Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Carl Hiaasen - Star Island

Skinny DipStar IslandCarl Hiassen is an amazing writer who focuses on Florida, corruption, evil land developers and wackadoodles.  His books are fast-moving and filled with sarcasm.  I have read all of his books and loved them.  I even read his books for children.  He is one of the only authors that I will buy the hard cover book without even looking at the summary page.  So, did I set myself up for disappointment or was Star Island mediocre? It had all the trappings to be ridiculously good but it seemed like recycled material with no panache.  I would recommend Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen as a much better portrayal of his work.

From Publishers Weekly
The career of singer Cheryl Bunterman (aka Cherry Pye), who debuted with JailbaitHiaasen (Nature Girl). Among those struggling to keep Cherry's career afloat are her mother, Janet Bunterman; producer Maury Lykes; and "undercover stunt double" Ann DeLusia, who will, say, mislead the press into thinking Cherry is out and about when she's really in rehab. Hiaasen has easy targets in misbehaving celebrity sightings, tabloid stalkings, and spin control experts, and he makes the most of them. Crooked real estate developer Jackie Sebago and paparazzo Bang Abbott, who plans to hitch his wagon to Cherry's star, add to the madcap fun. Mayhem follows after Bang kidnaps Ann instead of Cherry by mistake, and ex-Florida governor and eco-vigilante Clinton "Skink" Tyree, who was smitten with Ann after a chance encounter, rushes to her rescue. The torrent of pop culture barbs are bound to please Hiaasen's ardent fans.  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

3 out of 5 stars