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Nuclear Jellyfish (Serge Storms #11)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,211 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Just when you thought it was safe to go online . . . Serge has returned!

That loveable collector of trivia, souvenirs, and murder methods is back with a new A‑Tour of Florida. And this time he's out to set the record straight!

Serge is upset that his beloved state isn't getting its proper recognition, so he signs on with the big Internet travel services. But his new employer
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Williammr (first published 2009)
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Murder is such a charged word. You know how some people fixate and won't let things go? They're called cops.
--Serge Storms

Since standing on the street corner with a megaphone didn't work, Serge has taken to the Internet to share his Big Answers on Everything with the world at large.

The plot has something to do with stolen jewels...I think; it doesn't really matter, because a plot is beside the point. All that's important is Serge, tooling around Florida in a 1971 Javelin description spouting Sergisms, and
I ran out of reading material (not really, just Dorsey books) early Sunday afternoon. Horrors! I think I've also run out of library Dorsey ebooks, hardbacks, and large prints. Will have to move on to Westlake.
Dorsey fiddles with the time sequence again. You get partway through and then Serge tells you we're going back a few weeks and will pick up the narration from here in Part 3. I got all confused about the plot after that.
In order to move diamonds cheaply and without the scarce armored truck
Paul Pessolano
Honestly, I cannot tell you how much I look forward to the release of a new Tim Dorsey novel.

All of Dorsey's books take place in Florida, and he includes some interesting facts about the state, the people who live there, and the people who visit. Dorsey's main character, Serge A. Storms (remember we are in Florida), as our travel host and all around bad guy (but lovable).

Serge is a psychopath and serial killer who travels around Florida trying to promote the Sunshine State. He is accompanied by
Ok, I didn't finish it, but there's no category for "Didn't finish this book because it really made me ill." I used to love the character Serge. He was strange, slightly psychotic, yet funny. He had his quirks, like we all too. Yes, at times he went a little too off the edge, but it was something we could deal with. If you could deal with Boondock Saints, you could deal with Serge. Do you see where I'm going with this? Serge was a Floridian Robin Hood - in a warped way, he was getting rid of the ...more
May 20, 2009 Jmlc added it
Shelves: didnt-finish, 2009
I couldn't read this book, not because I didn't like it, not because it was bad but because it was a library book that smelled so strongly of smoke that I couldn't have it near enough to my face for me to actually see the print. Might I need glasses? Sure. Might it have worn off? Maybe. But it was making me sick to my stomach so I had to give up. Maybe another day....
This book is remarkably juvenile--full of spotty language and ridiculous scenarios. Fortunately, I am also remarkably juvenile, so I enjoyed it. Somewhat stupid, but funny.
Diamonds, astronauts in diapers and some very deserved murder. Serge is very busy. Coleman is very stoned.
I've read everything Tim Dorsey has published and plan to continue to do so. His riffs critiquing everything about modern culture while reminding us of what we have lost or are losing are as sharply on-target as anything producer David E. Kelley has given us, and that's saying a lot.

In this outing, Serge is writing a tourism blog, although the major travel websites decline to pick up his commentary or his bills, largely because he focuses on elements such as "how not to become a murder victim"
I finished this about a month ago, just getting around to reviewing it, the third or forth randomly-chosen audiobook from the library. This one was pretty funny and at times grisly, but it turns out I came into this series quite late (this is #11 in the "Serge Storm and Coleman kill their way through Florida, but only the bad guys" novels. The pace was frenetic, the characters quite appealing (especially Story, a stripper attending Community College who proves a powerful ally indeed) His methods ...more
Jan 14, 2011 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Carl Hiaasen fans
Recommended to Susan by: Goodreads First Reads program
Shelves: first-reads, humor
“Coleman, there are three – and only three – kinds of people in this world: Those who don't know they are damaged and blame others; those who realize they're damaged and blame others; and then people like you and me, who wear damage like comfortable pajamas.”

