Incognolio Book Review

IncognolioAbout the Book:

Bewildered but lovable author, Muldoon, is trapped in the dreamlike narrative of his own surrealistic novel. Beginning with just a title—Incognolio—he enters a bizarre fictional realm that plunges him into an identity crisis of anguishing proportions. Is he writing a story in which his stillborn twin sister has come to life, or is he the one who died at birth and it’s his sister who’s writing the novel? Guided only by the whims and dictates of his subconscious mind, Muldoon must unravel the mystery of Incognolio and write his way to freedom or succumb to madness.

My Review:

I almost didn’t make it past the first page of Incognolio:

Ever since the concussion, I can’t get the damn word out of my head.
I haven’t a clue what it means. But I love the sound of it.

I wasn’t sure where the author was going, or if he even knew where he was going.  But I decided to stick it out.

By Chapter 5, when the protagonist talks about sex with his sister, I was ready to delete the book off my Kindle Fire.  Then the word “farce” ran through my head, and I remembered Island of the Sequined Love Nun, one of my favorite books by my favorite farcical author, Christopher Moore.  I took a deep breath, and hung on for the ride.

And what a ride it was! I have to say this is the most meta tragi-comedy I have ever read. At one point, the characters “rejoice in their ontological status as fictional beings,” while at the same time debating the existence of reality at all. Is free will really an illusion? And if you ever figure out who the actual author of the book is, please let me know.  Maybe it’s really Henry from Once Upon a Time.  😉

The word Incognolio is given not less than 6 (maybe 7? I lost track)different definitions, ranging from an epidemic of nonsense, to a benevolent goddess, but none of them are definitive by the end of the novel.

I give Incognolio 4 1/2 stars!!  I really enjoyed the story (once I could comprehend it).  It’s not for everyone, and just a wee bit pretentious, but a great read, nonetheless!!

About the Author:

Abandoned by a cackle of laughing hyenas, Michael Sussman endured the drudgery and hardships of a Moldavian orphanage until fleeing with a traveling circus at the age of twelve. A promising career as a trapeze artist was cut short by a concussion that rendered him lame and mute. Sussman wandered the world, getting by on such odd jobs as pet-food tester, cheese sculptor, human scarecrow, and professional mourner while teaching himself the art of fiction. He now lives in Tahiti with Gauguin, an African Grey parrot.

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Yellow Socks for Purple Monsters Book Review

Title: Yellow Socks for Purple Monsters

Author: Teresa Heihn

Illustrator: Erin Raught

Genre: Children’s Sleep

Publisher: YSPM Holdings

Release Date: February 17, 2018

Format: Kindle, Paperback

Pages: 41 pages

About the Book:

A young boy with a newly found and mysterious door under his bed.

A young monster with a similar door in the the ceiling above his head.

A trap is set. The bait is taken. And each is ever more curious as to what (or who) is on the other side. Momma may say “No” or “it’s nothing important”, but the need to know is too great. Each child must know what lies behind the door.

My Review:

Disclaimer: This book was written by my friend, Teresa Heihn.  I received a free copy for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The first thing that drew me to Yellow Socks for Purple Monsters, was the adorable illustrations by Erin Raught.  Both the monster’s room and the boy’s room are so inviting and warm, even though vastly different.  The second thing was Teresa Heihn’s delightful story, written entirely in verse, reminiscent of my beloved Dr. Seuss.

At its core, the story is a comforting tale for children, a tale of why not to fear the monster under the bed.  On another level, it is an allegory about about humankind’s basic mistrust of anyone “different.”  Either way, it is an excellent read.

I highly recommend Yellow Socks for Purple Monsters, either as a reassuring bed time story, or as a discussion starter for family night. I give the story 5 yellow socks – a must read!!!

About the Author:

This is Teresa’s first of hopefully many books to be fully realized for print. As the mother of two grow children, the nightly bedtime routine included bringing classic stories to life, or creating new tales from the ideas that the kids would think up on the spot.



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