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Subject: Do you like Carl Hiaasen?
Date Posted: 6/1/2009 2:16 PM ET
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I'm interested in reading Carl Hiaasen novels.  Which would you recommend?  Which didn't you like?  Thanks!

(I also have this question on the HIDDEN GEMS site.)

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 5:17 PM ET
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I think his books are funny.  I recently read Nature Girl.  They seem a little bit unbelievable to me, but funny just the same.  I think, though, it would depend on what type of sense of humor you have.  I can see that some people might not be amused by his quirky characters and bizarre situations.  I would recommend Nature Girl.  I have read others, but so long ago I can't remember their titles.  Skinny Dip may have been one. 

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 10:04 PM ET
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I read Skinny Dip a few years back. I liked it but it did not compel me to read another by Hiaasen. Nancy's description of quirky characters and bizarre situations closely resembles what I remember about Skinny Dip.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 9:53 AM ET
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I'm a fan, and I've read them all. But even I admit some can get a bit "over-the-top.

Tourist Season, the very first one, is still the best, IMHO.

Date Posted: 9/15/2009 8:25 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/24/2009 6:14 PM ET
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I have read one of his books for adults (Lucky You) and liked it, but I absolutely *loved* his first young adult book, Hoot. He actually won a Newbery Award for it, and it was later made into a movie which was also quite interesting, though not nearly as good as the book. Cheryl
Date Posted: 1/7/2010 10:35 PM ET
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Sick Puppy is, in my opinon, his best book.

I've read several.

Date Posted: 9/15/2010 12:51 PM ET
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I have read them all (just finished Star Island last month).  If you can, start from his first one (Tourist Season) and try to read em in order.  Its not required, however he introduces and brings back characters a lot, and I find it fun to know their back stories.

If you like Hiaasen you will love Tim Dorsey.  More Florida Freakiness with one of the finest crime fiction characters ever, Serge A. Storms and his perpetually stoned side-kick Coleman.

One of the endearing characteristics of Serge is his ability to come up with Rube Goldberg like methods of serving deserving miscreants their just desserts.

-RD