My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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 stuck in the Mustang somewhere between Orlando and Miami – and listening to the adventures of Serge and the motley characters in the Dorseyverse make for a great way to pass the time.
You can tell, through his writing, that Tim Dorsey drives around Florida since his details of the obscure locations throughout the state are so vivid. Pure touristy awesomeness.
Now that I’ve fed you all my audio book and Tim Dorsey propaganda, let’s talk about the book.
There are two key things needed to enjoy Atomic Lobster (and all of Tim’s books, for that matter):
1. YOU MUST LOVE FLORIDA AS IF IT WERE THE GOOFY STEPCHILD OF THE FIFTY STATES.
2. YOU MUST THINK THAT OVER-THE-TOP ULTRA-VIOLENCE CAN BE REALLY FUNNY.
If you think you fail either of those, then Serge and the crew aren’t for you. I’m honestly surprised when I talk to people outside of Florida about these books and the get them. I’m not surprised, though, when Quentin Tarantino fans LOVE these books.
Yep. I digressed again.
The other thing about Atomic Lobster and other Dorsey books? The writing tends to go all over the place… jumping subject to subject. Much like this review.
In closing, Atomic Lobster isn’t Shakespeare. It’s a good book and a great way to take out some pent up aggression through the eyes of a road tripping psychopath.