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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  22 reviews
When a strange title for a novel hijacks his mind, Muldoon traverses identities, planes of reality, and the dark recesses of his psyche in an effort to grasp the enigmatic Incognolio. 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 dictate ...more
Paperback, 1st, 338 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Janx Press
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Iven Lourie
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a real kick in the head! I received a review copy of the book when I expressed interest in eccentric speculative and fantasy fiction, but this novel is a little outside all the categories I can summon! Sussman throws loops and loops of narrative around the reader, like a set of switchbacks climbing up a mountain grade where you constantly see the loop you just hiked below you but the perspective keeps changing. The novel has not just "untrustworthy" but also "unstable" narrators, na ...more
Art Johnson
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incognolio, is a seriously-funny, hilariously-dramatic novel which follows an author in search of a story, displaying the advantages and misgivings of being a writer.
Michael Sussman tells us on page sixty-two, paragraph five. “It’s the story of a man who tries to liberate himself by writing a novel in which he gives his subconscious mind free rein.”
Utilizing the Quantum-physics theory of parallel planes of existence, the book’s main characters morph from one alternate-state to the next, creat
Carleton Chinner
I had to laugh when I finished reading this. My Kindle brought up a list of "Other books like Incognolio".
Let me assure you there are are no other books like this.

Micheal Sussman has crafted what should be all rights be an incoherent stream of consciousness into a story that may or may not go somewhere, depending on your point of view. Some people will hate this book, others will see it for the collection of satirical writer's in-jokes it is. And, the jokes abound, from making ink a drug, to t
Ellen Hamilton
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Someone I know was sent a copy of Michael Sussman's book Incognolio, and I read it. In two days. It is a giddy book that lacks every conventional book-writing rule. It is dizzying and disorienting. Which is precisely why Incognolio is such an interesting and appealing book! It is uncomfortable and disturbing...in a pleasant way. It is funny, and silly, dramatic, and ingenious. The story takes sharp turns as it swings back and forth from different points of view, and just as you get comfortable w ...more
Richard Brown
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Incognolio? It is not a thing. Or it is a thing, originless, that inspired the author, Michael Sussman (whoever that is?). Incognolio is a comic and psychological novel invented by Sussman’s multiple protagonists, or composed half by you, dear reader, if the author has his way. Following no formal dramatic structure, Incognolio, at its least perplexing, is a search for meaning, with meaning having deputized a variety of representatives passing with the nomenclature Incognolio.
At occasions in the
Charles Remington
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Incognolio is presented initially as an affliction which confuses people and makes it difficult for them to think logically, but as Michael Sussman’s novel moves on, it develops into a variety of guises seeming to culminate as the very essence of good – the opposite of Mazazel, which appears to be the embodiment of evil. Incognolio is a novel written by a number of imaginary authors, starting with Muldoon who launches a narrative driven by his subconscious, and dealing with good and bad in a var ...more
Joel Dennstedt
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Entering the pages of Michael Sussman’s inexplicable – category-wise – brilliantly-executed experimental novel, Icognolio is less like walking through a dream than it is like mentally traversing the ingenious daydreaming path of a highly imaginative, psychologically-aware writer who is creating an inner epic from the images produced by streams of self-conscious meditation. Yes, it is that immediate. The book itself is crazy; crazy cool. Need an example? “Because I possess the Faloosh,” she repli ...more
Billy Buttons
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Incognolio
Author: Michael Sussman

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 16
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 10/10
Of the 16 readers:
16 would read another book by this author.
16 thought the cover was good or excellent.
16 felt it was easy to follow.
16 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
4 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
12 felt the author’s
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Incognolio by Michael Sussman is a literary fiction novel that would appeal most to a diverse audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy psychological thrillers with elements of mystery, magic, and science fiction, and who do not mind explicit language, sexual situations, and graphic violence. Muldoon is the narrator of the novel and has an acute injury to his brain according to his neurosurgeon, Dr. Noggin, who cautions against writing In
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never thought I would finish a book where my first thoughts were, wow, that was weird! Incognolio draws the reader into the hilariously twisted subconscious mind of struggling author Muldoon, who, broke and desperate, decides to let his inner mind loose on his latest novel in a bid to write a best seller. However, in doing so he opens a huge can of worms as he is forced to face his own inner demons. Incognolio opens up a whole new world for the reader, it is heart-warmingly funny (I did laugh ...more
Preeti Chauhan
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incognolio is one of its kind book .It really transcends everything that a book has - a beginning, a protagonist and an end.
An unconventional book and a narration that had me in splits because of its sparkling inherent humor and drove me crazy as I struggled to keep pace with changing story lines, references and existential planes with rapidly changing narratives and characters and a world that is make believe in one moment and a wild fantasy of incest and persecution the other moment.

