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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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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

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"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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    Liz 03-11-08
    Liz 03-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Moore Genius"

    A great piece. The humor is well derived and fluent. Moore's style is a combination of Richard Dawkins and the late Douglas Adams. In the age of DVDs his ability to tell a story is unsurpassed.

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    K. McRitchie Iowa, United States 05-06-09
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    "A fun reading experience..."

    I liked this book a lot. I am a Christopher Moore fan, so I enjoy his unique style and wit. Although this one did have as many "laugh out loud" moments as some of his others, it still had the rich variety of characters and humor. I will recall this story each time I hear the word "goo." Compared to his other books, I think this has been my favorite. I read for many different reasons and when it is just for something light and fun, I can always count on Moore to exceed my expectations in those areas.
    The narration was well done. I did not have trouble with tone or the character voices. It was easy to listen. This is not the type of book if you are looking for something serious, but it is a wonderful way to add some fun to a drive.

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