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FOOP! Paperback – April, 2005
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"Foop! is a surreal pie in the face." - CHRISTOPHER MOORE, bestselling author of Fluke and Lamb
"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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I liked it, mostly. It's a fun read, if not a little tired at times. I feel like I've read most of the storyline before in one form or another. It's almost like Chris was paying homage to Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, though just coming up a bit short.
Foop is a fun read, and at times engaging. The characters constantly find themselves in weirder and weirder situations that seem to lead to an inevitable, though pat, conclusion.
Not enough to satisfy my Christopher Moore withdrawals, but fun enough to forget the hunger pangs for a while.
The book is completely surreal beyond just the characters. From its absurd take on time travel, to the setting of an overpopulated Earth where everyone is lonely, it is reality just completely out of phase, yet much too recognizable. It's hard not to get addicted to this book despite characters so absurd, you either laugh or begin to rant uncontrollably. The main character is just enough of straight-man to keep you interested, even though he's not entirely all there either.
The book may be all over the place, but it is so entertaining, I can forgive a lot. The ending reminds of "Cat's Cradle" but on crack. It was a fun read.
I should say that I like offbeat and unusual writers and humor- Jasper Fforde, Tom Holt, Neil Gaiman, Liberty Meadows, Monty Python come to mind, but this book was like an aimless road trip. Holt and Gaiman can take you to other places while providing a touchstone of familiarity, not to be confused with reality. Python twisted the everyday into something bizarre but something you could, in a weird way, relate to.
This book has some elements of that style of humor but bounces around and seems to be searching for an ending. But heck, maybe that's the point; it is a time travel novel. If you want to read a creative, but flawed first book, give this a try; just don't expect Pynchon, Pratchett, Holt, Python, or Jasper Fforde.
For a great time travel book, try 'The Man Who Folded Himself', by David Gerrold, that is an awesome read.
There were also many, many editing issues. There were at least two (to) instances where the word "to" was used when the word "too" should have been used. There were also spelling issues in the book.
I would have suggested a little more effort in the plot and some more time editing, then this could have been a really good book instead of just ok.
I will still read his future works to see if things have gotten better as I feel that he has great potential.