Riding the Whales


Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings, by Christopher Moore – The story concerns a group of whale researchers working in Hawaii. The main protagonist, Nathan Quinn, is interested in finding out why whales sing. When he gets too close to finding out the answer, he is abducted by a group of shipwreck victims in a craft that’s shaped like a whale and operates just like one as well, with the crew being made up of whale-people. They turn out to live in an underwater city called Gooville, which is entirely organic, having been created by an ancient life form called the Goo. Quinn’s attractive young research assistant Amy also seems to have something to do with this, and Amelia Earhardt figures into it as well. Compared to the other books of Moore’s that I’ve read, this one isn’t quite so jokey, instead taking a wacky premise and playing it pretty straight. I did find the stoned surfer kid from New Jersey who speaks in a combination of Hawaiian and Rastafarian dialect to be amusing, though, and I thought there was a good environmental message. I was hoping from the title that there would be some flying whales, like in Fantasia 2000, but no such luck.

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