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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever & Amusing
If you're already a fan of Carl Hiassen's patented brand of Florida set light weight crime fiction Nature Girl will statisfy if not overwhelm you. If you're new to the author's work then this a reasonable place to start, even if he has written better books (his last, Skinny Dip for example). On the offchance that you've tried his work before and not found it to your...
Published on 6 Dec 2007 by C. Green

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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I disagree with the first reviewer; if you haven't read Carl Hiaasen before then DON'T start here. This is a dull and lacklustre effort in a series of books that have been extremely entertaining and funny. I would suggest reading 'Lucky You', 'Sick Puppy' well in fact any of them but this. From start to finish this book feels like it's slowly running out of steam, but...
Published on 5 Oct 2008 by A. Tudor


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever & Amusing, 6 Dec 2007
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C. Green "happily low brow" (Quenington, Glos, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you're already a fan of Carl Hiassen's patented brand of Florida set light weight crime fiction Nature Girl will statisfy if not overwhelm you. If you're new to the author's work then this a reasonable place to start, even if he has written better books (his last, Skinny Dip for example). On the offchance that you've tried his work before and not found it to your taste then firstly, why are you reading this review and secondly, walk away because I doubt there's anything here that will change your opinion.

The usual mix of oddball and disfunctional characters, complex, coincidental plotting that works with swiss watch-like precision, gentle humour, mild satire and real heart, Nature Girl is light weight, agreeable stuff. Its not going to change anyone's world and you get the feeling that Hiassen can churn this stuff out in his sleep, but it remains a decent, likeable and amusing way to pass the time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 5 Oct 2008
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A. Tudor - See all my reviews
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I disagree with the first reviewer; if you haven't read Carl Hiaasen before then DON'T start here. This is a dull and lacklustre effort in a series of books that have been extremely entertaining and funny. I would suggest reading 'Lucky You', 'Sick Puppy' well in fact any of them but this. From start to finish this book feels like it's slowly running out of steam, but don't let that put you reading his other stuff, he's a great writer going through a bad spell.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HIAASEN HAS NO PEERS, 19 Nov 2006
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Gail Cooke (TX, USA) - See all my reviews
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What's not to like about a book by Carl Hiaasen? His prose is tough yet tender, his satire bites then provokes smiles, he's totally original, his offbeat characters are over the top, and, thanks to him, the State of Florida is revealed in all its steamy, seamy splendor. He won me with "Skinny Dip" and I haven't looked back since.

With "Nature Girl" we meet Boyd Shreave who is employed by Relentless, Inc. where he makes his living as a telemarketer. His mistress, Eugenie Fonda "who claimed a murky connection to the famous acting family" is in the cubicle next to him, a script is in front of him, and he has an assumed name for calling purposes - Boyd Eisenhower. He'll rue the day that he ever dialed Honey Santana's number.

Honey is a woman on a mission fueled by a rabid desire to rid the world of many adversities that have visited her, one of them being dinnertime sales calls. Her 12-year-old son, Fry, alternates between believing her to be tetched or the most wonderful Mom in the world. Her brother, Richard, is well aware that his sister "sometimes reacted to ordinary situations in unique ways." Nonetheless, he locates Boyd for her. Her plan? To sell him something he can't afford.

Sure enough, Boyd takes the bait and soon Honey is escorting the telemarketer and his reluctant mistress on a kayak tour through the wilds of Ten Thousand Islands. She just intends to teach them a lesson or three. What she hadn't counted on is Piejack, her boss at the fish market, following her. Piejack is the kind of guy who thinks sexual harassment in the workplace is acceptable, and the object of his attention is Honey.

Now, read carefully (this is Hiaasen) - Piejack is being followed by Honey's ex, Perry, and Fry. Dismal Key is a landing place for this parade, and it's there they find Sammy Tigertail, a half-white, half-Seminole former alligator wrestler who tried his hand at doing airboat tours. But, when his first customer died on board, he told his uncle "he wasn't spiritually equipped to deal with tourists." Precisely what he is equipped for is subject for conjecture.

