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.
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.
When in the military awaiting for a plane to take us home from a deployment in England I rand across this book in the day room. Took it to my room and started, couldn't put it down. This book, the actual written book, is 100 miles an hour. The audio version, the same writing being told to you, isn't quit the speed for some reason. Don't confuse that with poor or not worthy though. This is a wonderful listen that will have you laughing and wondering. I have now read eight Dorsey books and rate this one number two behind Triggerfish Twist. These Dorsey books are best described as Pulp Fiction style and are certainly worth every penny you will pay to get them.
Yes. The moving from subject to subject is wonderful and keeps you wondering when you will find out what happened at so and so point.
Actually, I was a little disappointed in the presentation, but it wasn't terrible. The Oliver Wyman performed Dorsey books are better in this regard.
Laugh your ass off.
Listen to it, then get the others.
This story is full of disjointed stories of horrible people, with absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Dorsey gives you all the info in the first chapter then reveals it for it's full potential when you least expect it. It is not for the faint of heart it gets gory and twisted but fun to pass the hours. His location descriptions are so accurate, one would think he lived in each spot. lots of fun
they were all deep and well developed - it is a difficult choice.
his characterizations bring personality to each person in the book. the added depth help me to get lost in the story
No, I looked forward to having the story unfold every day