My wife’s in a book club that has the nasty habit of selecting books democratically. This month, they’re reading Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. Subway Prophetess was subjected to The daVinci Code last year, and barely made it through the first chapter of A&D before the writing style and characterization compelled her to throw the book across the room.
She’s now reading Harry Turtledove’s Guns of the South on my recommendation. Unfortunately, she doesn’t like Turtledove’s style much more than Brown’s, and so the book is moving very slowly.
My wife read Carl Hiaasen’s Hoot a few years ago, and loved it. She was a little disappointed that he hasn’t written more young adult literature. The only other Hiaasen book she’s heard of is Striptease. She’s from a pretty conservative family, and thinks that while she may appreciate the book, she wouldn’t enjoy it so much, based on the main character’s profession.
Personally, the only book of Hiaasen’s I’ve read is the one he wrote about the Kingdom the Rat, which is non-fiction, but well-written and fun to read. (Admittedly, in my case, he was preaching to the choir…) I wasn’t surprised to discover that the author was a reporter in a previous life.
I’d like to recommend another Hiaasen book, probably one of his mysteries, but I couldn’t tell her where to begin. Does anyone have any suggestions?