Monday, December 24, 2007


review of fluke by christopher moore

i've read all his books before, and some of them aren't worth a second read, but this one is awesome. it's my second favourite of his books. first comes the gospel according to biff, but that is a review for another post.

fluke is golden for many reasons. the plot chugs along nicely, the characters are likeable, moore has wit and humour to spare, quirkiness abounds... what's not to like? but the thing that makes me love this book is kona.

pelekekona keohokalole, born preston applebaum, is a white kid from jersey who is also a dreadlocked rastafarian living on maui. he says stuff like

"Oh, she a blackheart thief that would take a man's Snowy Biscuit to have a punaani nosh. That Snowy Biscuit belong our tribe."
just for fun, let's dissect this. 'oh, she a... to have a' is piratespeak crossed with jamaican pidgin. snowy biscuit, allegedly, means pale, attractive woman. i'm not sure if that's surfer lingo or more jamaican. google tells me that punaani means vagina in jamaican. whatever. but nosh??? what is the yiddish word for snack doing here???

the marvelous mr. moore is known for having characters make appearances in multiple books. so far kona is only in fluke, but i keep hoping he'll pop up in another book... or ten. are you listening, author guy?

two more for the road.
"Rum," said Kona. "Too much hostility in dat buzz. Rum come from da cane, and cane come from slavin' the people, and dat oppression all distilled in de bottle and come out a man mean as cat shit on a day."

"Ya, mon. Kona can spark up a spliff and calm down that bumpy brine for all me new science dreadies. We can take the boat no matter what the wind be," Kona said. He was thinking, I have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, but I really want to get out there with the whales.
need i say more?


  1. It will always be one of my faves and I shall forever be eternally grateful that you introduced me to the works of this wonderful author. :lovefaint:

  2. Kona actually IS in another of Mr. Moore's books; The Stupidest Angel. It is in a throw away comment, but it's still there.

    Josh (I think that's his name. I don't have my book handy) has a jewish friend who rhuminates on his cousin Preston who moved to Hawaii and became Rastafarian. This would also explain the 'nosh'.

  3. He's in Bite Me now too.

  4. Kona appears as the (self-styled) "Captain of the Briny Science" in Bite Me. He's become the minion of the old vampires who arrive in San Francisco to clean up the mess that the Count caused. The old vampires feed on him and he eventually becomes the minion of Jodie. Hope to see more of, in so many ways.

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