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  1. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh says:

    Bite me I m disappointed Crazy for whales, a Moore fan and the main character s from where I live, seemed like a no brainer Well, not this time I like funny crude, this isthe kind you catch 12 year olds snickering over A third in I gave up, not due to any maiden aunt sensibilities it was just lame Click spoiler for a taste if you re undecided, this was my enough point view spoiler Suddenly, out of the water on either side of them came two huge penises, the males searching Bite me I m disappointed Crazy for whales, a Moore fan and the main character s from where I live, seemed like a no brainer Well, not this time I like funny crude, this isthe kind you catch 12 year olds snickering over A third in I gave up, not due to any maiden aunt sensibilities it was just lame Click spoiler for a taste if you re undecided, this was my enough point view spoiler Suddenly, out of the water on either side of them came two huge penises, the males 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 hide spoiler Alrighty thenIt does have good points, Kona the surfer dude is a hoot, I d just rather move onto one of his tastier books Lamb appeals Done slamming now, leave off on a lighter noteNate had been born and raised in British Columbia, and Canadians hate, above all things, to offend It was part of the national consciousness Be polite was an unwritten, unspoken rule, but ingrained into the psyche of an entire country Of course, as with any rule, there were exceptions parts of Quebec, where people maintained the dismissive to the point of confrontation, with subsequent surrender mind set of the French and hockey, in which any Canadian may, with impunity, slam, pummel, elbow, smack, punch, body check, and beat the shit out of, with sticks, any other human being, punctuated by profanities, name calling, questioning parentage, and accusations of bestiality, usually coincidentally in French You nailed us Mr Moore


  2. Lyn Lyn says:

    I have yet to read a book by Christopher Moore that I did not like, that failed to entertain and enlighten and to simply be a very enjoyable good read Fluke is no exception This is the story of a couple of marine biologists who have spent decades studying humpback whales and who really just want to know why they sing From here we get taken on another Christopher Moore ride that is as hilarious and mind bending as the last Is he the American Neil Gaiman I like them both and can see the simil I have yet to read a book by Christopher Moore that I did not like, that failed to entertain and enlighten and to simply be a very enjoyable good read Fluke is no exception This is the story of a couple of marine biologists who have spent decades studying humpback whales and who really just want to know why they sing From here we get taken on another Christopher Moore ride that is as hilarious and mind bending as the last Is he the American Neil Gaiman I like them both and can see the similarities both in style and theme Fluke is a fun book with some scientific weight to it, but it never gets bogged down in too much explanation and remains to the end just another great book by Moore


  3. Marvin Marvin says:

    After completing Fluke, I started to envision this fantasy scenario on how the novel came to beBook Publisher Thank you for coming in today, Mr Moore I wanted to discuss the manuscript you sent us.Christopher Moore Yes, of course The Song Cycles and Migratory Habits of Whales Did you like it BP Well, liking it isn t really the point It s about whales.CM And BP No I meanIt s really about whales It s non fiction Unfunny non fiction.CM But that s my point Everybody expects me t After completing Fluke, I started to envision this fantasy scenario on how the novel came to beBook Publisher Thank you for coming in today, Mr Moore I wanted to discuss the manuscript you sent us.Christopher Moore Yes, of course The Song Cycles and Migratory Habits of Whales Did you like it BP Well, liking it isn t really the point It s about whales.CM And BP No I meanIt s really about whales It s non fiction Unfunny non fiction.CM But that s my point Everybody expects me to be funny all the time I m so funny people do not realize how much research I do on my topics I have a serious side I want to inform, to research, to make a serious contribution to society BP Butyour contract specifies a novel a funny novel I m not sure people are ready for Christopher Moore the oceanographer Isn t there some way you can change it Put in a plot Make it funny Perhaps add a Rastafarian wanna be and a crazy lady millionaire CM I ll see what I can do Three weeks later BP I just read your new draft I m glad you changed the title I must say it is really funny CM So what did you like about it BP I loved the Rastafarian wanna be And I loved the sci fi elements That s a little different than your previous works I have to hand it to you I not only laughed a lot but I learned a lot about whales Your research really is impressive.CM Thank you.BP And I loved that gotcha moment at the beginning where the marine biologist sees Bite Me written on the tail of the whale.CM I m glad, because you were my inspiration for that part.BP Why, ThanOh.CM Now, lets talk about my new manuscript that I sent you recently A Concise History of European Impressionist Artists and Their ModelsBP UhYeahI wanted to talk to you about that


