Fluke, Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

Fluke, Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

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After reverently lambasting the most cherished rites and credos of virtually every one of the world's major religions in his transcendently hilarious novel Lamb, the one and only Christopher Moore returns with a wild look at interspecies communication, adventure on the high seas, and an eons-old mystery.

Marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn is in love -- with the salt air and sun-drenched waters off Maui ... and especially with the majestic ocean-dwelling behemoths that have been bleeping and hooting their haunting music for more than twenty million years. But just why do the humpback whales sing? That's the question that has Nate and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing any large marine mammal that crosses their path. 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.

No one on Nate's team has ever seen such a thing; not his longtime partner, photographer Clay Demodocus, not their saucy young research assistant, Amy. Not even spliff-puffing white-boy Rastaman, Kona (the former Preston Applebaum of New Jersey), could boast such a sighting in one of his dope-induced hallucinations. And when a roll of film returns from the lab missing the crucial tail shot -- and their research facility is summarily trashed -- Nate realizes that something very fishy indeed is going on.

This, apparently, is big, involving dangerously interested other parties -- competitive researchers, the cutthroat tourist industry, perhaps even the military. The weirdness only gets weirder when a call comes in from Nate's big-bucks benefactor saying that a whale has made contact -- by phone. And it's asking for a hot pastrami and Swiss on rye. Suddenly the answer to the question that has daunted and driven Nate throughout his adult life is within his reach. But it's waiting for him in the form of an amazing adventure beneath the waves, 623 feet down, somewhere off the coast of Chile. And it's not what anyone would think.

It must be said: Christopher Moore's Fluke is a whale of a novel.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, 2003.
ISBN: 9780380978410
Characteristics: 321 p. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 17, 2018

This book is adequate. However, the editing left a little to be desired. There were typos throughout the book. Interesting.

Nov 22, 2013

I wouldn't call this a funny book so much as a book with funny parts. I'm not very impressed with my first Christoper Moore book, but from what I heard as I was reading, it's a lot deeper than his other books, and probably not the best book of his to begin with.

Aug 07, 2013

In Christopher Moore's typical zany, imaginative, and yet touching style, he brings to life the science of studying Humpback whales in Fluke. The concepts are unique, the science is real (most of it), and the characters are interesting and fun. I love that he makes me laugh out loud, and then pause to think, pretty constantly. I liked Lamb better, but as books not penned by Moore go, this is a good one.

I recommend it for fans of contemporary fiction, behavior science research, humpback whales, science fiction (that doesn't take place outside of this world), and Hawaii.

Jan 07, 2012

This book is unlike all of the other Christopher Moore books I have read. It's believable until about half way through the book. After that, it is way more laid back and weird, just like all of his other books. I really liked how he used a real life thing and made into a funny book. This book has a big, dramatic plot and lots of dramatic characters; everyone and every conflict was always changing. I don't think many people would like this book because there was a lot of biology stuff in it. I really liked it though. I did not like Nate's and Amy's relationship at all. I don't think you should change a relationship at the end of a book and it seems like all of Christopher Moore’s books have that. It makes me mental. But besides that, it was an awesome book

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Dec 08, 2009

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Nathan Quinn, a prominent marine biologist, discovers a strange underwater world while studying whales.


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