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Dance of the Reptiles: Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns | [Carl Hiaasen, Diane Stevenson (editor)]

Dance of the Reptiles: Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns

If you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, best-selling novels, think again. Dance of the Reptiles collects the best of Hiaasen's Miami Herald columns, which lay bare the stories - large and small - that demonstrate anew that truth is far stranger than fiction. Hiaasen offers his commentary - indignant, disbelieving, sometimes righteously angry, and frequently hilarious - on burning issues like animal welfare, polluted rivers, and the broken criminal justice system as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bernie Madoff's trial, and the shenanigans of the recent presidential elections.
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Publisher's Summary

If you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, best-selling novels, think again. Dance of the Reptiles collects the best of Hiaasen's Miami Herald columns, which lay bare the stories - large and small - that demonstrate anew that truth is far stranger than fiction.

Hiaasen offers his commentary - indignant, disbelieving, sometimes righteously angry, and frequently hilarious - on burning issues like animal welfare, polluted rivers, and the broken criminal justice system as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bernie Madoff's trial, and the shenanigans of the recent presidential elections. Whether or not you have read Carl Hiaasen before, you are in for a wild ride.

©2014 Carl Hiaasen (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Hiaasen employs a seasoned bullshit detector that is among the most acute in American journalism.... If Florida is the poster child for a nation's fiscal and political disintegration, Hiaasen is the state's galloping knight (in)errant, slaying the dragons of ineptitude, arrogance and idiocy." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Entertaining... Hilarious and unnerving...for Hiaasen's ability to awaken outrage and for his eye for oddity." (Booklist)

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    Leon Denison, TX, United States 02-20-14
    Leon Denison, TX, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    What disappointed you about Dance of the Reptiles?

    They made a lot of wild accusations with just enough facts to bring up the subjects and then used their own mostly incorrect bias assumptions as if they were facts.


    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen and Diane Stevenson (editor) ’s story?

    Instead of fairly covering the issue and people they used their extreme left wing bias as if were facts. According to them the left is always correct and the right is always wrong. It is my opinion that's what's wrong with our political government now. I think we should do away with all political parties and vote on the candidates for their honestly and ambitions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arte Johnson?

    He just presented the information that was given him. I have no opinion one way of the other.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I purchased the book expecting I would learn from the information within a fair and honest coverage of its subjects and people. Many books seem to be able to do so but I found this book to be unfair and unbalanced. It only plays to the left extreme. Why do we support authors such as these who seems unable to fairly present the subjects and politicians.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe Bill O'Reilly and these authors should be locked in a caged ring and entertain their fans that away. They seem to think their opposing opinions are the only correct ones. It's sad that grown highly educated men can't use their talents properly researching and
    presenting the facts whether good or bad in a honestly and accurate way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Peden PDX, OR 03-28-14
    James Peden PDX, OR 03-28-14 Member Since 2013

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If your politics lean far to the left, you might like this one. Although the narrator was probably drunk when he recorded it, so just read the book.


    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen and Diane Stevenson (editor) ’s story?

    I enjoyed about 10% of this book, but after the multiple chapters attacking the 2nd Amendment, I turned it off and deleted from my mp3 player.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arte Johnson?

    Just about anybody could've done a better job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The non-political portions of this book were great. Too bad 90% of the book is far left politics.


    Any additional comments?

    In the past, I've really enjoyed Mr. Hiaasen's fictional work. However, I'll never purchase, read or listen to anything else he writes from here on. But that's just me. If you are a-political or liberal, you'll prob like this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ingibjorg IS-105 Reykjav?kIceland 03-15-14
    Ingibjorg IS-105 Reykjav?kIceland 03-15-14 Member Since 2005

    Audiojunkie, interested in all under the sun. I find that i enjoy non-fiction better than fiction although Amelia Peabody is the best. :-)

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    "Too local for a European"

    I love carl Hiaasens novels. This book is a collection of his newspaper columns. If you are not a Floridian a lot of it will go over your head. But if you are familiar with Florida polliticks I am sure you will enjoy it .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sierra napa, CA, United States 03-13-14
    Sierra napa, CA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the stories!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dance of the Reptiles to be better than the print version?

    I loved this book and the narration was spot-on. I felt the Carl Hiaasen got a little preachy in parts but overlooking that it was a great listen.


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    Ron Redwood City, CA, United States 02-12-14
    Ron Redwood City, CA, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book. Required reading!"

    I've read pretty much all of Carl Haaasen's novels but wasn't sure how I'd like a book containing his newspaper editorials.
    Wow, was I surprised. This book is brilliant. It has everything from humor to political shenanigans.
    Arte Johnson is masterful as the reader.
    Should be required reading for all politicians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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