  4. Gabrielle Gabrielle says:

    In late May, a young, curious humpback whale swam down the St Lawrence River all the way to the Montreal Old Port She was by herself, exploring and frolicking, jumping around in that majestic and graceful way those amazing animals do Humpback aren t fresh water whales, she shouldn t have been so far down the river in the first place, but she showed no sign of distress But at some point between Sunday, when she was last seen swimming, and Tuesday morning, she died I am completely devastated t In late May, a young, curious humpback whale swam down the St Lawrence River all the way to the Montreal Old Port She was by herself, exploring and frolicking, jumping around in that majestic and graceful way those amazing animals do Humpback aren t fresh water whales, she shouldn t have been so far down the river in the first place, but she showed no sign of distress But at some point between Sunday, when she was last seen swimming, and Tuesday morning, she died I am completely devastated that this adventurous and playful creature didn t manage to get back to her natural habitat safely Humpback whales are my favorite animal I ve always been fascinated by all whales, but humpbacks have a majestic and monumental grace that inexplicably moves me to tears Just watching a National Geographic documentary about them gives me a lump in my throat, and their haunting songs makes me shiver.When I heard that Christopher Moore had a book featuring a lot of humpbacks and people trying to figure out why they sing, I immediately wanted to read it Of all the Moore books I have read and I have read almost all of them , this is the one that strikes me as the most Vonnegut esque It s funny, philosophical, entertaining, instructive and to be frank, kind of a brain fuck But the good type of brain fuck, where you finish the book and think WTF was that Let s do it again.Nate has been studying whales i.e poking them with sticks for a long time He s seen it all and got a bit cynical because so far, the only thing he knows with absolute certainty is that whales are big and wet Then one day, he sees a humpback whale with the words Bite me written on its fluke His research team thinks he s hallucinating, but Nate is determined to find that whale He just might end up finding a lotthan he bargained for in the process Nate is a great character, driven and passionate about what he does and Canadian His side kicks are wonderful Moore creations Clay the loyal boat guy, Amy the tiny Goth girl and Kona, the white Rastafarian All unique, quirky, endearing and hilarious.Moore obviously did a lot of research for this book You will actually learn some science if you read this, which is not exactly what you d expect from a comedic novel, but there you have it He is obviously very passionate about his topic, he wants his readers to be just as passionate as he is, and he manages to pull that off without being preachy or pompous Even when the story takes a zany turn into sci fi, his world building remains tight, concise and very creative Moore spins one hell of a crazy yarn, but he picks up all the lose strands and ties them neatly together at the end.I recommend this book to fans of Vonnegut, Pratchett and Adams, and to anyone who loves whales and a good laugh If you have never picked up a Christopher Moore book before, this is a great place to start


  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    Soooo, it took me about 43 years to read this book And upon thinking for a while and discissing it with Christina for a while I ve come to the conclusion that my opinion is based on a two fold rubric Can rubrics have folds AnywayPoint 1 Character Development The character development in this book sucked balls And not in the good way, either Point 2 Plot.The plot was fuckin awesome Except for the fact that it didn t start until a third of the way into the book But whatev It s stil Soooo, it took me about 43 years to read this book And upon thinking for a while and discissing it with Christina for a while I ve come to the conclusion that my opinion is based on a two fold rubric Can rubrics have folds AnywayPoint 1 Character Development The character development in this book sucked balls And not in the good way, either Point 2 Plot.The plot was fuckin awesome Except for the fact that it didn t start until a third of the way into the book But whatev It s still a clever story filled with science I love science Let s discuss the above two points indepth, shall we As far as character development goes, I m really disappointed I mean, really Amy is supposed to be some quirky gal whose personal slang consists of mook, jeepers, and other silly stuff But she didn t develop that characteristic until we d met her a half a dozen times Another example, and I ll try to spare you details, occurrs the end of the book There s a reunion And it should be romantic and touching, but it s not It s just quick and flat Why even bother Pissed me off Alrighty, plot Underwater city and additional theories of evolution genius Carbon based passenger vessels navigated neurogically double genius Loved it Kick ass Cool And then they saved the world No surprises there That s all I have to say, really The book was ok, not great I ll probably read another Christopher Moore, but only because Christina et al really love him, so I figure it s worth giving him a second chance


