Yes, this book is hilarious. there are so many twists and turns and the characters have depth that is surprising considering the sheer number of characters. i have this book in paperback, on my nook and through audible. if i need a lift, i just plug into serge's crazy life.
the plot is twisted and suprising. its hard to know whats going to happen next and who's gonna
serge storms.....hero.....or sociopath? hard to say
SuseADoodle - "Audiobook Addict!" - Please disregard my "guided" reviews since it appears that a lot of what I wrote has been chopped off.
1) I started the series by listening to the most recently published book first (When Elves Attack). I enjoyed that one so much I decided to start the series at the beginning and follow it through. I knew from Audible and other places on the net, that the chronology of the books is different than the publication order. However, the author intends the books to be read in the order they have been published. This book happens after When Elves Attack.
2) The author has me thoroughly convinced that anyone who was born and raised in southern Florida is either a lunatic, a homicidal maniac, or at least very different than us "regular" people ... LOL!
3) Other comments refer to Hiassen -- and how similar they are. Well, my "mini research" showed that the first book for both writers came out in 1999. No way could one have copied the other. Maybe Florida really IS as crazy as these two writers apparently indicate (I've not read or listened to any of Hiassen's books yet).
4) Having noted that the first Serge A. Storms novel has a 1999 copyright -- and it happens before the newest novel (and FLORIDA ROADKILL mentions 1997 as the year the Marlins won the World Series) -- I have a minor picayune problem. In When Elves Attack, Serge used Facebook to find some friends he hadn't seen in a while. Um ... no Facebook in 1997. But that is just being picky and I know it.
5) There are lots of deaths in the book. Some "inventive" (making me wonder about authors giving ideas to the public). And I must have missed something because one of the murderers (yep, Serge isn't the only serial or cereal killer in the book) goes after two guys and I'm still not sure why he did it. So, I I would really have to know someone before I could "safely" recommend the book ... I don't want to give anyone any of these ideas.
5b) The author is "scary" if he is inventing all these inventive ways of committing murder; or he has amassed a huge collection of weird and bizarre news reports and then I wonder how he has time to actually write if he is spending time creating that file of info.
6) And one of the characters that end up dying in the course of the story ... well, I wish that person hadn't died. And I got really bummed out when that happened toward the end of the book. And that has kept me from getting the next book in the series (and it continues this particular story and the chase for the suitcase of money) ... I think I need a bit of time to mourn that passing of that character before moving on. Though I plan to move on to the next book.
7) It is that one death that actually made me pull back from a full 5 star rating for the book.
I dunno -- Serge is a "real character" -- weird in his own way. But he is sort of like Stephanie Plum to me -- she is an interesting character in her own way, but what makes those novels interesting and fun and keeps me coming back for the next one in the series -- well, it's all those other characters that surround her at work, in life and the FTAs she is tracking down. Serge is okay, but it is the other characters that keep me listening to the book, and planning to indulge in the entire series very soon, more than Serge himself.
8) The book is full of strange characters, fun Florida history and trivia. My hubby's parents were snowbirds to Florida for a number of years and we went down there for our honeymoon. So, some of the places mentioned are places I was slightly familiar with. I mentioned them to my husband and he could tell me stories that could almost rival some of the strangest moments in this novel. The history and trivia and weird "other" characters -- yeh, I'll be traveling through Florida with Serge and if you can read the ingenious murder plots without "getting ideas" -- I think you just might enjoy the ride too.
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 don't know who would enjoy this. It seems the author was aiming for edgy post modern crime but forgot to add the point. I have read a broad cross section of crime fiction with a focus on anti heroes but this was a jumbled mess. Plot lines appeared for no reason other than authorial flights of fancy. Characters appeared and disappeared without any impact to the plot. I skipped a number of chapters and was still able to keep pace with serge being a "schizophrenic" (read pseudo gonzo) dickhead without actually progressing the story. If you enjoy non sequitur and non plot this series may be for you. I'm struggling to bring myself to listen to the last hour.I regrettably bought this based on the "popular purchases" feature but recommend you do not. In all seriousness this is trash.
Nothing to do with this series.
It was ok but I felt he was trying to make sense as much as this listener was.
Most. What was the point of the masturbating murderer who offed the bikies? What was the point of the shitty retirement village? What was the point of the insurance company other than the cocaine smuggling? A lot of this was pointless other than to portray everyone as deserving, however superficially, the end they met.
This was one of the worst books I've listened too. It sucks. The story is so convoluted and unconnected that it is impossible to keep track of. I was at least 2 hours into it before I realized there was a story. There are lots of characters who have no relationship or input to the story. The attempt at character development for the main characters is minimal at best. Although there are some funny scenes and comments, I have no idea how people like this book. Although it is violent, that didn't bug me. Don't waste your money.
Yes, while it's a bit darker than Hiaasen, it's just as funny, with that twist added to it!
Most all of Carl Hiaasen's books, same type of humor
The parade, I think, or maybe the launch!
$5 million, the world series, and a rocket launch!
So glad I found Tim Dorsey. Was missing new material from Carl Hiaasen, but Dorsey fills that space quite well.
My first Dorsey novel. Definitely a Hiaasen wannabe, with mixed results. The characters are truly hate-able in a delightful way. Imagery is terrific. Tarantino-esque. Inventive and very funny overall.
But there's no real story or underlying point. Hiaasen's formula includes 2 elements missing here: an underdog to root for and an overarching point about society.
Dorsey is just pulp. But it's really a lot of fun. I'll listen to another one.
Reviewer below states that the two writers are contemporaries, which is just plain wrong. Hiaasen's books predate Dorsey by at least a decade.
I started listening to audiobooks from the library while driving around in my truck and soon found myself bringing the books inside with me. Once i got an ipod the books went everywhere with me. I work with my hands so audiobooks are great for me. I now listen to audiobooks about 8 hours each day. If i am not talking to someone or at home in my chair, then i have earbuds in listening to an audiobook.
This is the funniest series of books i have ever read. Tim Dorsey is about the only author to get me to laugh out loud while listening. I started this series randomly by checking them out from the library so i had to just get what i could and started with much later books, and i have to say that i enjoy the later books in this series much more. in this book Serge is very simular to the people he kills in later books for their behavior so that kind of confused me. The ending of this book also left me feeling kind of unsatisfied. even tho all of the books kind of play off of each other, the endings usually tie up all of the loose ends of that particular book, but this one left too many questions
If you like the writings of Carl Hiassen, you'll like this book too. Ironically, Tim includes a book signing by Hiassen in this book. The narrator does a great job.