When Elves Attack (Serge Storms Series #14)

When Elves Attack (Serge Storms Series #14)

by Tim Dorsey


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“The undisputed king of the comic crime novel.”
Providence Journal

Nobody does Florida weirdness quite like Tim Dorsey! Case in point: When Elves Attack, the New York Times bestselling author’s twisted Christmas present to his legion of adoring fans who can’t get enough of thrill-killer and Sunshine State historian Serge A. Storms, the most endearing psychopath since Dexter. Dorsey offers the perfect antidote for all those sappy feel-good holiday stories with this zany blockbuster extravaganza in which his wonderfully deranged serial killer Floridaphile delivers his special brand of Christmas cheer. More outrageous than Santa Claus in a Speedo, When Elves Attack serves up a Yuletide feast of the “pure gonzo humor” the New York Times Book Review enthusiastically attributes to this fearlessly funny writer. Think Bad Santa and National Lampoon’s Family Vacation, blend in Dorsey’s trademark appetite for destruction, and you’ve got hilarious crime fiction black comedy that anyone would be thrilled to discover stuffed in their Christmas stocking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062205797
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Series: Serge Storms Series , #14
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 153,042
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of twenty-one novels: Pope of Palm Beach, Clownfish Blues, Coconut Cowboy, Shark Skin Suite, Tiger Shrimp Tango, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, Electric Barracuda, Gator A-Go-Go, Nuclear Jellyfish, Atomic Lobster, Hurricane Punch, The Big Bamboo, Torpedo Juice, Cadillac Beach, The Stingray Shuffle, Triggerfish Twist, Orange Crush, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Florida Roadkill. He lives in Tampa, FL.

