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Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
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Apr 02, 2011

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bookshelves: guilty-pleasures
Read in April, 2011

The rumors are all true. Carl Hiaasen is very funny and creates characters from the worst impulses of human nature. But I spent this book rooting *for* the corrupt lobbyist, governor, and developer. They seemed the most human and rounded characters - they were all motivated by a desire to be happy and that happiness eluded them no matter how much money or influence they put behind their efforts. The sanctimonious, shallow, and irritating ex-governor and environmental terrorist were just holier-than-thou superhero archetypes in flimsy outcast-loser clothing. It's not good when you're gripping the paperback with white knuckles praying that these protagonists will meet nasty ends. Great jokes, though, especially Gash's taste in entertainment, the developer's fetishes, and Stoat's eating habits. I had fun for the first 2/3rds, then felt like I'd stepped into a Looney Tunes cartoon - and I was one of those people who rooted for Wile E. Coyote.

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