  6. Armand Armand says:

    People swear by this guy, in a devotional sort of way I was excited to try one of his novels, and frankly, I m usually a sucker for otherwise human stories with some elements of the unexplained see Tom Robbins, Magnolia , or Lost Moore s Fluke started out as no exception I was engaged by the characters, laughed out loud a few times, and was hooked into these mysterious events and the promise of something larger The insertion of scientific fact mostly marine biology and humpback whales People swear by this guy, in a devotional sort of way I was excited to try one of his novels, and frankly, I m usually a sucker for otherwise human stories with some elements of the unexplained see Tom Robbins, Magnolia , or Lost Moore s Fluke started out as no exception I was engaged by the characters, laughed out loud a few times, and was hooked into these mysterious events and the promise of something larger The insertion of scientific fact mostly marine biology and humpback whales and mysterious Defense Department goings on only increased my interest That same blend of factoids anecdotes into somewhat bizarre fiction has caused me to tear through a few Chuck Palahniuk novels, and that s the sort of pace with which Fluke flies by So, it can t be all bad The story just lost me when it started explaining too much I think I like my mysteries unresolved, or at least not so neat Not to geek out too much, but I had this same feeling during the second season of Lost I felt disappointed when too much was attributed to some psychology experiment and everyone stopped being afraid of going in the jungle Here, there s a different explanation And even though the second half of the book was entirely original, with its own absorbing twists and turns, it felt like a different book like something I hadn t signed up for All of the new developments started feeling less like originality andlike a cop out The character development dropped off, replaced with fantasy sci fi explanations that I just didn t care for It s still a funny, mostly engaging read, but I finished Fluke with that feeling that is never a sign of a book gone well I didn t wantIn fact, I wish there had been less


  7. Omar Omar says:

    I love Christopher Moore. this is my fifth book of his, but this one fell short for me The story is of a scientist who studies whales and their songs He has worked many many years in the field and when he sees the words BITE ME on the tail of one of his whales he is determined to find out how it is even possible Things are further complicated when the town crazy informs him that the whale he saw called her and asked her to tell him to come visit the whale and bring a pastrami on rye sandwi I love Christopher Moore. this is my fifth book of his, but this one fell short for me The story is of a scientist who studies whales and their songs He has worked many many years in the field and when he sees the words BITE ME on the tail of one of his whales he is determined to find out how it is even possible Things are further complicated when the town crazy informs him that the whale he saw called her and asked her to tell him to come visit the whale and bring a pastrami on rye sandwich There are a few memorable characters such as the Jersey boy who claims he is Hawaiian and a Rastafarian or the assistant who is smoking hot, but slightly not human In the end it was an interesting read, slightly humorous, but not one of my favorites


  8. Yael Yael says:

    So far, I haven t met a book by Christopher Moore that I ve disliked Or even merely had a lukewarm feeling for Fluke is no exception I mean, how can you not like a writer who produces such lines as A centipede the size of a Pontiac had once lived in the bottom right corner of the trunk but had long since moved on once he realized that no one was ever going to bother him, so he could stand up on his hind hundred feet, hiss like a pissed cat, and deliver a deadly bite to a naked foot Moore wr So far, I haven t met a book by Christopher Moore that I ve disliked Or even merely had a lukewarm feeling for Fluke is no exception I mean, how can you not like a writer who produces such lines as A centipede the size of a Pontiac had once lived in the bottom right corner of the trunk but had long since moved on once he realized that no one was ever going to bother him, so he could stand up on his hind hundred feet, hiss like a pissed cat, and deliver a deadly bite to a naked foot Moore writes about things he cares about and there are hundreds of them, from people to whales to fruit bats to island paradises to conservation issues to the inevitable jerks who make life so interesting, and on and on and on In Fluke he gives us whales and their lives, and those who study them But rather than the predictably over emotional, politically charged, and buzzword rhetoric that makes up 98% of Green hyperbola on the subject, Moore gives us real people studying real whales and the real catastrophes and downsides frequently accompanying such studies.Why do humpback whales sing Marine biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poke, chart, record, and photograph huge, wet, marine mammals trying to find answers to that question And then, one day, a whale lifts his tail into the air to display a cryptic message on his flukes Bite me.The problem is that only Nate saw that message He s beginning to wonder if Hawaii s hot sun has baked his brains a little too thoroughly Neither his longtime partner, Clay Demodocus, nor their young research assistant, Amy, not even their other assistant, addlepated, pot smoking, white boy Rastafarian Kona a.k.a Preston Applebaum saw it But later, when a roll of film comes back from the film lab with the crucial frame missing, the one that shows those flukes and the message on them, and his research facility is trashed, Nate begins to think there sto this than a mere hallucination.What can you say about this novel Witty, irreverent, puzzling, fascinating, and surprising, Fluke is Moore at the top of his form and a great incentive to track down and read everything he s ever written


  9. Mauoijenn Mauoijenn says:

    Good book.Some laugh or loud moments.Not one of his best though.


