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Hammerhead Ranch Motel (Serge Storms #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  2,439 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Tim Doroey, author of the raucous, raw-edged, hilariously bent literary joy-ride, Florida Roadkill, now invites you back to his Sunshine State--not the tourist-mecca peneioner-paraclise the Chamber of Commerce would have you visit, but an Eden verdant with lost drug money; a center of lunatic, gravity, drawing fugitives, gangsters, losers, sociopaths and psychos of every f...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 3rd 2000 by William Morrow (first published 2000)
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David
This book was a chaotic mess. Not to suggest that it is all bad, but it is sort of like the author was smoking meth and up for days as he wrote it. The book has a frenetic pacing that is at times endearing and at others annoying. The characters are all unscrupulous nutcases and at times this is fun and at others frustrating.

Almost every chapter seems to introduce a new character, some of whom don't even survive the chapter. The reader is granted a readers digest introduction to these characters...more
Lee
With Serge A. Storms, the schico/attention-deficit/spree killer/anti-hero of Tim Dorsey's zany series. Serge is a walking encyclopedia of his beloved home state of Florida, who will get side tracked, with an obscure history lesson. With bungling thugs, drugs, sex and rock 'n roll, this series is laugh out loud craziness.

One example...

"What kind of a crazy motel is this?" asked the cop. "Is there anyone here who's what they're supposed to be?"
"I am," said Serge, raising his hand. "I'm a one-hundr...more
Adam
You can only continue reading this review if you promise to leave you judgements at the door...everyone deserves to see how the other side lives...and writes. I generally lean towards non-fiction books - from the political side over to the self-help genre - but every once in a while I will venture into the world of fiction, and Dorsey's early work is first-rate.

So, now we can get down to business...this was the second in a ten book series (might be more now) of one of the most underrated fictio...more
Heather
This takes place where I live and I can't help but notice the similarities between these fictional characters and the characters I know that hang out in places eerily similar to the "fictional" ones in the book. Tim Dorsey has a very warped sense of humor, and I for one love it. Laugh out loud funny but a little vulgar.
Jessica
Bad bad bad. Only useful as trashy beach fiction. Includes a roller-skating parrot and a murderer who taxidermies his victims alive. Hilarity!
Edward
Dear God this was funny. My wife and daughter were staring at me as I read, because I couldn't stop from laughing out loud.

Dorsey's first book had some funny scenes but also dragged in some places. This book pretty much was hilarious the whole way. Imagine the most ridiculous Hiaasen scenes populating a whole book. I have to give a book that gave me this much enjoyment five stars.

Now, I will warn you that the plot was a little uneven. But the plot was totally effing irrelevant to liking the book...more
Mark
Having now read the first two books in the "Serge Storms" series, I think it's safe to say I "get" what the apparently fantastically popular Tim Dorsey is about as a writer, and it's not my thing. Not only does HAMMERHEAD RANCH HOTEL have essentially the same plot (non-plot?) as the first book in the series, FLORIDA ROADKILL, I'm not sure I could meaningfully differentiate the two novels in any way. Dorsey writes like Carl Hiassen drunk and on amphetamines--the pace is mindlessly manic; literall...more
Craig Brown
Very funny, laugh out loud. If you are offended easily stay away, if you can find humor in odd ways, read on. Check out Dorsey's web site though, he explains his characters. He uses the characters over and over but reserves the right to kill one in one book and bring them back in the next as if that book never occurred. It confused me at first but once you say, it is just another book you are fine.
Jeff Yoak

While better than the first book, this is still slow and disjointed. One more chance to catch up to the quality of his later book I read.
Snotchocheez
Jan 15, 2009 Snotchocheez rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Carl Hiaasen and Tom Robbins fans
"Hammerhead Ranch Motel" further cements my opinion of Tim Dorsey: a very funny storyteller. "Hammerhead..." is a sequel to his first novel, "Florida Roadkill", and is a little tighter with the plotline on this one. I consistenly found myself laughing out loud at many of Dorsey's depictions of Florida (and Alabama) eccentrics, criminals and would-bes. My only complaint would be that he tries to pile in TOO MANY crazies in the mix, and the reader can often get lost in trying to decipher labyrinth...more
Ensiform
The sequel to Florida Roadkill. I don’t believe it’s possible to give a précis of the plot here. Serge Storms, the deranged serial killer obsessed with his state’s history, has his money stolen and kills lots of people getting it back, and many other equally immoral people do other horrible things, mostly to old people and tourists.

