|Submitted by Laura Hartwell |
(Jun 08, 2005)
Somehow, Chris Genoa pulls this crazy novel off. I don't know how, but he did. He basically took every sci-fi tradition he could think of (robots, aliens, time travel, dystopias, the end of the world) and threw them together. Then he borrowed writing style elements from Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, and even Samuel Beckett. He even scattered Terry Gilliam type surreal imagery and some Looney Tunes silliness here and there.
And the amazing thing is that this book actually works on a number of different levels. It does have some uneven sections, but by the end I had forgotten about most of them because Genoa more than makes up for it. Mainly because fhe humor is top-notch and I can honestly say I haven't laughed aloud so much in a long time.
So if you like funny books and you don't mind taking a trip into the surreal, then I highly recommend Foop! It's certainly not traditional science fiction, but it is bursting with energy and imagination. Chris Genoa is a writer to watch.