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Fluke by Christopher Moore
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Apr 25, 2011

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Read from April 20 to 24, 2011

This is one of the more bizarre stories I've ever read. I guess the only thing I can compare it to is Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—very dry humor, very strange storyline, and lots of science that gets bent and warped in pretty imaginative ways. Unfortunately, I don't think Moore pulls this off in a story quite as well as Adams. The characters in Fluke are pretty flat and don't go anywhere, save for 2-3 scenes where they act so out of character it doesn't make any sense at all. The ending felt very rushed, and call me a nerd, but I would've preferred the goofy science be either a little more persuasive/convincing/realistic, or a little more bizarre—as it is, the general idea just felt underdeveloped, as if the author couldn't decide how far to push it. It's a quick read, and definitely got a few laughs, but if you're looking for a funny and weird book and haven't yet read Hitchhiker's Guide, read that instead.

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