Sunday, November 18, 2007

Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore

First sentence:

"Amy called the whale punkin."


"Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals. Until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite me.

Trouble is, Nate's beginning to wonder if he hasn't spent just a little too much time in the sun. `Cause no one else on his team saw a thing—not his longtime partner, Clay Demodocus; not their saucy young research assistant; not even the spliff-puffing white-boy Rastaman Kona (nĂ© Preston Applebaum). But later, when a roll of film returns from the lab missing the crucial tail shot—and his research facility is trashed—Nate realizes something very fishy indeed is going on."

My thoughts:

This was a very funny and sometimes poignant book about whales, friendship, loyalty and discovering wonder in unexpected places. I liked the characters Nate, Amy, Kona, Clay and the Old Broad.

Date read: 11/15/2007
Book #: 100
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 006056668X
ISBN-13: 9780060566685
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Year: 2004
# of Pages: 311
Binding: Trade Paperback
LibraryThing Page

1 comment:

Nicola said...

I loved this one too! You've reminded me I'm due to read another by Christopher Moore soon.