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Product Details

  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Hag Books (August 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193687900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936879007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,233,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The being now known as “Timothy Scott Bennett” landed on this planet in rural “Michigan,” one of the so-called “United States” currently occupying a large portion of the landmass known to some as “North America.” Astonished by what he saw around him, he set about to learn all he could of art and science, religion and spirituality, writing and filmmaking, in order to better understand the society into which he’d been born, and the strange behaviors of the human beings he encountered. He believes that if he can help to make clear and conscious the assumptions, beliefs, taboos, denials, and orthodoxies of the dominant global industrial culture, some humans will be able to break free of the confines and limitations of that paradigm. He trusts that this will be a good thing. To that end, he and his wife, Sally Erickson, created the feature-length documentary What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, a film which journeys through the present predicament on Planet Earth, looking at climate chaos, mass extinction, oil depletion, overpopulation, and the global culture of domination and disconnection that now appears to be unraveling. He currently lives with Sally in coastal “Maine,” which is another of those “United States.” He rides his bicycle, watches for whales, soaks up the sun, wind, and fog, and remains utterly astonished.

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The action and the sets are unapologetically entertaining.
Paul Chefurka
The bad guy is extremely well drawn - a truly creepy, despicable, irredeemable psychopath, but entirely believable, even familiar!
Johanna Muir
Each and every character in the book is interesting and complex, with often very unexpected qualities and actions.
Mick Winter

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Muir on October 8, 2011
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I just finished reading All of the Above, a thriller with the crises/predicaments of our civilization and planet Earth at its heart. Reading this novel's almost 500 pages took me about a week. Truly a page turner, but also mind expanding even for minds that have already changed their paradigms and have been expanded quite a lot. The most alluring thing about the book is its 'heartfulness' - so much genuine, inclusive, heartfelt feeling and love is woven through the book that I became emotionally as well as intellectually involved. I actually burst out crying on page 450 by the way Tim resolved several tensions and tied up loose ends in a particularly beautiful way. The bad guy is extremely well drawn - a truly creepy, despicable, irredeemable psychopath, but entirely believable, even familiar! The importance of the book is that it's an educational tool wrapped in a heartwarming, encouraging and entertaining package. A great accomplishment for a first novel, I think! I will definitely read the sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Chefurka on April 2, 2012
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To put my stake in the ground up front, to "drive in my picket pin" in the words of Derrick Jensen, this book is a wonder on many levels, and for me it has carried more than a whiff of a personal miracle. I understand that it won't hit every reader quite that hard, but I'm comfortable saying that there is enough meat on its bones to sate the hunger of most people who give it a chew.

On its most prosaic level, the book is a damn fine read. "Rollicking" is the hackney that most reviewers hail when they encounter writing like this. Science fiction stories too often sacrifice the human element in service of the idea. There is none of that dry detachment here.

Tim's characters have blood in their veins, fire in their bellies, and an unapologetic sense of presence. Even the bad guys (and thanks for drawing us some truly Bad Guys, Tim) feel real - to the point where I felt my Shadow waking up and saying, "Oh yeah, that's what it feels like down here!" The Good Guys were people I really cared about. Yes, there's a certain Manichean split going on with that, but the deep level of caring that Tim bestows on his White Hat characters makes that a trifling sin. And then there's this dense cloud of ambiguity that drifts around a vast set of "other" characters, which turns the moral palette of the book from a simple yin/yang into a deep, rich rainbow of motivation.

The action and the sets are unapologetically entertaining. Tim obviously loves to entertain, and he does it bloody well. The book's action premise is pulled straight out of Area 51, and anyone who has spent more than an hour Googling "those" sorts of web sites will immediately chuckle with recognition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Keusch on September 22, 2011
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Tim Bennett's All Of The Above is fast-moving, complex and imaginative Sci-fi thriller. But even more, it touches some real and sobering issues that permeate our culture and threaten our future. Bennett forces us to look at and question our government, our culture and our purpose. Through the eyes of the interesting human and alien characters we begin to see ourselves and our fears a bit more clearly. And Linda Travis? Well, she's the president I've always wanted!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Turbek on October 30, 2011
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There are few pieces of fiction that serve to entertain and also provide insights about the world and the way we live. All of the Above is a wonderful book in this regard. Let this book entertain, change your reality and then go from there. Now if only we really had something so shocking to replace and morph our current view of the world!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Fry on September 1, 2011
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Weaving humor, adventure, philosophy, conspiracy and deep character development into a provocative and engaging tale, Timothy has ingeniously crafted this book. I enthusiastically await his next two intended creations in the series.

The story contains an invigorating spectrum of fringe elements of religion, technology, politics, spirituality, lore and more, blended into an appealing recipe of assumption and paradigm challenging, intoxicating, narration.

Bellissimo!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Fry on September 1, 2011
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Weaving humor, adventure, philosophy, conspiracy and deep character development into a provocative and engaging tale, Timothy has ingeniously crafted this book. I enthusiastically await his next two intended creations in the series.

The story contains an invigorating spectrum of fringe elements of religion, technology, politics, spirituality, lore and more, blended into an appealing recipe of assumption and paradigm challenging, intoxicating, narration.

Bellissimo!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mick Winter on October 20, 2011
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I'm a big fan of Timothy Bennett's powerful movie "What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire." When I heard he was writing a novel, I looked forward to seeing how his creativity and skills transferred to a book of fiction. The answer is: superbly. "All of The Above" is a gripper, with a fascinating, multifaceted plot and more than enough action to keep anyone happy. But more than that, it has refreshingly unique characters. No cardboard stereotypes here. Each and every character in the book is interesting and complex, with often very unexpected qualities and actions. Even the *bad* guys are seen as being in the grip of greater forces than they.

And, as well-delineated as the characters may be, the plot is even more so. If you like political conspiracies, you'll love it. If you like aliens, you'll love it. If you like societies going through wrenching changes, you'll love it. You'll especially love it if you like alien conspiracies in dramatically changing societies. But you don't have to be pro-alien or pro-conspiracy to enjoy this book because at its core it's simply a very well-written book with a great plot and great characters. What more could you ask for?

Well, more. Bennett has said the universe is currently "downloading" the next book. I hope it hurries.
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