Lick Your Neighbor

Lick Your Neighbor

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by Chris Genoa
     
 
When Dale Alden of the Duxbury Historical Preservation Society awakes on the morning before Thanksgiving, there's a turkey hanging from a tree in his backyard, a duck hanging from a rope in his fridge, an ill-tempered farmer in his bedroom, cops on his doorstep, and his son's greasy, drumstick-clutching hand in his face. And that's all before he leaves for

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When Dale Alden of the Duxbury Historical Preservation Society awakes on the morning before Thanksgiving, there's a turkey hanging from a tree in his backyard, a duck hanging from a rope in his fridge, an ill-tempered farmer in his bedroom, cops on his doorstep, and his son's greasy, drumstick-clutching hand in his face. And that's all before he leaves for work.
Mutant ninjas, a talking whale, kung-fu masters, maniacal Pilgrims and an alcoholic clown populate Chris Genoa's surreal, darkly comical and unnerving reimagining of the first Thanksgiving. Put down your feathered headdresses, puritan collars and buckled shoes and prepare to get schooled in the alternate history lesson they never mentioned in grade school.

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Publishers Weekly
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Genoa (Foop!) serves up this heavy-handed bizarro satire on the Pilgrims, overstuffed holiday feasts, and narrow-minded hypocrisy. Duxbury, Mass., dweeb Dale Alden is a history buff trying to get his ancestor's secret diary transcribed and published. After Gus, the local celebrity turkey, is lynched on Dale's lawn, he's framed for the killing, fired from his job at Ferdue Poultry, and pursued by mutant turkey-ninja assassins. Fortunately, his drunken brother-in-law, Randy, is on hand to offer lunatic advice and odd weapons from the arsenal he uses to ward off attacks by a crazed clown. As wild contemporary action alternates with portions of the mysterious diary, a tale unfolds of witchcraft, ancestral curses, and over-the-top slapstick. Genoa, like Dale, is his own worst enemy, but the novel is sometimes amusing when it's not straining too hard to be hilarious. (Nov. 25)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936383061
Publisher:
Eraserhead Press
Publication date:
07/19/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

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Lick Your Neighbor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bradley_S More than 1 year ago
Genoa "does" Thanksgiving like he "did" time travelling in Foop, which came out quite a while ago, so I have been anxiously awaiting this book for a long time. It did not disappoint, although the story is mysterious. The book pretty much a mystery book and is difficult to review. The mystery is about the "real" Thanksgiving, which is revealed if you read the book cover to cover. It is very funny. Genoa often gets comparisons to Christopher Moore, and I think there is some validity in this, but like Moore says in his blurb, this book is much weirder than anything he has ever written. And because everyone loves comparisons so much, here's one more: I consider this book Bizarro's version of The Da Vinci Code, minus the poor writing and the horrible horribleness (while adding the Thanksgiving theme).