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Meet Joe, the ill-fated tour guide at the center of a story that beings with the death of Abraham Lincoln, at Joe's hands. There are strange happenings going on at Dactyl, Inc., the world's first and only time travel tourism company. So strange that Joe, a tour guide, is promoted to the new position of Chief of Probes. His first probe: find out who's been traveling back in ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 24th 2005 by Eraserhead Press
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Mark
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
First novel from some nutjob who likes to wear bear suits in his author photos. It's from a small press, so there are some typos (but what book doesn't have typos these days?), but dear Lord is this guy funny. I think he may also be borderline insane, but he manages to keep it together just enough to write one hell of a funny book. Fans of Palahniuk, Hunter Thompson, Augusten Burroughs, and probably Douglas Adams (because of the comedic sci-fi'ish elements) should dig Foop!
Amanda
Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This being a first novel I was super impressed. It did have quite a few typos, but almost everything does nowadays it seems like. The only author that has even come close to equaling the hilarity of Douglas Adams. It was so refreshing to read a so called humorous book that actually made me laugh. Reminded me quite a bit of Rudy Rucker, especially his book, Master Of Space And Time.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and would love to read more from this author.
Alan
Jul 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gropers for the absurd
Recommended to Alan by: The PCC library shelves
This is a crazy, loopy, surreal book. I ran across it quite by chance, perusing the shelves at a local community college library, and it was only after checking it out that I saw the cover blurb by a favorite writer of mine, Christopher Moore, that probably would have clinched the deal if I hadn't already been hooked.

Foop! was published by a local printing house, Eraserhead Press (though that site is now redirecting toward something called "Bizarro Central" that I'm not sure I like), and definit
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Anne
Jan 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
UGH
Michael
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2006
Foop! starts off on a strong note, but it too convinced of its own wit to be anything more than a disappointment.

It should have been more entertaining and it’s trying so hard to be.

A Douglas Adams-like story about the absurdities surrounding time travel and its implication, Foop! never lives up to its early promise. The middle lags a lot and I figured out where the story was headed long before the main characters did. Whether it’s because I’ve read a bit of these type of stories in the past or i
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40 Forte
Jan 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Another book, that's probably more like a 3.5 than a 4. However, as a 1st novel from someone it's definitely entertaining and the imagery inside is much better than average.

Time travel highlights one of the major themes, with a similar feel to elements of "Cat's Cradle" by Vonnegut.

It's got a share of humor as well as sci-fi, and the underlying premise of the difficulties and desires of human connectivity.

Solid effort.
Yvensong
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Yvensong by: Joe
I have to say, this was probably one of the strangest books I've ever read. It is hard to say I actually liked it, but I couldn't stop reading. I had to find out where these disturbed, lunatic creations of the author were going to end up.

There were a few issues that could have been fixed in the novel with tighter editing, but for a first novel, published by a small press to boot, this was not a bad start to what may be a lucrative career for Chris Genoa.
Mykle
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for time travel stories, so Foop! is right up my alley. And it's witty as hell, though somewhat digressive and even rambling at moments. But as silly and far-flung and downright weird as the plot gets, it's never boring, and Joe's voice rings true through it all: funny, observant, yet so jaded and lonely that even time travel is "just a job," and not a good one.
Bradley
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is the best, and funniest, novel that I've read in a long time. Joe, the main character, really makes the book. I'm a sucker for self-deprecating characters that are a bit out of their head and really love the way that Joe describes his world. Highly recommended!
Kim Z
Sep 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Christopher Moore
Shelves: goodstuff, novels
a fun read
Carly
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Hilarious... but I may have donated it to Amsterdam. Oops.
Erin
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
this was so disappointing. it tried far to hard to be funny and wasn't that it ruined the few parts that were decent. the only part that was remotely entertaining was the scene at the breakfast barn and that only because I pictured martini as a coworker. this book was hyped up to be hilarity and not only was it not funny but it then ended on a serious note that made no sense in relation to the rest of the book. do yourself a favor and don't read this
Parallel Worlds
Oct 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Eraserhead Press, 2005
Intended Audience: Adult
Sexual content: Explicit
Ace/Genderqueer characters: None
Rating: R for language, disturbing scenarios, and sexuality
Writing style: 3/5
Likable characters: 1/5
Plot/Concepts: 2/5

Joe is a time-travel tour guide, taking people to key moments in history so they can watch them unfold with their own eyes. Unfortunately, his insane boss Burk wants him to go back and prevent various unpleasant things from happening to Burk’s past self.

