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Atomic Lobster (Serge Storms #10)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,419 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Why is everyone rushing to flee Tampa on a cruise ship to hell?

Serge is back with a bullet, torn between homicide and souvenirs. So is Coleman, torn between getting hammered and getting more hammered. Then there's good ol' Jim Davenport, the E-Team, the Diaz Brothers, and Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin, cranking up the fevered action as the pot boils over on a street
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by William Morrow (first published December 31st 1975)
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Paul Pessolano
This is Tim Dorsey's tenth novel featuring Serge A. Stroms and his pal, Coleman. I honestly can't wait until his eleventh will be released.

Serge and Coleman are again touring Florida and its places of interest. They are causing havoc in Tarpon Springs, on Devil's Island, and on the cruise ship SS Serendipity. Serge is protecting a friend from a sadistic killer, trying to keep his daughter from marrying the wrong man, and trying to keep Coleman and a spaced out stripper in line.

If this isn't enou
"This is the tenth book by Dorsey and in a way this is also the reunion book by him as well for it seems everyone is coming back in this novel. City and Country, Chi Chi, Johnny Vegas, the Russian Cartel along with ""El Grande"", Lenny Lipowicz, a new hooker/stripper girl named Rachel who happens to be Sharone's sister, the entire McGraw criminal clan, and of course Jim Davenport and his wife. Everyone seems to be showing up for the reunion all on a cruise liner.

Now this novel surpassed anything
Bibi Larson
Another absolutely amazing Serge Storms Adventure, loved it!!!! I am looking forward to meeting Tim Dorsey!
Kara Jorges
After two less than hilarious books, Tim Dorsey has once again woven a gut-busting Serge and Coleman adventure with a purpose. This one is a little slow out of the gate, taking its time setting the stage and borrowing heavily from past successes before becoming laugh-out-loud funny on nearly every page. Serge and Coleman set up digs in a rundown hotel while Serge is laying low. Meanwhile, Jim Davenport from Triggerfish Twist is still having issues with assertiveness. His wife Martha makes him st ...more
Well here we are again, cruising along through Florida's rapidly vanishing historic sites, with Serge Storms and a cast of thousands of zany, improbable Floridians. His buddy Coleman is along for the ride, ever vigilant in pursuit of that which can be snorted, chugged or smoked. We have a repeat performance of the self-effacing, amiable Jim Davenport, trying desperately to avoid Serge's gestures of friendship, which thus far have gotten him mugged, beaten, robbed, held at gunpoint and in big tro ...more
Annie Fyfe
This book is basically a convergence of a bunch of individual storylines that all revolve around a particular area of Florida and a group of bad guys that the government is trying to catch. Immediately you are introduced to some of the most ridiculous characters around. And they are mixed in with what seem like perfectly normal people. The further into the story you go the more the story lines cross and every time they cross it is in a more ridiculous manner. I thought this book was hilarious, t ...more
good reads summary: Serge A. Storms is back with a bullet, torn between homicide and souvenirs, cranking up the fevered action as the pot boils over on a street called Lobster Lane. It's reunion time in the Sunshine State, and we're not just talking the family jamboree of the blood-soaked McGraw criminal clan, whose nastiest, meanest member, finally released from prison, is heading south bent on revenge. Serge's drug-addled bud Coleman's here as well, torn between getting hammered and getting mo ...more
Mar 02, 2015 Paul marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I'm moving this one to my episodically-reading category. Translation: I'm putting it aside for now and may come back to it later. Or not.

I got about a third of the way through Atomic Lobster. Up to that point there didn't seem to be a plot, just a collection of short (2-3 pages each) vignettes about different characters. I could see that at some point the characters would converge, but I still couldn't detect a plot. As for the characters, while most are believable, I couldn't buy Serge and Cole
Tom Croom
Best. Driving. Audio. Books. Ever.

(Especially of you live in Florida.)

I got introduced to Tim Dorsey's books because he did a book signing at my local small town book store in Florida. Having lived here over twenty years, I'm a sucker for the weirdness of the state I live in. [FARK TAG: Florida].

