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Sunday, February 27, 2011
Atomic Lobster (with bonus content)
Apparently there is a whole series of books dedicated to the adventures of Serge, a serial spree killer, and Coleman, a petty criminal who is none too bright. Coleman commits various petty crimes and takes drugs, people end up trying to kill Coleman because of his stupidity and self-centered attitude, so for some reason Serge lights them up in outrageous ways. I assume Atomic Lobster was an attempt to turn on a new audience to this genre, if Atomic Lobster is a good example of Tim Dorsey's writing, I'm not a fan.
I'm not squeamish by any means. Vulgarity, grotesque horror and the breaching of social norms is the kind of stuff I really get off on reading. Lazy plotting is something that makes my stomach turn though, and lackadaisical attempts at humor make me cry. This book had loads of both. Yes, it had it's bright moments when I wanted to laugh but then it had pages of dreariness that made me dread going back to my Kindle.
Why did I finish this? Sometimes just muddling through something painful reminds you of how wonderful the good stuff is. Sometimes you eat that burnt steak you made for dinner because you'll be damned if you're going to pay for a decent hamburger once you've spent all that time cooking.
So thanks for the experience Amazon and Tim Dorsey. Next time I read a terrible book I'll be thinking at least this isn't Atomic Lobster.