The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in 2017, 3.5 stars, Book Review, Tim Dorsey | 0 comments

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim DorseyThe Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

Genre: Crime Fiction, Humor, Suspense
Format: Hardcover and Ebook
Series: #5 in the Serge Storms series
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 303
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

When serial-killing local Florida historian Serge A. Storms is off his meds, no one is safe — not Russian hoods, Jamaican mobsters, spoiled frat boys, women’s book clubs, drug dealers, bad Vegas-rejected local lounge acts — especially when $5 million in cash in a bugged suitcase is still racing up and down the Eastern Seaboard. But in the oddball circus known as the Sunshine State, little things like astronomical body counts tend to get lost in the shuffle.

My Thoughts:
It’s been about a year since I last read a Serge Storms book from Tim Dorsey and it was just the kind of lunacy I was in the mood for. I have always described this series as Pulp Fiction takes Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride through Florida and this fifth volume is absolutely all that and more.

It was the usual chaos that happens when Serge is off his meds. In this one Serge came up with some particularly inventive ways to kill people.

This series does not have a linear timeline at all. The suitcase full of money was introduced a couple of books ago. It was fun to get back to that storyline.

The spectacularly inept mob guys from several different countries were my favorite part.

This is violent stuff but in such a darkly humorous way that it just makes me laugh.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Triggerfish Twist by Tim Dorsey

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in 2016, 3.5 stars, Book Review, Tim Dorsey | 0 comments

Triggerfish Twist by Tim Dorsey

Triggerfish Twist by Tim Dorsey

Genre: Crime Fiction, Humor, Suspense
Format: Ebook
Series: #4 in the Serge Storms series
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 281
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Ensconced in a lovely tropical villa on idyllic Triggerfish Lane, Jim Davenport anticipates the good life to come. But this isn’t living — it’s Florida and the neighborhood is not quite what it seems. It’s got overly aggressive Little League parents, drug-free Rastafarians, homicidal hookers, unnatural sex and casual violence. Oh, yes, and there’s a psychopathic serial killer-cum-Sunshine-State folklorist named Serge A. Storms living directly across the street. So it’s only a matter of time before Jim up and actually kills somebody …

My Thoughts:
It’s been a while since I read a Serge Storms book from Tim Dorsey and it was just the kind of lunacy I was in the mood for. I have always described this series as Pulp Fiction takes Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride through Florida and this fourth volume is absolutely all that and more.

When Jim Davenport moves his family to Triggerfish Lane in Tampa he thinks it’s because the transfer is good for both his family and his career as a corporate consultant. Well not quite.

It’s always bad when the psychotic and off his meds Serge Storms appears to be the voice of reason in the chaos. While this is the fourth book in the series it’s a jump backwards in time and a chance for Dorsey to bring back some characters.

Insanity prevails when it turns out that pretty much everyone who lives on Triggerfish Lane is in trouble with the law or flat out crazy.

Add in a crazed man who blames Jim for losing his job and things get ever weirder and more violent.

Along the way Serge give the most awesome college commencement speech ever.

This is violent stuff but in such a darkly humorous way that it just makes me laugh.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Orange Crush by Tim Dorsey

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in 2013, 3 stars, Book Review, Tim Dorsey, What's in a Name | 2 comments

Orange Crush by Tim Dorsey

Orange Crush by Tim Dorsey

Genre: Humor, Suspense
Series: #3 in the Serge Storms series
Publisher: Harper Touch
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 354
Source: Purchased

The Short Version:
Tim Dorsey meets Florida politics and chaos ensues.

Why I Read It:
I have giggled my way through the first two of Tim Dorsey’s Serge Storms books and it had been a while so this was a perfect book to pick up during January Long-Awaited Reads month.

