Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal Here we have a novel — could it be the first of its kind? — purporting to be the reprint of a blog. Gus Openshaw… Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal Here we have a novel — could it be the first of its kind? — purporting to be the reprint of a blog. Gus Openshaw… 2006-03-24 Fiction MacAdam/Cage
Book Review

Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 24, 2006; Writer: Keith Thomson; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: MacAdam/Cage

Here we have a novel — could it be the first of its kind? — purporting to be the reprint of a blog. Gus Openshaw is an absurdist Ahab, a middle-aged cat-food cannery employee who has lost his wife, child, and right arm to a blubbery sea beast — ''he'd be pushing the max if they had Big & Tall stores for sperm whales'' — and who sets sail seeking vengeance. His blog entries describe silly encounters with pirates, a preppy dungeon master, a psychotic cook, the whale-huggers of ''Bluepeace,'' and a nonagenarian navigator, among others. The love interest is his arms dealer's raven-haired intern, who's sold him a remote-controlled robotic giant squid. This is all fairly amusing and entirely inconsequential — an anti-Moby Dick.

Originally posted Mar 24, 2006 Published in issue #870 Mar 31, 2006 Order article reprints
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