It’s utterly deranged, like Hunter S. Thompson writing black comedy at his most addled. It’s also hilarious, and written in assured, sharp, graceful prose. It’s a con...more
Jan
"Hammerhead Ranch Motel picks up right after where Florida Roadkill ends as Serge A. Storms is on pursuit after a briefcase containing five million dollars. Along the way, he meets new interesting characters including his new drug-riddled partner in crime Lenny Lipowicz, two girls known as City and Country who are on the run from an incident at a bar, a gangster named Fiddlebottom who changes his name to Zargosa, and a Hemingway impersonator named Jethro and they all end up in the same location:...more
Scott Foshee
Tim Dorsey's Hammerhead Ranch Motel is a fun and frantic ride through Florida with the crazy and colorful characters that make up the cast for Serge A. Storms Mystery number 2. Back from the first installment of the series, Florida Roadkill, are hard luck Playboy Johnny Vegas and the very personable psychotic serial killer/amateur Florida historian Serge A. Storms.

As the novel opens, Serge is still in pursuit of five million dollars in cash hidden in the trunk of a car. His search takes him to T...more
Kellan Fabjance
Well, I can't say that Hammerhead Ranch Motel is my favorite 'Serge A. Storms' novel. While it possesses many of the same qualities of the other 'Serge' novels that earned Dorsey a spot in my favorite author's list, you can tell this is before Dorsey really found his stride with the series. This is, I believe, the second novel in the series. It still contains Dorsey's signature of barely concealed contempt for most other people. It still contains the deranged star of the show, the only serial ki...more
Clayton Yuen
I am from Florida and love these "in situ" novel where people and places are named and in the fiction. Tim Dorsey adds his warped sense of humor to the characters, especially Serge (the native floridian), and his accomplices! This if a very good comical read that just lays all the players out, in a willy nilly fashion (or so it seems) and brings them all together into a whacky conclusion. Chaotic in the beginning, comes together in the middle, and slaps you in the face with a funky ending.

It is...more
Paul
If you enjoy the wildly funny yet brutal misadventures of Serge A. Storms, then this is just what the doctor ordered.

Tim Dorsey's Storms takes you on a manic and deadly tour of Florida and the Tampa Bay area that actually will tickle your funny bone.

This is the second of three books by Dorsey that I've read and it is rather choppy and disjointed to start. Each chapter for at least the first third of the book follows a new character, which leaves the audience yearning for a return to the main act...more
Mark
More gonzo mayhem and hilarity, picking up roughly where the first book, Florida Roadkill, ended. Serge Storms is still in hot pursuit of a briefcase containing $5 million, and slowly an amazingly motley cast of characters gets wrapped up in the swirl of events. The Hammerhead Ranch Motel draws the characters like moths to a flame, culminating in a hilarious climax in the midst of a hurricane. Dorsey's writing style is chaotic, which suits the story, but it can get a little confusing a times; th...more
Bob Corrigan
Mmm .. almost gave it a '4' - but I wasn't too happy with the way the author started this book out. He spends 5 or 10 pages describing someone, their history, what they're doing in Florida, etc. Then he jumps to someone totally different - another 5 or 10 pages. And so on. By the time he got finished bouncing back and forth among all these people - none of which has anything 'doing' with anyone else at the current time - I felt like someone spun me around and around and let go of me. I didn't kn...more
Joel Allen
Good. Kinda like an extended epilogue of FRK, but still plenty of laugh out loud moments incorporating local Florida references. I share Serge's passion for Florida history, so his rants hold my attention. Lots going on. Action & associations spider webbing like shattered glass really challenge short term memory & recall skills, until everything intersects & entwines in the end. Fun read, if your not a control freak. Just go with it, it'll all be over soon.
MomIsReading
I want to like this series and the author...yet I just don't get them. I love books in Florida and the bizarre and outrageous. yet the first two books in this series are just storytelling. Hardly any dialogue. Characters so out there they are a joke. I see some say they get better further into the series. When might that be?
Jill Edmondson
I like Dorsey's writing & characters, but with this book as with others by him, I find it drags on a wee bit too long. If this had been about 20% shorter, I would have loved it. I laughed my head off for the first 50 pages, but as I went along, I just wanted him to wrap it all up.
Emilade
Its not nearly as funny as the first one. And some of the characters are difficult to keep track of. Sometimes I think Dorsey couldn't write a realistic female character if he tried, but then again its not like the male characters are particularly moving either. So it doesn't matter, because its a fluffy, beach read.

