Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

by Christopher Moore | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 006056668x Global Overview for this book
Registered by lauraloo29 of Edmonton, Alberta Canada on 7/18/2008
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Friday, July 18, 2008
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 (né 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.


Journal Entry 2 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Friday, July 18, 2008
I'm going to send this out as a ray.

Rules: Not many. Please journal the book's arrival and departure. And please keep it moving by keeping it no longer than 4 weeks. The last person is free to release the book as they wish.

1. rooshill - US (US)
2. perryfran - US (Intl)
3. gaelpixie - UK (UK)
4. weebly - UK (Europe)
5. Kayellbee - UK (Intl)
6. PeaMartian - UK (Intl)
7. mrbaggins1 - South Africa (Intl)
8. Aramena - US (US)
9. innae - US (US)
10.

Starting its journey on August 19th. Happy travels!

Journal Entry 3 by rooshill from Grass Valley, California USA on Monday, September 15, 2008
oh. well, I suck. I'm sorry, I didn't realize I never journaled when this arrived. So, it's here (obviously) and I've read it (finally) and enjoyed it (gratefully) so I suppose I'll PM the next person and get it moving along now. Thanks, lauraloo!

Journal Entry 4 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Received in today's mail. Thanks lauraloo29 for sharing and rooshill for sending the book on to me. Looking forward to reading this - have heard good things about Moore and this will be my first by him. I have a couple of bookrings in front of this but don't think it will be long before I get to it.

EDIT 10/8/08: Started reading today.

Journal Entry 5 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This was certainly interesting! When I started out reading this, I thought it was going to be a humorous satire similar to Carl Hiaasen's novels. In fact, I had just finished Hiaasen's "Native Tongue" a few weeks ago (highly recommend). It started out that way with the story of Nate Quinn and his crew studying the songs of humpback whales with a lot of humor thrown in. Some of it was laugh out loud funny such as the story of the women researchers being assaulted by a pair of whale "willies". But then the story went to bizarro land! I must say that Moore has a heck of an imagination and strayed way outside the box with this one. I don't want to spoil this for other readers so I won't say too much about what happened, but you do find out the fate of Amelia Earhart! Overall, a moderate recommendation. I will look out for Moore's other works to see how they compare.

Thanks lauraloo29 for sharing. I have gaelpixie's address and will get this in the mail tomorrow.

Journal Entry 6 by wingperryfranwing at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (10/14/2008 UTC) at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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On its way to gaelpixie in the UK. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by gaelpixie from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, November 2, 2008
Received a week or so ago - got stuck in my 'to do' pile, so sorry for the delay in journalling.

Due to be read very soon.


Journal Entry 8 by gaelpixie from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sent on its way to Weebly.

I'm afraid this book got buried in my 'to be read' pile. When I realised it was there I wasn't in the mood to read it so have passed it on unread. Apologies for the delay!

Journal Entry 9 by weebly from Hartwell, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Many thanks - this book is next to be read.

Journal Entry 10 by weebly from Hartwell, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 9, 2009
Great book, and very interesting to learn all about whale research. The book seemed quite normal until about page 100 then the wierdness really struck! Where does this man get his ideas from?

My hubby is a very quick reader so would like to whizz through the book before I post it on - I hope that is ok. I have Kayellbee's address ready to post on when he is done.

Journal Entry 11 by Kayellbee from Chorley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Friday, March 20, 2009
Arrived today, what a treat after a hard week at work. Thank you all!

Journal Entry 12 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Saturday, May 16, 2009
This book seems to be stalled with Kayellbee. I hope all is well with her and that the book begins moving again soon.

Journal Entry 13 by Kayellbee from Chorley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Friday, August 14, 2009
A strange an interesting tale . . . not my usual type of book. Apologies for delaying this bookray and thanks for your patience. It will be on its way as soon I get next address.

Journal Entry 14 by PeaMartian from Durham, County Durham United Kingdom on Thursday, September 3, 2009
Received with thanks, and added to my bookring TBR - just 2 books ahead of this one, so I hope it will be at the top of the pile by the end of the month...

Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 15 by PeaMartian from Durham, County Durham United Kingdom on Sunday, November 8, 2009
A strange and interesting tale indeed! The plot is certainly unexpected and I thoroughly enjoyed being taken along for the ride. I also think that the characters as well formed, and I enjoyed spending time with all of them. I too laughed out loud in places. This is the first of Christopher Moore's books that I have read, and I will be looking out for others by him in the future.