Hiaasen's cast of crazy characters garner laughs aplenty. His meandering plot is a playful perplexity, and every page is a reminder that this author has no peers. Long may he scribe!

- Gail Cooke
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aww, no Skink !, 21 Feb 2007
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Douglas Traill (Edinburgh, Scotland.) - See all my reviews
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In 'Nature Girl', Carl Hiaasen has come up with the goods yet again.

Sticking with the formula that has worked in his other books, he takes a wildly diverse, screw-ball cast of characters and sets them on a collision course in Florida's 10,000 Islands.

The several story lines are woven together beautifully to lead to the climax on Dismal Key.

While not as good as Double Whammy and Tourist Season, it's on a par with the rest of his work.

For the Hiaasen fans, I'm afraid there's no Skink and Jim or Al Garcia - maybe next time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another hilarious tale of American odd-balls, criminals and assorted weirdos, 22 Nov 2007
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The lastest in Carl Haasen's hilarious car-crash novels (no, they are not about car-crashes, but reading them is like watching one). Nature Girl of the title, is Honey Santana, a single parent, living in a trailer in Flordia. One evening, while eating dinner, she receives a cold-call from Boyd Shreave, a salesman who trys to persuade her to purchase some real-estate in Florida. At first Honey tries to show Boyd how being a professional pest is no way to long-term fulfilment, but when Boyd gives her an earful of verbal abuse, Honey decides to plot revenge.

I won't go into the resulting plot as it would spoil it for you, but needless to say, in involves the usual cast of odd-ball characters and hilarious set-ups, many of which end up with scenes of extreme pain, death-defying accidents, or sexual humiliation. As I read this book, I couldn't help but think of British writer Tom Wolfe who's novels follow much the same sort of course. Great entertainment and easy to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is Hiaasen losing it?, 23 Feb 2009
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Is Hiaasen losing it? Hiaasen strength is his ability to develop multi strand stories featuring plotlines and characters that are so over the top you just can't put them down. However this book is a big let down. The story lines are weak, the pacing sluggish and the characters lack the typical Hiaasen wackiness. If this is your first Hiaasen book, then don't be put off, read the others, the rest are funnier and better by far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to be entertaining..., 22 Sep 2007
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What a delight Carl Hiaasen is. In an era when people think Tony Parsons or Nick Hornby are bloody funny, here is an author that is genuinely witty. His stories race along with a pace that suits the plotline, and the quirks of his manic and often hysterical characters (in every sense) are beautifully put together.

While not in the top class of, say, Lucky You, this book is an object lesson to anyone who wants to write for entertainment. There is enough detail but not too much, enough silliness but not an excess of absurdity, and the eco-points are subtly but well made.

This is a writer who knows what he wants to do, and how to do it. Many authors I've read of late, would do well to come down off their "literature" high horse, and take note of how Hiaasen does it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Satirical Jabs at Self-Satisfaction, 25 Sep 2007
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If you are familiar with Carl Hiassen's earlier novels, you know that he loves to take an ordinary event that we pretty much ignore, whether it be watching someone littering or wasting resources, and propose an extremely activist reaction that sets off a series of pratfalls and dominoes toppling over that create more complications. That familiar formula is employed again in Nature Girl. This time, Mr. Hiaasen takes aim at dinnertime telemarketers who are offering services and products of dubious value.

Honey Santana, who hears musical static in her head even when there's no music playing, does something you wouldn't do: She actually picks up telephone calls at dinnertime. Then, if it's a telemarketer, she gives the person a hard time. When she shoves back at Boyd Shreave who's pushing undeveloped land in northern Florida, Shreave pops and makes a derogatory remark. Honey isn't going to take that kind of behavior sitting down, and she begins to plot her revenge.

Like a modern-day, slightly cracked Rosalind (from As You Like It), Honey figures out who Shreave is and lures him into coming to Florida for a "free vacation" which entails staying in her double-wide and taking kayaks out into the Everglades towards Dismal Key. Shreave brings along his lover, a fellow telemarketer named Eugenie Fonda, who is quickly bored by Shreave and the "vacation." In the background, Boyd's wife is onto him and has hired a private investigator to trail Boyd around to get compromising photographs that seem to turn his wife on.

