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Marinebiologist Nate Quinn is in love with the majestic ocean-dwelling behemoths who have been singing their haunting song for twenty million years. But why do the humpback whales sing? That's the question that has Nate and his crew filming, charting, and recording everywhale that crosses their path. Until one day when a whale lifts its tail to display a message spelled ou ...more
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Published January 5th 2005 by HarperAudio (first published June 3rd 2003)
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Jun 27, 2014 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it it was ok  ·  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
Lyn
Feb 16, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marvin
Jun 04, 2014 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
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
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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
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Armand
Aug 06, 2008 Armand rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2009 Omar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, adult
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
Yael
Feb 08, 2009 Yael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mikah
Jan 02, 2009 Mikah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
DJ Harris
Mar 27, 2013 DJ Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Good book.
Some laugh or loud moments.
Not one of his best though.
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
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Steve
Oct 30, 2007 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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Preeti
Mar 10, 2009 Preeti rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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Lorelei
Jan 26, 2014 Lorelei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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
JOURNEY GALACTICA
Libro divertido y delirante. Buena opción para adentrarse en el mundo de Christopher Moore, supongo. Es el primero que leo de él, pero tengo ganas de leer más sus libros.
Chris
Jan 01, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-humor
I'm not sure if I should give this book two or three stars. The characters were a little flat, the tone could get a little preachy, and I'm left thinking the book isn't quite as clever as the author thinks it is. I did finish it however, and I didn't want to stop reading it in the sense of a did not finish book. I also enjoyed the whole conversation about memes and genes. At the very least, the book has made me want to try another Moore book at some point.
Eric
May 01, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  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 really liked it  ·  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!
Myndi
Nov 07, 2015 Myndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stayed confused for the majority, if not the entirety of this book. That's not to say that I wasn't entertained. The very ideas brought forth in this book were intriguing all the while perplexing. I found myself wanting to read more, not necessarily with an urgency, but at least with a persistent curiosity as to what the heck was going on. This book was chosen for my Book Club to read because it's listed as comedy. I didn't find the book to be overtly funny though. There were a couple of very ...more
Melanie Page
Aug 27, 2016 Melanie Page rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 4th Moore book -- I've read Lamb, Fool, and The Serpent of Venice -- so I'm used to the snarky humor and little quips that enters via the narrator. In Fluke, I especially like when the narrator tells us something doofy a characters is thinking, and then the character says it aloud. That tickled me every time; apparently it's a humor button somewhere in my brain that loves to be pushed.

Right off the bat, there are a lot of characters, and it's not always clear who they are or what they
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Jamie Collins
Dec 17, 2008 Jamie Collins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
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.
David
Apr 19, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked Lamb so much that I immediately purchased another Christopher Moore novel to start reading. I will admit that this one was quite a bit more bizarre, but I enjoyed it just as much. There was a lot of interesting facts about whales and biology thrown in so seamlessly that before you realized it, you had learned something. Furthermore, there were many parts of this story that were laugh-out-loud funny and, like Lamb, I found it hard to put it down once I started. I found Christopher Moore t ...more
Megan
Aug 24, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This is the second Christopher Moore book I've read, but it was certainly enough to get a handle on his typical plot line: Random guy gets involved in a strange situation he can't understand that relates to some type of odd deity, he falls for a very attractive girl who is involved in the weirdness, after very silly plot twists the couple find a way to "ride off into the sunset" together. While this type of explanation would usually put me off reading more of his books, his writing is done so we ...more
Booksthailand
May 21, 2010 Booksthailand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Feb 04, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2009 Marcie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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..
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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
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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, CA.

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