Carl Hiaasen novel that came out a few weeks ago? Did you know there was a new Hiaasen? Do you know who Carl Hiaasen is?
Hiaasen, purveyor of the "Florida thriller" genre, is one of those writers who keeps popping up on the periphery of my reading radar. For guilty pleasure reads, he seems like he'd be fun, but I've never quite succumbed to that guilt. His new novel, titled Star Island, seems absolutely ludicrously fantastic — it's a satire about a teen star named Cherry Pye. How could that not be a little fun, even for someone who mostly reads literary fiction?
Anyway, Hiaasen's new novel got me thinking about other writers with extensive catalogs and loyal fans who I've never read. I did an "unread writers" post last year, and it sparked a good conversation. So I figured now might be a good time to do another — to solicit the reading community's advice on Hiaasen, and two writers I've never read (T.C. Boyle and Salman Rushdie.
The Inner Circle and Drop City but have never taken them down. It seems like whenever Boyle comes out with a new novel, it's always received luke-warmedly. So that's part of the reason I've never picked him up. But I know some people love the guy. What's your take? Any particular Boyle book strike you as exceedingly good?
Finally, there's good 'ol Salman Rushdie, who, truth be told, scares me about as much as a death sentence. Midnight's Children won the Best of the Booker prize a couple of years ago, and of course, The Satanic Versesis one of the more infamous novels of all time. (At some level, wouldn't it be pretty cool to write something that inspires passion and anger enough that people want you dead?) But aren't they both really difficult? His latest two novels, Shalimar the Clown and The Enchantress of Florence, are not exactly spectacular, I've heard. What's your take? Is Rushdie worth a read?
So, to sum, have you read anything by these three writers? Impressions? Any particular writers on your own "unread, but on the fence" list?