Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book Review - Atomic Lobster By Tim Dorsey

How did I come into possession of this book?
This is a somewhat longer story than the usual, oh I just picked it up at the library.  My partner, Rob, teaches zumba and it is pretty rare that he ever gets guys to come to his classes.  Well one guy who was coming to many of his classes in Kentucky became a friend (even though he played football at notre dame and was quite a bit older that us).  We invited him and his wife over for dinner and had some good conversations, well of course books and reading came up.  When we mentioned we really liked the Carl Hiaasen books they said we have to look up Tim Dorsey and his series of ridiculous books about Florida.  A couple months later one of the kindle daily deals was a book by him, not the particular one they recommended but I thought I’d give it a try anyway.

What is it about?
It is basically a convergence of a bunch of individual story lines that all revolve around a particular area of Florida and a group of bad guys that the government is trying to catch.  Immediately you are introduced to some of the most ridiculous characters around.  And they are mixed in with what seem like perfectly normal people.  The further into the story you go the more the story lines cross and every time they cross it is in a more ridiculous manner.

What did I think?
I thought this book was hilarious, there were points where I giggled and some crazy scenes where the more I pictured them, the funnier they got! With all the hilarity and ridiculousness I do think there was some lack to the plot, which is too bad.  When the book ended, it all wrapped up within like 5 pages and I felt like that could’ve happened anywhere in the book, so it didn’t quite leave me satisfied.  But it did leave me laughing and for that reason I would read more books by him.

Who would I recommend it to?
Definitely if you like Hiaasen you will like this guy.  I also found his book not to be as involved as some of Hiaasen’s book so it might make for a faster read.  But I also thought this book was a bit more violent than Hiaasen’s tend to be so keep that in mind if you have a weak stomach while reading.  I love throwing in a humor book every now and then (especially a fiction one) and even though it might not’ve been the best literature I’ve read I enjoyed reading it from start to finish.

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