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Christmas gifts for theme park fans: Carl Hiaasen's 'Native Tongue'

By Robert Niles
Published: November 26, 2009 at 9:46 PM
Native Tongue If you're from Florida, and have a snarky sense of humor, you probably already own every book by Carl Hiaasen. But if you aren't familiar with the funniest man from Miami (sorry, Dave Barry), then Carl Hiaasen's Native Tongue [$11.99 on Amazon] is a great book to start with. This is Hiaasen's take-down of the Florida theme park industry - not Disney and the big boys in Orlando, but the jealous competitors in Miami and around the state who want to get a taste of Mickey's action.

Taking place at the fictional Amazing Kingom of Thrills, Hiaasen tracks his usual cast of misfits and grifters, with hilarious and completely family-unfriendly results. Hiaasen offers a sharp balance to the cloying sweetness of the season's holiday commercials and TV specials. He's not for everyone, but I love his work.

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Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on November 26, 2009 at 11:28 PM
If you just want to try the book, there are many copies that are used, but under $2. Not sure if I would like it, but I got myself a used copy since I enjoy Theme Parks and FL!

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