Christopher Moore - Fluke
Fluke. R. 20060913. excellent as usual. Even though for quite over half the novel it's still about scientists studying the whale songs - it's still quite gripping and funny, he does excellent characters, dialogue, and plotting. It's both real and humourous. Then it goes SF on you and gets even more fun. Okay so the villain is a bit flat, and only comes in at the end of the story, but it's not about that sort of conflict. a 7.