BOOKRAY! Fluke : Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
15 journalers for this copy...
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...
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)
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.
Mailing on March 30th.
My husband did read this yesterday, and liked it. I will have him do a review.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sending off to its next reader today.
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.
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.
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Mailing off to BlossomU who is next on the list. Happy reading!
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.
Released 14 yrs ago (6/26/2005 UTC) at
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To be released in the 2nd bookcrosser s picnic
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