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Home Carl Hiaasen Star Island. The more Bang Abbott thought about it, the more agitated he became.

If you want to encounter Skink in better settings, try Carl Hiaasen's previous books, such as Double Whammy,Stormy Weather or Skinny Dip. But Star Island left me with a 3-star feeling. 5 people found this helpful. When can we go back to Florida? Tanner's leasing this amazing house on Star Island. We're taking you to Malibu for a week.

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sɛn/; born March 12, 1953) is an American writer

sɛn/; born March 12, 1953) is an American writer. A long-time columnist for the Miami Herald and Tribune Content Agency, Hiaasen has also written more than 20 novels which can generally be classified as humorous crime fiction and often feature themes of environmentalism and political corruption in his native Florida. He began his career as a news reporter and by the late 1970s had begun writing novels in his spare time.

Mr. Hiaasen can still take any aspect of pop culture and find a laugh in it.

Star Island goes on to explain who Cherry is and how she got that way. She turns out to be the offspring of two self-interested stage parents who have no qualms about exploiting their daughter. The book’s further embellishments include more examples of Bang’s scuzzy work ethic and a vengeful appearance by Clinton Tyree, a k a Skink, the Hiaasen regular who was once governor of Florida but is now a cagey swamp fox surviving off roadkill. Skink takes a predictable shine to Ann, who predictably becomes the book’s true heroine. Mr.

It was his wife who had guided Cheryl from talent-show cutie to pop megastar, Ned Bunterman watching from the wings with a sense of marvel. To say his daughter was tonally challenged was being kind;. she couldn’t yodel her way out of a broom closet. Yet it hadn’t mattered, her flat and anemic cheeping, because Janet Bunterman and Maury Lykes had done a clever job of marketing a look and pose that required no special vocal skills. The BLS brand, Maury called it-barely legal slut, the essential ingredient being an aura of insouciant fuckability.

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of eleven previous novels, including the best-selling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and three best-selling children’s books, Hoot, Flush, and Scat. His most recent work of nonfiction is The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport.

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives. He is a prize-winning journalist with a regular column in the Miami Herald and many articles in varied magazines. He started writing crime fiction in the early 1980s and has recently branched out into children's books; he has also had several works of non-fiction published.

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This is one of Carl Hiassen's better efforts in my opinion. His writing is fast paced and entertaining throughout with more thought put into the bad guys in making them more likable than in the past.

The story revolves around the pampered life of a young music star of limited skills on stage but great skills in the bedroom and in substance abuse. Her support team spend their lives catering to her every whim and when she is "indisposed", they use a body double to make the public think she is all ok and operating fine.

This way of life is successful until one of the photographers who follows the lives of the rich and famous in the hope of picking up photos of them in awkward situations gets wind of the body double ruse. He then starts scheming for his material gain.

Throw in the mix the bodyguard with a weed whacker for an arm and the demented Skink and you have a story that only Carl Hiaasen could imagine.

The humour is throughout the book and has that ring of realism to it, the characters are fleshed out quite well and I found myself enjoying the book a lot. Chemo the bodyguard is an interesting character, one I wish we could see again.
Since I'm always looking forward to another Hiaasen book, this one was a little bit of a disappointment. Taking a cue from the real world of Britney, Lindsay, and the the like, the plot surrounds the selfish and self-destructive habits of a pampered, young pop singer, her even more selfish parents and entourage, the body double who is seen out and about every time the singer goes into secret rehab, the usual assortment of strange characters (such as a giant of a body guard/keeper with a weed whacker instead of a hand), and the return of the beloved Skink. Even he is as off-kilter as the book since he's come out of the swamp and into Miami Beach to rescue the body double whom he encounters in the first few pages of the book. OK, but Hiaasen has written better.
If you're a fan of Florida author Carl Hiaasen, as I am, then you might have been happy to see the return of ex-Florida governor Clinton "Skink" Tyree, one of the wonderfully strange characters that we find in this author's Star Island. We first encountered Skink in Hiaasen's 1987 offering Double Whammy, and this eco-vigilante (who often partakes of road kill as cuisine), became a recurring character in the author's subsequent novels.

But back to the book: a pop singer who goes by Cherry Pye (really Cheryl Bunterman) had made her debut with Jailbait Records at age 15, but she's coming to nothing due to her complete lack of talent and her voracious appetite for booze, drugs, and sex. Sound familiar? Her mother, Janet Bunterman and others are misleading the media into believing that Cherry is busy with her life when she's actually in rehab. She has a double, Ann DeLusia. Loser and paparazzo Bang Abbott mistakenly kidnaps Ann instead of Cherry. "Skink" Tyree, who was infatuated with Ann after a random encounter, rushes to her rescue.

Sounds like a good plot, and it might have been, but somehow the author instead paints flat cardboard caricatures out of what could have been some hilarious three dimensional characters. For this reader, this book had some funny parts and interesting dialogue in places, but it falls flat in comparison to the author's preceding novels.

If you want to encounter Skink in better settings, try Carl Hiaasen's previous books, such as Double Whammy,Stormy Weather or Skinny Dip. But Star Island left me with a 3-star feeling.
I discovered this guy by accident and couldn't be happier! The characters in this particular book are absolutely nuts and the storyline hilarious. The "hero" is a particular standout. If you're looking for a fun book to read by the pool, take on vacation, or just read on the weekend this book is for you. By the way, his "yearling" series for the middle-school set are good too. I bought one by accident but ended up enjoying the heck out of it. By the way, I'm a 64 year old lady and I still liked the kid books!
The basic Carl Hiaasen novel rounds up a bunch of characters who are not as smart as they think they are (and some of whom are physically grotesque or given to peculiar habits, hobbies or professions, and one or two of whom are violent psychopaths), then turns them loose in the vicinity of a recognizable modern American social phenomenon where a lot of money is at stake. The targets du jour in Star Island are out-of-control young celebrities and those who prey on them while supposedly keeping them from harm. There are also those who prey on them -- paparazzi -- by luring them into potential harm in order to get a set of money photos that will put them on easy street for years.

Nobody does deadpan outrage and comic violence better than Hiaasen, and there is plenty of that in this book. But compared to Hiaasen's best high-energy Florida-based romps like Stormy Weather and Native Tongue, Star Island feels kind of half-realized -- not flat-out bad, but just not as richly chaotic and complicated as previous novels have been. The lead psychopath, a disfigured bodyguard who has a weed-whacker attached to the stump of an arm he lost to a barracuda, is not in the same league as villains in previous novels. The world's worst stage mother is an enjoyably horrible character for about half the book, but becomes tiresome in her one-dimensional denial of her daughter's problems. Hiaasen's occasional supporting character, the former Governor Clinton Tyree, reappears in his familiar guise as Skink, hermit and wild man protector of what little is left of Florida's natural resources. He has been a welcome presence in past novels, but is just a little less passionate and driven in this one.

So three stars. Not worth a firm recommendation, but not bad enough to avoid. There is no question it is a couple of notches below Hiaasen's best.