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November 30, 2011 / Leslie

Review: When Elves Attack

When Elves Attack
by Tim Dorsey
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman

Genre: Black Humor
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publish Date: October 25th 2011
Format: Audio CD | 5 Hours
Rating: 3 of 5

Serge A. Storms and his stoner sidekick Coleman lead readers on a twisted Christmas tale spreading their special brand of holiday cheer.

This is the opposite of the happy Christmas story; think instead, Bad Santa or Dexter giving someone their fondest Christmas wish. Serge is a psychopath and thrill killer, but with a big heart, at least where his friends are concerned. Dressed as elves, Serge and Colman terrorize a nasty Mall Manager and Mall Cop plus engage in an assortment of madcap activities including a few explosions, a murder or two, a lot of sarcasm and a little profanity, all in good black comedy fun.

The story moved along at a fast pace. The dialog was sharp and the writing quick and snappy. The audio production was good. At only five hours this was more like a novella than a novel. The narrator, Oliver Wyman, was able to create many different voices so I was always able to distinguish who was speaking. However, I still had a few problems following the story and it was probably more my fault than that of the book.

This is an established series that has been around for more than a few years and I probably should not have tried to pick it up at book #14. Without the benefit of knowing the character’s background and the inside jokes, the book missed the mark for me. I think I would have liked it a lot more if I was familiar with the cast of characters. If you are new to the series I would recommend starting with a few of the earlier books. If you already are acquainted with Serge and the gang, jump right in and enjoy the holiday romp.
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Source: Audiobook provided by the publisher for review

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  1. Suko / Nov 30 2011 2:10 am

    Leslie, it does sound as if you need to start at the beginning of this series. Excellent review, as usual.

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  2. BermudaOnion / Nov 30 2011 8:42 am

    That sounds like it might be humorous, but I prefer a sweet story this time of year.

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  3. TheBookGirl / Dec 2 2011 2:59 pm

    I think I would be a little lost as well with this one. I have not read any of the books in this series, and it sounds like this is not the one to start with.

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