Thank you very much to lauraloo29 for sharing!

I have an address for mrbaggins1, and will post this on as soon as I can get to the post office...

Journal Entry 16 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Arrived today together with some lovely bookmarks. Going on Mt TBR. I'm swamped with 'rays at the moment but will get 'round to it as fast as I can.

Journal Entry 17 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I have now read most of Christopher Moore's books and "Fluke" is not one of his better efforts imo. The parts on actual whale research was interesting but somehow the book simply fell flat. When one reads Moore you have to suspend belief but again for me the story has to be gripping and entertaining as with "Coyote Blue" and "Bloodsucking Fiends". Whaleships and Whaleyboys? I dunno.

Thanks for sharing - I'm contacting the next up (The spine is becoming worn, torn in the corner but I'll make some running repairs before sending it on)

Journal Entry 18 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I have now read most of Christopher Moore's books and "Fluke" is not one of his better efforts imo. The parts on actual whale research was interesting but somehow the book simply fell flat. When one reads Moore you have to suspend belief but again for me the story has to be gripping and entertaining as with "Coyote Blue" and "Bloodsucking Fiends". Whaleships and Whaleyboys? I dunno.

Thanks for sharing - I'm contacting the next up (The spine is becoming worn, torn in the corner but I'll make some running repairs before sending it on)

Journal Entry 19 by mrbaggins1 at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Released 11 yrs ago (1/6/2010 UTC) at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa

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Released to Aramena by surface mail in the US today whose next in line. Sorry it took so long to get away but the holidays caught up with me. Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 20 by wingAramenawing from Noble, Oklahoma USA on Monday, February 22, 2010
This was waiting for me when I came into the office today! I just finished my current read last night, so I'll be starting this today.

Journal Entry 21 by wingAramenawing from Noble, Oklahoma USA on Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I finished this last night and apologize for taking so long to read it. It wasn't because I didn't like it or anything, we've just been swamped at work since the beginning of the year and I haven't had much time to read.

When I first started I was thinking that I will definitely want to read all of Moore's other books. Then it took that totally bizarre twist as mentioned before, and for awhile there I wasn't sure what I thought. In the end I really liked it and was pretty satisfied.

Journal Entry 22 by wingAramenawing at Moore, Oklahoma USA on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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This is on it's way to innae this morning.

Journal Entry 23 by winginnaewing from Aurora, Colorado USA on Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Got this in the mail today (went to the mailbox after shoveling a lovely spring snow (HEAVY) off the driveway...luckily my neighbors had shoveled some of the sidewalk already. Yeah for Neighbors!) -- and just wanted to say, I find it a bit funny that Aramena lives in Moore :-)

I will get to reading this after I finish "The Curse of the Zwilling" -- and then I will find a good home for it, unless there is someone else that hasn't made it to the list? Laura have you heard from anyone??

Journal Entry 24 by winginnaewing from Aurora, Colorado USA on Saturday, April 3, 2010
Not really a surprise that I enjoyed this story...whales AND Christopher Moore?? NICE. It is a little ironic that I read the book with "Bite Me" across the front of it when Mr. Moore's newest release is actually "Bite Me" :) --which is the third in the vampire books. My first reads of Mr. Moore's..but I digress, back to Fluke.

This book veers off the deep end, for real, not just metaphorically. The suspension of disbelief needs to be there, but it had to be there for our hero as well -- and he didn't always do so well with it. In any case, a very fun read, and I am quite glad I started reading Moore's stuff to begin with, so my thanks to Moody-Blue for introducing me.

I did laugh out loud at points...frying kitties indeed. And overall, I would rate this as one of my favorite Moore books (after You Suck, and Bloodsucking Fiends) -- I have not read them all yet though.

I will endeavor to find this book a good home now...

Journal Entry 25 by winginnaewing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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not sure when I will get this in the mail, as I leave for Vegas tomorrow, but -- soon.

headed out to Cross-patch as part of tokorua's 52 RABCKs in 52 weeks

Journal Entry 26 by wingCross-patchwing from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 29, 2010
Way, what a surprise. I am reading 'Fool' at the minute and am loving his take on King Lear, a great improvement to my mind. At least he can get a few laughs out of it! Thank you very much; I shall devour, share it with my son and then shall claim it back for the BookCrossing fold and pass it on out.

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