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Native Tongue: 07/10/08
I've now read just over half of Carl Hiaasen's novels. I've come to the conclusion that I prefer his more recent work and always his juvenile fiction. The cut off point seems to be about 2000, although I did enjoy most of Lucky You (1997).
Native Tongue being one of the earliest of his novels (#4) has many of the same themes as his later ones: environmentalism, corruption, animal rights, and big business. The big business in this case is a mob run amusement park with a desire to be bigger than Disney no matter the cost.
On the other side of the fence are a pair of thugs working for a crazy environmentalist. Her cause may be just but her methods aren't much better than head of the Amazing Kingdom.
The book suffers from too large a cast of characters and too many side plots. I ended up skipping around to the characters who interested me the most.
I do love Carl Hiassen's books
I've enjoyed enough of Hiaasen's books to know I should try reading one when I find it but I've had enough disappointments to not automatically expect to like it."