Serge Storms is a man on a mission. He also happens to be a serial killer. His sidekick, Coleman, wouldn't be the brightest bulb in the marquee even if he weren't always drunk or stoned or, most often, both. Story, a student and a stripper,
"Whenever it comes to a novel written by Dorsey, the first thing that comes to mind is an intricate story laced with drug-riddled wackiness. ""Nuclear Jellyfish"" delivers this once again and I am more than happy to keep up with all of Dorsey's books describing outrageous events centered around Dorsey's badboy, Serge A. Storms. However, the formula used for the last ten novels is once again noticeable int his novel and thus I am happy Dorsey's novels come out once a year like clockwork.

Formula i
I enjoyed this book from the get go because I now understand the Serge character and there weren't as many intertwining plot lines as there were in Atomic Lobster. This would have been a better book to start with when reading my first Tim Dorsey book.

Serge is a serial killer that you just love. He is ADD and OCD and a basic psychopath with seemingly boundless energy. He tries to help people out and only kills people who deserve it; usually in an attempt to "help" someone out. He likes to stay in
S. Wilson
I laughed out loud.

That's right, you heard me. I laughed out loud. That doesn't happen often to me when reading a book. So when it does, I take notice.

And I didn't just laugh once. Not by a long shot. I laughed often, chuckled repeatedly, and smiled almost the entire way through.

I have a new favorite author, and his name is Tim Dorsey.

Tim Dorsey has managed to create the ultimate anti-hero in Serge A. Storms, the psychotic/obsessive/compulsive/homicidal/vengeful/chaotic force of nature that trav
Dorsey, Tim. NUCLEAR JELLYFISH. (2009). **. The first few of Dorsey’s novels featuring Serge and his sidekick Coleman were clever, and occasionally funny. This one, his tenth installment, tries too hard. Serge is still the same, a Florida history buff who has serious mental problems. Coleman is still the one-dimensional druggie companion who more often than not acts as Serge’s straight man. In this novel, Serge is still working on the ultimate guide book to Florida. His is different, though, as ...more
Nuclear Jellyfish follows the template of Tim Dorsey's other novels; crimes, loot, double-crosses and spree killings, all against the backdrop of a Sunblasted-noir version of Florida.

Here, as seen in nearly all previous books in the series, (arguably not Triggerfish Twist) sanity is completely relative. Every Floridian the reader encounters is a part of the madness, although within this madness, the difference between right and wrong and good and evil are probably more stark than ever.

Another great one by Dorsey. This time Serge is on a secret mission to rid the world of scam artists. The Hotel Robbery Gang, as dubbed by Serge, has been knocking off undercover diamond couriers. Unfortunately for them, they roughed up the wrong guys friend. Serge's friend and fellow Floridafile, Howard, gets knocked off and roughed up. Serge, Coleman, and Howard's history buff/stripper sister take to the convention center coin show circuit to hunt down and eliminate "Jellyfish" and his gang.

Nuclear Jellyfish is my first Time Dorsey novel, but it won’t be my last. I haven’t laughed out loud like this reading a book since, well, I don’t know when. I laughed so hard I couldn’t get the words out to tell my husband why I was laughing, which may reveal something about my sense of humor as this book will never be made into a movie for the Hallmark Hall of Fame Collection. Oh, no. Serge, the main character, is back with his latest get-rich-quick scheme involving tourism reviews for Interne ...more
Cameron burgess
Tom Dorsey has done it again, he’s made you love even the most crooked character serge storms, the Florida obsessed psychopath. Also he’s added a whole new friend to the ride, her name’s story, also a psychopath, and a stripper who is very good at history. Lastly there's Coleman the pothead who parties 24/7, he is always drinking and never sad so he lightens up the book.
This book begins with the most interesting way to kill someone, a gardening hose, but creative killings like these happen a l
I won this book in a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway that I entered primarily because I'm a big fan of anything jellyfish. That said, I'd not read any in Dorsey's 'Serge' series before, and in reading the jacket decided it would best be a summer read when my mind could absorb the thoughts of Florida travel. Not quite summer yet, but it was hot enough today to make it work.
At first, I was having trouble getting into the book because it was sort of a choppy read and I was still trying to get a feel
Glenn Conley
Serge A. Storms is awesome. Great crazy serial killer. And the best part of this book? The fact that most of it is actually about Serge and his crazy antics. A lot of books like this have the problem of spending too much time on the hero that saves the day. Fuck the hero. Serge is my hero.

