I had never read any of Carl Hiaasen's books, but picked this one up on a flight and enjoyed the read. I live in Florida, and am familiar with many scene settings in this book. It was quite humorous, with just enough peculiarity to keep you interested! Definitely NOT for younger readers, as there is some language and situations that are completely adult. I will definitely pick up another book by Mr. Hiaasen whenever I need a good laugh.
Carl Hiaasen at his best. Includes republican hookers, millionaires with a Barbie fetish. Illustrates the money hungry power brokers that have come to dominate southwest Florida these days. And the labrador is the hero of the story.
Excellent book. This type of book would not usually get a second look from me if I saw it on the shelf but I saw an interview on TV with the author and decided to check out his work. I found this book humorous and a real page turner. I can't wait to check out more of his books.
Another great one! Carl Hiaasen writes some of the funniest mysteries I've ever read. I have to concur with the reviewer who noted that he should really be thought of as a satirist. It would not be unusual to find yourelf laughing out loud as you read any of his books. They all take place in Florida, and he must have a monopoly on the greatest number of weirdos to ever populate one work. How he manages to do this continually is amazing. Try one and, promise, you'll be hooked!
What a wonderful book! My first Hiaasen and what a great start! I have since read another and plan to read them all. I would highly recommend it to those who like modern comic writing with quirky characters and plot twists.
Wanted very much to enjoy this book, and was completely expecting to (as I had already ordered several other Hiaasen books), but, alas, it was not be. Absolutely some funny material in this one, but, just not enough to keep me interested.
I like this author but this book has a bit too much animal abuse in it for my taste. I finished the book but there were parts that were a little hard for me to read. I have read, and will read, more by this authour but hopefully won't encounter much more of that.
In this Florida-focused book, the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins! Take one Palmer Stoat, one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, and mix in Twilly Spree, an idealistic, independently wealthy man with a hair-trigger temper! Naturally fireworks must follow; Spree tails Sproat with vengeance on his mind after a decidedly "un-green" event of Sproat's making. Things escalate, to sum it up in this brilliantly twisted entertainment, which is wrapped around a powerful ecological plea. Outrageously funny!
Carl Hiaasen delivers another hilarious book - this one is based on corrupt Florida politians and trying to save Toad Island from becoming the next paved paradise. As usual, there is quite a cast of colorful characters stealing dogs, eyeballs and making Barbies out of people.
Carl Hiaasen again brings us into the corrupt world of Florida politics when a real estate developer, a governer, and a lobbyist scheme to build a $29 million bridge to Toad Island paid for by the taxpayers to enable the real estate developer to ecologically destroy an island to build condos and golf courses. Eocology-minded zealots seek to expose and stop the destruction of Toad Island. The fight between the two sides is done is true bizarre Hiaasen fashion.
Sick Puppy shares Dave Barry's giddy gift for finding humor in South Florida horrors, and a bit of Elmore Leonard's genius for pitch-perfect dialogue spouted smartly by criminals who are dumb as stumps. The title of Hiaasen's eighth novel could apply to most of its characters, but it chiefly refers to an ebullient Labrador retriever named Boodle and the millionaire eco-terrorist Twilly Spree. Let's just say that Twilly has a singular affliction: poor anger management in the face of environmental irresponsibility. When he spots Boodle's owner, Palmer Stoat, tossing litter from a car, Twilly goes to Stoat's home and removes the glass eyeballs from the animals that the bloated lobbyist had shot and mounted on his walls. Boodle gulps down the eyeballs, sustaining no small amount of digestive difficulties.
An eco-terrorist with a trust fund, Twilly Spree is tailing a litterbug in a purple Range Rover with plates that read "COJONES." Before he knows it, Spree is up to his cojones in corrupt Florida politicos and some very sick puppies, including a Toyota salesman turned governor, a republicans only hooker, and a millionair developer with a fetish for Barbies.
Hey, if you like the author's political opinions to be hammered down your face, time and time again, throughout the course of one novel, then you should read this title.
I kid, i kid. It's actually a pretty entertaining little book.
This is my second Carl Hiaasen book. This book was humorous but not as funny as Skinny Dip. The last third was the best part of the book and the funniest. One problem I had with the book was keeping track of all the players. This one involves a lobbyist, an environmentalist with an anger problem, a current governor, a past crazy governor who appears in several of Hiaasen's novels, one crazy hit man and of course the damsel in distress. One funny and ridiculous predicament after another appear throughout the book. The humor is definitely off beat but very clever. I will definitely be reading more of Mr. Hiaasen.
An eco-terrorist with a trust fund, Twilly Spree is tailing a litterbug in a pruple Range Rover with plates that read COJONES. Before he knows it, Spree is up to his cojones in corrupt Florida politicos and some very sick puppies, including a Toyota salesman turned governon, a Republicans-only hooker and a millionaire developer with a fetish for Barbies. But when Spree learns that the fate of on unspoiled island is a stake, he's determined not to be outdone. While defending the toads of Toad Island-not to mention one cheerfully oblivious Labrador-he'll steal a man's wife, gouge out the eyes of big game trophies and even risk his life two or three times in this story
An eco-terrorist with a trust fund,Twilly Spree is tailing a litterbug in a purple Range Rover with plates that read "cojones"Before he knows it,Spree is up to his cojones in corrupt Florida politicosand somevery sick puppies.
AN ECO=TERRORIST WITH A TRUST FUND, TWILLY SPREE IS TAILING A LITTERBUG IN A PURPLE RANGE ROVER WOTH PLATES THAT READ COJONES. BEFORE HE KNOWS IT, SPREE IS UP TO HIS COJONES IN CORRUPT FLORIDA POLITICOS & SOME VERY SICK PUPPIES, INCLUDING A TOYOTA SALESMAN TURNEED GOVERNOR, A REPUBLICANS-ONLY HOOKER, AND A MILLIONAIRE DEVELOPER WITH A FETISH FOR BARBIES,
ZANY...A FROLICKING SEND-UP OF ECOLOGICAL SUBTERFUGE, FLORIDA'S FABLED POLITICS, AND DOWNRIGHT HUMAN FOIBLES.