The Snow Whale by John Minichillo

A contemporary retelling of Moby-Dick. Forthcoming from Atticus Books July 30, 2011.

Forthcoming from Atticus Books late summer / early fall.

Mini-synopsis: mild-mannered white guy with office job gets DNA test,
learns he’s Inuit, joins whale hunt in Alaska under tribal rights,
battles white whale, returns home changed.

An earlier draft of the novel was named a semi-finalist in the Amazon
Breakthrough Novel Awards, and the Publisher’s Weekly reviewer, as
part of the contest, said, “...the author demonstrates a profound
knowledge of Inuit culture with conflicts between modern and
traditional woven deftly into the narrative.” Since then, the novel
has been through extensive revision with special attention to
character. It’s a book about race, global warming, and the quest for
genuine experience.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Feb. 12, 2009
  • Last updated Feb. 12, 2009
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  • KJKron's avatar
    KJKron wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Great news and a book worthy of publication - one of the best that I've read since on this site. I'll buy it when it comes out.

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    missyfleming_22 [Retired] wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    It amazes me that I can still find great books that have been here this long! I enjoyed this very much and since I read it before I saw you're going to be published, congrats! And I'll look forward to getting my copy the old fashioned way!

    Mark of Eternity

  • andrew skaife's avatar
    andrew skaife wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    There is a list of advice stretching back almost two years and I feel certain that you have adhered to that which you thought worthy. I cannot top the advice you already have but I can back you with a top thirty in the talent spotter list.


  • John Minichillo's avatar
    John Minichillo Author wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    I posted THE SNOW WHALE here two years ago. At the time I was active in this community.

    THE SNOW WHALE has been accepted for publication and will be available from Atticus Books in late summer / early fall 2011.

    Excerpt is still posted here.

    Thanks to everyone who read.

    A t t i c u s B o o k s O n l i n e . c o m

  • Barry Wenlock's avatar
    Barry Wenlock wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Hi John, I'm unable to add to the excellent comment below, but I thought it was spot-on and well deserved. Your long pitch makes you seem almost bored with it.
    Best wishes, Barry
    Little krisna and the Bihar Boys

  • SusieGulick's avatar
    SusieGulick wrote 5 years, 4 months ago
    Dear John, I love your darling book cover - your story is delightful. :) Your book is a good read because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm backing/commenting on your book to help it advance. Could you please return the favor by taking a moment to back/comment on my TWO books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & ...
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  • Phyllis Burton's avatar
    Phyllis Burton wrote 5 years, 6 months ago
    Hello John, I have enjoyed reading part of your story. This is amusing, well written prose. I found the description of John's plan to have a DNA test to be first rate and, having found out that he was 37% Inuit, his desire to find his roots, is quite understandable. The contrast between modern plastic advertising and the Inuit style of living made a wonderful contrast. I wish you good luck with this story, although I suspect that luck is ...
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  • Jupiter Echoes's avatar
    Jupiter Echoes wrote 5 years, 7 months ago
    BACKED I get very little from comments about my own book, nowadays. Some people like it, some don't. Some people are too frightened to leave genuine feedback, while others seek to enforce their own style upon me. I want to get to the Ed's Desk to get professional comment. I would rather spend 30 quid than do all this reading and backing. I have got everything I want out of Authonomy community already. So I am backing your book so ...
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    Retired [Retired] wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Had a quick read of chapter one, nice work! :) It really reminded me of a mix between Stephen King and Michael Crichton for some reason lol, especially the dialogue. I liked the description of the library, definitely a good way to open a new section. I wasn't sure about the very start, the opening of the whole book I mean. It was pretty good, though maybe the pace could have been a little bit quicker, it's no biggy though ...
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  • Simon Swift's avatar
    Simon Swift wrote 5 years, 11 months ago

    John you just took the piss out of my favourite book! And I love it!!! Great writing, very funny and well worth a spin on the shelf! Good work fella!!

  • Pat Brehony's avatar
    Pat Brehony wrote 5 years, 11 months ago

    Hi John,
    I hope the book is doing well.

  • kkieps's avatar
    kkieps wrote 5 years, 11 months ago
    This is one of the finest books I've read on Authonomy to date. The humor is done just right and the premise is original. Probably the greatest tribute I can give your work (or any other book, for that matter) is that I wanted to keep reading -- I wasn't just plodding through for duty's sake (as in "Gee, I better read a bit more before I comment or I'll feel like a fraud.") I had almost finished chapter one ...
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  • fidheallir's avatar
    fidheallir wrote 6 years ago

    Entertaining and disturbingly accurate right from the first paragraph. When I read the "desk doodle" chapter, I laughed out loud-- brilliantly rendered corporate bullshit. I also love the whole concept, especially given the rampant cultural-appropriation-as-midlife-crisis trend in our society. Witty, timely and entertaining.
    On my shelf rotation for tomorrow.

  • Paolito's avatar
    Paolito wrote 6 years, 2 months ago

    John, I thought I recognized this story from ABNA, and now you've confirmed it. Frankly, I like this one much better than the novel which won. Your writing shines and the story moves along at a perfect pace, for me, at least. I'd definitely buy this.

    Shelved without a qualm.

    Sheryl (In All The Wrong Places)

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    M J Francis [Retired] wrote 6 years, 2 months ago

    This is going to seem like a lazy comment, but I don't have the time to analyse too much unfortunately. Besides, I thought this was well-written, what I've read, and an enjoyable story, so I probably can't add anything more than what has already been said. All you really need to know is it's going on my shelf :) Well done and good luck with it.

    M J

  • Akashicvibe's avatar
    Akashicvibe wrote 6 years, 3 months ago

    Hi John

    have had this on my WL for ages and finally got round to reading (4 chapters). Really excellent work, very well written and very funny! Shelved! Best of luck with it!
    Maria (The Akashic Records)

  • T.A. Northburg's avatar
    T.A. Northburg wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    Good story, I really like the idea. Several paragraphs were a litttle long for me, they make me want to stop reading. Your dialogue is good and flows much better and keeps the story moving. I like your sense of humor with the website, myspace, swapping wives thing and the "inuit mailman?" question. Got a good chuckle. I like how the first chapter developed. Will read more. Congrats, and good luck on the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award! I did like ...
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    lynn clayton [Retired] wrote 6 years, 3 months ago

    John, won't bother complimenting you on your characterisation etc. That's taken as read. The overall effect is of a funny, profound book. Backing it and wish you all success with it.

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    Argonaut wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    I will say this, it attracted my attention, because I loved the original Moby Dick. I think I would like to read your entire book. I can tell it is headed into adventure land. I am watchlisting this one and after I am done I will consider bookshelving. I love odd, wierd books that take me to another world. The only thing is, I want to get there quickly. I read a few chapters of a book the other day ...
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  • Elaina's avatar
    Elaina wrote 6 years, 3 months ago

    This is amazing! Wasn't sure what to expect, a whale hunt and all that (not nice), but found this an intriguing read, beyond expectation. Very well written, great flow and love the manner in which you describe a scene- we are THERE with words alone.

    Onto my shelf for a while and all the best.

    Gathering of Rain