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Star Island by [Hiaasen, Carl]
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Always sharp and deliciously funny, Hiaasen is at his satirical best in this incisive look at celebrity culture', 69 Degrees

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A hilarious look at our celebrity-obsessed world

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 961 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0072Q4M1I
  • Publisher: Sphere (10 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040JHGEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Every sentence was a masterpiece. Amazing. The book was intriguing. But I couldn't connect with the characters.
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Got totally lost in this, wonderful writing as ever by Isabel Allende.
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By Moose Papoose VINE VOICE on 24 April 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is Carl Hiaasen at his absolute best. Once again, the story is enhanced with larger-than-life James Bond style baddies - grotesque caricatures. The story rips along at a cracking pace and is well spliced together. The reader knows that this isn't really real life, and yet it is. Carl Hiaasen has focussed his attention on the worst aspects of modern culture and made them real. In the background are serious warnings on the raping of the environment, the decimation of wildlife to make way for real estate developments, the bizarre culture of celebrity, the shallowness of consumers buying into these modern day must haves, and the morality of life in the west. Laced with humour and clever observations (I loved the weed wacker and the guy's surgically botched face). Priceless.
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If you can't take strong language - avoid. If you can, then you're in for a good "larf"! Great to discover that I'm not the only English speaker who cannot stand the word "like", when inserted before every other word...
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I got halfway and stopped reading.... I got a bit lost on certain parts and didn't quite know what was going on ... This is unfortunate as I've always enjoyed his books, but hadn't read one in ages
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Format: Hardcover
Fantastic book!
I read it in Spanish and couldn't put it down.
It could be your best companion when sitting by the pool with a nice glass of wine on your holidays.
Thoroughly recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
Another very funny satire by Carl Hiaasen. "Star Island" has a few loose ends here and there, but basically it's a sharply observant and hilarious poke at the emptiness of pop fame and the excesses that go with it. "Star Island" is the saga of Cherry Pye, an overproduced teenage music sensation of very limited talent who has become a meal ticket for a wide variety of relatives, hangers-on and other bottom-feeders. Cherry is headed for oblivion via a cornucopia of drugs and booze while her numerous dependents try and stave off disaster and launch a new "comeback" album and concert tour.

Author Hiassen reaches into his arsenal of wild characters to populate this fast-moving story of an inevitable personal train-wreck for the brainless Cherry Pye, but with redemption for the relatively well-meaning and morally sound. It's a formula, but Hiassen makes it work in this book and others that have trod similar plot trails. What is best about this author is his utter fearlessness in taking on popular icons and giving them no redeeming shrubbery to hide behind. In "Star Island", he includes a parallel story track that targets his primary "enemies of Florida"--developers. The most extreme and inventive punishments are reserved for one of this hated species who has taken a particularly egregious whack at a small piece of Miami wetlands.

Very entertaining read. And let's hope that Hiaasen never loses his moral outrage at the attacks on society and the environment driven by greed that afflict Florida and much of the rest of the country.
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Format: Hardcover
Cherry Pye is a hugely popular (and talentless) recording and touring artist. Her frequent bouts of `gastritis' (actually the result of drug and drugs-fuelled binges) require frequent periods of short-term recuperation and/or medical attention. To divert the paparazzi, and hence protect her earning potential, it's necessary for actress Ann DeLucia to act as her `stunt double' on these occasions.

Unfortunately one paparazzo - the reprehensible Claude `Bang' Abbott - kidnaps Ann for an exclusive photo shoot in the mistaken belief that she is the real thing. This action triggers a series of uproarious events, with sub-plots aplenty amid all the malarkey.

`Star Island' is full of Hiaasen's usual weirdoes, whack-jobs, damaged goons and chancers, with their madcap schemes and utterly selfish and greedy motivations. Almost everyone is out for what they can get and few have any redeeming qualities.

`Bang' Abbott, the overweight paparazzo with personal hygiene issues, is a particularly amusing character, as is the appalling `Chemo' - the huge, facially scarred individual hired as Cherry's bodyguard. He has a prosthetic arm consisting of a yard trimmer (or weed whacker) following partial limb removal by a marlin, and he wields this as an effective tool of persuasion.

Regular Hiaasen character Skink, the militant, unhinged, ecoteur (aka Clinton Tyree - a former governor of Florida) is back in his biggest ever role. Blessed with a beautiful set of gleaming teeth, a bald pate - with two ludicrous pseudo-dreads - and an unerring moral compass, he's still living off roadkill, and after encountering the lovely Ann he comes to a touching and sympathetic understanding with her.
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