Clownfish Blues

Clownfish Blues

A (Serge A.) Storm is brewing for a cabal of bad guys gaming the Florida state lottery in this insanely funny novel from the maestro of mayhem, Tim Dorsey.If you’re loud and proud Floridian Serge A. Storms, how do you follow up your very own remake of Easy Rider? You shoot your own "episodes" of your favorite classic television show, Route 66!With Coleman riding shotgun, S...

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Title:Clownfish Blues
Author:Tim Dorsey
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ISBN:0062429248
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:352 pages

Clownfish Blues Reviews

  • David
    Feb 22, 2017

    If I were an objective reader, I might point out how this is among the weaker books in the now 20-book series. Also, if I were an objective reader, I might point out

    If I were an objective reader, I might point out how this is among the weaker books in the now 20-book series. Also, if I were an objective reader, I might point out

  • Mike
    Oct 16, 2016

    Clownfish Blues

    by Tim Dorsey

    Tim Dorsey provides another comedic gumshoe type gem out of his home state of Florida. As the summer heat of Miami slows the private investigation business down for P.I. Mahoney, two defrauders plan to change the dull days of sultriness into a hi-jinxed road trip. Coleman and Serge have chosen a new life style, both plan to team up and move to a new town every week and find employment, a Route 66 brand of lifestyle where there is havoc to play out each and every occas

    Clownfish Blues

    by Tim Dorsey

    Tim Dorsey provides another comedic gumshoe type gem out of his home state of Florida. As the summer heat of Miami slows the private investigation business down for P.I. Mahoney, two defrauders plan to change the dull days of sultriness into a hi-jinxed road trip. Coleman and Serge have chosen a new life style, both plan to team up and move to a new town every week and find employment, a Route 66 brand of lifestyle where there is havoc to play out each and every occasion. Dorsey uses his past career experience of newspaper reporting and editor skills to help churn out classic whimsical detective novels such as his latest, Clownfish Blues.

  • Kathleen
    Nov 14, 2016

    There's always a lot going on in Dorsey's books and this one is no exception. Serge and his cast of buddies get into a variety of messes, sort out others, and as always, end up on top. There's humor (sometimes quite broad), there's bad guys, there's good guys, and all in all- it's a fast paced entertaining read. If you've read Dorsey before, you know what you're getting and this is one of his better books. If you haven't, try this for a well plotted read that is just a little outside the norm. T

    There's always a lot going on in Dorsey's books and this one is no exception. Serge and his cast of buddies get into a variety of messes, sort out others, and as always, end up on top. There's humor (sometimes quite broad), there's bad guys, there's good guys, and all in all- it's a fast paced entertaining read. If you've read Dorsey before, you know what you're getting and this is one of his better books. If you haven't, try this for a well plotted read that is just a little outside the norm. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.

  • Craig Pittman
    Nov 27, 2016

    Tim Dorsey is a master at stringing together apparently unrelated oddities of life in Florida into something resembling a plot for the latest adventures of Florida-obsessed killer Serge A. Storms and his perpetually stoned traveling companion Coleman.

    In this book, he manages to tie together worm grunting in Sopchoppy, the Psychic Capital of the World in Cassadaga, jiggly-cam reality-show antics that aren't real at all, attempts to manipulate the state lottery, the proliferation of professional s

    Tim Dorsey is a master at stringing together apparently unrelated oddities of life in Florida into something resembling a plot for the latest adventures of Florida-obsessed killer Serge A. Storms and his perpetually stoned traveling companion Coleman.

    In this book, he manages to tie together worm grunting in Sopchoppy, the Psychic Capital of the World in Cassadaga, jiggly-cam reality-show antics that aren't real at all, attempts to manipulate the state lottery, the proliferation of professional sign spinners, furries, illegal immigration and -- last but not least -- the way the old "Route 66" TV show somehow contrived to visit Florida for a few episodes, despite Florida not being located anywhere near that famous road.

    I won't even attempt to explain what happens, except to say it's all pretty funny, a lot of rude and mean people get what they deserve, and Coleman meets a woman who finds him attractive -- but only because he's wearing a panda costume.

  • Chazzi
    Dec 12, 2016

    Serge is obsessed with the old Route 66 show that featured a silver Corvette and two guys travelling the highway enjoying adventures in each town they came to. He has discovered that the last few episodes of the series were filmed in Florida....far off the real Route 66. With this in mind he has set off to create his own episodes. Taking his pal, Coleman, to ride shotgun they are out to ride the highway and byway and experience whatever they can. And experience it they do!

    Serge is a hyper type w

    Serge is obsessed with the old Route 66 show that featured a silver Corvette and two guys travelling the highway enjoying adventures in each town they came to. He has discovered that the last few episodes of the series were filmed in Florida....far off the real Route 66. With this in mind he has set off to create his own episodes. Taking his pal, Coleman, to ride shotgun they are out to ride the highway and byway and experience whatever they can. And experience it they do!

    Serge is a hyper type whose mind is constantly spinning. Coleman prefers the mellow haze of being stoned on pot or beer. The two are destined for strange things, and that is what they find. Odd, absurd, unusual, strange....those are just mild descriptions.

    Starting with worm grunting and taking it to high tech and a bit beyond, they move to hostage negotiations (doesn't matter that neither have any training in it) and on. Even becoming involved with one of the biggest scams of the Florida lottery.

    They are not the only characters in the book. There is also Reevis, the serious news journalist, who is plagued by his assigned news photographers who feel that reality style filming is the only way to go, even it it blows the integrity of the story. Attorney Brooke Campanella, Serge's old flame and Reevis' current one. Ziggy Blade, one of the hippy-ist lawyers you'll ever meet, and a few others.