The smartest thing I ever did, though, was realize that I could listen to Tim's books in the car. I drive around the Sunshine State for business fairly regularly. On any given weekend, I find myself stuc
I have mixed emotions about this book. When I first started reading I didn't like it. I felt like things were all over the place. I would be reading and all of the sudden it would change to something else and I wouldn't know what was going on.

Example:I was lost during the Greek religious festival. I think if I had known that the young boys standing in their swim suits, the priest officiating, the boys jumping in the water, Serge talking about this being the sponge capital of the world, the boys
Alex DeBlois
I consider myself well versed in Florida based fiction. From John D McDonald to Carl Hiassen to Randy Wayne White to Barbara Parker to Edna Buchananen, Laurence Shames and many others, the tradition of in your face, over the top action with a nod to the raping of the habitat in Florida by developers has always appealed to me.

I find the latest in the series of Serge Storms and all the regular characters to be a bit thin. There are certainly some inspired insights about the possibility that those
“This is Serge’s Charm School. We’re teaching manners.”

I am used to getting what I expect with Dorsey, whole bunch of laughs based on an outrageous story line and set of events, and this book is no exception. I did realize that this is not a great book to read on a plane. You will end up getting weird looks when you laugh out loud in instances like the one in which a chick wants to get banged while interacting with other people and trying to get them not to notice what is going on. Classic!

It's often a fine line authors tread when mixing drama, comedy, mystery, whatever. It takes a certain something to pull it off successfully, and whatever that is, Tim Dorsey has it in spades! The characterization is excellent, the story moves quickly, and, frankly, I had a very hard time putting this one down!
I refuse to give details, other than to say the ending has a twist NO-ONE will see coming. I'm lying. Perhaps I should have said I will give no story details. The characters are as follo
Jun 27, 2010 stormhawk rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is a difficult book to categorize. It has such a ragingly bad case of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder that I felt like I needed Ritalin to finish it. Skipping around in the time line doesn't help much, either. The characters are plentiful, the plot lines many, the Floridian in-jokes bountiful. At least I think so, I don't know Florida well enough to know that for sure, but I think I'm making a pretty good guess. My only other exposure to the "Florida novel" is through Carl Hiaasen, ...more
Sarra Lord
Feb 16, 2008 Sarra Lord rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Usually this is the place where a reviewer would discuss a little bit about the plot of a book. With Atomic Lobster that’s just not going to happen. The plot points are so convoluted, and the story is told in such a non-linear way that it would be impossible to do without major spoilers. This is one of those books that the reader just has to pick up and read for themselves without relying on a review to tell them what the book is about. Let’s just say it’s got Florida, and cruise ships, and a Cl ...more
I have wanted to read a Tim Dorsey book for a while. But with all the other books waiting for me I’ve been holding off. Vampires… So I’ve got a lateral bite infatuation.