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When Elves Attack 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Rob_Ballister More than 1 year ago
Tim Dorsey's less than dynamic duo of Serge and Coleman are back in the holiday romp WHEN ELVES ATTACK. This is my first exposure to Tim Dorsey, so I didn't know what to expect, but it won't be my last. Serge and Coleman are determined to do "Christmas big," and move into suburbia to try and settle down. Dressed as elves, they set out to punish those who do evil to their fellow man around the holidays, and the results are a non-stop trail of burned out motel rooms, burned up joints, and a whole bunch of "did I really just read what I thought I read," moments. I couldn't help but fall for the likable (mostly) Serge and the always-stoned Coleman, and Dorsey does a great job of developing their characters for those new to his work. Add in four crazy elderly ladies and the beautiful tag team of City and Country, and you have a Christmas story probably not worth sharing with the kids, but one that you won't forget. At less than 200 pages, a quick, fun read, although definitely a rated R book. High praise for this and I will be back for more Dorsey!
Ed-DP More than 1 year ago
Tim Dorsey has always been my favourite with his Serge Storms series. I eagerly look forward to every release. Time Dorsey combines fascinating history lessons of Florida, exposure to endlessly quirky Floridians, political and social insights voiced through Serge that do make you think, all wrapped in great humour - from bright-coloured farce to deep black. As an engineer, I delight in Serge's Rube-Goldberg inventions and contrived confrontations that offer (but often don't succeed) in bringing redemption to the unredeemable slimeballs around us. For me, it's like watching a mass of lives colliding as they drift through life but the Brownian motion isn't really as random as it appears, and, somehow, justice, fairness, and humour always triumph...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic Dorsey! The only thing I would point out is that this is a very short read. Perhaps 1/3 as long as his other books.
ccourtland More than 1 year ago
This is not your Nana’s Christmas story. If you’re looking for a heart-warming, fuzzy, good-feeling read, Tim Dorsey’s style will shock your stockings off. This satirical tale might even strip the stripe off a candy cane or two. However, twisted folks that giggle at Christopher Moore and are amused by Beavis and Butthead-like antics, will fa-la-la-la-la through the pages of this short gem. Spike the eggnog and dress the white elephant gift with the Sunday funny paper, because When Elves Attack is packed with classic Dorsey shenanigans wrapped in a shiny bright bow. Yeah, it’s nothing knew, but it’s funny as hell. This isn’t highbrow stuff, but who wants to strain their brain after hours at the mall? This is the perfect book to take along to the in-laws over the holidays or will make an excellent gift for that hard-to-buy-for nutbar relative. Let’s face it you’re probably going to need a laugh by the end of the evening anyways! Sometimes it’s good to remember that it could be worse. You could live in Florida across the street from Serge Storms on Triggerfish Lane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are loveable and I am pretty sure you will enjoy this read.. Its a light hearted murder novel.. if you can use those words in the same sentence. this book has a little of everything!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. If you need to be put in a good mood this is the book for you. It had me laughing out loud, only Christoper Moore's books have been able to do that and I've read all of his. Now I have a whole new series of books to enjoy.
brendajanefrank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A pre-publication Amazon Vine review:"When Elves Attack" is classic creative, manic Serge, but softened with Christmas Cheer and Goodwill Toward Men. Yes, Serge breaks laws left and right, but in a Robin Hood kind of way. He extracts revenge on those so misguided as to threaten his friends, steal a plaque in memory of veterans of The Greatest Generation and harm helpless women. Serge acts on the desires of onlookers in avenging these offensive actions, all to uphold the standards of common decency in family and neighborhood. Serge strives to be just like Jim Davenport, his longtime friend and image of the ideal father and husband. Serge wants to learn to be a family, with his buddy Coleman and a couple of shapely women also on the lam, City and Country.This book is a dish of marshmallow fluff for Christmas, filled with laugh-out-loud moments. The holiday party includes Serge's friends Edith, Ethel and Eunice, escapees from a rest home. These old birds are ready to get down with fun. "Stayin' alive" is their theme song, and they rock! Extreme Caroling wearing tiny elf costumes was their cup of tea, and Coleman lapped up the free egg nog handed out by the appreciative "carolees." What a good time for all!Since you have the flavor of "When Elves Attack," I'll hold off on details to preserve this holiday chuckle for the unread. Just expect typical Serge "taking Christmas big!" Holiday traditions are observed in Serge's exaggerated, obsessive fashion, to the delight of his aberrant collection of friends and readers alike.
zmagic69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book quick read. If you love Serge and Colman you will like this book. It combines these two characters, plus the 4 olld ladies investment club, City and Country, make an appearence, as do.... The Davenports! What is not to like!Fun book, can't wait for his next one.
dirac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Serge and Coleman, another good read. Not the longest book but then the story is not the strongest either. I enjoy just about anything these two do but at times this book seemed jumpy, even for them. Still, for hardcore fans, a must read and must own.
khuben on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Elves Attack had me laughing outloud, it is so outrageous. I feel a little guilty about enjoying it so much because of the high level of violence - but the situations are so absurdly funny! What can I say?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Serge and Coleman journey.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Are you looking for a heartwarming story to get you in the holiday mood? Well then you should probably keep looking, but if you’re looking for fun in the sun with mayhem, crazy characters and pot infused gingerbread houses, then you’re in the right place. Even Serge can’t help but be affected by the holidays taking the reader on a fun Florida Christmas ride. If you’re a fan of others in the series or Carl Hiaasen then you’ll love ‘When Elves Attack”. My only complaint is I wish it was longer, more along the lines of others in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confusing, and unbelievable situations,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tom Dorsey takes current events in the Tampa Bay area and builds a story around them using Serge's actions to explain them. There was a rash of AC units being stolen from local VFW posts for the copper tubing and Serge ties it together with the explosian of a crack lab in Plant City. Always funny, and fast moving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Qwarky wit and entertaining too me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Turn loose of reality and just go with it.
Sugarmm More than 1 year ago
Just could not get in to this book. I let it lie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a light, funny read for the Christmas holiday and this was it. It kept me engaged from start to finish! I can't wait to read the other books written by this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious story. Jms