    This is a Mr. Toad's wild ride with action, craziness and hilarity throughout! Not a boring page to be found in this book.

  • Lenny
    Feb 01, 2017

    Let me say that Tim Dorsey never disappoints, and this book is no exception. To be honest though he uses all his books as a platform to showcase his perceived ills and issues with society. Sort of a Social Justice warrior. That being said I often agree with him on many of these things, but be forewarned if this sort of thing bothers you, this may not be the book for you. This is the 20th book in the Serge A Storms series and despite the former comments, its is easily one of the best. we meet som

    Let me say that Tim Dorsey never disappoints, and this book is no exception. To be honest though he uses all his books as a platform to showcase his perceived ills and issues with society. Sort of a Social Justice warrior. That being said I often agree with him on many of these things, but be forewarned if this sort of thing bothers you, this may not be the book for you. This is the 20th book in the Serge A Storms series and despite the former comments, its is easily one of the best. we meet some new characters and some old characters. If you are a fan of the series, this is a must read, if you have never read them, you can read this one with out reading the others, but I recommend you start at the beginning. I loved this one and I gave it 5 stars and 5 Lennys

  • Tom
    Jan 31, 2017

    This series is going stale, or maybe it was the narration style of Oliver Wyman but this book was boring. Quite frankly the last 5 books in the series have been very poor in comparison to the first 15 books in the series. I do not understand the 4 and 5 star ratings I am seeing, they must have read a different book?

  • Jud Hanson
    Jan 31, 2017

    As with most Tim Dorsey novels, it is nearly impossible to pigeon-hole Clownfish Blues into a particular category. Once again we are treated to a glimpse of the odd life of Serge and his faithful, if dimwitted sidekick, Coleman. This adventure finds Serge wanting to recreate his own version of the popular show from years ago, Route 66. Along the way they will encounter a cast of characters that only South Florida could produce- con men wanting to cheat the state lottery, worm grunters, a group o

    As with most Tim Dorsey novels, it is nearly impossible to pigeon-hole Clownfish Blues into a particular category. Once again we are treated to a glimpse of the odd life of Serge and his faithful, if dimwitted sidekick, Coleman. This adventure finds Serge wanting to recreate his own version of the popular show from years ago, Route 66. Along the way they will encounter a cast of characters that only South Florida could produce- con men wanting to cheat the state lottery, worm grunters, a group of people who live in animal costumes and a lawyer who has gone retro. All in all, this is a hilarious book that anyone with a good sense of humor should enjoy. I would give this book 5/5 stars.

    **A copy of this book was the only consideration provided in exchange for this review.**

  • Paul
    Feb 20, 2017

    Some of the earlier books in this series were not only funny, but suspenseful. Now they are more like a motor coach tour than a theme park ride. Halfway into the series, Mr. Dorsey started writing on cruise control and the books assumed a predictable sameness.

    This is not to say the books aren't worth reading. Dorsey writes well, characters are drawn shallowly but clearly, and the narrative is paced well. Even the occasional Serge philosophizing doesn't bog things down. Dorsey captures the zanine

    Some of the earlier books in this series were not only funny, but suspenseful. Now they are more like a motor coach tour than a theme park ride. Halfway into the series, Mr. Dorsey started writing on cruise control and the books assumed a predictable sameness.

    This is not to say the books aren't worth reading. Dorsey writes well, characters are drawn shallowly but clearly, and the narrative is paced well. Even the occasional Serge philosophizing doesn't bog things down. Dorsey captures the zaniness of Florida well and weaves interesting facts about the state into the narrative. This book is predictable Serge and Coleman with another classic car to ride around in, a few creative deaths, and more than a few lol moments.

    I will keep buying these books, but I wish he would release them in the Spring just before my annual trip to the beach. A good beach read.

  • Sean Newgent
    Feb 03, 2017

    3.5 Stars

    Tim Dorsey's yearly novel concerning Serge Storms usually hits the nail on the head for wacky comedy, entertaining characters, and fun settings. The very Tarantino style of story telling is unique and the fact there are so many minor recurring characters makes reading the whole series worthwhile. That said, these books can occasionally miss the mark. I don't think Clownfish Blues entirely misses the mark, but last years Coconut Cowboy was definitely better.

    In this novel, Serge is creati

    3.5 Stars

    Tim Dorsey's yearly novel concerning Serge Storms usually hits the nail on the head for wacky comedy, entertaining characters, and fun settings. The very Tarantino style of story telling is unique and the fact there are so many minor recurring characters makes reading the whole series worthwhile. That said, these books can occasionally miss the mark. I don't think Clownfish Blues entirely misses the mark, but last years Coconut Cowboy was definitely better.

    In this novel, Serge is creating his own Route 66 experience by working a new job every week (including hunting for worms and sign twirling) and doing it with a new romantic interest at each stop. Meanwhile, lottery fever has left a few characters from previous books in predicaments concerning the police, mobsters, a Marilyn Monroe drag queen, and a man who wants to trade his alligator for beer.

    The issues I have with the book is that the plot wasn't entirely interesting and the humor wasn't quite as on-point as the previous book. That's one problem the series has is having an interesting plot but also maintaining the humor. Across twenty books, that's hard to do. There are some laugh-out-loud funny moments in this book, but I found that the majority came toward the end, leaving my first impressions of the book a tad underwhelming.

    But despite that, the writing is still great, Serge is the literary equivalent to the superhero Deadpool (but funnier) and once the book got going, and especially the last hundred pages, I had a ton of fun. Serge and Coleman are always great company and this book is no exception to that.

    If you haven't read a Serge book before, you can start anywhere, they're fairly self contained. You could try this one, but I think you'd have a better time with Coconut Cowboy first before trying this adventure.