Search Results: "Carl Hiaasen"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY YOU by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"Makes you wonder."
As soon as an informative headnote warns that "there is no approved dental use for WD-40," you can relax, knowing that you're in for several blissful hours in the hands of a master farceur whose subject this time is what passes in South Florida for providence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAKED CAME THE MANATEE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"So much for life, and art, on the cutting edge."
Thirteen top Florida writers team up, one chapter each, for this formula crime farce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOURIST SEASON by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 24, 1986

"But if you like your gallows laughs with gall, this could be for you."
Satiric mystery adventure about a crazed Miami reporter and an eruption of bloodlust meant to drive off the tourists and developers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SICK PUPPY by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"Not top-drawer Hiaasen, then, but its selling points do include much sex, none of it in the missionary position, and a detailed concluding account of the characters— later lives, in the manner of Dickens on ‘ludes."
Will another unspoiled Florida island be turned into a paradise for golfers and crooked developers and politicians? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCAT by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Hiaasen's third outing for young readers might be a little slow in pacing and the character types might be recognizable to experienced readers, but fans of Hoot and Flush (2002, 2005) will not be disappointed by this funny, believable, environmentally friendly tween thriller. (Thriller. 10-15)"
During a field trip to Black Vine Swamp, a suspicious "wildfire" breaks out, and much-feared and -reviled science teacher Mrs. Starch vanishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BASKET CASE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2002

"The giggles throughout, in fact, are authentic, but this time the crazies only nibble at the edges of the dutiful detective story instead of disporting themselves smack into the middle of things, as they've done in Hiaasen's more inspired crime comedies."
South Florida's master farceur takes enough off his trademark loony tunes (Sick Puppy, 2000, etc.) to fit some, though not all, the laughs into a whodunit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STORMY WEATHER by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 1995

"If you're not laughing by page six, you need a complete checkup."
A hurricane, passing over southern Florida, leaves in its untidy wake the usual Hiaasen carnival of knaves and fools. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRIP TEASE by Carl Hiaasen
Released: Aug. 26, 1993

"Prime Hiaasen, and with a new edge: sexier, more violent, more political, but just as funny."
It's a wonder Florida hasn't yet banished Hiaasen (Native Tongue, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAZOR GIRL by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Relax, enjoy, and marvel anew at the power of unbridled fictional invention."
Rejoice, fans of American madness who've sought fulfillment in political reportage. South Florida's master farceur (Skink—No Surrender, 2014, etc.) is back to reassure you that fiction is indeed stranger than truth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKINK—NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Hiaasen's fierce love for the wilds of Florida, his fundamental commitment to decency and his penchant for the bizarre are all on full display in this, a read as agreeable as his hero is. (Fiction. 10-15)"
If you were pursuing your cousin's kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKINNY DIP by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2004

"'I had a feeling he didn't love me any more,' muses bobbing Joey, 'but this is ridiculous.' It's also bitingly satirical, sublimely zany, and deeply satisfying."
Florida's preeminent satirist returns from a YA excursion (Hoot, 2002) to ask the eternal question: What happens when the wife you've killed isn't dead? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOOT by Carl Hiaasen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"If the ending is somewhat predictable, it is also entirely satisfying—Hoot is, indeed, a hoot. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The straight-arrow son of a maybe-federal agent (he's not quite sure) turns eco-terrorist in this first offering for kids from one of detective fiction's funniest novelists. Read full book review >