Author: Keith Thomson
Date Released: 2006
Page Count: 255
Isbn10 Code: 1596921722
Isbn13 Code: 9781596921726
From Publishers Weekly As screenwriter Thompson's fiction debut opens, cat-food cannery worker Gus Openshaw has just set off in hot pursuit of the white whale who ate his wife, kid and arm—a beast he insists on calling "Dickhead," in one of the book's many broad winks in Melville's direction. Gus, in addition to sharpening his harpoon and gathering a crew, also somehow finds the time to keep updating his blog, whose entries constitute the book. That's no mean feat since, along with crew members who include semireformed pirate Nelson and cleaver-happy chef Duq, Gus must contend with attacks by pirates, shipwreck after shipwreck, imprisonment in a remote island jail and the violent opposition of a whale-protection organization named Bluepeace. Ludicrous scenarios loom behind every wave: as Gus and his crew prepare to do battle with the whale, a war with the Tortolan Navy forces a desperate search for munitions during which Gus falls in love with an arms dealer's intern who turns out to have a secret royal pedigree. Despite the author's pen-and-ink scrimshaws that end each chapter, the characters remain indistinct. They, and their adventures, are ill-served by the bloggy style, which sinks this strained farce long before Dickhead even nears harpooning range. (Apr.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From the Publisher Known for publishing novels of a quirky nature, such as the runaway success Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn in 2001, MacAdam/Cage is pleased to announce the publication of Gus Openshaws Whale-Killing Journal by Keith Thomson.
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