Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
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After reverently lambasting the most cherished rites and credos of virtually every one of the world's major religions in his transcendently hilarious novel Lamb, the one and only Christopher Moore returns with a wild look at interspecies communication, adventure on the high seas, and an eons-old mystery.

Marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn is in love -- with the salt air...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by William Morrow
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Jun 27, 2014 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wouldn't...
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Can't blame anybody - hooked by the title
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 is more the 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)...more
Marvin
After completing Fluke, I started to envision this fantasy scenario on how the novel came to be...

Book 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 mean...It's really about whales. It's non fiction. Unfunny non-fiction.

CM: But that's my point! Everybody expects me t...more
Amanda
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?)


Anyway...

Point 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...more
Armand
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)...more
Omar
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...more
Mikah
This is the first book I have read by Christopher Moore, and I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is about Nate Quinn, a biologist who is studying humpback whales trying to figure out the meaning of their song. Odd things start to happen, though, like finding a whale with ‘Bite Me’ painted on its tale and somebody breaking in and trashing his lab. While trying to figure out who would want to sabotage his research he starts to question how much anybody could even care about the wor...more
Yael
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...more
DJ Harris
Mar 27, 2013 DJ Harris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a sense of humor!

Christopher Moore does it again! Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore is a very enjoyable read! I have enjoyed every Christopher Moore book that I've read. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.

Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore
Steve
5 Ooks

Do you like mysteries?
Do you like to laugh?
Have you ever wondered why whales sing?
Did you ever wish you lived in Hawaii?
Did you ever wish you could see one of those white-boy poser Rastafarians get a bit of a stomping?...Hey now, don't be a hater...

Moore evokes beach people and the islands in this fun and fast moving tale. It's filled with his usual wit and wacky, but lovable characters, and leavened with a bit of a message (but, not preachy).

This is a book that will draw you in and leave...more
Libby
"Nate wouldn’t have been more surprised if he’d walked in on a team of squirrels building a toaster oven." - a quote worth repeating.

I’m giving this one 5 stars because it was simply a delightful read from beginning to end. Christopher Moore tackles the scientific mystery of whale song in his own unique way. This book is wildly creative and funny while being surprisingly well researched. It appears that Mr. Moore spent a fair amount of time with biologists and whale researchers in Hawaii prepari...more
Megan
Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Wale Sings was pretty good. Eventually. Once I got into it.

Christopher Moore is hard to review. He strikes me as more of a comedian than an author. As such, if he keeps me entertained and makes me laugh out loud, I consider his book to be a success. Fluke is a typical Christopher Moore story in that it involves a group of wacky people working together in a preposterous situation. The whale and conservation info presented here was cool. And chapter eighteen wins...more
Preeti
Mar 10, 2009 Preeti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a laugh and who likes whales
Why do humpback whales sing?

This is the basic theme behind the story contained in this book. I picked it up because whales are one of my favorite animals, and I have always loved listening to their singing. Also, I hadn't read a funny book in a while, and needed a break from the 'serious' stuff.

I have to say it: It's a whale of a tale!

The book starts out fairly normal, but then, takes a turn into the land of the zany. Really. You will have no idea what hit you. And that, truly, is the best part....more
Lorelei
Whale research gone weird. I have read or listened to this book so many times I can't count them, and I still find it an entertaining and delightful read. I honestly don't know why this book never palls as so many other favourites have over the years, maybe someone can come up with a good theory. In any event, I was having a bad patch and decided to go through it all the way and in order again, and it was another wonderful ride. I've no idea if anyone else would likes it as much as I do, but I w...more
Eric
May 01, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Christopher Moore
About a third of the way through Fluke, I was sure I knew what was going on (view spoiler). Wow, was I wrong. Very, very wrong. I did not see where this was going at all -- but man did I love the ride, and the cast of characters I took it with. An excellent blend of humor, science, environmentalism, science fiction, and adventure.
Niknik
Jun 23, 2012 Niknik rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Niknik by: Co-worker
Shelves: humorous
Of the Christopher Moore books I have recently read (& am reading), I thought "Fluke" was the most ingenious!
I was expecting more of the same kind of supernatural stuff like "Bite Me" and "A Dirty Job", but was pleasantly surprised!
It was fun enough to read about whales and Hawaii and studying whale songs - but the journey on this story was something I have never heard of before.
And very funny too!
Heatherarleney
The story starts with marine biologist Nate Quinn studying humpback whales when, all of a sudden, he sees one with "Bite me" written across its tail, which jump starts a whole series of increasingly odd events until things take a turn for the science fictional.

It's this turn that seems to bother people in other reviews I've read, but I thought it was intriguing, and Moore deserves credit for describing these otherworldly elements as quickly and effectively as he does. Worldbuilding can easily we...more
Jamie
This was a fun read. Wacky fiction isn't my usual thing, but I enjoyed Moore's sense of humor and his writing style, and I'll look for more of his books.
Booksthailand
Christopher Moore writes funny books. His recent titles have been likened to the novels of Terry Pratchett but perhaps better comparisons can be drawn with Carl Hiassen and Douglas Adams. His novels have dealt with demons, Jesus’ best pal, bloodsucking fiends, death and sequined love nuns amongst other improbable subject matter. Clearly this is an author in no danger of taking himself too seriously.