Atomic Lobster seemed it would be my kind of book: Johnny - an accidental virgin, the G-team getting more than Johnny, Jim the accidental hero, Coleman the always hammered, Serge the homicidal maniac but in a good way, Rachael the stripper, the McGraws… it’s a tripped up cast and in Florida, too. But with all the makings of a gre
This story reminded me of some of the Carl Hiaasen stories that revolve about crimes against nature, and take place in Florida. The non stop action, plot twists, and endless array of characters left me wishing that I had a map and cast list so I could keep up with everything. This was the first of the Serge series that I have read and I am now in process of searching for some of the earlier books.
Mar 06, 2011 Julia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first Tim Dorsey novel, but I liked it enough to seek out more of his books. At first glance it reminded me of Carl Hiassen's novels, which I enjoy. There is a cast of wacky characters, good guys, bad guys and some in-between. Takes place in Florida.
When I first started reading, it was a little confusing. As each group of characters was introduced, the timeline jumped around and it was hard to keep everything straight. But after a few chapters, it turned into a regular, linear story a
This book was chosen by a new member of my book-club. So, I really really tried to like this book. I am an avid reader & have only stopped reading a story before it ends maybe twice in my lifetime. I was halfway thru (at pg. 155) when I couldn't take it anymore. I felt as though the writer was on drugs or maybe needed them because NOTHING made sense. I'd get dizzy from reading! Granted this is the 10th book in a series so maybe if I started in the beginning I wouldn't be so lost. There was a ...more
Lauryne Wright
Serge Storms...another delightfully zany and usual character...I've read all the books except the last one (one my reading list). That said, I almost hope they never make these into movies because so far Hollywood has not done a great job of casting my favorite book characters in other series. Dorsey's voice is brilliant, gritty and gadfly rolled into one.
I listend to most of this book while on a road trip. At some point I got so fed up with the stupid, one-dimensional characters that I had to abandon this book. If you want to read a book about depraved Floridians doing crazy stuff stick with Carl Hiaasen. He actually writes good books. Not so much for Dorsey.
I'd read one of his books some years past and got this as a kindle freebie yet kept neglecting to read it. Wow. I forgot the strange and delightful mix of truth/history/authenticity/vigilantism in the main character, Serge, violence not with-standing. The degeneracy is delicious.
This was my first book by Tim Dorsey. I found it a slow start, but does eventually move right along, bringing all the separate sub-stories together in the end. I've never met a main character quite like Serge A Storms in anything I've read so far. Serge is quite entertaining with all his different personality sides: he's brilliant, humorous, compassionate, lustful and gruesome, to name a few! This book will not disappoint!
Normally, I'm a big fan of antic humor. I'm also a mystery fan, so if you promise me a schlubby, non-assertive guy forced to deal with serial killers who hate the rude, a free-basing, paranoid ex-NFL star, incompetant drug smugglers, burnt out government killers, rule-breaking grannies, and a Clowns vs. Mimes version of Fight Club, well, how could I not be amused? Except that I wasn't, really.

It's my own fault. This is the first Dorsey I've read, and it's clearly a sequel, bringing in charcters
With a plot as stuffed as a cruise ship’s all-you-can-eat buffet, this is a slapstick adventure that’s hard to put in one category. Read it for the humor, outlandish plot turns, and Dorsey’s wholly unique perspective on the sunshine state.
Wow. I had never read any of Tim Dorsey's works, but now I'm out looking for more! This was a wonderfully addicting story that I read in one sitting (although, I admit, being on a multi-hour car trip did help with this endeavor). The characters are all full of personality, even those that only turn up for a page or two. I was immediately attached to all of them, and I couldn't help but be interested in what happened to each. The plot was also fabulously wound, so that it was wonderfully unpredic ...more
Lori Whitwam
I started reading Tim Dorsey as a "similar to Carl Hiaasen" type... but after reading him for a while now, I like him better. I never would have expected it, but his character Serge A. Storms cracks me up. Oh, yeah, he's a deranged serial killer, but he's so quirky and inventive, you just have to like him. (He will NOT litter; in fact, bad things may happen to anyone who damages the Florida environment in his presence) This is another hilarious one, with a huge cast of totally bizarre characters ...more
Tim Dorsey pulls out all the stops yet once again, & has a bit of a character reunion. I love it when he does this, because his characters are so great that you just want to see them again & hear more about what wacky shenanigans they're up to. Serge & co. wind up reuniting with Jim Davenport & his family, whom they spent some wild time with back on Triggerfish Lane. The meanest McGraw is now out of prison, & has his sights set on revenge, but Serge's on hand to make sure Jim ...more
Once again, Serge Storms and his permabuzzed friend Coleman end up on a madcap spree. Most of "Atomic Lobster" takes place in and around the Tampa Bay area. They even had breakfast at Skyway Jack's, my favorite diner and a Bay Area landmark.

This tale brings together all sorts of Serge's old cohorts: the Davenports, Johnny Vegas, Lenny, and even more representatives from the evil McGraw family. Like any of Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms novels, there are a lot of laughs. Still, I didn't feel especiall
After reading several horror books this summer, this was a nice change if pace. Gave me quite a few chuckles. Nothing serious here folks.
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Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined
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