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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 (né 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.

Topics: United States of America, Hawaii, Speculative Fiction, Funny, Adventurous, Irreverent, Oceans, Animals, and 21st Century

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061807688
List price: $5.99
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The first half of Fluke was amusing, and Christopher Moore actually researched cetacean (marine mammal) biology and mentions a few actual scientists, which is kinda cool to see. But ultimately, the second half of the book dragged the premise down, veering off the wise-alecky humor into some pure fantasy.read more
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One of Moore's more unique ideas (and that's saying a lot for a writer who works with trickster gods, demons and Jesus's less-than-holy boyhood friend). As interesting for Moore's absurd take on our reality as for the information into the whaling industry and whale's themselves. Though the idea's introduced throughout might do with some deeper speculation and perhaps another novel, the character's and situations are amusing enough to keep the reader's hold with lighter fare.read more
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This was an...interesting...book. I liked it, but I spent most of the book wondering why I was reading it.It's the story of marine biologist who has spent his life trying to figure out the meaning of the humpback whales' song. And he discovers a whale that has the words BITE ME spelled out on his fluke. Subsequently he lab is broken into, and oh, yeah....he gets swallowed by a whale. And things just get interesting from there.I think I liked this book, it was odd (which says a lot considering what I normally read). It just wasn't at all what I was expecting, which isn't necessarily a bad thing...I just couldn't really figure out where the author was coming from.However, it was a very funny book in parts. Moore definitely has a sense of humor.read more
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The first half of Fluke was amusing, and Christopher Moore actually researched cetacean (marine mammal) biology and mentions a few actual scientists, which is kinda cool to see. But ultimately, the second half of the book dragged the premise down, veering off the wise-alecky humor into some pure fantasy.
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One of Moore's more unique ideas (and that's saying a lot for a writer who works with trickster gods, demons and Jesus's less-than-holy boyhood friend). As interesting for Moore's absurd take on our reality as for the information into the whaling industry and whale's themselves. Though the idea's introduced throughout might do with some deeper speculation and perhaps another novel, the character's and situations are amusing enough to keep the reader's hold with lighter fare.
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This was an...interesting...book. I liked it, but I spent most of the book wondering why I was reading it.It's the story of marine biologist who has spent his life trying to figure out the meaning of the humpback whales' song. And he discovers a whale that has the words BITE ME spelled out on his fluke. Subsequently he lab is broken into, and oh, yeah....he gets swallowed by a whale. And things just get interesting from there.I think I liked this book, it was odd (which says a lot considering what I normally read). It just wasn't at all what I was expecting, which isn't necessarily a bad thing...I just couldn't really figure out where the author was coming from.However, it was a very funny book in parts. Moore definitely has a sense of humor.
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I have genuinely loved every Moore book I have read, but this novel was missing a certain something. It started out promisingly enough: A whale researcher is treated to the puzzling sight of the words “Bite Me” clearly printed on the flukes of a diving whale he is photographing. But the follow-through gets a little messy and, quite frankly, strains even my very elastic suspension of disbelief. (I won’t go into details, lest I spoil it for someone.) I quite enjoyed some of the high theory of the book – ancient war between genes and memes, themes of early life being akin to God, the spirituality of whales – but Moore didn’t seem to completely follow through on any of these interesting ideas. All in all, a promising story that left me feeling a little unsatisfied.
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A quirky book that explores the life of cetacean researchers. Moore does a great job of creating memorable scenes and his imagination really comes through. However, I found the book slow, especially in the beginning. Moore also does a great job with Kona, one of the best character accents I've read.
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This was a wonderful book! I won't even try to give a plot summary as it starts out weird and just gets weirder and weirder from there. Even though strange, I found the story incredibly compelling; this was a book I couldn't put down. Also very funny, in a Terry Pratchett kind of way. Not as burst-out-laughing funny as A Dirty Job, but still pretty hilarious. This is my second book by Moore and I now must read everything he's written. He's simply brilliant. His characters are so real, even though they are very eccentric and often times out-of-this world (literally) they come across incredibly real and likable.
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