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Nuclear Jellyfish: A Novel (Serge Storms Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Dorsey
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Book Description

“Dorsey’s brilliantly, profanely funny 11th novel…zips along like P.G. Wodehouse’s best work.”
 —Richmond Times-Dispatch


Tim Dorsey’s outrageously zany, gleefully violent, and uproariously funny Nuclear Jellyfish marks the triumphant return of lovable, thrill-killing Florida historian and tireless civic booster Serge A. Storms. The bestselling author of Atomic Lobster, Triggerfish Twist, and Florida Roadkill, Dorsey can match Carl Hiaasen punch-for-punch when it comes to fictionally depicting Sunshine State madness—and he’s taken his rightful place alongside Christopher Moore in the pantheon of top American humorists. Nuclear Jellyfish is a veritable WMD of radioactive hilarity—as Denver’s Rocky Mountain News so aptly puts it, “It doesn’t get any better.”

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Fasten your seatbelts: Serge A. Storms, Florida's manic tour and history guide as well as its most inventive and prolific serial killer, cruises at warp(ed) speed through bestseller Dorsey's 11th thriller (after Atomic Lobster). Serge's primary target is a tattooed thug called Jellyfish (behind his back) or Eel (to his face), whose gang rips off diamond couriers. But along the frantic way, Serge and his pal, the always-buzzed Coleman, remove a variety of societal pests, including skinheads beating a homeless man, auto repair shysters preying on tourists and bargain motels that don't deliver on their bargains. Serge's instruments of vengeance include garden hoses, pigs, aerosol sprays and lots of duct tape. Dorsey's inspired insanity certainly won't appeal to everyone, but Serge's antics give vicarious satisfaction to those who too often see misdeeds go unpunished. In short, Serge continues to pummel convention and evildoers with exuberant abandon and wit. 9-city author tour. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

Hewing to the basic formula established in 10 previous novels, Dorsey has his irrepressible Florida-lover and psychopath Serge Storms off his meds and on the road in a two-tone 1971 AMC Javelin. Obsession, compulsion, odd bits of Florida trivia, dumb criminals, and inventive ways to execute dumb criminals ensue, from Jacksonville to Miami. (Serge finds inspiration for his novel executions at Home Depot.) Throw in a beautiful, dangerous stripper; Serge’s drug-addled sidekick, Coleman; dumb but murderous jewel thieves; and Serge’s longtime nemesis, Agent Mahoney (also off his meds and trying to protect Serge from a contract hit), and you have a plot that even Serge’s beloved duct tape can’t quite hold together. But the charm of Dorsey’s novels has never really been about plot. It’s in the belly laughs, the eccentric bits of local folklore, the manic energy, and the hothouse Florida madness Dorsey churns out so reliably. --Thomas Gaughan

Product Details

  • File Size: 325 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061432660
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKS1G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absurdist Humor! I Laughed Out Loud! January 20, 2009
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While I was reading Nuclear Jellyfish, I had to get used to people giving me funny looks. I kept laughing out loud in public places. Not little chuckles or giggles, mind you, but throw-back-your-head, full-throated guffaws. The kind that make other people wonder if you've gone bonkers.

Nuclear Jellyfish is a funny book and Tim Dorsey is a very funny writer. In reading reviews for his other books, I have noticed that there is a temptation, almost a compulsion on the part of reviewers to compare Tim Dorsey to Carl Hiassen. After all, both write humorous mystery stories set in Florida that skewer that state's legendary reputation for corruption of all sorts.

I am here to tell you those comparisons are specious at best. So don't do it. Just really don't. Because any similarity ends with Florida. Because Tim Dorsey's humor is much more absurdist, more Monty Pythonesque, and for those who aren't prepared for it, harder to get into. Reading Tim Dorsey is like joining an madcap club, not everyone gets it. But those who get it, really get it. I like absurdist, over-the-top humor and Tim Dorsey makes me laugh out loud. Carl Hiassen writes good books, but he doesn't make me laugh out loud. Both writers should be encountered and assessed on their own merits.

