Thursday, September 2, 2010

Charlaine Harris book and blog : reads Hiaasen,True Blood books and comments on the Emmy's

Charlaine Harris writes on her blog her latest book reviews and comments on the Emmy's " Because we all need a little glamour."

* Star Island, Carl Hiaasen
* Xombies – Apocalypse Blues, Walter Greatshell
* True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You, William Irwin, George A. Dunn, Rebecca Housel
* A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger’s Guide, Leah Wilson, Jacob Clifton, MariaLima, Nick Mamatas

Carl Hiaasen was one of the original (if not THE original) environmental mystery writers. That is, he writes wonderfully original books framed as mysteries that deal with what we’ve done and are doing to the earth. Hiaasen, of course, is based in Florida, which gives him plenty to say. In Hiaasen’s world, there are plenty of monstrously selfish people and plenty of people who are capable of good in an incredibly surprising way. In Star Island, utterly shallow and untalented singing star Cherry Pye, managed by her parents who could not love her less, bounces from rehab back to the streets and from one untenable situation to another. She’s a little monster, and so are the people around her. Her stand-in, Ann DeLusia, is a better human being, and she pays the price for Cherry’s carelessness. Luckily for Ann, she’s caught the heart of crazy ex-governor Tyree, who lives in the swamps. He’s commited many acts of eco-terrorism. You get the idea? Hiaasen is a wild ride.

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