BOOKRAY! Fluke : Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

by Christopher Moore | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0380978415 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ottoshumato of Madison, Wisconsin USA on 1/1/2004
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15 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ottoshumato from Madison, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, January 01, 2004
Not quite so funny and great as "Lamb," but entertaining and a quick read. And very bizarre, too. PM to be on list.

Journal Entry 2 by weeblet from Jacksonville, Florida USA on Saturday, January 10, 2004
thank you! i have half a book to finish before i get into this one, but i shall get fluke out on the rest of it's journey ASAP. neat stationary, O. :)
bite me,

i haven't enjoyed a book this much in quite a while. reading it was like having your smartest, funniest friend stay with you for a week and regaling you with overly embellished tales of his adventures. i found the writing hilarious:

~"You know, I sure wish I could figure out why these guys sing," Nate said, the humingbird of his mind having tasted all the flowers in the garden to return to that one plastic daisy that would just not give up the nectar.

~Quinn felt like he'd just smacked a bag of kittens against a truck bumper.

~"Shoes off in the whale! And don't try and make a break for the anus."

~Nate suddenly felt something he'd felt before only when waking up in a hotel with the bedspread pulled up around his face: a deep and earnest hope, motivated by disgust, that in all the time it had been there, someone had cleaned the cast-off genetic material from it.

i could go on and on, but i probably have bored you all already, and i don't want to be a spoiler :)
thanks ottoshumato! now i have to find lamb...

mailed 1/19

Journal Entry 3 by roadrunner from Spring, Texas USA on Thursday, January 29, 2004
This arrived in yesterday's mail. This is my first Moore and I can't wait to get started!

Journal Entry 4 by roadrunner from Spring, Texas USA on Sunday, February 08, 2004
This book is great FUN and extremely weird! A real laugh out loud type of book. And it is full of whale facts and trivia! I've never read any of his books before but I'm eager for more. I do have Lamb in my TBR pile and have moved it to the top. This book is heading out on the next leg of its journey tomorrow. Thanks Ottoshumato for sharing!

Journal Entry 5 by eriko1908 from Plymouth, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Yea!! This Ray arrived today...will start IMMEDIATELY!! :o)

Journal Entry 6 by eriko1908 from Plymouth, Minnesota USA on Monday, February 23, 2004
Another excellent one by Moore!! Hilarious, absurd, thought-provoking, it has it all! Following is an excerpt from the section entitled Conservation that followed the book, I believe Moore worded this wonderfully, it can be found on page 317:

You want to help? Pay attention. Caring about the condition of our oceans does not make you a psycho, tree-hugging, bleeding-heart liberal, it just makes you smart. The health of all life on this planet depends on the health of the oceans. It's just good business. (Even a supply-sider has to admit that if you fish a population to extinction, there will be no supply, so there will be no demand. It's bad economics from the right or the left.) So watch what you eat, and don't eat fish that are being over-fished (like Chilean sea bass, for instance). And don't pour the used oil from your oil change down the storm drain unless you want your next shrimp platter to taste like Quaker State and you sort of like the idea of having your own children born with flippers.

And go look at some whales. Not captive ones, wild ones. It all comes down to economics, and as long as it's more profitable to have whales around to look at, we'll have them around to look at. If you don't live near water and can't get to any, rent a whale video. It all comes around.

Barring that, just yell at people randomly to stop killing whales. It could catch on. Really.

Okay, I'll get down off the soapbox now, and say that this one went off to California via Media Mail this morning! Enjoy PokPok! :o)

Journal Entry 7 by PokPok from Vista, California USA on Monday, March 01, 2004
received in the mail today. I have one other book in front of it, but I should have this completed within a month, hopefully earlier.

Journal Entry 8 by PokPok from Vista, California USA on Wednesday, March 17, 2004
I had to label this as "caught" again, b/c I couldn't find it on my shelf!! I was worried I was a bookstop, b/c I have had a couple bookrings in front of it, but it hasn't been too bad! I will be starting this tomorrow, and since I read for 2 hours or so each day on the way to work, it should be back out in about a week.