The main character in Tim Dorsey's series is Serge A. Storms, an ADD/OCD serial killer with an abiding love for Florida history and trivia, a powerful sense of justice, and an inventive flair for making miscreants pay for their bad behavior. Serge may seem like he can't pay attention to anything for long, but appearances in this case are deceiving. Serge is actually hyper-aware of everything going on around him and he doesn't miss a trick.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When is an Eel a Jellyfish? It's a long story! November 15, 2008
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All right, here we go again! Number eleven and Serge and Coleman are still alive! [Not so sure about Coleman.] We're off the boat and once again traversing the Flori-duh sand spit. In a 1971 Javelin. [You gotta be kidding!] Rooting out the really bad guys. Thugs, so to speak. Led by the notorious Eel. [We all learn the connection between Eel and Nuclear Jellyfish.] We're focusing on the cheaper motels that host the smaller conventions and exhibitions and trade shows, such as coin collectors, and people, like Howard, who sell Flori-duh-iana. And who are transporting gems. Oh, and while Serge is trying to start and restart his travel service, unique in that it highlights important places where super- and megastars stayed and played, even momentarily, he is also dealing with Story. An English lit major, perchance a barracuda hooker, and a less-than-successful stripper who knows a whole lot of trivialities, sometimes even more than Serge! [No way!]

Did I forget to tell you that Mahoney is out? And on Serge's trail? And about Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin? And Sh-teve? Well, I guess you'll just need to find out about these folks all by yourselves.

Is this a good ride? A frantic one, for sure. Some neat twists and turns but somewhat linear [even tho the center third of the book is a flashback. Or at least it was intended to be a flashback. Never mind...] Dorsey always intrigues when it comes to "offing" the bad guy. I'm not always certain his techniques work in "real life", so to speak. Like the butane lighter thing. Nevertheless, I think there should be a footnote, something like "Do not attempt this without professional or adult supervision."

As with nearly all of Dorsey's madcap mayhem books, this is a fast read and a well-written tale.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Laughed Out Loud January 15, 2009
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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 travels the lovely state of Florida with his completely useless and helpless junkie alcoholic sidekick, Coleman.

When we first meet Serge and Coleman in the book, they are staking out a bridge, discussing Lynyrd Skynyrd, and wearing diapers in reverence of a lunatic astronaut.

This alone should make you want to start reading.

Serge has decided to launch his own Travel Guide Blog to Florida, featuring handy survival tips for the Floridian Tourist, such as how to tell where the criminals are sleeping by the way the cars are parked, and how to avoid Barracuda Hookers. This quest has him criss-crossing the Sunshine state in search of the iconic landmarks littering its landscape, many of them involving Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Along the way, Serge and his Incompetent Compatriot pick up a hitchhiking exotic dancer on a mission of vengeance and tuition, stumble upon a band of diamond smuggling coin collectors, and go head to head with a blood-thirsty sociopath with a horribly botched glow-in-the-dark tattoo, all the while being chased down by a suspended detective perpetual stuck in a crime fiction noir novel, and a mysterious stranger who seems to know Serge's every move better then he knows himself.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another gem!
Dorsey is a mentally disurbed, manic, comedically ingenious, Florida history professor, with a penchant for drugs, sex, murder and mayhem. Read more
Published 5 days ago by williamtell
5.0 out of 5 stars Serge and Coleman
Serge and Coleman are ar it again. More ingenious ways to off the bad guys while reveling in Florida souvenirs and history.
Published 16 days ago by shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny. Hard to put down
Delightful. Funny. Hard to put down.
Published 21 days ago by B. Conover
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Tim Dorsey Mystery.
A gift for my daughter who loves mysteries and has asked me to find some of these that she doesn't have. They are hard to find in used bookstores because they are so popular. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda L. Hine
5.0 out of 5 stars Serge and Popcorn Books
So I'm into my seventh Tim Dorsey Serge Storms book. I can't stop. It's like eating popcorn: you just want more and more (OK, so I just ordered three more...). Go on; admit it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elisabeth Altruda
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Citizen Sponsored Justice
This is not the kind of book I usually read, but picked it up and loved it. The antics of a "certifiable", hyperactive, hero with his heart in the right place despite his... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm addicted to Tim Dorsey
Serge A. Storms. What more can I say. Hero for today. I find myself thinking like Serge when it comes to social evil.
Published 5 months ago by R. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuclear Jellyfish
Hang on to your hats, Serge Storms is at it again! Besides experimenting (playing) with the bad guys, and finding all the different ways to protect the Florida scene, there is a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Old Man "Steve", Nampa, Id.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great from Dorsey
My wife always knows when I'm reading Dorsey because I'm always sitting, reading, and laughing. The situations he puts his characters in are hilarious!
Published 5 months ago by jack hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great casual reading
Tim Dorsey at his best, this book has great pacing, and classic Serge Storms. It follows the same pattern as all Dorsey books, crimes, serial murder, and Florida history. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Katherine
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Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999 and is the author of ten previous novels: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, and Atomic Lobster. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

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