LOL w/ Christopher Moore’s “Fluke”

My introduction to Christopher Moore was via the howling LOL đŸ˜† of my lovelier half. I had to take notice — there just aren’t many books that make one Laugh-out-Loud. I’ve read three from Moore — “fluke“, “lamb“, and “dirty job“. All are just — Too much fun. I’m glad there are many more for me to read.

If you’re new to Christopher Moore, Wikipedia says, “Christopher Moore (born 1957 in Toledo, Ohio[1]) is an American writer of absurdist fiction.”

The NYTimes book review for Fluke provides colour on the extent of that “absurdity“.

BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Jonah and a Whale Awash in Pastrami on Rye – New York Times: “Readers new to the work of Christopher Moore will want to know two things about him immediately. First: Where has this guy been hiding? (Answer: In plain sight, since he has a devoted cult following.) Second, and more germane: What is he smoking?”

Here is the finale to the NYTimes review. I like the phrase “comic recklessness“.

Most of this is calmly presented, but Mr. Moore inevitably raises the ante, sounding the note of comic recklessness that is the best thing about his book. ”Barring that,” he writes, after a list of propositions for saving marine life, ”just yell at people randomly to stop killing whales. It could catch on. Really.

Note to Audio Listeners — The narrator for Fluke is Bill Irwin and the narrator for Lamb and Dirty Job is Fisher Stevens. There is a big difference and there are plenty of comments on Audible about how bad Bill Irwin is. I’m glad I read those reviews and prepared myself for the difference. At first I was disappointed because I really like Fisher Stevens. In the end I began to like Bill Irwin and felt that he did a good job with Fluke. The lead character in Fluke, Nate, is not as manic as the lead characters in Lamb and Dirty Job.