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Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
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Jan 08, 08

Read in December, 2007

My mother-in-law recommended Carl Hiassen as someone who amusingly sends up Florida politics and corrupt politicos. What I liked is that this book spares no one. The environmental nut really is a total nut, not someone you necessarily want representing your cause. It was funny. What I disliked is how completely irredeemable the bad guys are. Hiaasen paints with broad brush strokes, and the bad guys aren't just bad, some of them are incredibly twisted in ways that seem too horrid and brutal for a "funny" novel. I can't laugh at a man who coerces two women into getting surgery to look like identical twin Barbie dolls. The laughter produced by this book is mixed with horror and revulsion, and I don't particularly enjoy that.
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