I picked this book up at
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Shayna L
Dec 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one but those who deserve to suffer
When this book begins, it's alright. Not stunning by a long shot, but ok. There's time travel, which is kinda neat. The plot has chances to become interesting. I'd have given it 3 stars just based on the start. Some things were less promising, though. Let's start with the characters.
Joe is our main character. He's boring and whiny and very lonely and, unfortunately, you have to hear the entire book from his sad POV. Joe spends a much too large piece of this book talking about how alone and despe
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Trisha
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
“A surreal pie in the face.” So touts Christopher Moore on the front cover of Foop!, an aptly categorized “bizzaro fiction” novel by Chris Genoa. I’m inclined to agree with the pie comment, if for no other reason than I felt like I was being punk’d the entire time I was reading this book. It reminded me of something one of my high school or college peers would have written during a particularly intense experience with a psychotropic drug.

This is not to say I didn’t enjoy this book. After reading
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Leah
Mar 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: given-ups
When I marked Foop! "to-read", and subsequently found it at the library staring me in the face, I was delighted. Based mostly on the title, and somewhat on Goodreads' description, I was hoping to be caught up in a wacky science fiction adventure in the tradition of Douglas Adams. The sound "foop", you see, is what the Krikkit Masters' robots' ship makes when it departs (presumably through a wormhole) in Life The Universe and Everything. Well, I got about 100 pages in, the latter 50 or so by forc ...more
Rob
Jun 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Rob by: Amazon.com
Shelves: science-fiction, 2008
In my mind, Chris Genoa is some experimental plant hybridized in an Army research lab -- a little Warren Ellis pollen sprinkled onto the pistil of the Christopher Moore blossom. The experiment yields fruit but they're not taking it out of the greenhouse lab quite yet; perhaps further cross-pollinating it with the rare Tom Robbins tree? Time will tell...

As for Foop!: time travel is one of science fiction's oldest and therefore toughest tropes. Choosing to accept this assignment (in a poetical sen
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Tim
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Aliens, robots, other planets, time travel, dystopias. All these archetypes of science fiction make their appearance in one fashion or another in Foop! , a first novel by Chris Genoa.[return][return]Foop! is a comedic and at times scatological look at where the Earth may be headed and why. Its hero is Joe, who, as the name implies, is just an average guy. Joe is a tour guide for the world's first time travel tourism company. He is assigned the task of discovering why persons unknown seem to be ...more
Jesse
Feb 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book is one of the slew that has been coming out of the west coast "avante-punk" movement that emphasizes the absurd and surreal. Foop! has it's moments where it almost becomes interesting--where the plot or ideas seemingly start to come together--but never does. It's a tale of a time-travelling tour guide who witnesses first-hand how his exploits begin to unravel the infamous but undefined "space-time continuum." In theory, this is a pretty fantastic idea but in execution, Chris Genoa gets ...more
Cody
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it
An Ok first effort. i thought there probably could have been about 100 pages less, because there was a lot of unnecessary filler content peppered through out this book. i also think this novel should have done away of the swearing and sex and just made this into a children's novel, i think it may have worked out better, could have made the story stronger and allowed the author to really explore the nether-regions of his creative sub-conscience. instead of going for a shock factor.

my major qualm
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Aj
May 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Foop! by Chris Genoa is an appealing science-fiction farce with healthy doses of amusing social commentary. I liked Foop! but wanted to like it more. All the ingredients were there, and it did taste good, but I couldn’t help but think that a dash more of this and a little less of that would have really made it a great read.

The story follows a rather overwhelmed and juvenile Joe, a time travel tour guide. We join Joe in crisis, having to step in for John Wilkes Booth and assassinate Abraham Linco
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Dia
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is arguably the best book ever written. You should go read it now.

