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More Information Than You Require Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 21, 2008
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"Hodgman is funny, clever, and has the face of a giant baby."
"I love this book so much I nearly read it."
-Justin Long ("Mac" in the Apple ads)
"Hodgman has forged his own tradition here-one that I expect will be imitated widely in the future, though probably not with success. An imagination like this is not so easily duplicated. For now, then, let us just enjoy the real thing."
-Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love
"John Hodgman is funny in this way where sometimes I just stare at the paragraphs trying to figure out how he's doing it. Like there's some hidden trick in his brave, deadpan sentences that makes them funnier than they have a right to be."
"More Information than You Require is exactly the tonic for these truth- challenged times: a transformation of pedestrian reality through the enlightened power of imagination and insatiable list-making."
-The Onion AV Club --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The section "How to become a famous minor television personality" is worth the price of the book by itself, It is everything you wanted to know about how Hodgman went from a literary agent and writer to a regular on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and his gig as "I'm a PC...". As you can imagine, there are many twists to the story including details pertaining to Battlestar Galactica, Justin Timberlake, American Airlines Admirals Club and other seemingly random people and places.
A clever touch is that the book doubles as a page-a-day-calendar (there is a date on each page with a date-specific bit of wisdom). After reading much of the book in one sitting last night, I realize I messed up. I should have had the book in the bathroom and read a single page each day while on the throne. Somehow I think Hodgman would appreciate that.
Coming on the heels of Hodgman's unique The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require is in everyway a continuation of the earlier book; even continuing the numbering of the pages. By the way, More Information will stand on its own as a read, but for the uninformed reader the paging may throw them off. Where as Area's of My Expertise dealt with hobos and hobo names, More Information deals with mole men and mole men names and claims that even the iconic Thomas Jefferson had dealings with them. Brilliant! Other notable points that stand out: Today in History sections. What's the funniest bit? Racing hermit crabs! I'd like to think of something to compare The Areas of My Expertise and More Information than You Require to, but there simply isn't anything; like the cheese, they stand alone.
The English language is very precise. Terms like "genius" and "stunning" have very specific meanings. One of our communication problems today is that we're skewing the language with new uses/meanings for specific terms. Hodgman's More Information Than You Require is stunningly funny. It will entertain you for months or years to come. Is the book written by a genius? Only time will tell.Read more ›
In addition to useful information on mole-men and gambling, this book also includes a helpful section on the presidents, past and future, as well as a brief exposition on how the glorious half-sultan of our nation is chosen.
The page-a-day calendar is also a handy feature, but I hope that the paperback edition has different facts, as buying the same calendar twice would be uneconomical. (You will have to buy the paperback edition, since the proper way to read a page-a-day calender is, of course, to rip out each page once you're done with it.)
All in all, this book is well worth any amount of money that you agree to pay for it, and should be on every shelf of the serious scholar.
Here, however, Hodgman desprately wants lightening to strike twice. Unfortunatly it doesn't. With the incredible imagination of the first, here we have a disapointing retread of the same jokes. Here we have a book that takes a humorous style and makes it seem explotive and unoriginal. The problem is that it is neither! Hodgman harnessed his dry dead-pan approach to humor and forged something truly unique, but then he brought the document up again and replaced Hoboes with Molemen and sold it to the eagerly awaiting populace. I truly didn't feel this was worth my money and was dissapointed with the final product. Which is what happens from time to time. I can't say what I was hoping for with this book, nor can I say what can be done to improve it, but still it is painful to be let down in this way.
Be wary, shopper please, be wary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Almost as good as the first and last of the trilogy, even if the mole-men don't quite capture the greatness of Elder Gods and Hobos.
Once a madman, always a madman. Read more
Reading this book gave me a headache. None of it makes any sense- it's like it was written by a stoner for other stoners. Lots of pompous pontificating about nothing at all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Craig M.
I've read all three books in this series. They just aren't funny. I understand the premise: Hodgman portrays a pompous know-it-all whose information is completely wrong. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Louis
I bought this because this guy is always funny on Jon Stewart but honestly, this book didn't even get me to laugh once.Published 13 months ago by Justin
@wahidao: It's pages like pages 492-500 that make me love @hodgman's books even more than I would without pages like those, which would still be a lot.
Capitalized sentences on every page and in nearly every paragraph? Not necessary. Found this book to be more of a distraction while trying to read as opposed to enjoyable. Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by PaperLion
I love how crazy-nuts this book can get sometimes! I really didn't expect a follow-up to the first one, so this came as a pleasant surprise (It seems there's going to be a third as... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Jamil Bhatti
Dry humor is better in short bits, not in book form. Most of this is an amusing book (I skimmed/skipped the mole men parts.) Don't try and read it in one setting. Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by Chris Houchens