Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals - until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.
Trouble is, Nate's beginning to wonder if he hasn't spent just a little too much time in the sun. 'Cause no one else on his team saw a thing - not his longtime partner, Clay Demodocus; not their saucy young research assistant; not even the spliff-puffing white-boy Rastaman Kona (aka Preston Applebaum). But later, when a roll of film returns from the lab missing the crucial tail shot - and his research facility is trashed - Nate realizes something very fishy indeed is going on.
By turns witty, irreverent, fascinating, puzzling, and surprising, Fluke is Christopher Moore at his outrageous best.
©2003 Christopher Moore; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
"This amusing pastiche cobbles together elements from all the classic sea yarns: from Jonah and the Whale to Moby Dick to 20,000 Leagues under the Sea." (Booklist)
Yes, it's engaging and hilarious
The comedy surprises
Very well read and performed
There's a whale in my martini
Christopher Moore surprises at every turn!
As a steadfast Christopher Moore fan, I had been running out of material to read that appealed to me. Fool, Lamb, the Vampire episodes, all were outstanding; a story about a whale researcher? Really? But I was "between" other stuff, so I gave it a shot. What a hoot it is! Well written, parts that are laugh-out-loud funny, and much dry wit regarding the human (and cetacean) condition. A very pleasant surprise. I loved it, and if you like Moore, you will too.
(Loved the Kona character--Yah man, as Ja say, whales be our brudders, ya know. Great stuff.)
The novel was nothing to re-read. Without having read the print novel, it was clever, to a certain point educational and infrequently humorous, but just not something i believe i would have been unable to put down. Far (Far away) from Moore's best works. However, like certain authors and movies, Moore's worst is better than many author's best. So all that being said, Fluke isn't Dirty Job or Lamb, but it's a solid 3 stars.
The narrator was uninspired. I didn't have trouble following him, and to his credit he did the accents well enough, but it sounded more like a textbook narration as opposed to a work of entertaining fiction. He sounded as though he were multi-tasking while narrating the book--you know, he's on level 7 of Super Mario Brothers, while narrating Chapter 14 of Fluke. 2 Star narration.
That's just my opinion.
Not sure what drew me to this book.......but I listened to every word once it got started. It is a bit of a stretch to the brain..........but oh my the reader is amazing. He is what makes this book.
I couldn't get past the first three minutes! Don't waste your money on this one. Try a Dirty job or You suck! those are pretty funny and an easy read.
I really liked this book. It starts out really slow, and doesn't really start getting good till about a quarter to a third of the way through. Its worth it though.
I love Christopher Moore, generally.
I'd rate this book as his 2nd weakest of those I've read so far, with Fool being the only one I've liked less.
I love Christopher Moore. He writes about vampires, demons, goblins and other overdone fantasy characters, but he makes them so utterly normal and goofy that they are entertaining. If you're looking for some gothic romances, look elsewhere. His human characters are also flawed, silly, exasperating, and funny. In this book he goes into our collective treatment of the ocean and its creatures. Not preachy, but there's a little more of a big message than in Moore's other books, which is the only reason why I didn't give it five stars. It's definitely worth a credit.
Usually not a fantasy buff, a friend recommended the book after noticing I was a Pacific Whale Foundation member (save the whale bumper sticker). What fun! Interesting and timely characters. Hawaiian and Carribean accents from the narrator made the story come alive. Although not believable, it was good fodder for a daydream!
First, can I just say that I LOVE Christopher Moore's books?! He has an amazing voice and Bill Irwin (the narrator) captured his cocky, casual charm perfectly! I would have given this a 5, but parts of the book were just a little too... uh... out there for me.
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