Journal Entry 9 by PokPok from Vista, California USA on Wednesday, March 24, 2004
I'm not going to rate this book because I gave up after 30 pages. I know why people find Moore funny. I don't think it's so much the book not being good, as that it's not my type. I had no idea it was so unrealistic. Somehow I thought this was a humorous look at marine biologists, not a humorous/fiction book. I found it just too unrealistic, and life is too short, and TBR is too huge (500+, with 10 more en route) to continue further.

I actually think my husband would find this amusing, although he commented that he only got to page 4. (He started reading it while I was finishing up my previous book).

I PMed the next participant for their address, then I will send on.

Release planned for Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at Controlled Release in Controlled release, to another bookcrosser Controlled Releases.

Mailing on March 30th.

My husband did read this yesterday, and liked it. I will have him do a review.

Journal Entry 11 by Mytilus from Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, April 05, 2004
Received today. Will start tonight.

Thank you!

Journal Entry 12 by Mytilus from Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 14, 2004
I've never read any books by Moore before, but boy! am I heading to Amazon right now!

I *loved* this book, despite the second half taking a bizarre turn. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the researchers at work - sometimes uncomfortably close to the truth (I'm a marine biologist). See? Science *can* be fun.

Thank you so much ottoshumato for introducing me to another great author.

The book's been posted forward to katayoun today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 13 by wingkatayounwing from Tehran, Tehran Iran on Friday, May 07, 2004
here! thanks, got one more book and then it's this, probably will start it in a day or two.
update May 09: thanks alot for this ray, i'm enjoying it immensely and now i have to go and read some more, just wanted to share the delight on reading this book!

Journal Entry 14 by wingkatayounwing from Tehran, Tehran Iran on Tuesday, May 18, 2004
sorry that it took a while, but i mailed it today and it should get to cytronella in a month, give or take a week and OFCOURSE touch wood, why tempt the god of post! and after reading fluke i know that anything is possible! :)

this books was GREAT! it was funny and smart and such crazy ideas that kind of looked possible and it was such a fine yarn! thanks ALOT ottoshumato for this lovely book.

Journal Entry 15 by cytronella from Plantersville, Texas USA on Friday, May 28, 2004
Arrived today safely from it's long journey from Iran. And thanks, katyoun . . . the little miniature carpet is beautiful, and just the thing for me to admire as I weave. Perfect!! i'll get started n this very soon (one bookring ahead of it!) and have it traveling again before long.

Journal Entry 16 by cytronella from Plantersville, Texas USA on Sunday, June 20, 2004
Bwahahahaha!!! This book had me laughing out loud, especially this:

As they approached the big female, a male on either side of her, the two sandwiching her so she could not escape, she rolled over on to her back, presenting her genitals to the sky. at that she slowed, and Margaret steered betweent the two tails of the males so Libby could set the tag. the female stopped then and floated up under the Zodiac. Margaret powered down the moter so as not to rake the animal with the prop.
"Shit!" Libby screamed. "Get us off! Get us off!" A swipe from the flukes of the animals would put them in the water, minutes from hyperthermia and death.
Suddenly, ut of the water on either side of them came two huge penises, the mles searching for their mark, moving closer to the female, producing waves that knocked the two women into the floor of the boat. Above them, the two pink towers curved around looking for their target, feeling the edges of the boat, running slime across the rubber, over the biologists, poking, beating about and generally abusing the women. The female now had the Zodiac centered exactly over her genitals, using the rubber boat as an ad hoc diaphragm. then the two giant whale willies encountered one another in the middle of the Zodiac, and each evidently thinking that the other had found his target and not wanting to be left out, they let lose with great gushing gouts of stickyt whale semen, filling the boat, covering the equipment, the scientists, washing the gunwales, swamping the motor, generally leaving everything but the gal whale completly and disgustingly jizzed.

Who knew whales had prehensile penises?

After that bit, I had to read on, chuckling all the way!!!

Eriko1908 summed up the conservation bits, and all I can add to that is now I do yell at people to "Stop killing whales!!!" It is so much more productive than commentary about their family tree and what not, when folks require yelling at anyway!

This book continues it's travels on Monday to Puppetlady in St Louis.


Journal Entry 17 by Puppetlady from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Monday, June 28, 2004
So I actually forgot I was on this bookray, and when I heard Christopher Moore was going to be in St. Louis for a booksigning for Fluke, I went! Read all about it here:!
Anyway, I bought a copy of Fluke at the booksigning (he signed mine, "Bite me!", so I feel we really made a connection) and then received this copy in the mail today. (My signed one is paperback, though, not this lovely hardback).

