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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496177
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I should warn you. I'm a newcomer to Moore - and I'm addicted! As with all good fantasy writers, he uses absurdity to make you focus on reality. . . he's streets beyond anyone else writing this genre at the moment. (THE BOOKBAG )

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Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of the word' Carl Hiaasen

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
Christopher Moore's brand of humor, while always irreverent and sometimes off-color, also bursts through the constraints which might limit it to the real world. Moore has often explored other realities, and in this novel, we discover the underwater world of singing whales and the researchers who study them. Far more "straight" and less frivolous in this story than in most of his earlier novels, Moore is clearly fascinated by cetacean biology and the research on which he focuses here.
Nate Quinn is a PhD researcher who studies the subsonic songs of humpback whales and works the channel between Maui and Lanai, identifying and following individual whales, recording whale songs, and converting the songs into digitized computer programs in an effort to decode them. Three other researchers and numerous other wacky characters allow the author plenty of room for hijinx at the same time that he is exploring serious issues. An old woman gets a phone call from a whale wanting a hot pastrami on rye with mustard, a researcher remains underwater for sixty minutes without breathing, an absolute ruler wants the navy to "nuke the goo," and mutants who look like aliens, known as whaley-boys, walk the land.
When a navy captain refuses to reveal information about his research, rumors surface that the navy may be building a torpedo testing range inside the whale sanctuary. Soon one of the research crew is injured and two disappear, and as Moore shifts from science to science fiction, the line between reality and fantasy disappears. The reader willingly suspends all disbelief and falls under the spell of Moore's non-stop flights of imagination as he explores an underwater colony, populated by 5000 people, who live 600 feet below the surface of the ocean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Totnes Nigel on 20 Oct 2005
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You won't find anything much wackier than this. I first read Pratical Demonkeeping (which is great) and this isn't like that. However the twisted world of this novel (when you get your head around it) is lovely. There is good (black) humour and some great people in the story too. Good fun and I will be getting another one of his.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tóth Gábor on 9 Nov 2010
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Well, different, that's the most describing word for this novel if you know what the Author Guy's style used to be.

It's quite true what the other readers have mentioned that this story makes it obvious that Moore cares about whales. And indeed it is a lovely story, however if you start to read it waiting for some dumb paranormal novel full of demons and fiends, you might get surprised.

Instead you get action nerds and scuba divers. I sometimes felt that he so much wanted to write a novel that has a deep message, but still try to be loyal to his style, that at the end it didn't become one of his best books. I mean if you're used to vampires, beta males and stuff of course.

But come one, who can write a funny vampire story full of whales? Duh.

It's four stars on a Chris Moore scale. A six on an objective one where all other Moore books are eights out of five. :)
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By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 20 Jun 2008
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Fluke is a little more serious than most of Moore's work, however don't let that stop you from enjoying a complex and funny story about marine researchers and whales. It's a slow builder, with nothing but brooding mystery and character development for two hundred pages. Like Carl Hiaasen, Moore's characters are all slightly screwy, or completely nutty which means getting to know the book's players is always entertaining. The book has plenty of twists, and in fact the actual real plot is hidden away until (too close to?) the end. Moore is a master of wit and words, a literary genius, and although Fluke is not full of belly laughs, it's a well crafted tale which will keep you riveted until the very last page.
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Wasn't sure what to think when i started the book as it all seemed 'too normal' for the 1st quarter and i was beginning to think Christopher Moore was having an off day when he wrote this but no.... NO NO NO - I carried on reading and so glad i did. In the space of a few lines the real Christopher Moore that we know and love showed his face... i don't want to give any spoilers but it's worth that (almost) boring start just to get to the wild, weird and wonderful twist!
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Stumbled upon this book by chance and didn't know what to expect, certainly didn't expect to find it so delightful, thought provoking and humorous. Fantastic revelation about why the protagonists wife is a lesbian. Had me laughing out loud for what seemed like hours. Had to put the book down to recover from that. My only criticism would be that I didn't feel the author managed to get the most out of the underwater world that he created.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2008
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Christopher Moore's brand of humor, while always irreverent and sometimes off-color, also bursts through the constraints which might limit it to the real world. Moore has often explored other realities, and in this novel, we discover the underwater world of singing whales and the researchers who study them. Far more "straight" and less frivolous than in most of his earlier novels, Moore is clearly fascinated by cetacean biology and the research on which he focuses here.

Nate Quinn is a PhD. researcher who studies the subsonic songs of humpback whales and works the channel between Maui and Lanai, identifying and following individual whales, recording whale songs, and converting the songs into digitized computer programs in an effort to decode them. Three other researchers and numerous other wacky characters, allow the author plenty of room for hijinx at the same time that he is exploring serious issues.

When Moore shifts from science to science fiction, the line between reality and fantasy disappears. The reader willingly suspends all disbelief and succumbs to the spell of Moore's non-stop flights of imagination as he explores underwater life. His famous sense of the absurd, his irony, and his humor, some of it black, never flag, and his imagination, given free rein, soars in this wild fantasy of an underwater colony.

However playful it may be, this novel also marks a significant new direction for Moore. He is clearly fascinated by whales and the threats to their existence, and while the book is great fun and often very funny, it also has something serious and important at its heart--it is not frivolous entertainment.
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