Foop! by Chris Genoa

      I must say this was the weirdest book I have ever read.  Chris Genoa goes crazy in FOOP!.  In the overture he rambles on about a trip to the zoo when he was a kid and how his father felt about the monkeys.  He compared the monkeys to a grandfather and then went on to the story at hand.

     Joe is a tour guide.  Not just any tour guide, he leads people to different times in history.  He begins with a trip to see Abraham Lincoln.  The whole book is rather weird and there were several times that I set the book down vowing never to pick it up again.  I mean it was just too wierd.  But I kept looking at it and my curiosity got the better of me.  It is like a train wreck, you just can’t take your eyes off of it. 

     Joe’s boss, Mr. Burk, has a special assignment for him.  Someone is doing horrible things to his younger self–Mr. Burk’s not Joe’s — and leaving the pictures to prove it.  Mr. Burk wants to find out who is doing it before it gets out of hand.  So Joe takes the assignment and meets up with some very strange characters.

     As I said the whole book is just crazy, bizarre, at times insane, but it is definately something I couldn’t put down.  Did I mention the Monkeys?  Not just the ones at the zoo, but the ones at Mr. Burk’s house?  They smoke, drink, dance and hog-tie.  Talk about strange.

    All said though, in the end Chris Genoa made the book worth my read.  By the end of the book, I was wondering what paths I have chosen and what my choices have done to the time/space continuum.  In other words, how have my choices affected others?   So for that it is a definate must read.  But it is not for the weak or unimaginative.  I am glad to have it to add to my collection.

By Jeannie Langston


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