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Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings | [Christopher Moore]

Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    matthew Pickerington, OH, United States 08-15-11
    matthew Pickerington, OH, United States 08-15-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Mediocre Book with an Uninspired Reader."

    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.

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    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 04-21-11
    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 04-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Be prepared to think out of the box!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shereika louisville, KY, United States 12-30-10
    Shereika louisville, KY, United States 12-30-10
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    "Snooze!"

    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.

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    Matthew Sevierville, TN, United States 09-15-10
    Matthew Sevierville, TN, United States 09-15-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good, after a while"

    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.

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    Sean Sioux Falls, SD, United States 08-12-10
    Sean Sioux Falls, SD, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the weaker Moore books"

    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.

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    Heidi Washington, DC, United States 07-19-10
    Heidi Washington, DC, United States 07-19-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Jacques Cousteau meets Aldous Huxley"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Marshall, VA, USA 04-13-09
    Catherine Marshall, VA, USA 04-13-09
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    "What a ride!"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    anmlfan 03-12-09
    anmlfan 03-12-09
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    "So so funny"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 01-11-09
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 01-11-09 Member Since 2007

    Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.

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    "5 Stars just because"

    I don't give out 5 stars very often. I loved this book. I had no idea what was going to happen, and still miss some of the characters. Can we make a little cartoon whale with big eyes and an animated TV show to go with it? That way none of Jah's people gonna want ta eat up our humpies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Boron, CA, United States 02-08-15
    Jim Boron, CA, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator is just fine, Quit your whining"
    If you could sum up Fluke in three words, what would they be?

    Pleasantly entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always like Hawaii


    What does Bill Irwin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bill did just fine, the book after all is about science.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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