The Wind Whales Of Ishmael

The Wind Whales Of Ishmael Ishmael lone survivor of the doomed whaling ship Pequod falls through a rift in time and space to a future Earth an Earth of blood sucking vegetation and a blood red sun of barren canyons where onc

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  • Title: The Wind Whales Of Ishmael
  • Author: Philip José Farmer
  • ISBN: 9780704310353
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ishmael, lone survivor of the doomed whaling ship Pequod, falls through a rift in time and space to a future Earth an Earth of blood sucking vegetation and a blood red sun, of barren canyons where once the Pacific Ocean roared.Here too there are whales to hunt but whales that soar through a dark blue sky.Hugo Award winner Philip Jos Farmer has spun a fascinating tale oIshmael, lone survivor of the doomed whaling ship Pequod, falls through a rift in time and space to a future Earth an Earth of blood sucking vegetation and a blood red sun, of barren canyons where once the Pacific Ocean roared.Here too there are whales to hunt but whales that soar through a dark blue sky.Hugo Award winner Philip Jos Farmer has spun a fascinating tale of whaling ships and seamen of the sky in a bizarre future world where there are no seas to sail and no safe harbor to call home.

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    1. Before you read The Wind Whales of Ishmael by Philip Jose Farmer, it’s probably best to dust off your copy of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, in order to understand where this book is coming from. The protagonist, Ishmael, is the lone survivor of the Pequod and as he floats adrift Ishmael finds himself falling out of our time and into the distant future where things are no longer the same. The Earth has blood-sucking vegetation and a blood-red sun, there are barren canyons where the Pacific Ocea [...]

    2. Well, I've got to give Philip Jose Farmer points for creativity, if nothing else. In THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL, the guy creates a world in the relatively brief space of 157 pages. He breathes new life into a classic character (Ishmael, from MOBY DICK). At the tail-end of this book, he even brews up a good old-fashioned adventure. But somehow, the overall effect here is. . dly pear-shaped.Long story made short: Farmer's story picks up where Melville's left off. Ishmael, having survived Ahab's ma [...]

    3. I haven’t read a whole lot of the late Philip Jose Farmer’s vast output. I’ve read through Riverworld twice, and I’m familiar with his Wold Newton alternate literary history. I’ve always heard that the World of Tiers was his high point, so I’ve been promising myself to read those in the near future. I’ve always taken him to be a high concept writer – I mean, it doesn’t get much bigger than resurrecting the entire human race along the banks of a world-spanning river, right? So w [...]

    4. The 2 star rating may be a bit harsh, as my expectations were probably too high. What I wanted from this book was Moby Dick set in the distant future. What I got was what most Melville readers thought they were getting when they read him in the 1800's - a ripping adventure tale. Ishmael is the protagonist - but he is definitely not the same Ishmael we see in Moby Dick. It felt like there were a lot of anachronisms as well, though I didn't bother chasing them down. While Farmer makes clear that h [...]

    5. When I first started reading this book I thought to myself, "This guy is on acid or something just as wicked". But after reading it, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and still occasionally replay of some of the events that took place in this book. Wildly imaginative and fun adaption/abstraction of Moby Dick.

    6. It started off really strongly - if a bit slow. Excellent world building, full of great detail. But after plodding along at a slow pace, suddenly in the last third of the book it switches to a breakneck pace and feels like some sort of pulp action novel. Also, I was more than a bit disappointed to see the whole thing turn into a white savior type story. The female character of Namalee was excellent and strong, but as soon as the novel switched into action-mode she became a damsel in distress wit [...]

    7. I felt the storyline was a little thin. Maybe I was expecting something more along the lines of Farmer's Riverworld series. An easy read, though.

    8. Just Read: The Wind Whales of Ishmael - Philip Jose Farmer, 1971Do you know Phil? Phillip Jose Farmer rose to popularity in the vanguard of the New Wave of science fiction in the 1960’s-1970’s. He was one of the most prolific Science Fiction writers of all time: he published 60 novels, hundreds of short stories, won the Hugo and Nebula awards multiple times, was acknowledged as one of the “Grand Masters” of the genre… Just talking about it makes me want to pick up another of his novels [...]

