. The Sunshine St
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Joe Kucharski
The Coen Brothers’ enjoyable BURN AFTER READING was given a fantastic piece of praise I have yet to forget. A critic called the film “a smart movie about stupid people”, and it is this quote that comes to mind regarding Carl Hiaasen’s STORMY WEATHER, albeit with an update. So how about this? STORMY WEATHER is a smart-ass book about reprehensible people. Although “stupid” also fits.

Hiaasen is known for his humor. I guess. Humor is always subjective and I found myself being subjected to his brand
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Rebecca
Nov 30, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hurricane is coming. It brings with it every type of scam artist you can think of, and some you haven't. Hiaasen skewers everyone in this book. Scam artists, insurance companies, the mob, roofers, tourists, tobacco, building codes, fraternities, building inspectors, construction, advertising, that's all I can think of.

The book is like a series of vignettes, each character following the storm for a different reason. All the stories intertwine in a way only Hiaasen could imagine. This is one of
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Beth Lind
Dec 11, 2016 Beth Lind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hiassen is just downright funny. He captures the essence of the many characters who claim Florida as their home.

In this story, a hurricane blows through south Florida unleashing many chains of events that brew until they all link together for a dramatic conclusion. There is suspense, love and a whole lot of funny moments.
Tarah
Oct 14, 2016 Tarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I remember other Hiassen novels, the point is often that a number of seemingly random stories are connected in an unexpected, often absurd way. Chaos ensues; exeunt left, pursued by bear, etc.

This novel's connector is a hurricane, and thus the tumultuous and absurd lives of the many random characters are drawn together etc, etc, etc. But the story and writing were largely uneven, and the connective tissue was often tenuous at best. Enter in a number of characters we weren't supposed to like,
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. 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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