Since we're quoting, I like the way this scene is written (pg. 156, for those of you following along):

"Clair put down her knife and pickle, then wiped her hands. As she came toward Clay she pulled a large bobby pin from the back of her hair, and her long, thick locks cascaded down her back. She took Clay's right hand and kissed each of his fingertips, licked his thumb, then took his index finger in her mouth and made a show of removing it slowly and with maximum moisture. Clay looked at the floor, shaking.
'Baby,' she said as she placed the bobby pin firmly between Clay's wet thumb and index finger, 'I need you to go over to that wall and take this bobby pin and insert it ever so firmly into that electrical outlet over there.'"

This will be on its way to someone once I figure out who that someone is.

Journal Entry 18 by Lucinda from Ventura, California USA on Friday, July 16, 2004
Received from Puppetlady as part of the book ring and will start on it as soon as I finish my current book. I can't wait-- I loved "Lamb" and am in the mood for a good laugh.

Journal Entry 19 by Lucinda from Ventura, California USA on Monday, July 26, 2004
Not nearly as consistently hilarious as "Lamb", but there were plenty of LOL moments and Moore's imagination is amazing to behold.

Sending off to its next reader today.


Journal Entry 20 by daidy from Kansas City, Missouri USA on Saturday, August 07, 2004
Looking forward to this one and hoping it lives up to my enjoyment of Lamb.

Journal Entry 21 by yourotherleft from Danville, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, August 27, 2004
This came in the mail today. I'll read it and pass it on as soon as I can. Thanks!

Journal Entry 22 by yourotherleft from Danville, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, January 17, 2005
I really liked this. After my previous experiences with Christopher Moore wherein I really didn't enjoy his humor all that much, I didn't really have the highest hopes for this when it arrived on my doorstep. In the end, though, it ended up being a really funny book with strange (but lovable) characters and an even stranger (but lovable and even suspenseful) plot. I also really liked that Moore took the time to finish up his goofy book with a (slightly) more serioius plea for the whales.

Anyhow, thanks for sharing, ottoshumato, and sorry for holding up the book so long. jendudley asked to be skipped, so this goes in the mail to arugh48187 this afternoon.

Journal Entry 23 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Just received in my mailbox today. I have a couple of rings in front of it, but it shouldn't take me too long. You can track my progress via my bookshelf.

Journal Entry 24 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Tuesday, March 29, 2005
This was my third Christopher Moore book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recently read Lamb and it did not live up to my expectations, but this one was just as good as Practical Demonkeeping.

Though I don't find Moore's sense of humor quite as enchanting as some, I do admire his imagination. I never would have thought of whale song as what it turns out to be, but it seems totally logical to me. I had the opportunity to see the whales blow in Hawaii not too long ago, and they are fascinating creatures who's immensity boggles the mind.

Thanks for sharing and sorry for keeping it so long. It will go out to the next reader soon.

Released 14 yrs ago (3/30/2005 UTC) at Post Office at 153rd and Garrett in Apple Valley, Minnesota -- Controlled Releases



Mailing off to BlossomU who is next on the list. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 26 by BlossomU on Wednesday, May 25, 2005
It has just arrived, yay. I think I am last in the bookray, but I will make sure I find new readers for it when I am done. I got to finish what I am reading now first. Thanks everybody!

Journal Entry 27 by BlossomU on Monday, June 13, 2005
This was my fourth C Moore book, and some of the lovely bits of quirkiness were there ( though it turned out my favorite piece of Moore-ness and imagination and quirkness, the whale diaphragm was actually a true story. Truth is stranger than fiction). But the whole story somehow felt a bit contrived to me, dunno quite why. Still I enjoyed it a lot, thanks everybody for passing this along.

ottoshumato, any particular wishes on what I should do with this? I got no definite plans by now, I will probably release it in some meeting or check if any friend wants it.

Journal Entry 28 by BlossomU at on Sunday, June 26, 2005

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Journal Entry 29 by Winkiemoon from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Tuesday, June 28, 2005
It´s with me!

Released 13 yrs ago (7/2/2006 UTC) at Maus Hábitos - Espaço de Intervenção Cultural in Porto - City, Porto Portugal



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