Hiaasen's latest fictional crusade against the destruction of Florida's nature world is as funny, fast-reading, and enjoyable as his many previous works. The characters are outrageously inventive, the dialog pitch-perfect, and the reading experience just plain fun. Recommended!
Considering how trying to kill your wife could be funny, this book is hilarious! It reminds me a bit of Evanovich in how she has so much serious stuff going on yet adds humor; yet it's different too. I enjoyed this book a lot. you have to read it to unfold the entire mystery and how so much stuff keeps coming around and going wrong!
My first Carl Haissen book and it won't be my last. This book is all about revenge and the best way to serve it. I got a big kick out of how the main character and her new beau tried to make her husband nuts, and in the end won. Lots of chuckles along with way.
"Skinny Dip" is another entry into Hiaasen's theater of the absurd, with its usual cast of colorful characters and ridiculous twists to the plot that remind you there are far more idiots in this world than those with common sense. There are cameos from previous books, such as Mick and Captain, but enough new personalities - and fresh digs into political corruption - to make this entertaining and enjoyable. It's laugh out loud funny with enough feel good emotions to counter the darker motivations. I loved Joey and Mick, as well as the fascinating Tool. There isn't a single miss in the cast of this offbeat work. My only complaint was the rather blunt and enigmatic ending.
Still, you can't go wrong with this one for wacked out, plotty fun.
Very funny! Vintage Hiaasen. Follow the tale of a bride on her honeymoon with her murderous new husband. He pitches her overboard from the cruise ship, and she swims to an island inhabited by a (sexy, of course!) recluse, who helps her exact a hilarious revenge.
From the book jacket: Marine biologist Chaz Perrone can't tell a sea horse from a saw horse. And when he throws his beautiful wife, Joey, off a cruise liner, he really should know better. An expert swimmer, Joey makes her wat to a floating bale of Jamaican pot- and then to an island inhabited by an ex-cop named Mick whose ex-wives include five waitresses and a TV producer. Now Joey wants revenge.......
"A screwball delight full of bright, deft, beautifully honed humor...pure reading pleasure." "Terrific - a whopping cannonball splash of fun...breakneck pace...lots of laughs and plenty of vicarious vengeance."
Another excellent Carl Hiaasen adventure. Man and wife go on a cruise. Man throws wife overboard. Unbeknownst to him she is an excellent swimmer and makes it to shore. With her rescuer, she plots to pay her husband back. Good book, page turner.
This book was a great read. I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes a novel with an original storyline that is full of twists, turns, drama , suspense and humor. Hiaasen takes us on a whirlwind tour de force that leaves you wanting more even when you've reached the stunning conclusion.
I don't know how to describe this book; it's a quasi-mystery with some romance and comedy thrown in for good measure. The author is particularly adept at creating over-the-top, yet somehow realistic, characters. I didn't find myself particularly attached to the story but I found it intriguing enough to keep reading. All in all, an enjoyable romp.
Typical of Hiassen, this book is a rollicking romp through South Florida, with a cast of barely believatble characters. The equivalent of literary bubblegum, this story traces the adventures of a wife whose husband heaves her overboard off a cruise ship expecting never to see her again...but she doggedly survives, only to remain in hiding until she can both figure out why her husband did it and salve her pride by tormenting him a little bit. You will laugh out loud and wish you could meet some of Hiassen's vivid cast of personnages whom she crosses paths with in her quest to drive her husband nuts.
Hiaasen "borrows" tidbits from real news stories and scatters them in this hilarious book about revenge. His humor is dry and sometimes a bit perverse, but his ideas are fresh and his characters are memorable. You can't go wrong with this author, whose books are always set in southern Florida.
A delightful read - a mystery, a little sex and it all winds around to be a book you don't easily lay down.
A wife gets thrown off a ship and presumed to be drowned or eaten by sharks.....but, not so and as the tale unwinds you see how she catches her husband in her snare.
The detective seems more like a Columbo character......all a wonderful read!
I loved this book, if you need to laugh, this is the book for you. The characters are hilarious and the story line gets funnier the longer you read. I rarely laugh out loud while reading but this book had me in stitches.
This book will defiantly having you laughing.Its a very funny book about a husband who pushes his wife overboard on a cruise ship and thinks shes dead.Only the wife isnt dead and she comes back to get revenge on him.He thinks hes going crazy but in reality the wife is doing all of it.She mets a new man who helps her and they fall in love.
Serious ecological problems caused by society handled with humor and leaving you wondering "What else can go wrong". Writer creates great characters and tricky plots that work. Good read cover to cover.
Carl Hiaasen is always funny and this book is no exception to the rule. When Chaz pushes his wife overboard on their anniversary cruise he forgets she was the captain of her college swim team. She drifts up to a private island on a bale of marijuana and from there on the laughs and characters multiply on every page.
Alot of fun. I always enjoy Hiaasen's books and this one did not disappoint. Again, Florida is his main character. The story is very funny. It is also scary because (though fictional) he is really writing about the impact of greed and corruption on the Florida Everglades.
An amusing book to be sure. There was romance in this book, but it was very low-key, the main plot being revenge.
Since this is a light book, I didn't expect much character growth, but there is - surprisingly - a couple. Behind the humor and the satire, there is definitely a push for environmental awareness, which I think is fantastic. I mean, if you're dead, how are you going to spend all of that cash?
This is certainly a laugh-out-loud book, from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.
On behalf of my husband, who is the fiction reader in our family, I submit his review of Skinny Dip.
He found the story line was very interesting and fun, in a weird kind of way. My husband is not one for much baffoonery, so that says alot about his appreciation for this writer's work.
The vulgarity was something that my husband did not like, and said that he wished the writer would have toned it down. The story held his attention throughout, though, and deserved to be told without so much profanity.
A 4.5 star rating would be appropriate for Skinny Dip other than the colorful language, which brings it down to 3.5.
There is a thin line between farce and stupid, fortunately Carl Hiaasen stays on the funny side. Another book that features the characters that only seem to inhabit the islands, coasts and Everglades of Florida. How about a tale that begins with a woman being pushed off a cruise ship by her husband and is saved when she happens upon a floating bale of Jamaican pot. Hang on, it is a wild, fun ride to the finish. Enjoy
This story is vintage Hiaasen: takes place in Florida, is peripherally concerned with ecology, has vivid characters, and a plot revolving around greed. Ho hum. Except characters, plot, and background are over-the-top funny. When you read a Hiaasen story, you will laugh, of course, but two pages later, and have to go back to see if what you thought you read was actually printed. He writes outrageously funny stories and this one is no exception.