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Daniel Kraus

Autor/a de The Shape of Water [novelization]

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Crèdit de la imatge: Author Daniel Kraus at the Saturday zombie discussion panel on Day 3 of the 2012 New York Comic Con, Saturday October 13, 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. By Luigi Novi, CC BY 3.0,


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Whalefall is a fun/intense book about a man who has to escape a whale and his father. The audiobook was very good. I give it 5 "save the whales" mugs out of 5 "save the whales" mugs.
umbet | Hi ha 18 ressenyes més | May 21, 2024 |
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Whalefall by Daniel Kraus tells of Jay Gardiner who has been swallowed by a sperm whale and has one hour to escape before his oxygen runs out. Mr. Kraus is a bestselling, award-winning author.

Jay Gardiner is in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Monastery Beach, CA diving in hopes of finding the remains of his father, Mitt. Jay never got along with his father, and he hopes that finding the remains will make him feel less guilty.

All of a sudden, Jay finds himself trying to avoid a giant squid fighting a sperm whale. During the fight, Jay gets sucked into the whale and has one hour to get out.

The book started off very slowly and only got faster around two-thirds in. The plot made little sense, but the scientifically accurate, I believe, was very interesting.

The book moves between an intimately told father-son relationship, and a man being swallowed by a whale trying to get out. The scientific research and descriptions of the under-the-sea world are fascinating by themselves. As Jay fights to get out of the whale, he also deals with grief and lifelong daddy issues.

I felt that the parts that took place within the whale were fantastic. The science, descriptions and the science it takes to get out of a sea creature’s stomach were gripping. The parts where Jay whines about his abusive dad… not so much.

The narrative tries to pack in a lot, not just scientifically but emotionally as well. There are family dynamics explored, guilt, illness, depression, abuse, and of course survival in more ways than one – but that’s where Whalefall by Daniel Kraus lost me.

The vivid descriptions of the ocean, inside the whale, Jay’s injuries, and time running out get lost in the family drama. Within the whale, fighting for survival Jay remembers some triviality Mitt, his father, told him years ago which helped him figure out one more step towards getting out, or surviving a few minutes more to get another chance.

While intense in parts, the book becomes somewhat formulaic. Jay whines, Mitt advises from the grave, Jay finds stuff in the whale’s stomach to help him. Nevertheless, the book shines in parts, giving a claustrophobic, cinematic feel in various sections.
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ZoharLaor | Hi ha 18 ressenyes més | May 20, 2024 |
This short novel, described as a scientifically accurate thriller about a scuba diver swallowed by a sperm whale, was not for me. It seemed to be chapter after chapter of either repetitive daddy issues, long-winded descriptions of diving and diving equipment, or tedious descriptions of escape attempts. The writing was marred by flourishes clearly meant to ramp up tension but which just became extremely annoying. I almost put it down multiple times, but forced my way to the end. I wish I hadn't bothered.… (més)
73pctGeek | Hi ha 18 ressenyes més | Apr 25, 2024 |
not for the faint of heart- or stomach. A bit of a downer but certainly different
cspiwak | Hi ha 33 ressenyes més | Mar 6, 2024 |



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