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When Elves Attack (Serge Storms Series #14)

When Elves Attack (Serge Storms Series #14)

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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


“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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This small holiday package, the 14th Serge Storms thriller (after Electric Barracuda), packs a satisfyingly large punch of classic Dorsey craziness. At Thanksgiving, civic-minded serial killer Serge executes an unpatriotic thief the time-honored Florida way, in the explosion caused by deep-frying a frozen turkey. In December, Serge decides he’s “taking Christmas large.” He and his stoned crony, Coleman, rent a suburban house, serve up a gingerbread house-turned-bong, and haunt the local mall dressed as elves to protect the public from seasonal felons and mean mall cops. Along the way they re-encounter familiar characters, including the G-Unit, a quartet of elderly spitfires on the lam from their retirement home. The snarky humor is a nice change from the usual Christmas-season sweetness, and Serge’s paradoxical personality is at its most charming, whether he’s reprimanding a teenage girl for smoking just before torturing her boyfriend with a specially rigged set of Christmas lights or reveling in his first taste of snow. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber. (Oct.)
Tampa Tribune
“Fans of Dorsey’s slapstick-comedy style will find plenty to like. Dorsey again proves he’s some sort of mad master with a concoction that features zany physical comedy, dark humor, social commentary, and Florida history.”
Suspense Magazine
“The cover of Dorsey’s book boasts, “A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM THE CRIMINAL NUTBARS OF THE SUNSHINE STATE” and I must say…it’s all that and so much more. … Hilarious...Dorsey will hold you captive until the last word is read!”
Gainesville Times
“Fun to read. …Sick and twisted, but delightfully so. Serge is one hard core Santa figure…memorable.”
Florida Times-Union
“Dorsey weaves in the overt insanity of our holiday season with his own special brand to give us a special little tome. [When Elves Attack] will win Dorsey new fans.”
“The perfect antidote for all those sappy feel-good holiday novellas”
Patriot Ledger
“Dorsey serves up some zany holiday. …Full of suspense and more than a few chuckles.”
Star News Online
“Dorsey, following Carl Hiaasen’s star, spin[s] goofball yarns about Florida’s inherent craziness.”
Tulsa World
“With a gleefully iconoclastic streak of holiday pandemonium, Dorsey ramps up the usual Serge-and-Coleman mayhem by several notches. You’re in for a heck of a sleigh ride here.”
Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Plenty of mayhem, sex and, yes, death. ”
“Hilarious. ... Dorsey never seems to run out of new and unique ways for his deranged creation to dry up the gene pools of the rude and the inconsiderate. His research of Florida’s history and penchant for sprinkling arcane trivia throughout his books make each and every one a keeper.”
Macon County Herald
“You Gotta Read This…best laughs.”
Kirkus Reviews
Multitasking maniac Serge Storms (Electric Barracuda, 2011, etc.) slows the flow when he concentrates on having a down-home Florida Christmas. Roaring into Tampa, Serge has just two wishes: to become a family man like his old friend Jim Davenport, and to Take Christmas Big. And what better way to start than to return to Triggerfish Lane and move next door to good old Jim? Jim's wife Martha is already stressed to the max by her mother-in-law's annual holiday visit, complete with Mother Davenport's generous gesture of wiping down the bathroom with bleach before using it. But the sight of Serge's 1972 Chevelle pulling up at the curb drives excitable Martha's anxiety to fever pitch, especially after her teenage daughter finds the newly minted family man a worthy role model. In Serge's mind, no family is complete without its feminine side, so he beefs up his household, so far limited to his drug-addled pal Coleman, with the addition of City and Country, two chicks on the run since an incident in a Tuscaloosa bar. Now Serge can work on Taking Christmas Big, starting out by taking Country under the mistletoe and proving that a kiss isn't just a kiss. Then there's the 10-foot tree that almost fits through the front door and Coleman's dope-laced gingerbread. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without presents, so Serge and Coleman, dressed as elves, head to the Tampa Mall to shop--and to discuss Martha's Thanksgiving Day dust-up with mall security. Although Serge is thinking big, Dorsey's holiday gift is small, with his new, linear story line a mere shadow of his mayhem-filled priors.

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Meet the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of nineteen other novels: Coconut Cowboy, Shark Skin Suite, Tiger Shrimp Tango, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Pineapple Grenade, When Elves Attack, 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, Florida.

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When Elves Attack 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 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.
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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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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Hilarious story. Jms
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Firstboomers More than 1 year ago
Tim Dorsey is, without question, is a brilliant satirist with a bizarre twist, commenting on everything Florida, including all the quirky things, and especially its 'unique' politicians and citizenry. Of course, being a Floridian I love following Serge & Coleman's adventures around the state where they do justice(?) to those who deserve it. Unfortunately I must confess I do share Dorsey's sense of humor and consequently have been hooked on his books for years. 'Tiger Shrimp Tango' is next in my Nook Book queue. Sad, isn't it? BTW, if you ever get a chance to attend one of his book signings he is as entertaining in person as he is through his books. Signed, Obviously-A-Fan
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