Cover & Synopsis: “Self-Reference ENGINE” by Toh EnJoe


Out this week is Self-Reference ENGINE by Toh EnJoe.

Here’s the synopsis:

Science, surrealism, number theory, and more dead Sigmund Freuds than you can shake a stick at.

This is not a novel.

This is not a short story collection.

This is Self-Reference ENGINE.

Instructions for Use: Read chapters in order. Contemplate the dreams of twenty-two dead Freuds. Note your position in space-time at all times (and spaces). Keep an eye out for a talking bobby sock named Bobby Socks. Beware the star-man Alpha Centauri. Remember that the chapter entitled “Japanese” is translated from the Japanese, but should be read in Japanese. Warning: if reading this book on the back of a catfish statue, the text may vanish at any moment, and you may forget that it ever existed.

From the mind of Toh EnJoe comes Self-Reference ENGINE, a textual machine that combines the rigor of Stanislaw Lem with the imagination of Jorge Luis Borges. Do not operate heavy machinery for one hour after reading.

You can read an excerpt here.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (March 19, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1421549360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421549361