The Book:
From the publisher:

The Republicans’ “golden boy” — and a loyal, unquestioning tool of the powerful special interests — handsome, unthreatening, Florida governor-by-default Marlon Conrad seems a virtual shoo-in for re-election. That is, until he undergoes a radical personality shift during a bloody military action in the Balkans. Now it’s just three weeks before the election and Marlon is suddenly talking about “issues” and “reform” as he crosses the length and breadth of his home state with an amnesiac speechwriter and a chief of staff who turns catatonic in the presence of minorities. The governor’s new-found conscience might well cost him the election, though. And it appears that pretty much everybody from Tallahassee to Miami Beach is trying to kill him…

My Thoughts:
Tim Dorsey’s books aren’t for everyone and even for me I have to be in the right mood for the complete chaos and zaniness that is his signature. It’s so far over the top that it’s on and over the next top, but the ride is just fun.

I think reading this post election season was perfect because political gamesmanship that we’re all so sick of gets thoroughly skewered in this farce. From the “Florida Governer’s Race sponsored by Outback Steak House” to the ‘forget the debte lets have a WWF style wrestling match” it’s completely unbelievable but fun anyway.

When the raised to be Governor Marlon suddenly begins doing the unthinkable and telling the truth his advisors (including his father) just aren’t sure what to do. He shrugs off the security detail borrowed from the Rolling Stones and takes off across the state in rented Winnebago with an evolving entourage of loonies including Serge Storms as readers haven’t seen him before. It’s still the Serge who has the encyclopedic knowledge of Florida history but he’s just not quite the same.

It’s also the first book I ever read where the “note on the type” cracked me up

For people who have read other Serge Storms books, this one is fun because Serge is the normal one here. For folks who haven’t read any of Tim Dorsey’s books this is probably not a good place to start. I’d recommend picking up Florida Roadkill first.

3 stars Rating 3/5

I’m counting this one for the “Something you’d find in your kitchen” (an orange) category for the What’s in a Name Challenge.

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Hammerhead Ranch Motel by Tim Dorsey

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 in 2009, 4 stars, Book Review, TBR, Tim Dorsey, What's in a Name | 4 comments



Series: #2 in the Serge Storms series
Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 354
Challenges:
TBR 2009 Challenge #9, , What’s In a Name 2 Challenge #5 (Building)

I’m going to say the same thing about this one as I did about Tim Dorsey’s first book (Florida Roadkill)

Think of Pulp Fiction taking Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride through Florida. If you didn’t laugh at Pulp Fiction, don’t even bother picking up this book.

Once again there is a cast of what feels like hundreds. Each one of them is loonier than the previous one. Drugs, violence, sex, con men, a incompetent weatherman, a dancing chihuahua, crooks, a passive-aggressive private investigator and they’re all running loose in Florida. Oh, and there’s a killer hurricane on the way.

At the heart of all this is once again Serge Storms. Insane and off his meds, he knows more about Florida History than everyone else put together has forgotten. He’s still trying to catch up with that five million dollars he was chasing in the previous book,

Definitely not a series for everyone, but if you like dark (really dark) humor and over the top craziness mixed with a bit of brutal violence along the way, give Tim Dorsey’s books a shot. I’m definitely going to continue reading his books.

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Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey

Posted by on Apr 21, 2008 in 2008, Book Review, Tim Dorsey | 3 comments

Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 273
Challenges:
A-Z Reading #25 (D Author), Decades 08 #5 (1990’s)

Think of Pulp Fiction taking Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride through Florida.

Trust me, if you didn’t laugh at the movie Pulp Fiction, you won’t like this book. It kind of starts in the middle of the story, then flashes backwards and then on through. It’s hyper, fast paced, filled with a large cast of characters that are difficult to keep straight. The humor is dark. Very dark. The violence is brutal and cringeworthy, and the drug use rampant, but darn, if I don’t want to read the next book – I think it’s a series, but like this book, the author’s website says it’s non-linear. I laughed as much as I cringed, and then told my husband he needed to read this before it’s due back at the library.

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