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That Is All Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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About the Author

John Hodgman lives in New York City, where he curates and hosts “The Little Gray Book Lectures,” a monthly colloquium of readings, songs, and dubious scholarship. He is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and a frequent voice on public radio’s This American Life. Further fiction, nonfiction, and genres in between have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, One-Story, and The Believer. He has performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as well as on the great stages of Chicago, Philadelphia, and London’s Barbican.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Comedy is one of the hardest genres to get right. If the author stumbles in the least, the book becomes a painful experience. Fortunately, John Hodgman not only succeeds, he puts on a clinic on how to create a world.

"That Is All" is the third and final book in a trilogy by John Hodgman which details a bizarre and insanely detailed world, one where the Mall of America hides a secret underground compound, the Elder Gods are joined by a pantheon of hundreds of bizarre gods, and the Washington Monument launches into orbit leaving a raging inferno behind. After the first two books established this vivid and realized world, "That Is All" looks at the collapse and apocalyptic end of the world. It's hilarious, detailed and rich.

What I didn't expect was how moving the conclusion of this book would be. At the end of all this silly anarchy, Hodgman forges a fairly profound reflection that genuinely surprised me. We knew Hodgman was a brilliant comedian. "That Is All" shows us something more: he's a remarkably talented author who can write some shockingly effecting prose. This is one of the best works of comedy I've ever read, and one of the best books of 2011.
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If you haven't read his previous works "Areas of My Expertise" and "More Information Than You Require", be prepared to be driven down into a dark, bottomless pool of non-fact: the final inclusions on his work of complete world knowledge and a day-by-day break down of the end times. Do not be frightened by sporadic subject matter and frequent callbacks to his previous books, you can pick up the series here as a new reader and follow the excellent story of a deranged millionaire staring into the spectacular, terrifying void.

If you're already familiar with John Hodgman's series then you may be like me: I was going to hold out until Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton got back into a studio to record the audiobook, but I couldn't hold out. Neither should you. There's too much good stuff here, and after multiple listens of hobo names and molemen it's easy to hear the author's voice and the troubadour's guitar as you read.

In addition, the predictions he makes start by December 2011. You won't be able to hear an audiobook version before Ragnarok does or doesn't begin, and reading Hodgman's advice for an apocalypse yet-to-be has a unique value that you'll only be able to cash in on for the next month or so. Additionally, trying to speed read to the end before the blood-red sea devours your home and family may also prove cumbersome.

Worth your money and time, as if you'll have either when the supercollapse begins and the Ancient and Unspeakable Ones return.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ruth evans on November 2, 2011
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Sit in public laugh out loud smile to yourself funny literature. Still so insightful and meditative. The pleasure of reading this book is almost of the same quality as getting a cast off after months and finally being able to really scratch your wrist. I certainly can't recommend it to anyone because that is just too big of a gamble at this stage of the game, but John Hodgman is my kind of prophet. If the World doesn't end on 21, Dec.2012 I will give him another chance to call it for sure. That is All.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By mrs. higgensworth on November 3, 2011
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I have no idea how to classify this book. I suppose you could make a case for it being a novel, but one so out of the box the form is barely recognizable. This is not the typical book of essays you'd expect from a humorist, which is so refreshing. However you want to catalog it the book is fascinating and deeply funny, and there is an intriguing turn of phrase or fantastic twist of reality in almost every line. If you've ever seen John Hodgman and thought he was funny, or you enjoy the comedy of the Daily Show, you will love this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gladis on June 22, 2012
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FACT: There are four "Major Leagues" of sports: football, baseball, basketball, and falconry.

FACT: There are seven hundred of the Ancient and Unspeakable Ones who will return to Earth on June 3, 2012. They include The Century Toad, Oolong, the Pancake-Headed Rabbit King of Memes, and Cthulha, the Sensational She-Cthulhu.

FACT: Andrew Carnegie was able to create long, wood-paneled "wormhalls," which allowed him to travel great distances instantaneously. Some of these "Carnegie Halls" still exist today.

FACT: If you see Jonathan Franzen carrying a plain manila envelope, take it from him. Only then will you be allowed to board Oprah's space-ark, HARPO-1, and flee the doomed Earth.


Well, it's too late now.

In his first book, The Areas of My Expertise, John Hodgman attempted to give us the sum total of all world knowledge. He then went on to write a second book, More Information Than You Require, which built on his previous book due to the unstoppable way that things keep happening.

It was also a page-a-day calendar, if you didn't mind tearing pages out of your book. Which I did. Mind, that is.

With this book, he has finished his trilogy of complete world knowledge, which he can well and truly claim this time because, as we all know, the world will cease to be by the end of the year 2012. [1]

Yes, as it turns out the Mayans were right all along. The collapse of their empire was simply a prelude to the collapse of all things that will inevitably occur this year, and Hodgman has been generous enough to provide us with a final book to ease our suffering and to slake our thirst for knowledge right up to the very end.
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