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FOOP! Paperback – April, 2005
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"Genoa's first novel is a seriocomic romp through time and space as his hero tries to save the world from losing both its future and past. A procession of oddball characters, including a blind monkey and a quirky pair called Boogedy and Nibbles, adds to the humor in this tale of a reluctant hero and his call to duty." - LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Wild, fearless and wickedly clever, Foop! fireballs through time and space to find a future that is as absurd as it is heartbreaking. The more you read of Chris Genoa, the more you realize he's not content with just tickling your imagination along with your funny bone--gosh darn it if he isn't also making a play for your soul. Wonderfully dark. A terrific read. An inspired debut." - NICK SAGAN, author of Edenborn and Idlewild
"Chris Genoa is one of our authentic literary lunatics, and the irrepressible Foop! offers irrefutable proof of his salutary madness. When they lock Genoa away in the booby-hatch, I hope they give him lots of pens and plenty of paper." - JAMES MORROW, World Fantasy Award-Winning author of Towing Jehovah and Blameless in Abaddon
"For some reason, more and more young writers are producing dystopian novels. Chris Genoa rides the quest of this wave with weird humor, great characters, and descriptions of time travel so accurate that you'd think he's actually traveled through time. Well? Have you, Chris?" - NEAL POLLACK, author of The Neal Pollack Anthology Of American Literature and Never Mind The Pollacks
"Chris Genoa's Foop! is a superbly surreal and wickedly wry rollick through the space-time continuum. With a talent for hyperbole reminiscient of the late Douglas Adams, Genoa stretches surreality to its snapping point and succeeds in delivering a hilarious debut novel." - TONY VIGORITO, author of Just a Couple of Days
"I must say this was the weirdest book I have ever read...The whole book is just crazy, bizarre, at times insane, but it is definitely something I couldn't put down...By the end of the book, I was wondering what paths I have chosen and how my choices have affected others...a definite must read." - SFFWORLD.COM
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is extremely disjointed. The writing style is awkward. The underlying theme jerks from cynicism and self hatred to blind optimism and longing. The content is often unsettling (including a few scenes that only a proctologist could read without cringing). The characters are deeply disturbed and over-the-top and the story line is held together as tenuously as the seams in Rosie O'Donnell's stretch pants.
All of that said, the book is oddly addictive and darkly entertaining. I think that if I come across another Chris Genoa book, I'll probably buy it, read it and then feel extremely guilty for having enjoyed it. In fact, I would probably feel the need to burn it and never speak of having read it.
This certainly isn't in the genre of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett (unless, of course, they have some unpublished works that were written in a turkish prison while under the influence of LSD).
If Chris Genoa isn't currently undergoing psychiatric counselling, he's depriving the mental health community of an excellent study case.
It seems that quite a few people are coming to this book through Christopher Moore, who blurbed Foop! on the front cover. I'm not a fan of Moore at all so I can't compare Genoa's writing to Moore's, but there's really no need to do that anyway. Like any book Foop! should be looked at on its own.
The book begins with a first chapter that is possibly the funniest opening chapter I've ever read. You can read it on Amazon through the Search Inside function. The reader is immediately thrown into the bizarre life and mind of Joe, a time travelling tour guide in the not too distant future. To sum up the plot, Joe is given an assignment to find out who has been travelling back in time and torturing younger versions of his boss in very odd ways.
Normally when the idea of "time travel" comes up people automatically expect they are in for a traditional science fiction novel. But Foop! is anything but that, and readers expecting such might be disappointed. There isn't much that's traditional about this book at all. In fact Chris Genoa and his publisher, Eraserhead Press, have aligned themselves with a literary movement calling itself Bizarro. That right there should tell you what you're in for. While this isn't experimental or hard to follow writing, Genoa doesn't reign in his overactive imagination at all when it comes to the characters he chooses to introduce--such as a blind monkey with a lasso--or their often insane actions.
Foop! does have a traditional three part structure, with Parts 1 and 3 being the strongest.Read more ›
I'm not saying he's there yet, but boy oh boy is the potential there. The book is dripping with potential, because if this is what he does with his first novel, at such a young age, then the sky's the limit for the future. Because you can't develop a sense of humor. You can't learn how to be funny. You either are, or you aren't. Chris Genoa most certainly is.
Does he have some things he needs to work on? You bet. But to me, any book that can make me laugh aloud on a regular basis is a gift from the gods. Foop! is a great start to what I hope is a very long, productive and hilarious career for Genoa.
Put me in the love and praise column because I loved it. I don't read much science fiction because I find a lot of it to be REALLY dull and boring, especially in the writing styles. But this book is anything but dull. First off, it's a very easy read and you can read it in a few days. It's also VERY funny, which makes the reading go by quickly because you're laughing a lot.
I think if you're a big sci-fi fan then you might not like this book. I even forgot I was reading a book labeled as sci-fi a few pages in, because the writing is stream of consciousness. Or maybe stream of comicness is a better description. Kind of like a wacked-out, futuristic, surreal On The Road, with a main character who is constantly thinking some truly hilarious stuff.
It's funny, but it's NOT happy go lucky. Overall the tone is dark and the outlook is very bleak. Especially the ending. So you might not want to read Foop if you're looking for something bubbly and lighthearted.
Three of my friends also read it. Two of them loved it and one hated it. Chances are you'll either love it or hate it too. But it's worth the risk because the people who do like it, REALLY like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book on a whim, not knowing anything about it and was very pleased.Published 15 months ago by Mia
I put it down after a 100 pages. I don't ever put a book down. Bought it because Christopher Moore touted its ingenuity. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Ian W. Wells
Wonderful book, if u like Christopher Moore read this book. I need 2 buy me a copy of this book... The book i got from my library on page 192 it skips to page 199. Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Donald Armfield
From the beginning of this book, I was completely engaged! It was surreal, comic, and almost felt like a text version of an animation. Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by Kevin D. Corcoran Jr.
More absurd than Christopher Moore, but not as lighthearted or funny. Surreal, like Phillip Dick but without a cohesive point (at least not that I could figure out), but to be... Read morePublished on November 25, 2010 by Robert Anderson
The first time I read this book, I was unimpressed with the initial 3/4 of it. I found the narrator (and, indeed, the whole story) to be spastic and disturbingly preoccupied with... Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by Sara Jane
Very clever and funny but there is a real disconnect between the lead and the narrative.Published on July 12, 2010 by Christy Leigh Stewart
Great Book, arrived early,in great condition. If you love Christopher Moore you'll love this author. Equally witty and fun to read. Definite brain candy!Published on February 23, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I suggested this book for my book group because it was compared, by Amazon.com, to The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, which is a truly wonderful science fiction book. Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by Mary Faulkner