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Book Review: Nature Girl February 11, 2008

Posted by battysgirl in Books, Reviews.

  Nature Girl

Carl Hiaasen

Date: October 30, 2007—   $11.19—   Book

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Two and three quarter stars. (of a possible four, of course)






From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Old fans and newcomers alike should delight in Hiaasen’s 11th novel (after 2004’s Skinny Dip), another hilarious Florida romp. The engaging and diverse screwball cast includes Boyd Shreave, a semicompetent telemarketer; Shreave’s mistress and co-worker, Eugenie Fonda; Honey Santana, a mercurial gadfly who ends up on the other end of one of Shreave’s pitches for Florida real estate; and Sammy Tigertail, half Seminole, who at novel’s start must figure out what to do with the body of a tourist who dies of a heart attack on Sammy’s airboat after being struck by a harmless water snake. When Santana cooks up an elaborate scheme to punish Shreave for nasty comments he made during his solicitation call, she ends up involving her 12-year-old son, Fry, and her ex-husband in a frantic chase that enmeshes Tigertail and the young co-ed Sammy accidentally has taken hostage. While the absurd plot may be less than compelling, Hiaasen’s humorous touches and his all-too-human characters carry the book to its satisfying close. 600,000 first printing; author tour. (Nov.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Batty’s Girl

This book is as silly and outlandish as only Carl Hiaasen’s books can be!  Of course, like any time you pick up a Hiaasen book you need to throw your idea of normalcy to the wind and embrace all that you know about Florida in general.  The first time I read a Hiaasen book I thought I had just found his one incredibly funny silly piece… Imagine my pleasure to find that they are ALL this funny and witty!

Through all the silly characters, the outlandish situations and the realistic Florida crazies, Hiaasen actually has something to say that’s worth listening to!

The above text is from my review of “Skinny Dip” which I read last week by Carl Hiassen…and its pretty applicable here too… that being said, this one was a little less funny, I found Honey too crazy to be silly and reading two Hiaasens back to back keeps my review more lack luster, I’m sure.

Not as good as Sick Puppy and Skinny Dip, Nature Girl is still 100% Hiassen’s formula so you won’t be surprised but you will still enjoy it :).



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