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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Humorous but with some underlying messages

Carl Hiaasen writes about screwball characters and unbelievable situations. His humor makes you laugh out loud as you read. I love to read one of his books (this was the third title by him for me) when I need a break from more serious tomes. However, there certainly i...
Carl Hiaasen writes about screwball characters and unbelievable situations. His humor makes you laugh out loud as you read. I love to read one of his books (this was the third title by him for me) when I need a break from more serious tomes. However, there certainly is an undercurrent of keen observation and commentary about human nature and morality in his stories. I do love it that the bad guys get what's coming to them and the good guys get their due.

posted by Maximillian on August 3, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The first Hiaasen novel I couldn't finish.

Lucky You is a comic-crime story about a veterinarian assistant named JoLayne Lucks who one day stumbles upon fortune by winning the Florida state lottery, a prize of 28 million dollars. In another part of Florida, two redneck morons, Chub and Bode, stumble upon this sa...
Lucky You is a comic-crime story about a veterinarian assistant named JoLayne Lucks who one day stumbles upon fortune by winning the Florida state lottery, a prize of 28 million dollars. In another part of Florida, two redneck morons, Chub and Bode, stumble upon this same fortune and once they realize that the 28 million would have to be split between the two winning tickets, the rednecks steal JoLayne's ticket by force with the intention of cashing both to get the 28 million together. JoLayne enlists the help of a newspaper reporter, Tom Krome, to get hunt down the rednecks and get her ticket back.

I am a big Carl Hiaasen fan. I have not read all of his novels, but this is the fifth one I've read, and the first one that I couldn't bring myself to finsih. Lucky You goes at a much slower pace than his other novels do, with characters that are not as well developed. Normally his bad guys, or most interesting characters, have some kind of psychological issue which makes them fiendishly lovable. In Tourist Season, the four men of the guerrilla faction were each psychotic in their own way, taking orders from a raging sociopath reporter, in Skinny Dip, Chaz descended into deeper and deeper psychosis as the story went on, in Skin Tight, Chemo and Mick Stranahan were equally psychotic, just on different realms of the good-guy/bad-guy spectrum, and the doctor was delightfully sleazy and greedy, and in Nature Girl, Honey Santana was an excitable manic-depressive who went to extreme lengths to exact revenge on those who had done her wrong. These psychologically unstable characters are enjoyable because, although they are psychotic, they are smart and clever. Chub and Bode, the bad guys of this story, are not so smart, nor are they clever. They're just a couple of desperate, racist redneck morons who stumble upon fortune. This makes the story predictable, as JoLayne and Tom are the clever team, vs. the dumb redneck team. It's cat and mouse. The segments of the story with JoLayne, Tom and the White Clarion Aryans are the most gripping segments of the story though. Much of it is filled with side stories about other characters that really don't matter much to the overall chase, and the side stories move very slowly. The quirky antics of the other characters really does not matter much in comparison to the main chase of the novel. Unfortunately, it often feels that there is too much fluff in the novel and it weighs on the pace of the novel. Overall, not worth a second read.

posted by Dysphoric_Angel on August 9, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

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    I enjoyed the book however it had many slow sections for me. I feel it had too many other characters with information concerning them that I really didn't care about. Extra fluff that I just wanted to skip over and get back to the real plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2010

    Pretty Good Reading!

    This was my first book by this author and I will read more. This book was cute, it wasn't 'jump-up-and-down' fantastic but it was interesting. I found it easy to put down but on the other hand I couldn't wait to see what happened next. --K--

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