Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
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In his entertaining adventure-in-whale-researching, Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings, Nathan Quinn, a prominent marine biologist, has been conducting studies in Hawaii for years trying to unravel the secret of why humpback whales sing. During a typical day of data gathering, Nate believes his mind is failing: the subject whale has "Bite Me" scrawled across its tail. Events become even stranger as the self-proclaimed "action nerds," Nate, photographer Clay, their research assistant Amy, and Kona, a white Rasta (a Jewish kid from New Jersey), encounter sabotage to their data and equipment. They also observe increasingly bizarre whale behavior, including a phone call from the whale to their wealthy sponsor to ask that Nate bring it a hot pastrami and Swiss on rye, and discover both a thriving underwater city and the secret to what happened to Amelia Earhart.
Thoughtful, irreverent, and often hilarious, Moore has crafted a tale that contains a bit of the saga of declining whale populations due to hunting and habitat destruction, as well as his over-the-top, decadent wit as applied to scientific methodology and professional jealousies. Moore notes a pasty, rival scientist "looked like Death out for his after-dinner stroll before a busy night of e-mailing heart attacks and tumors to a few million lucky winners," and that killer whales (which are all named Kevin), are "just four tons of doofus dressed up like a police car." Smart, sincere, and a whale of a story, Fluke is terrific. --Michael Ferch --
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One of the books going out for the hippolein Autumn RABCK!
Enjoy the book and hope you'll tell what you thought of it.
I won this Book in "RABCK lomareissun kunniaksi". I am quite sure that I will enjoy this book.
I have read this book but I have been too lazy to journal it....
This book was absolutely bizarre. It was entertaining and quite funny although it didn’t make me burst into a loud laughter.
The main character Nathan “Nate” Quinn is a cetacean biologist whose obsession is to unravel why humpback whales sing. I suppose, everyone who finds marine biology interesting finds also this book interesting. In this context the first part of the book was definitely the best. I enjoyed reading that part of the story.
The second part, the part in which the actual fantasy begins, was sometimes just too silly for me. Even though, there were totally new insights in that part of the novel, I found it almost impossible to concentrate on. I don’t know whether it was because of some already existing whale tales back in literature or because of too weird humor...
Anyway, I am happy that the burning question of why humpbacks sing was answered! When that part of the story was achieved - when you just knew that Nate will have the answer, - you still had to turn one page more. But there was the answer, actually, a very logic one.
In the third part of the book also the mystery of Amelia Earthart was solved – although in a quite puzzling way. Also the war between genes and memes was discussed but I didn’t probably find the point.
Last but not least, in addition to this mixture of science, science fiction, fantasy and weird humor, this whale story had an agenda, a message of marine mammal conservation.
Many thanks polenka and hippolein for sharing this book! This book will now travel to Chania.
Kirja lähtee lähipäivinä Chanialle, joka nappasi tämän kirjaviestistä.
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Tänään Fluke lähti viimeinkin matkaan.
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What a read!!!
This was such an unusual book, strange, funny but with a very important message. I'm so glad I read it, I will never think of whales in quite the same way again :-)