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That is All Paperback – October 2, 2012
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"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.
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.
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.
WERE YOU AWARE OF IT?
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. 
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.Read more ›
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I’ve never read anything by HP Lovecraft, and my exposure to out-and-out comedic writing is pretty slim, so the mental echoes bouncing off of John Hodgman’s paragraphs in That Is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jessica Draper
There is literally no comparable experience to this trilogy.
I'm fairly certain this book, and its prequels, are mandatory reading for continued existence on Planet Earth,... Read more
If you have the first two buy this one as well.
Why not ya know? It was worth the time (IMO)
It was worth the money (Again IMO)
So there ya go.
There aren't categories to really describe what Hodgman has written, but "Lovecraft-ian Meta Humor Coffee Table Conversation Starters about Mortality and the End of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by skyler r taylor
Funny book smart content. John Hodgeman is a real hoot.Published 12 months ago by Kurt R Hinsberger
This is an epic tome. A must have and must read for anyone with a sense of humor. part of a three volume fictitious almanac. I laughed until I criedPublished on November 19, 2013 by Kindle Customer