    9. Knowing that Philp Jose Farmer was both an Edgar Rice Burroughs scholar and imitator, it should have been no surprise that The Wind Whales of Ishmael should be an imaginative variation on the John Carter of Mars series by ERB. This classic work of science fantasy does what Farmer loves to do: take a historical personage or fictional character from one milieu and make (usually) him the protagonist in another. At first, the idea of taking Ishmael from Moby Dick and having him ride and follow Queeq [...]

    10. Even if you've never read it, almost every reader know the story of Moby-Dick. Opening with "Call me Ishmael[,]" Hermann Melville's novel is the tale of the white whale and obsessed Captain Ahab's quest to kill it, a hunt that does not end well for anyone. Only Ishmael, the narrator, survives to put the story down, drifting on the coffin of his bunkmate, Queequeg.And that's where Philip José Farmer begins The Wind Whales of Ishmael. As he floats adrift, Ishmael finds himself falling out of our [...]

    11. Really, I wanted to give it three and a half stars. The imagination and descriptions are amazing. He went nuts with his future flora and fauna, which was really fun to read, and it was a fun, fast adventure story. It's not what I'd reach for if I was looking for a deeply satisfying read--the characters are a little flat and certain plot points made me grimace a little bit with lack of believability*--but I don't feel it was time wasted, and honestly, I did blaze through it because I wondered wha [...]

    12. This novel is in many ways a rather un-PJF work. It doesn't go massively Wold Newton. Neither does it show much of crossover, except using the last line of a classic, to begin itself. Most importantly, it's practically devoid of sex. Now, PJF was a great author, but he just HAD TO use sex, titilating or thought-provoking (entirely subjective, you might appreciate) in his narrative, as a MAJOR force/theme/trope/(bloody everything). However, this novel is more celebate than a monk. And staggering [...]

    13. Another story showcasing the very original and even outrageous imagination of Philip Jose Farmer. It's the future, the far future, as Earth is under a bloodred sun. Ishmael, the survivor of the Pequod's hunt for Moby Dick, finds himself in this far future. Whales soar through the air and the whalers of the future have also taken to the skies I have to comment that as a long-time Star Trek, I would very much like to see a future where the human race has reached the stars. It's disturbing to see c [...]

    14. This book is a bit odd and not quite what I was expecting. It continues on from Moby Dick, which I confess that I've never actually read, but it really didn't seem to matter as in this book Ishmael has fallen through some kind of worm hole to an Earth millions of years in the future.If I could give half stars I'd probably give it 3.5, but I'm feeling generous so I gave it 4 instead of 3. It's a short book which starts off fairly slowly and the end seems a bit rushed but overall it's a nice quick [...]

    15. I wasn't certain whether I'd enjoy it, but this science fiction "sequel" to Moby-Dick was fairly fascinating, in terms of the idea regarding the fate of the planet when the Sun expands. Parts were, of course, unbelievable, and there could have been more detail in others, but overall it was very interesting and kept me reading.

    16. A science fiction continuation of Melville's Moby Dick. Ishmael is rescued from the water by the Rachel which herself encounters a bizarre event that destroys everyone but Ishmael who winds up in a distant futuristic world. In that world are two waring factions and strange creatures. Ishmael will control the destiny of mankind.

    17. This was an interesting read. Ishmael is transported millions or billions of years into the future after surviving the attack of Moby Dick. The world is interesting, with some pretty nasty creatures. Story takes a bit of time to really get moving, but overall I liked it. But, this isn't the greatest thing Farmer has written.

    18. Not at the top of my list for a Farmer book. I loved the beginning up until Ishmael and Namalee get aboard the airship, then it gets tedious. Things get interesting again when they finally disembark at the enemy camp.

    19. I really liked Farmer's Riverworld series when I was in college. Unfortunately this book is a massive disappointment. I literally could not what to finish it just so I could out myself out of misery.

    20. "Science fiction's incredible sequel to Moby Dick" I was glad to have read a book of by dad's. He raved about it but it was too sci-fi for me. The description of the sailing terms was a little too much. I wish my dad was living in order for me to discuss it with him.

    21. Had everything missing from Moby Dick: Blood-sucking vegetation, time travel, labyrinths, and the Purple Beast of the Stinging Death.

    22. Por algún motivo echaba de menos la ciencia ficción fuera de la lógica cercana mundos extraterrestres, seres imposibles, probabilidades extrañas me ha gustado mucho este libro.

    23. Starts as a reasonable sci-fi extension of Moby Dick- then transforms into a typical PJF story, not bad, but could have been a fine short story in it's own right, without any connection to Moby Dick.

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