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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Book Review - Fluke: Christopher Moore

I do enjoy Christopher Moore’s books. He comes up with the most random assemblage of characters and somehow manages to weave them into a cohesive story that actually makes whatever crack-brained idea he’s dealing with in the current book work.

This book is about whales. He captured a pretty decent picture of the whale scene in Hawaii. From reading one of his afterwards, he apparently did about two years of research for this book, though he skirted much of the actual science he learned for the sake of the story. I definitely respect someone that does that amount of research for a speculative fiction book, since you know they often barely use any of it when all is said and done.

I will say, the eventual conclusion of this story was not at all what I was expecting. His explanation of whale sound, and all of the other interesting things that we’ve been trying to figure out for years about whales was certainly inventive.

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