Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings (Today Show Book Club #25)
7 journalers for this copy...
The story revolves around marine behaviorists in Maui, mostly Nate Quinn and his crew, seeking to answer the question "why do humpback whales sing?" Followed quickly by Nate's despondant question 'who the hell cares about our research anyway?"
While out whale-watching, Nate sees a humpback with BITE ME written on its tail. Somehow, this seems odd to him, and no one else has seen it. Things get stranger and stranger in Maui. Nate's crew, including the mysterious Amy [her identity is a scream!], Kona [fake rasta-man, ne Preston Applebaum] and the Old Broad, who finances nearly everything.
I just read a Kinky Friedman set in Hawaii, and this is everything that book was not - funny, magical, strange, sweet, and interesting! way to go with fluke!
and I LOVE this part, at a funeral:
"Can I get an amen!" shouted Kona. All the biologists and grad students looked at each other, eyes wide, confused, wondering if any of them had actually brought an amen that they could give up. No one had told them they were going to need an amen, or they would have packed one.
and in a strange twist, it goes up to Canada, then back to US. Thanks for doing that for me, Cheriepie.
Jebbie74 from Canada back to:
mumugrrl Oregon I consider this book lost at mumugrrl. She says that she has it and will [or has] sent it off to ghaweyn but refuses to journal any action. All of this is July/Aug. 2005, so I hope that the book will just surface in Colorado!
ghaweyn It did surface in Colorado!!
sarradee Texas again
back to me in California
That said, I did like the book overall, and in a strange twist of fate, I actually learned a thing or two about whales in the process. (Moore includes some notes at the back stating which parts of the story were and were not based on truth and fact.) As I mentioned above, it became more zany and typical Moore in part 2, and I found myself liking the book a lot more after having reached that point. :)
The quote that BlueAmazon pulled out about "can I get an amen"... that was pretty funny! BlueAmazon, if you liked this book, you'll LOVE Moore's other stuff! He's definitely one of the most zany, satirical authors of our time.
This will be on it's way to Jebbie74 in Canada in the next couple days.
UPDATE 12-May-2005: Mailed to jebbie74 on 12-May-2005 via Airmail.
I think possibly I thought this book was a little to sci-fi for my likings, but I couldn't give it a bad rating as Christopher Moore still "rocks"! LOL
PMing jengif for her address :)
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Mailed off today to jengif :)
I’d love to say more but I’m overwhelmed with stuff to do at the moment! I actually finished this book last week but we just moved into a new house, and I just managed to get Internet hooked up on my computer again. I already have Mumugrrl’s address so I plan on locating our new post office on Saturday and mailing it to her then.
I love the way Christopher Moore looks at things. It is fun to look at something we don't understand and write a funny book about our theories to explain it. He works with a whole new mythology genre.
I especially love the addition of Amelia Earhart in the end. That is so funny.
Anyway, I really loved the book and will send it on as soon as I have the next address. This is one of the author's best.
I am also a sci-fi fan so I loved the out-there twists he threw in involving biology, evolution, sentience, and the aging process. Like all good sci-fi, the events he describes follow their own logic and so help the reader suspend belief. His portrayal of the scientific/research community's rivalries, friendships, and sell-outs to business or military was dead-on. I also liked how all the relationships and loose threads worked out in the end. I was especially happy for the Old Broad! I'd like to learn more about Gooville and what happens next- maybe there'll be a sequel? One nitpick- could he get over the fascination with Amy's bottom!?!?
Thanks for sharing! Will be mailed out this week.
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mailed off today
In the mail back to BlueAmazon this morning, thank you for making this into a ring!
now that I've read ALL the other Moore books, maybe I can start this one again.....