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)
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.
I always like Hawaii
Bill did just fine, the book after all is about science.
I have listened to almost all of Moore's books and this one is so far at the top. There seems to be a lot of bitching about the reader in other reviews, and although he does have a sort of captain Kirk style of speech, his performance is great. Subtle and very funny.
This was one of the most creative and funny books I've ever read. I did read it, then bought the audio, and have listened a couple of times now enjoying it just as much. The narrator did a great job with the characters (Kona slides in and out of a faux surfer/Hawaiian/Jamaican accent as the author intended). The plot is inventive with good character development and settings that I, personally, would love to see in a movie. Beware of reading it in public - you will laugh out loud, people may stare. Some suggest Moore's humor is crude, but this one is generally milder. My advice is to read/listen to the intro to Fool and "take heed"...if you think you might be tempted to turn your nose up at such vulgar tripe, run away, don't look back, and don't complain later. Otherwise, enjoy, Moore is in a class of his own.
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