- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (9 April 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330340948
- ISBN-13: 978-0330340946
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stormy Weather Paperback – 9 Apr 1999
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About the Author
Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since he was given a typewriter at the age of six. His novel, BASKET CASE, was a Sunday Times hardcover bestseller for over a month on publication in March 2002. As well as fiction, Hiaasen writes columns for the Miami Herald.
Top Customer Reviews
I found it very difficult to put this book down (even for the call of nature) and kept telling myself that I would "read to the end of this chapter", but after having reached that goal, I found myself reading to the end of the next, never wanting to let go!
A 'feel-good' book! I'll definitely be reading Carl Hiaasen again.
If you're new to Hiaasen's work then Stormy Weather isn't the worst place to start. I found it to be better than Tourist Season and Sick Puppy but not up to the high standard of Basket Case (a personal favourite) and not as polished and refined as his more recent novels such as Skinny Dip and Nature Girl. I'd probably put it on a par with Skin Tight in terms of quality.
Whilst it provides consistently amusing entertainment, like the Skin Tight, Stormy Weather is just a little too flabby around the edges. The middle section drags, there are too many characters and subplots competing for space and the final act meanders somewhat to its conclusion. Many of Hiaasen's later novels display far sharper, precision plotting and are consequently far better paced. You can see him refining his technique with Stormy Weather but its still very much a work in progress.
So, not a bad Hiaasen novel but not the best either. If you're a fan then there's plenty to enjoy. If you're new to his work then personally I'd kick-off with Basket Case or Skinny Dip first, but if you've already picked up Stormy Weather then this isn't a bad place to start.
And so are the laughs. He's one smart cookie, Hiaasen, and I always look forward to reading a new one.
Stormy Weather is no different in what it tries to achieve. He's picked up a subject that will cause chaos (hurricanes do that), chooses a handful of (possibly stereotypical) characters, throws in a leading lady and a hero who's lost his way, a big cash settlement, and bingo! A Hiaasen novel.
The ideas are good, individual elements are good (the shock collar is class), but as a novel it didn't keep me interested. Hiaasen has produced better, Native Tongue is a wonderful uncomplicated read that will make you laugh from the beginning. Lucky You is a little slower to start with but picks up with great speed and nice twists. Sick Puppy is top notch (can't fault it!), but this offering is too slow (and clunky if I'm honest!).
Some claim that his writing lacks imagination and tension, that he is too formulaic , but it depends what you want? From a comedy read like Hiaasen I want a read with topics that I can easily identify, and then use his imagination on top of these topics to build a wacky and colourful world. I'm not particulary after tension from Hiaasen, if I want that I'll turn to Elmore Leonard or James Ellroy. And yes, he is formulaic to the extend that he knows what good building blocks are for his novels. Beyond the foundations is where his creativity flourishes, and he is no longer formulaic. No, Hiaasen is there to make me laugh, and for the most part he does that by getting his foundations set and then letting his imagination run wild.
Don't get me wrong, Stormy Weather did make me laugh out loud many times, but it didn't work for me as a whole.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a tangled Web is woven by Carl Hiassen in this traumatically wonderfully captivating book, that is indeed "Stormy Weather". Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lorna Francis
I read this while waiting for life iin Miami to be restored after Hurricane Wilma in 2005. LOVED IT. Written after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Crazy silly wonderful author.
When a major hurricane wrecks havoc in Florida it attracts two groups of people. The law enforcement and rescue workers, who are peripheral in this is tale, and crooks. Read morePublished on 17 May 2010 by SonicQuack
This is wild and wacky stuff if I've ever seen it, with more than a tinge of backswamp, corrupt characters. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2007 by Bookophile
Had I never read a Carl Hiaasen novel before I would probably have rated this one with a five star.
But after thoroughly enjoying LUCKY YOU I can see that Mr Hiaasen was not... Read more