Nuclear Jellyfish by Tim Dorsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book from the get go because I now understand the Serge character and there weren't as many intertwining plot lines as there were in Atomic Lobster. This would have been a better book to start with when reading my first Tim Dorsey book.
Serge is a serial killer that you just love. He is ADD and OCD and a basic psychopath with seemingly boundless energy. He tries to help people out and only kills people who deserve it; usually in an attempt to "help" someone out. He likes to stay in touch with his kindergarten self and often has some great words of wisdom. He hangs out with his buddy Coleman who is in a perpetual state of getting and being stoned.
(Coleman)"Am I damaged?"
Serge placed a hand on his pal's shoulder. "Coleman, there are three - and only three - kinds of people in this world: Those who don't know they're damaged and blame others; those who realize they're damaged and blame others; and then people like you and me, who wear damage like comfortable pajamas."
Coleman swigged from his pint bottle. "Mine are the ones with the little feet."
Here they are in a library where Serge wants to find a bar that was around in the 1970's:
(Coleman):"How are we supposed to get to the bar from inside a library?"
"But time travel's impossible."
"Usually." Serge pulled a book off the shelf. "Unless you're at a library. I'm already in the time pod."
Coleman looked around. "I don't see anything."
"Children have it all over adults, possessing magical powers of imagination. Then they grow into cynical tall people. That's the whole problem with the human race: reverse metamorphosis. We turn from butterflies into caterpillars. The key to keeping your wings is regular exercise of your kindergarten muscles of make-believe." Serge grabbed another book off the shelf and flipped pages. "Wait here. I'll be right back." Serge stood perfectly still.
"But I thought I was coming with you," said Coleman.
"It's just a one-man pod."
"If the time pod's make-believe, can't you add an extra seat?"
"Pretty dangerous," said Serge. "Could put too much stress on the dilythium flux capacitor."
"I'll take the risk."
"Okay," Serge closed his eyes. He opened them. "Time pod, Mark II, with more leg room, extra seating and a killer sound system."
"Don't forget your seat belt."
Coleman made a phantom motion across his chest.
"Stop farting around in the time pod. The strap's on the other side."
"Sorry. Got it now. Click"
Having read both of my Serge A. Storm books, I am sad I don't have another one to read. I think I will have to go out and buy me a few.
I won this book through First Reads!! Yay me!
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