  10. Kogiopsis Kogiopsis says:

    I ve been putting off reading Fluke It was recommended to me by one of my uncles, who meant well but whose method of recommendation was to spoil almost every major plot point and who then sent me a copy as a high school graduation gift Knowing a little something about Christopher Moore s brand of humor, I didn t make it a priority, the end result of which is thatthan five years went by between when he sent it to me and when I finally opened it And while I regret putting it off for th I ve been putting off reading Fluke It was recommended to me by one of my uncles, who meant well but whose method of recommendation was to spoil almost every major plot point and who then sent me a copy as a high school graduation gift Knowing a little something about Christopher Moore s brand of humor, I didn t make it a priority, the end result of which is thatthan five years went by between when he sent it to me and when I finally opened it And while I regret putting it off for that long, because that was rude to my uncle, I wasn t wrong in my expectations of how I d like the book.Well mostly.As I was in the thick of it, I was almost unbearably frustrated with this book Moore s humor tends towards the absurd, with a light dusting of satire, and while I can recognize all the parts that are supposed to be wryly funny, it doesn t work on me At the same time, though, Fluke had a surprisingly mysterious plot, and I found myself wanting to read it, even though reading it wasn t all that enjoyable, just to figure out what the hell was going on.And then I got to the end, and I read Moore s notes and acknowledgements, and I realized that I couldn t be angry at this book, or even all that frustrated.The thing is that Fluke is meticulously and accurately researched To my knowledge, almost all of the basic biology and behavior information presented here is legitimate, and the name drops of scientists who aren t characters on the page are too It was a bit of a shock to see Bruce Mate, who I ve met, mentioned offhandedly here Moore s description of Japanese whaling is on point, though 13 years out of date now for obvious reasons He writes in his notes about spending two field seasons with a humpback research team in Hawaii, which tells me that researching this book took at least two years, probablythat s impressive for something which, I admit, I kind of expected to be dashed off and dismissive.He also chose to end this book with a heartfelt plea for readers to care about cetacean conservation, and suggestions about organizations to support That, and all his notes and acknowledgements, are stunningly classy and well written, and here in the last seven pages of the book I found myself actually enjoying Moore s humor.I did get hung up from time to time, though, on a few rather predictable things The middle aged male main character s love interest is his 20 something research assistant view spoiler who turns out to be in her 60s, but as a 20 something aspiring marine biologist, that doesn t make the hundreds of pages of him ogling her butt any less creepy hide spoiler and his ex wife divorced him to suddenly become a lesbian and now does research with her partner, who is a caricature of feminist stereotypes and painful to read, though her pagetime is mercifully brief A lot of the humor is sex based, which I didn t mind until the instances where it was rape based, and no, that s just not ever gonna be funny to me And I mean I expected to have these issues, and a whole lotthan that but knowing it s coming doesn t make it anypleasant I don t think Moore s fiction is for me, but at the end of the day, I m left with a hearty respect for him as an author and an artist And if he ever writes nonfiction in the tone of his author s notes here, I m in Postscript at the time that Moore wrote this, I suspect the term meme didn t have the same meaning in internet parlance that it does today, and it did originate in science, but the fact remains that this book has the sentence Humpback whale songs are memes in it and, in 2016, that is unintentionally one of the best jokes of the book


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  • 321 pages
  • Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
  • Christopher Moore
  • English
  • 15 November 2019
  • 006056668X

About the Author: Christopher Moore

Librarian I Know Why the Epub / Note There isthan one author I Know PDF/EPUB ç in the Goodreads database with this name Christopher Moore is an American writer of absurdist fiction He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CAMoore s novels typically involve conflicted everyman characters suddenly struggling through supernatural or extraordinary circumstances Inheriting a Fluke: Or, Kindle - humanism from his love of John Steinbeck and a sense of the absurd from Kurt Vonnegut, Moore is a best selling author with major cult status.