I really enjoy a good “caper story” as made famous by Donald E Westlake’s Dortmunder series. In fact I like a healthy dose of comedy in everything I read; and where it isn’t there (as in much management and technical writing) I work on the assumption the comedy is subtler. Works for me. You should try it sometime. Stops people like me from taking ourselves too seriously. [Actually, children are pretty good at making sure you don’t take yourself too seriously as well. If you let them].
How can I describe Serge? Take Banksy and Swampy and Borat, add a hefty slice of Hunter S Thompson, mix them up like discarded fluids in an airport queue, place them in deepest darkest Florida and let the state do the rest. Carl Hiaasen almost seems quiet in comparison, and I really like Hiaasen!
Serge is amazing. If you prefer, read what Wikipedia has to say about him. But do be careful, the entry discloses too many details about too many Serge plotlines, so if you intend to read any of Tim Dorsey’s wonderful rants then please desist. Rather than make you do that, here’s an excerpt:
- Serge has been diagnosed with a variety of mental illnesses, and has been prescribed a “cocktail” of drugs to keep him stable. These are effective, but he often refuses to take them since he dislikes their effects. Free from the drugs’ influence, he quickly becomes manic and obsessive about trivial things; he frequently acts as an extremely eccentric tour guide for whoever happens to be handy. Despite his psychological disorders, Serge is for the most part a charismatic, likeable person (he can be viewed as a somewhat more liberal version of Joseph Heller‘s Yossarian). When an event or person offends his extremely strong (and subjective) sense of justice, however, he can quickly fly into a homicidal rage; he has committed a string of murders for which the police pursue him as a serial killer.
Imagine my glee when I found out he has a blog. It’s early days yet, I guess, but I’m waiting for the podcasts.
In the meantime, all I can do is wait for the next Serge fix, scheduled for next spring. Keep them coming, Tim.