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Subject: Christoper Moore & Carl Hiassen?
Date Posted: 2/24/2010 4:38 PM ET
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I was reading a Christopher Moore book the other day while I was at the doctor's office.  A fellow patient told me that if I liked Christopher Moore, that I would probably really like Carl Hiassen's books as well. 


I don't happen to have any Carl Hiassen books around here.

Going to the library can be very dangerous for me, as I've been trying to get my TBR pile under control.

So, is it true?  Is Carl Hiassen similar to Christopher Moore?

Date Posted: 2/24/2010 5:13 PM ET
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Carl Hiassen writes zany Florida-noir comedies, his storylines aren't as varied as Moore's, but I've enjoyed both authors, although I prefer Moore.  My favorites by Hiassen are Skinny Dip & Nature Girl.  Moore's books also usually have some kind of supernatural element, my favorites of his are Fool, A Dirty Job & the vampire books (Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, and I'm super excited for the upcoming release of Bite Me!).

Date Posted: 2/24/2010 5:42 PM ET
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They're both humorous, and both *zany* humorous, but somewhat different styles. I like certain books of both of them, and others I'm sort of lukewarm on.

One thing I discovered last year is that Hiassen is also a Newbery-award winning children's book author! I listened to the audio version of "Hoot" and absolutely loved it!


Date Posted: 2/24/2010 11:22 PM ET
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Well I've read Christopher Moore and absolutely love him.  DH has read a few of Carl Hiassen's and likes him -- also one of his books was a book club book for a local tv news-type show around here last summer.

For me, Christopher Moore kinda reminds me of Tom Robbins.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 9:41 AM ET
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Carl Hiassen is "zany," but his books do not have the supernatural elements that Moore's do. They can both be over the top, though, to some people---I think Moore may cross that line more than Hiassen.

I think Hiassen's first book, "Tourist Season," is the best. I have to admit that now they all kind of start to sound alike, I have trouble remembering what happened in which book---and I have read them all (at least he's kept me reading!) And he's always among my top recommendations to anyone looking for humor or Florida fiction.

Moore did not last that long with me. I loved his first 2-3, but he totally lost me with Fluke (I think it was). I liked The Stupidest Angel," but most of his recent books I have not been able to get through at all.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 12:27 PM ET
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I love Moore but not Hiaseen.  Some people like both and others do not, doesn;t hurt to try him though.

I love the vampire series that Moore has written. Plus alot of the places he uses is around where I live.. hehe.

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Date Posted: 3/3/2010 1:25 PM ET
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I also like Moore and not Hiasson. Two different kind of zany. My favorite Chris Moore book is Lamb. Very funny.


Date Posted: 3/3/2010 9:00 PM ET
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Interesting thread.  I really like Carl Hiaasen but have never tried Christopher Moore... yet!

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 9:15 PM ET
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I prefer Hiassen.  My favorite was Skinny Dip.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 9:46 PM ET
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my DH prefers Hiaasen.  he says you don't have to dispense completely with reality as you need to do with Christopher Moore -- although he really liked Fluke.  his favorite Hiaasen thus far is Double Whammy -- although he's gone back to the beginnings with Tourist Season.  then, he says, he's going to go back even further to Hiaasen's collaboration with Montalbano (Hiaasen's first three books -- Powder Burn, Trap Line, and Death in China).