Its an ok book, you should read it.
Tom Croom
Zany!

The adventures of Serge Storms kicks off to the level I've grown accustomed to (since, you know, I'm reading them completely out of order.) This book in the series has all the ingredients in the usual formula: Serge pissed off, a stoner sidekick (played by Lenny - for now - since Coleman is allegedly dead,) guns, touristy locations, and standard Florida political idiocy.

I also got, from the gist of this book, that Mr. Dorsey may NOT be a fan of "Bubba the Love Sponge."

This made for another...more
Marina
As with the previous book, it took me a bit to get into this one, but heck was it worth it. I miss Coleman :(, but Sege's new sidekick is pretty funny too. City and Country are weird. If you liked the first book, you won't be disappointed, as this one too has Serge's antics and a cast of wacky characters. I'm definitely continuing with this. Book 3, here I come.
Troy
I liked this book just about as much as Florida Roadkill. It was good, but not great in my opinion. The whole Florida trivia aspect gets to be a bit much after a while, and at times I feel Dorsey jumps all over the place, going back and forth between far too many characters. Also, he perpetuates the myth that the Coriolis Effect dictates the direction that toilet water drains, which is false. For a book with so many historical stories and facts, I guess I can't complain too much about finding o...more
Matt
Classic Dorsey. A manic spree of hilarious violence, white trash, cocaine smuggling, curmudgeons, and Florida history. This time Serge is still on the trail of a missing $5 million and he has followed it to the hammerhead ranch motel. This is the base of operations for a local quasi gangster that runs every con operation you can imagine. Another cast of hilarious characters flows through the story while Serge visits historical sights and tries to both escape heat from the cops and get the cash....more
Rex Fuller
Damn the plot, full speed ahead. Dorsey is not crazy. He deliberately makes subtle Hemingway references and not-so-subtle Hemingway parodies (both abound) to prove he's not crazy. It's just that his look at pop culture represented by Florida is like looking at Picasso's Guernica, only funny. In fact, most of his characters would look at Guernica and think it is funny. Just a taste: the driver of a car wrecked at the top of the Skyway bridge in Tampa swan dives off dressed as Santa Claus, and it...more
Fortinbras79


A bit like Snatch meets Get Shorty. Mobsters, drug dealers, maniacs and the geriatric all combine to make a wonderful ensemble cast in this bizarre crime/love story(?). We follow the paths of numerous characters watching as they intertwine: a schizophrenic who is obsessed with Florida, a private eye obsessed with the 40's who is only good with inanimate objects, two beautiful young fugitives, a Hemingway impersonator, a Don Johnson impersonator...the list goes on.

I laughed out loud numerous ti...more
Ty
this is the 2nd of Dorsey's series that i have read and i am not sure i will continue...the first was wild, whacky and new. this 2nd is similar, but on steroids. kind of like how all 2nd movies in trilogies seem to suck, cuz they try to top the 1st in every way. i may give the 3rd in the series a read just to see if Dorsey calms down a bit and puts together a coherent plot, rather than just a highly improbable series of coincidental set pieces. the characters are amusing and the punch lines are...more
Nora
I was ambivalent about Tim Dorsey but I confess that I laughed out loud while reading his first book and purchased an electronic copy of Hammerhead Ranch Motel after I finished it. Hammerhead Ranch Hotel doesn't disappoint. Dorsey's style takes some getting used to. His main character, Serge Storms, has multivarious methods of mayhem and murder. Dorsey begins his novels with the climax and works backward to earlier events. His writing style is sharp and rivals or surpasses other writers of the h...more
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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...more
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