Honey is a single mom with a single son who causes her to worry too much. She's recently lost her job due to belting her boss who gave her a top-side squeeze where he shouldn't have been squeezing. Soon, the boss has reasons to be upset after someone sends goons to work him over in a most unusual fashion. After a mix-up at the hospital, the boss has more reasons to wonder what might be coming next. Honey's son is always concerned when Honey goes on a rampage, and her ex-husband is leery of aiding and abetting these forays.

Independently, Sammy Tigertail, a half-Seminole, finds himself with a corpse on his hands and a desire to stay out of the limelight. So he heads for the Everglades to keep a low profile.

Like a chain reaction, these characters and many more collide in the Everglades in virtually nonstop action and mix-ups as allies, enemies, and strangers bump into each other and shift roles almost as frequently as most people change clothing. While there, you'll think you are back with Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream as attraction begins to work in unexpected . . . and often undesired . . . ways. A few bashes in the head (and other places) cause minds to be changed, and only one life is left pretty unaffected by all this. You'll have to read the book to see who remains constant.

Unlike his earlier books where the misbehavior that triggers a reaction seems pretty undesirable, it's hard to get worked up about telemarketers pushing real estate. That premise seems just like an excuse to get the plot going. The plot itself twists and turns beyond what's needed to be entertaining . . . and stretches quite hard to provide guffaws and belly laughs. It's as though Shakespeare wrote all of his lines for the fool.

If you need a good laugh, you'll enjoy the book. But it's not as good as the usual Carl Hiaasen novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best book, 4 Mar 2009
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I enjoy Carl Hiaasen's books but I agree with the reviewer here who headed his review 'disappointing'. If you have not read one of Hiaasen's books before this is NOT the place to start (if you HAVE read his books then the first thing to say is that 'Skink' does not feature).

The main problem with the book for me is that while most of his books are largely populated with oddball and disfunctional characters, this book is ONLY populated with oddball and disfunctional characters! Not only that but you find it hard to like ANY of them (even central character Honey - though you are sure to have sympathy for her hatred of tele-sales folks).

Add to this that there is a slightly un-nervingly perverted thread running through the book (much more so than his normal healthy regard for the 'sex, drugs and rock'n'roll' lifestyle) and if this is the first Hiaasen book you have read you might well get a poor impression of a usually very funny crime writer.

Start with another of his books (such as 'Sick Puppy') and save this one as a 'filler' while waiting for him to (hopefully) return to form with his next book. This book has not put me off Hiaasen, it is far from dreadful and has much to enjoy in places, but I had looked forward to reading it and it was a bit of a let down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stay In The Forest, 21 Feb 2014
This review is from: Nature Girl (Paperback)
Nature Girl is about a woman called Honey Santana who is slightly bi-polar or crazy or whatever; a woman who is angry at a telephones' salesman for calling her during her dinner, and so she sets up an elaborate scheme to get him to where she lives so she can teach him a lesson -- or lecture him about his manners or something. Whilst that's going on there's about seven other subplots, one involving a woman who has hired a private eye to catch her husband penetrating his lover (emphasis on penetration), and another dealing with a Seminole man who has inadvertently kidnapped some random white chick (she practically forces him to abduct her). So in essence, it's not that much different from the usual madcap oddball Carl Hiaasen plot.

But something was missing.

I just couldn't connect with this novel or the characters. Although the writing was good, it didn't seem as tight as usual, and the plot, whilst inventive, didn't seem to actually go anywhere. It was more like he thought of eight or nine weird characters, then contrived to get them all in one place for a big showdown (I assume this is what happened, because I gave up a little past halfway through). It was almost--and I wouldn't say this lightly about a Carl Hiaasen novel--boring. The plot built up no momentum, no action, barely any intrigue. The whole thing was pretty long and un-engaging, and seemed as if he'd been contracted to write a book so rather than wait for inspiration he just threw some stories together in the hopes that something good would come out.

So if you haven't read Carl Hiaasen before, go back and read Native Tongue or Tourist Season or one of his old novels.

Just ignore this one.
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