4/5 because Serge is awesome, but Tim Dorsey not so much. So, fuck Tim Dorsey in his dirty ass hole. Because most of his other books suck balls.
Andrea Love
I am now a fan of Serge A. Storms! Nuclear Jellyfish follows Serge as he and his baked pal, Coleman dispense their patented freelance law enforcement throughout Florida. Protecting the weak, helpless, and less than smart from the crooks that target them, Serge is hot on the trail of a group of thugs targeting collectible stamp and coin dealers who happen to be moonlighting as diamond couriers. Only Serge knows in his manic brain how things will end, and one thing is for sure: you want Serge to b ...more
Ron Arden
Another wild ride with Serge and Coleman. This time they are traveling down the east coast of FL and happen to get involved with a gang robbing diamond couriers. All the usual insanity ensues as Serge spouts FL history and tries to teach it to anyone who will listen. His vigilante justice gets the better of a few of these baddies and he keeps one step ahead of them. There is a nice little twist at the end that did catch me by surprise. Mahoney is still on his tail, but doesn't really want to arr ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Anica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Dorsey sucked me in with the bit about how all the crazy shit you see in the news happens in Florida. It's a conversation I've had a million times in the newsroom, only about Colorado. But Dorsey makes a convincing argument for why it is probably worse in Florida: “If you pass out in the snow, you die.”

But I probably should have ‘Atomic Lobster’ first, because there were parts of the story I didn’t get – like Mahoney’s backstory. I had a hard time staying interested, but that may have had more t
Sarah Smithers
Maybe I'm just getting tired of Coleman.
He still weaves a wicked tale, and I google map the journey , and learn neat stuff...but it's not as cool as it was 12 books ago. AT least the chick wasn't another Coleman. And someone got the drop on Serge!
I like Mahoney, and he's been changing through the books.
Still a fine way to spend the work day, listening to shenanigans!
Rychelle Boden
Let me begin by saying that I won my copy of Nuclear Jellyfish from Goodreads and I was very excited to read something by a new to me. By the time I was through with Chapter One, I was wondering what I had gotten myself into! But by Chapter Six, I found myself following the smoothly flowing storyline and getting caught up in the craziness that engulfs the Dorsey/Serge novel. One of my favorite scenes was the garden hose set-up, where Serge made sure there was never a way out, only the illusion o ...more
Full-on Serge Storms hilarity. Serge's decided to start a travel website, complete with helpful tips (think "Park with your nose out in motel parking lots - the cops are less likely to run your plates.") He & perpetual sidekick Coleman are headed from Jacksonville to all points South down the East coast to collect really great, off-the-radar travel destinations for the site (think the bar where Lynyrd Skynyrd experienced the events later written about in "Gimme Three Steps.") Meanwhile, some ...more
Tim Dorsey's books are not for everyone. The main character is a serial killer and his side-kick is a super stoner. The books are all pretty formulaic with Serge (the killer) taking care of some jerk that is definitely in need of it and then homicidal yet zany hijinx ensue. You should also understand that there is profanity everywhere in the books and as well as TONS of alcohol and drug use. Having said all that I really do enjoy Dorsey's books and find Serge to be a highly enjoyable character. ...more
Chrystal Hays
The usual rollicking, edgy, and very dark fun.

Note: there is a big diffrence between "in" and "into", and for some reason, that was a distraction here. Not sure why an editor or someone would not catch it. "In" is location, "into" is transitory. You can come into the the bathroom, or....

Paul Baldowski
Picked this up at the library not quite knowing what to expect. In the end I enjoyed the ride. I appreciated Serge and Coleman by the end for the good work they did, though not necessarily in the right way. Serge the psychopath with a heart, and Coleman the stoner. Felt like Fear and Loathing combined with Pulp Fiction, with a sort of murderous A-Team approach to torture methods thrown in for good measure. I found the Florida trivia interesting, but tired of the novel killing methods by the end. ...more
In the realm of Serge A Storms this story seemed rather tame. This time they are dealing with secret jewel couriers and gangs of highwaymen out to beat and rob them. I seem to enjoy this series because the characters are 'teched' in the head, which seems more life like than some of the ho-hum stories where the hero always solves everything without so much as a scratch.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Serge Storms (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Orange Crush (Serge Storms, #3)
  • Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms, #4)
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