- Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date:
- 02 February 2012
- Crime, Thrillers and Mystery
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It's possible I am getting jaded to Hiaason's stories, but this one didn't parse a penny in imagination or flow. He kept me going, but little love of and between the characters would be good. There was only a kind of empathetic caring between two or three of the characters and a more non-caring and unlikeable bunch of charecters I've never seen. Tim Dorsey, Hiaasen's copycat novelist over there in Tampa, went with a seriel killer as a protagonist and I simply cannot read Dorsey's stuff. There is NOTHING funny, either in satirter, sardonicism, or in any kin d of human humour, about killing people, and that leap of the imagination i can not and will not cross. It is too "fictional" to my soul, if you will. Carl is in danger, possibly, of going the same way as Dorsey. Dont do it!. We (the readers) want to casre about their protagonist. That's what he has in Skink -- a person who we have come to care about over the series, aqned why? Because his creator-writer lets the craziness down fairly often whith him and shows us his humanity. Satire doesn't mean you have to be unloveable.
Hiaasen is hilarious; and so went Star Island. Another cast of ultra-goofy characters smashing their way through life the best they can. Mega drug drenched starlets versus the paparazzi in south Florida. Loved it but found his language and situations deteriorating into a morass of sewage sex -- an unfortunate yet growing trend with most of today's novelists.
Skink's back and the other characters are just a colorful as they usually are in a Hiaasen book.
Terrific book. Hiaason's barely masked anger anger toward Florida seamy and pop culture insipidity is expressed as wickedly funny satire. I can just hear him chortling to himself as he wrote it. The names he comes up with are a subtle as a baseball bat upside the head. And it was a delight catching up with characters from his previous books. A very enjoyable read.
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