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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
ISBN: 9780061807688
List price: $9.99
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Probably my least favorite Moore book. Still funny but a little less accessable.more
I really enjoyed this book right up till the end. What a disappointment. All this build up and then blah.more
Not his typical tongue-in-cheek paranormal shtick, but just as deliciously irreverent as his other works. I've yet to meet a Christopher Moore book I didn't adore.more
A whale song researcher spots a whale with the words 'bite me' written on its tail, suffers a string of research setbacks, and ends up on a 20,000 Leagues-style cruise.There's something seriously bizarre about Christopher Moore's books, and I'm being literal. He says the most outrageous things, and then just plows onward with no winks, nods or pauses. It's almost unnerving.more
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Probably my least favorite Moore book. Still funny but a little less accessable.more
I really enjoyed this book right up till the end. What a disappointment. All this build up and then blah.more
Not his typical tongue-in-cheek paranormal shtick, but just as deliciously irreverent as his other works. I've yet to meet a Christopher Moore book I didn't adore.more
A whale song researcher spots a whale with the words 'bite me' written on its tail, suffers a string of research setbacks, and ends up on a 20,000 Leagues-style cruise.There's something seriously bizarre about Christopher Moore's books, and I'm being literal. He says the most outrageous things, and then just plows onward with no winks, nods or pauses. It's almost unnerving.more
Just great fun. LibraryThing recommended Moore based on my Tom Robbins books (and apparently Carl Hiaasen). It certainly hit the target. Wildly inventive story, a scientific research setting, interesting and mostly likable characters, irreverence, and just the right amount of goofiness. I look forward to reading more....more
Awesome, as usual. Funny and lewd, but deep in its own way.Nick Quinn is a marine biologist in Hawaii, researching humpback whale songs. What are they saying? Why do they sing? Who are they singing to? He's accompanied by an amazing cast of characters, including his pretty young research assistant Amy, a stoned wannabe-Hawaiian surfer named Kona, an old woman who claims that the humpback whales called her on the telephone and want Nick to bring them a pastrami sandwich, and his ex-wife who became a lesbian after being stuck in the middle of two dueling prehensile Blue Whale penises.One day, while snorkeling with a particularly obliging humpback, Nick gets smacked in the head by a tailfin that definitely has the words "BITE ME" painted on it. He's unconscious, without an oxygen tank, and sinking fast. And then shit gets really weird . . . I can't say much more without spoiling it, but this book is great. It's extremely scientific, and extremely crazy, and extremely enjoyable.more
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