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Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

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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 (neé 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.

Review:

"Moore is endlessly inventive in his description of the rubbery, watery world of Goo, and his characters are perfectly calibrated, part credible human beings and part clever caricatures. This cetacean picaresque is no fluke — it is a sure winner." Publishers Weekly

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"One of the finest pieces of imagination since Anatole France's Penguin Island or George Orwell's Animal Farm." Denver Post

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"If the ghost of Jules Verne had conspired with Rudy Rucker and Tom Robbins to produce a novel, Fluke might very well make them hang their heads in defeat." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Humor that seamlessly blends lunacy with larceny....Habit-forming zaniness." USA Today

Review:

"Hilarious, educational, and original....It is difficult to put the book down, for there are astonishing new developments on every page." BookPage

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"Wonderfully strange and fall-down funny as always, Moore delivers, with moxie and wit, a satisfying collage of science, magic, comedy, fantasy, and Save the Whales propaganda." San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"You're not likely to stumble across another book like [Fluke]....This cetacean picaresque is no fluke — it's a sure winner." San Francisco Book Review

Synopsis:

In his wacky new whale tale, Moore "writes in laid back fables straight out of Margaritaville, on the cusp of humor and science fiction." --Janet Maslin, "New York Times."

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of twelve previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Bite Me. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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iPad reader, October 8, 2011 (view all comments by iPad reader)
Each one of Christopher Moore's books that I have had the pleasure of reading, Fluke being the latest, is funny, poignant and full of strong, intelligent women and sweet, funny and vulnerable men. Fluke is packed with weird and wonderful surprises that make it difficult to put down, leaving one wanting to know how Moore ever came up with such a crazy idea. It is a pleasure to read a book where the characters truly care about each other and about their own lives. Nate and Clay have been working as whale researchers in Hawaii for many years together and have developed a strong bond with each other and a deep love for their subject. This particular summer they find a whale of a different stripe that leads them on a funny, crazy and mind-boggling adventure. I laughed out loud, embarrassed on the bus, read as fast as I could before the next stop and gasped and wondered at the originality of this great tale.
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lindarjg, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by lindarjg)
After getting hooked by "Lamb", my next foray into the fabulously creative mind of Christopher Moore was "Fluke":
The man has an astonishing imagination and sense of humor that makes his books more than just a fun read---
there's a love of life philosophy that is so heartwarming and, dare I say, transcendent of the story.
I'd love to hang out with this guy!!!
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Davey929, August 26, 2008 (view all comments by Davey929)
You have to let this book grow on you. At times it gets so strange and weird that you feel like you should just give up, put it down, and get a normal book, but it is completely worth it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060566685
Author:
Moore, Christopher
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Christopher Moore
Author:
by Christopher Moore
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.92x5.58x.82 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060566685 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Moore is endlessly inventive in his description of the rubbery, watery world of Goo, and his characters are perfectly calibrated, part credible human beings and part clever caricatures. This cetacean picaresque is no fluke — it is a sure winner."
"Review" by , "One of the finest pieces of imagination since Anatole France's Penguin Island or George Orwell's Animal Farm."
"Review" by , "If the ghost of Jules Verne had conspired with Rudy Rucker and Tom Robbins to produce a novel, Fluke might very well make them hang their heads in defeat."
"Review" by , "Humor that seamlessly blends lunacy with larceny....Habit-forming zaniness."
"Review" by , "Hilarious, educational, and original....It is difficult to put the book down, for there are astonishing new developments on every page."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully strange and fall-down funny as always, Moore delivers, with moxie and wit, a satisfying collage of science, magic, comedy, fantasy, and Save the Whales propaganda."
"Review" by , "You're not likely to stumble across another book like [Fluke]....This cetacean picaresque is no fluke — it's a sure winner." San Francisco Book Review
"Synopsis" by , In his wacky new whale tale, Moore "writes in laid back fables straight out of Margaritaville, on the cusp of humor and science fiction." --Janet Maslin, "New York Times."
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