Naked came the manatee: a novel

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Fawcett Columbine, Jan 20, 1998 - Fiction - 208 pages
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In South Florida, everyone wants to get a head. But not just any head. A very famous human head--severed and snugged away in a cryonic container. A head that could spark a revolution and change the course of history. Everybody wants a piece of the noggin: rotund gangster Big Joey G., a 102-year-old environmentalist, hard-boiled Miami reporter Britt Montero, lawyer Jake Lassiter, and a would-be dictator in exile--with ex-president Jimmy Carter and a lovable manatee named Booger thrown in for good measure. With bodies piling up it's anybody's guess what will happen from one chapter to the next, as an all-star line-up of Florida's finest writers take turns at taking this outrageously original novel to the limit--and beyond.

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And if you're looking for character development, sorry. - Goodreads
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He is a great writer with an absurd sense of weirdness. - Goodreads
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Meh. Implausible, silly, not very interesting. But the writers must have had fun with this one. Read full review

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The first chapter are so much fun- what you'd expect a serially written novel about Miami. I loved that the chapters were almost a challenge from one author to the next. The last two/three chapters ... Read full review

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Carl Hiaasen was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 12, 1953. He received a degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 1974. He has been a reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald since 1976, and is known for exposing scandal and corruption throughout southern Florida. He has received numerous state and national honors for his journalism and commentary including the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Life, Esquire and Gourmet. His best-selling novels include Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, and Nature Girl. His 1993 novel, Striptease, was adapted as a film in 1996 starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds. He also writes children's books including Hoot, which was awarded a Newbery Honor; Flush; and Scat. Hoot was adapted into a film in 2006. His non-fiction works include Team Rodent; The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport; and two collections of his newspaper columns entitled Kick Ass and Paradise Screwed.

Dave Barry was born in Armonk, New York; in 1947; he was elected class clown at Pleasantville High School in 1965; he graduated with an English degree from Haverford College in 1969. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author claims that his humor stems from his early years in Armonk, New York. His humor columns are syndicated in hundreds of weekly papers. By his own admission, Barry never grew up. His early attempts at small-town journalism for the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, were directed towards dull local matters, such as zoning and sewage. In 1975, Barry briefly attempted to teach business writing to business people. Since then, Barry has turned to writing about such topics as exploding cows and whales and wayward science fair projects. Barry's books include Babies and Other Hazards of Sex, Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States, Dave Barry in Cyberspace, Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, and Dave Barry Turns 40. Barry lives in Florida.

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