I feel like being new-ish to books is a great thing. It’s the equivalent of binge watching seasons of shows on Netflix, but on a grander scale. Some of you may or may not agree, but that’s my outlook.
Recently at Pages Pod/Caste, we’ve been discussing the idea of getting a Booktube channel up on Youtube. These discussions bring about who is reading new stuff, quick enough, so we can keep up and be relevant.
Chime Pages’ resident speed reader;audio-book aficionado, Dustin.
This month I chose Carl Hiaasen‘s new release, Razor Girl. After a little digging, I got a sort of cult-fan following. He has a novel career dating back to the late 70’s as a ghostwriter. My first Hiaasen novel is his most recent, but after reading it, I doubt it will be my last.
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Razor Girl has, what I would call a realistic campy-ness to it. It contains about three to eight main characters, depending on your view point. Lane Coolman, a talent agent, is on his way to aid his hottest talent, Buck Nance at a comedy show in Key West, FL.
Buck Nance is equivocal to Duck Dynasty’s main brother. In this case Buck is the star of Razor Girl‘s worlds hill-billy show, Bayou Brethren. While on the way to aid Buck, Lane Coolman get’s the rear-ending of his life. This is one of those key moments in time that sends waves, not ripples across the water.
Lane gets out of the Buick to confront the other driver, only to see a tall and enticing cherry redhead, with a razor in her hand and her skirt hiked up with her cooch out for him to see. Lane is flabbergasted for a bit and then his brain kicks back in gear and wonders, “What the fuck are you doing shaving while driving?” Hell even I was wondering.
After some back and forth about whether or not Lane was going to offer her a ride, he reluctantly gives into his dick’s brain, and gives her a lift to her boyfriend. When Lane meets her “boyfriend”, he realizes shortly after he’s part of a con-job. What’s worse about his situation, is that she’s tricked the wrong guy.
While Lane’s ordeal is happening, Buck Nance is about to go on for his live performance in Key West. Like I mentioned above, Buck is a TV personality, who is personified as a redneck. A redneck who tells culturally and racially insensitive jokes. Now add the Key West atmosphere, and you’ve got a volatile mixture just waiting to blow.
After a chat, Lane realizes he’s expendable.
Right here is where I will stop the synopsis of the beginning of Razor Girl. I really think this is probably the most fun I’ve had just listening to a book in a while that was unfamiliar to me. Most of the time I’m apprehensive about trying new authors.
But I’m stoked I decided to jump in to Carl Hiaasen’s newest novel. I’m sure shortly I will try one of his other books, Skinny Dip, or Sick Puppy.
Thanks for reading!