Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings Paperback – 1 Jun 2004
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
The only good thing in the book was a call for conservation and to stop hunting the whales but the rationale behind it all was just a made-up fantasy. He didn’t need to do that – there are plenty of very good existing reasons for not hunting whales!!
Overall, disappointing from Moore but won’t stop me reading his other books
I would normally rate this author between 2 and 4 stars. This deserves 5 and then some.
To not read it would be heinous f**kery most foul.
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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