Hiaasen's STAR ISLAND: blisteringly funny tale of sleazy popstars and paparazzi

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  1. Anonymous says:

    FYI, Star Island is a real place, in Biscayne Bay and just off the causeway near South Beach.

    According to Wikipedia Don Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Lenny Kravitz, Will Smith, Gloria Estefan, Rosie O’Donnell, Thalía, Madonna, Alex Rodriguez, P.Diddy, and Sylvester Stallone have owned property on Star Island.

  2. huntsu says:

    Mr. Badger — I’m a self-serious progressive, and I think Hiaasen is hilarious. Christopher Buckley, too. And Pete Hautman.

    People who love Steven King are not mass murderers. People who love Lawrence Block are not burglars or sleep-deprived killers. People who like Aaron Elkins are not anthropology professors. People who like Anne Rice are not self-important blood suckers. People who like South Park are not cartoon children.

    And many people, no matter how self-serious, can laugh at themselves. :-)

    That said, Star Island is by no means the best Hiaasen out there.

  3. turbokoala says:

    Haha, sounds like a great read. I love Carl Hiaasen’s other stuff, so I’ll be sure to check it out.

    Incidentally, Cory, who are the “bunch of writers” that you like? Just curious.

  4. T Nielsen Hayden says:

    Cory, if that were my book, I’d use your post as its story copy for the rest of its published life.

  5. forgeweld says:

    Great fan review. CH is one of my guilty pleasures too. Any book with Skink in it is a special treat. Can’t wait to read this one, but I don’t dare pick it up until I finish some projects.

  6. koop says:

    I always love it when one of my favorite authors (yes, Cory, I’m talking about YOU!) shares my tastes. Hiaasen is always good, glad that you enjoy him as well.

    I remember reading Hiaasen’s book “Basket Case” and finding that he was friends with the late, great Warren Zevon and that Zevon wrote a song to supplement the book. (“Basket Case” the song appears on My Ride’s Here.)

    If you like Carl Hiaasen and can handle something a bit more hardcore in terms of satire, check out the works of Tim Dorsey, starting with “Florida Roadkill.”

  7. Anonymous says:

    I never comment but I must chime in here: LOVE Carl Hiaasen. As a Floridian (shudder), I adore his perfect portrayals of the dirty trashy state I love. Corruption, sleaze, beauty, dead whales blocking the interstate…. Can’t wait to read this latest book!!

  8. Irene Delse says:

    As much as I like Hiaasen’s universe, this time I just couldn’t finish the book. If he’s going to have a female character abducted in every book, at least, he should let her *stay in character* instead of have her loose instantly the brains and psychological resources she had in the previous chapters. Oh, and a little bit of motivation for the abductor would be nice, too! Yeah, we know he’s stupid and immoral, but when there’s obviously nothing to be gain from abducting the girl, what’s the point? Apart from churning out a standard damsel-in-distress plot, of course…

  9. megnesium says:

    In 8th grade when I moved to Florida, I started reading his stuff on the recommendation of my Spanish teacher. Beyond just his fiction (and thousands of newspaper articles), his anti-Disney Team Rodent (http://www.amazon.com/Team-Rodent-Disney-Devours-World/dp/0345422805) was also pretty excellent. I got to see him do a book reading at a local university a few years later: he’s fantastic in person. He answered a ton of questions, told some great stories, and I’m pretty sure he went well over time doing his reading and then signing books for everyone. I’d definitely recommend going to any of his author events.
    He was also the master writer at one of the many artist-in-residency programs at my local arts center: I only heard great things about him from all the authors who worked with him.

    Of course, now that I’ve exhausted Hiaasen and am residing over by Tampa, I’ve started reading(the much less slick, much more gritty) Tim Dorsey.

  10. sfhock says:

    Jeez Cory if you like the guy so much get his character’s name right. Cherry Pye was nee Cheryl Bunterman… :-)

  11. MrJM says:

    “Secretly, my favorite writer is Carl Hiaasen”

    And suddenly it all makes much more sense…

    • Jonathan Badger says:

      Actually I’m a bit surprised given Cory’s self-seriousness about progressive causes. I like Hiaasen’s work too, but Hiaasen makes fun of *everyone*. He’s a bit like Tom Wolfe in that way.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I liked it, but it wasn’t my favorite. But even not-at-the-top-of-his-game Hiaasen is better than no Hiaasen. Badger, it’s no doubt BECAUSE he makes fun of absolutely everyone that Hiaasen is everyone’s favorite. He got me started reading crime novels again…

  13. george57l says:

    Having read a couple of his other fiction (I just mistyped that as ‘fuction’, and maybe that was correct after all given how many of his characters seem dysfunctionally fucked up) titles in the past, and having greatly enjoyed them, I’m definitely going to look out his essays now – I had no idea.

  14. Vanwall says:

    Skink is a god.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the heads up! I totally missed that Hiaasen had a new book out. He’s one of my Must Reads. (Kind of like Cory Doctorow)
    ;)

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