Surprisingly funny in places (e.g. waking up with Queequeg). It also doesn't pull any punches in terms of describing life on a whaling ship. The overall effect is that it reads remarkably like Pynchon or Stephenson.
The men sing a verse of "The Bold Harpooner" (the model for "Bonny Ship the Diamond") at one point that doesn't survive in modern versions of the song.