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Fluke by Christopher Moore
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May 21, 2010

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

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 undersea realms and, of course, Amelia Erhardt. The story begins when Nathan Quinn, a marine biologist, photographs the tail fin of a whale whilst on a routine research trip. Later whilst looking over his pictures he notices that the words "BITE ME" are spelled out in huge letters on the mammal's tail-fin. His ensuing investigations turn up one mystery after another as he is launched into a wild adventure. Moore’s great skill is to turn in a tightly plotted and humorous adventure yarn around this wild subject matter. He even manages to inject a strong ecological message as well. The book is set in Hawaii where Moore used to live and the author’s personal experience with marine biology ensures the accuracy of detail in this unique and entertaining read.
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