Due to a sale, I bought Triggerfish Twist (published as book 4 although in the timeline, Triggerfish Twist happens first then Florida Roadkill). There are some disconnects in the characters meeting in Roadkill even though they knew each other in Triggerfish.
I love how the author pokes fun at a business segment in each of these two book. This one is Insurance, Triggerfish it's Management Consulting. The tongue in cheek absurdity of these businesses left me laughing out loud and re-winding to enjoy the skew how the stories of corruptions, which are all too believable.
Like an episode of Seinfeld, Tim Dorsey's books weave a tapestry strand by strand until it all comes together. He introduces characters with funny episodes that seem to be stand alone segments and slowly start to integrate the characters into a larger story.
The story follows Serge and Coleman as the track down insurance money from a insurance claim (on a sleazy dentist that they have dismembered).
Serge, the protagonist(?), seems to have evolved between the two stories. In both books, Serge murders truly reprehensible people. The difference is that he is a petty thief that kills people that offend his moral code in Triggerfish. Here he kills for the money. This makes Serge less likeable character.
George K. Wilson does a great job with voices ranges from stoner Coleman to coke fueled Sharon.
I recommend this book, but it is not as enjoyable as Triggerfish Twist.
George Wilson's narration was top-notch and did not in any way detract from the story. If anything, it was readable because of him.
I don't know if I could stomach it. There were parts when I thought, "this is brilliant" and parts when I thought, "when will this book be over?" I don't know if it was just the presentation of the story, which was disjointed and frenetic until things finally joined together, or the way the characters seemed to get worse and worse.
I'm glad that everyone in the book died (except the two "good guys"). I honestly disliked pretty much every character, and was glad when they got what they deserved, in mostly ironic ways that made me laugh a little. Maybe if I listened to this again, knowing what to expect, I would have a different take on it. Not for the squeamish, I will say that much.
I was getting into a deep funk because I have read all of Christopher Moore and wanted more. Digging around I found Tim Dorsey and his Florida series and decided to give it a go. Boy am I glad I did, I now have another go to for my insanely funny reads.
Tim is the bastard son of Charles Dickens and Christopher Moore. No more needs to be said.
I completed making a purchase, and the Surprise $4.95 Sale popped up. The only book on the list that looked at all interesting to me was "The Stingray Shuffle" by Tim Dorsey. I bought it and then found out it was the 5th book in a series. You'd think I'd be on to this trick by now, but it gets me all the time. However, I frequently find gems this way that I would otherwise not have known about. Anyway, I never even tried to listen to it, I just went ahead and purchased book one, "Florida Roadkill."
Several reviewers had compared this series to books by Carl Hiaasen, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. I have read several Hiaasen books, but I never found them as funny as I'd hoped they would be. I was pleasantly surprised. It actually reminded me more of the humor of Dave Barry than any other author I've ever read. (Dave even makes a cameo appearance at the World Series later on in the book.)
This first book is a little chaotic, since it introduces most, if not all, of the recurring characters that will appear in later books, and I felt like I was being jerked around a lot from one storyline to another. Even so, I found it laugh-out-loud funny very often. Pay attention to a guy named Serge. He's the most loveable criminally insane person you're ever likely to meet, and he's been in every one of the four books I've read so far.
So, while I didn't quite find it to be a 5-star book, I still highly recommend it. I am now getting ready to start listening to book 5 and I have been laughing myself senseless at all the books in between. This book is a good listen in its own right, but important, I think, as an introduction to the series.
Introduction of new charachters muddled the story.
Overall it was a quirky Florida tale. I think Hiassen does it much better.
Carl Hiaasen both make me laugh our loud and I live in fl.
makes them come alive
I love my audiobooks! Great for traveling.
One of the best books I've listened to so far!
At first it can be a little confusing. The author introduces you to all these different characters. But by the end of the book, you see how they are all connected.
It's a book where the bad guys get what's coming to them.
The narration was excellent. Tim Dorsey has a new fan!
"Avid" doesn't quite describe my reading style . . .
As a Floridian, it is always fun for me to read stories that give me a glimpse of places I know and have been to. Tim Dorsey's characters not only live here, but Serge Storms is fanatical about Florida's history, the flora and fauna, and every little thing that a Florida insider would learn from growing up here - and then some. It's like a wild and rollicking travelogue that just happens to take place in Florida.
The Serge Storms books are a lovely mix of Carl Hiiasen and Jeff Lindsay - unique comedy, lots of action, adventure and a lovable 'serial killer' - although I'm not sure Serge really qualifies as a serial killer.
Serge A. Storms was my favorite, although I liked most of the characters. Mr. Dorsey is able to give you a really good snapshot of his character in a few, well-chosen words. I even liked the unlikeable ones.
There is SO much going on in this book: the banking and insurance systems, exploitation of senior citizens, the World Series, Florida travel, the cocaine cartels, etc., etc., it would take a lot longer than I have to choose just one tag line.
I love the way Mr. Dorsey takes such diverse characters - each with their own story and scenario - and weaves and weaves and brings them all together at the end of the book in such a way that you can't imagine how they might have avoided being caught up in the action. It's really a gift and must require a LOT of work on the author's part.
I heard great things about Dorsey's books and started with this one which left me disappointed. So many characters are introduced for no apparent reason, a long series of disjointed and implausible plot lines, and the humor fell flat for me at least. Part of this could be due to poor narration (or perhaps poor editing). One can hear the narrator taking long breaths, clearing his throat, (maybe sipping on a drink?) etc and the reading is flat. But I'm willing to give this author a second chance and have already begun another more recent work with a different narrator. I like the concept and the Florida setting. Who knows? Maybe the series gets better.
Absolutely a book that makes you think. I like this book very much. An author that truly understands that life does have a "gray area".
I wasn't at the edge of my seat, but I was pleasantly surprised about the angles the author took. This book thinks outside of the box. I found a book that sees Florida as I see it. No offense, but the state of Florida is definitely "special" to put it mildly.
I was able to identify each character. Everyone had an identity. Very well done.
No extreme reaction, But totally worth the listen and the credit. I am not easily amused nor am I ever startled or surprised but anyone's behavior, but this book made me laugh and had me raising my eyebrows. Very well done.