Fluke is all about Whales, kind of. It is also about half-whale half-human beasts, strange underse...more
Jenniet Galvan
I like reading books by Christopher Moore because they make me laugh out loud! And I like to laugh out loud. I also like them because they are generally pretty irreverent and I like irreverent. For a short time I thought I was going to be a scientist and majored in Biology so the whole science angle was appealing to me and who doesn't like whales? Not to mention I have an irrepressible fascination with anything to do with the sea, making this book an automatic winner unless I was just bored out...more
Andy
Fluke is divided into three sections, the first of which, in my opinion, is designed to lure the reader into interesting, well-researched, and otherwise familiar (literarily speaking) territory. Like following a path through the woods. The story revolves around Nate Quinn, a world-renowned but self-conscious marine biologist who has devoted his life to studying whale songs. He is joined by his research assistant Amy Earhart, who is sexy, snarky, knowledgeable, and entirely too young for Nate. (I...more
Marcie
Still not as great as The Stupidest Angel, but it has some awesome moments, great characters, great dialogue. Just too much science...and too much "magic" (as in magic vs. science).

I understand how difficult it is to decide how much research-reality to use to get your reader to suspend their sense of reality and follow along on the writer's journey of imagination. At first I thought Moore used too much, now I think what he did use didn't really address my issues, so it was the wrong stuff used.....more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Nate Quinn has spent his entire professional career following humpback whales around the ocean, trying to find out exactly why the males sing. He's currently in Hawaii, where the whales spend the winter, still researching. His world is rocked on the day that he is taking pictures of one singer and sees BITE ME clearly written across the whale's tail. Did he imagine it? Was it there? Surely he got a picture of it. He heads back in to get his film developed, only to find that someone has completel...more
Sarah Jamison
I know we all grow and change as people and that makes our tastes and preferences evolve. Five years ago I would have counted Christopher Moore one of my favorite authors. Bloodsucking Fiends was remarkable. I read A Dirty Job in one five-hour marathon in the Orlando airport. I laughed so hard at You Suck that I thought I was going to give myself a hernia. Along the way, though, working my way through his catalogue, I have had real moments of doubt. Island of the Sequined Love Nun was all title,...more
Tracey
We meet Nathan Quinn, a marine behavioral biologist, who's currently in Hawaii, studying the humpback whale's song. Along with Clay Demodocus, a fellow researcher and long-time friend, they recruit Amy, a fresh young intern from the East Coast, and Kona, a wanna-be native & Rastaman. Several episodes of bad luck/vandalism make them suspicious of other researchers who have allied themselves with the US Navy. Their suspicions are justified, but it's not who they think.... not at all.

Moore has...more
Darbi Hebrank
this was my first Christopher Moore book. And it took me on a roller coaster of opinions. My father-in-law is the one who handed it off to me, saying, "I couldnt' get past the first chapter..." So I gave it a go. And for the first 1/5 of the book, I was smitten with the witty, cynical tone and the sassy characters. OVerall the narration never lost its appeal. But the turn the plot took, when the book went from suspenseful and refreshing to suspiciously out there, flirting with sci-fi... I dunno....more
Sara
I think I have impossibly high standards because I compare all of Christopher Moore's books to "Lamb", which is on my top ten list. There were some funny moments and lots of surprises in the story, but I feel like the characters were a bit flat. I had to refer to the character list several times because I couldn't remember who was who.
David Valdez
Jan 09, 2014 David Valdez rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Now there is a day and a half I'll never get back. I usually like Christopher Moore. (Fool and lamb I loved) Or I thought I did. I know Moore likes to write about bizarre unbelievable plots for laughs and giggles... but this one was way out there. I gave it one star for being Christopher Moore and an additional star so I wouldn't have to shoot myself for reading another one star book.

Put the book down...don't' read it... Walk away...there are better ways for you to waste your time. Even Televisi...more
SpazBuzz
I just finished this incredible book. It is by far my favorite Christopher Moore book that I have had the pleasure to read. While Moore tends to be a bit sarcastic, Fluke is an endearing story of Nate and his search for the meaning of the whale's song. This book is full of funny moments, loving characters, and a wonderful story that sometimes I wish was true. If only Gooville was a real place. I highly recommend this book it is by far one of Moore's greatest works.
Jon Spoelstra
It seems that Christopher Moore's book either absolutely delight me or cause me to roll my eyes and look for another author. Fluke is one of the absolute delight ones. (Another one is Lamb, which had me chuckling all the way on a flight from Portland to Maui.)

Fluke isn't just a silly farcical book; Moore actually did quite a bit of research on whales and tells us a lot about them and the ocean.

If you've been reading too much Fyodor Dostoevsky and need something light to read, this is it. Or, i...more
Beth
In Christopher Moore's typical zany, imaginative, and yet touching style, he brings to life the science of studying Humpback whales in Fluke. The concepts are unique, the science is real (most of it), and the characters are interesting and fun. I love that he makes me laugh out loud, and then pause to think, pretty constantly. I liked Lamb better, but as books not penned by Moore go, this is a good one.

I recommend it for fans of contemporary fiction, behavior science research, humpback whales,...more
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Christopher Moore (born 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) 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, CA.

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