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Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings Paperback – 1 Jun 2004

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  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006056668X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060566685
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,640,880 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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of the word' Carl Hiaasen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 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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Like most of Moore’s books, this is an entertaining read. The funny parts made me laugh out loud in public! However, the overall plot is beyond fantasy for me – it was really silly actually. There is a whole section of war of memes and genes which was ridiculous (genes build vehicles for memes!!) but this is probably the least silly part of the book. He could have created an underwater intelligent life using a lot of facts we have now on dolphins, whales, etc. I feel like he never even read anything about these animals! I do hate criticizing Moore because I genuinely think he is a good writer but I was terribly disappointed.
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
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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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It was so good that I couldn't stop reading it. I was totally hook up to the story. At the begining I didn't know what to expect.For star its about whales and Hawaii and I like those 2 things so I thought at least I will learn a bit about those 2 things in case is a boring book but then came in the sci-fi part and thats when you can't stop reading it.All the other reviews will explain what is about I don't want to spoil anything.I did read another book from this author and I did like it and thats why I bought this one and I must say I am a sastified client. And one day when I get rich I will go to Hawaii and see the whales :) .
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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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Great characters, an amazing storyline, beautiful invention of a bizarre lifeform (I will say no more).

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.
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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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