This is one of the few books I have read more than once and I have probably read it 5-6 times. I usually don't like the main character in books, but I love Joe. Even though I kind of don't like to admit it, I can very much relate to Joe. Sometimes when I am feeling down, I read this book to make me feel better about life. It is like therapy.

Here are a few things that make this book awesome:
- They travel in time.
- The shaved
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Jsrott
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was recommended to me because of my love of Tom Holt and Terry Pratchett. After reading this debut novel, I understand why. It is definitely in that same vein of surreal absurdity. The difference is, where Pratchett and Holt can spin a yarn that gets more and more ridiculous, you always know the story is moving exactly how the author wanted it to. This book felt as thought the story was a little too wild for the author to control, and at a few points busted out and was never reined bac ...more
Jim
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, I expected a slightly bizarre, humorous read, and I will have to say that this delivered. Personally I would have rated the first half higher and the second half lower, but I am content averaging at four stars.

We start with the premise of a time travel agency that takes tour groups back in time to see interesting events, and eventually resolve to a strange multi-dimensional exploration of sorts. Of course, thinking this represents a hard sci-fi story is big mistake. We have blind, smoking
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Sarah
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
Joe is a lonely, ugly, frankly pathetic time travel tour guide. After shooting Lincoln, though, he gets his first promotion ever, to Chief of Probes. His duty is to find out who is torturing his extremely unlikeable boss Mr. Burk at various points in his timeline. Burk himself is no help, due to the Shaved Cat Principle. In addition to this, and his own overwhelming ineffectiveness, Joe must deal with a pair of freakish stalkers, cultists with flashlights, and the unraveling of time itself. The ...more
Phil
Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
The author seemed to be concentrating too much on trying to be TOO surreal, to the detriment of the actual story. Missing links, random unexplained events of no link to the story, and far too much of the momentum based on rather dull coincidences, left you feeling a complete lack of sympathy for any of the characters, all of whom were quite unlikeable.

The world in which the book is set does seem like it could be interesting, but the book seems to not care about that and just throws in another '
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John
Jun 23, 2009 added it
0 stars - Don't bother.
One of my guilty pleasures is absurd humor novels like stuff written by Douglas Adams (hitchhikers guide to the galaxy), Tom Holt (Beowolf), Christopher Moore (Fluke). I ran on to Foop by Chris Genoa while searching for reviews on Amazon.com for Tom Holt books. Amazon has a section of "People who liked the book you're searching for also liked......" It sounded crazy and funny so I thought I'd give it a try. Dick has a 50 page rule before quitting, I tend to give an auther
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Laura
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I really liked this.. I've read a fair number of Eraserhead Press books and have found them hit-or-miss, especially as of late. I think the bizarro genre as a whole is that way though, more so than most others. Foop! had what a lot of bizarro fic books lack: a solid plot. So often authors are pushing so hard to be "bizarre" that it just winds up being a jumbled mess of forced strangeness without the benefit of a decent storyline. Foop! having a good plot makes it less "bizarro" perhaps, but a mo ...more
Rebecca
Aug 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
It started out strong, but then just fizzled and I didn't care what happened in the end. The changes in font were obnoxious and served no purpose; I think it was an error in the typesetting. The story could have been magnificent, a mix of science fiction, religion, and the foibles of man, but instead it is just silly and slightly boring. The time travel aspects could have been so well done! It's rare I don't finish a book, but this one was left unfinished.
Chance
Jun 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of Terry Pratchett, Tim Scott, or Hitchikers Guide
The first few chapters had me hooked and actually laughing out loud. Genoa has a great sense of surrealism and comedy, well, so it seemed. As the book kept going the characters became annoying, the plot never came together, and you were left with foul jokes about bodily fluids instead of charming wit. It wasn't terrible but it started out promising and quickly falls flat. Hopefully Genoa's writing matures a bit prior to his next book.
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Chris Genoa is the author of Foop! (2005, Eraserhead Press), Lick Your Neighbor (2010, Eraserhead Press), and The Monkey & the Barrel (2011).
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