The one th
Marco Bucci
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know that classic Looney Tunes trope where Wile E. Coyote unzips his skin, only to reveal the road runner ... who unzips his skin to reveal a police officer ... who unzips his skin to reveal the shaggy watchdog? That's what this novel is, but with the welcome addition of heart and thematic elements that (more or less) tie it together.
I had a blast reading this book. Downed it in just two days, which is a telling sign for me. It's laugh-out-loud funny in parts, marginally serious and tragic
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incognolio was a funny, light-hearted, story about an author who is stuck in an unrealistic narrative of a book he is writing. At points in the story the author isn't sure if he is writing the story or if he is just a character trying to solve the mystery of incognolio.

I started to read the book just before bed with the intention of reading just a chapter or two, but I couldn't put the book down until I was done.

It's a great book for someone looking for something light-hearted and humorous.

Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I must admit that this is one of the strangest books I have ever read. If you want to keep guessing about who is real? Who is the author? What and when is it? or other unexplained and often strange plot lines and plot twists, some with and some without endings, then this book is right up your alley. If you are looking for a normal book of fiction to read, this is NOT it. But, this book will make you ask yourself some very interesting questions about your own life if you let it. This is a volunta ...more
Michael Mahin
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Teller from Penn & Teller Tweeted about Sussman's book and said it best: "A novel or a carnival mirror maze? I don't know, but I'm more than halfway through and having a blast." Get it and enjoy! ...more
Sam Harper
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received a complimentary copy of this novel through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.
Wow what a weird but thrilling story. It all centres round Muldoon a struggling author or does it? The tale descends through layer after layer of compelling but twisted versions of the same story. Just when you think you have sussed out what’s going on the author throws a curve ball and off we go in another direction.
If you’re looking for nice fictional story then this is not for you as t
Jon Shanks
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Sometimes you read something and you're not sure if it's a work of genius or just a complete mishmash of half ideas smooshed together. It's a bit like Inception but with umpteen more layers and instead of dreams within dreams it's a case of who is the author and who are the fictional characters and is there actually a separation between them? There is a point about halfway through the book when the character who, at that point, is thought to be the author goes to a writers group where someone el ...more
J.J. Ellis
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Head trip!

This book was the biggest head trip I've ever been on. It was for sure entertainment and one off a kind. I'm not sure if it is insane or genius.
Hunter Stephens
Aug 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I just... What

I don't even think I can write a review of this, because it was so different than any other form of media I have ever consumed.

Don't get me wrong, I loved it, and it will certainly stick with me, but it's a journey that you should go into knowing as little as possible, just like I did.

If you're reading reviews, hoping this enigma of letters is worth your time, it is, but be prepared to embrace the insanity.

- The Stream of consciousness style it uses worked incredible for this
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Incognolio was quit the ride of a book. Right from the get go we're thrown into a story where we wonder is this the writer, Muldoon, string of thoughts as he's writing or is this the way Muldoon see's the world after his concussion. It took me a few chapters to really get the flow of this story but it's a quirky story with humor sprinkled into this rollercoaster of a story. This is not a quick, light read but if you are looking for something that is different, something that will bend your minds ...more
Jomil Mulvey
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a review copy of this passport to Bizzaro World from For Voracious Readers Only. This one should come with a warning .label ."If this book makes sense to you,you are either not drunk enough , or , too drunk to be reading this! " Sussman gleefully breaks every rule they teach in creative writing class, and takes the reader on a no - holds-barred no - stone - unturned romp through the very witty subconcious of an aspiring novelist who may, or may NOT be suffering a guilt complex because ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed with this book given the good reviews I’d seen, I just couldn’t connect with the story. Even appreciating the inception style writing I found I just couldn’t keep track which frustrated rather than liberated me. Within that style I still felt bits were mashed together for the sake of adding more complexity. I was really lost at the beginning, then understood what was happening as the story progressed, but I still felt I was waiting for the other shoe to drop which it never did ...more
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