5 journalers for this copy...
I read this a while back and remember it being a pretty good read. I was in a flea market a found it for 75 cents a decided to pick it up to release it so if anyone is interested in this one. I do recommend it.
Came in the mail today. Looking forward to reading this. Thanks Brendalc57, I will read and pass on. :)
Finished today (Nov 18) and I certainly enjoyed this book. My favorite aspect about the book was that characters. Its not exactly a 'fast paced' book, however, an enjoyable one laced with wit. I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting when reading this, maybe a bit more preaching about the environment and the constant need to be aware of that. However I was pleasantly surprised to find out that, environmental awareness wasn't the driving force for the story, yet (to some) a comical series of events that happened around environmental/political issues.
As for the characters, I have to say that I enjoyed McGuinn's role, and was happy to see that the story took his point of view at times. It was a nice break from the story.
Twilly was one of my favorite characters at the beginning of the book, however didn't really take on that great of a role for me at the end.
Desie was my favorite character. Although not a very dominant character, I enjoyed to see her as a somewhat neutral balance between two extremes, namely, Twilly vs. Palmer Stoat.
I was also pleased when Twilly and Desi formed a relationships with each other, a relationship that I felt would be good for the story, and was. (Caused Controversy.)
Lisa June, and "Captain" were also two that I enjoyed in there as well.
Ok, before I start rambling on even more, Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend this book to anyone. :-) I will pass this book on. When? I'm not sure, but I will.
Sending to AceofHearts as a surprise RABCK. Hope you enjoy! :-)
received as a surprise from TITurtle1. Thank you so much. I saw the package come in for Hoserlauren and got excited to see what was sent, never dreaming that there was 1 for me.
What a surprise!!!!
Journal Entry 6
Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, March 31, 2012
When Twilly Spree, an environmental terrorist and financially independent, sees Palmer Stoat throw trash out of his car window on the freeway, he is on his tail seeking revenge. Stoat is a political fixer involved with all sorts of characters: Dick Artemus, ex-car salesman, now governor; Robert Clapley, a crooked land developer with an unhealthy interest in Barbie dolls; and his goon, Mr. Gash, who plays his favorite 911 compilations in the tape deck.
Twilly, after filling Stoat's car with dung beetles and not reforming him, kidnaps both Palmer's dog and his wife, Desie. Twilly uncovers a conspiracy to force a bill through the Florida legislature to develop a bridge to Toad Island, a wildlife sanctuary. This will allow the island to be developed and money to be made by all. Chapley wants Twilly silenced and dispatches Mr. Gash. Palmer wants his wife and dog back and asks Dick Artemus to help in the rescue by manipulating the introduction of the bill.
Trooper Jim Tile is the policeman involved in finding the kidnapper along with ex-Governor Clinton Tyree, aka Skink or the Captain, who lives in the wilds of the Everglades.
Development is shown to be what it is, a stripping away of the environment for the gains of a few. There is loads of dark humor. I loved Desie as a character and what is funny is that she is only a minor character. Some of the others were just too over the top for me but this is a Hiaasen book and what he is known for. A weird and strange kind of mystery
Journal Entry 7
Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Journal Entry 8
Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 13, 2012
Palmer Stoat is a lobbyist in Florida with a dog named Boodle and a wife named Desi. His latest project is to build a bridge to current Toad Island, soon to be turned in to Shearwater Island for golfers and rich people. As Stoat drives home, he throws his litter out the window which starts a war. Twilly Spree, a young environmentalist with known anger issues (he blew up his uncle's bank) sees this and follows Stoat all the way home. To teach Stoat a lesson, Spree dumps a dumpster of trash on his convertible. Stoat doesn't get the message so Spree needs to resort to more dire circumstances.
Dognapping Stoat's dog, Spree re-names him (who names a dog Boodle anyways?), and picks up Stoat's wife Desi when he returns for the dog's medicines. She tells him of the Toad Island project, which even further enrages Spree. Threatening letters are sent, which gets the Governor involved and a bunch of other weird characters.
Typical to Hiaasen's novels, this is another quarky one. It's like Christopher Moore without the fantasy element. Despite these being enjoyable reads, I still find them very slow to get through. This wasn't my favourite Hiaasen novel but it was ok.
Journal Entry 9
Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 15, 2012
This book is back with me :)
Journal Entry 10
Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
mailed to BooksnBeer who won this in the Sept YBS swap
Journal Entry 11
Annandale, Virginia USA on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Received this one today - actually, I'm just back from a trip to Florida - how funny.
I look forward to reading this - I really enjoyed another book by him, Lucky You.