Title: When Elves Attack
Author: Tim Dorsey
Narrators: Oliver Wyman
Genre: Fiction; Comedy
Audio: 5.1 hours
Publisher: Harper Audio
When kindhearted, psychopathic Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman, decide to spend Christmas in Tampa, Jim and Martha Davenport are in for quite the surprise. Serge takes his role in the war on Christmas seriously by punishing those criminals taking advantage of the season. At the same time, he decides to settle down like his “good friend” Jim. Jim just wants to survive the holiday season and Serge seems to be doing everything he can to ruin it. In short, hilarity ensues.
I am new to Tim Dorsey so I am necessarily new to Serge Storms. Most reviews I read discussed how newcomers would be lost. But I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Serge and I’m looking forward to going back and reading the books I missed.
When Elves Attack is a comedy of errors. Good intentions go wrong, coincidences abound, and Christmas appears to be quickly derailing. It was a fun read, even in January when I was all Christmas-ed out.
It was especially entertaining to me as a local Tampa Bay resident. It’s always fun to read about places you know, but Dorsey tackles Florida’s quirkiness like only a true native can. Anyone who has spent some time here would enjoy this aspect.
Oliver Wyman was a great narrator for this story. He transitioned through the various characters with ease. I am hoping he narrates the other Serge books, too.