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That Is All (COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE #3)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,117 ratings  ·  159 reviews

John Hodgman-bestselling author, The Daily Show's Resident Expert", minor television celebrity, and deranged millionaire-brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge.

In 2005, Dutton published The Areas of My Expertise, a handy little book of Complete World Knowledge, marked by the distinction that all of the fascinating trivia an

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Published November 1st 2011 by Penguin Group (USA)
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D.F. Lamont
Hodgman's third and final book in his trilogy of fake trivia leaves you with a sense of amazement. At first, it seems insane that anyone would publish not just one but three books of fake trivia, and just as insane that anyone would write them. Even more surprising that all three would be really good - hilarious, poignant and the last is the best of all. The books don't just stand up to repeated reading, they demand it.

In THAT IS ALL, Hodgman pulls together the disparate, seemingly random threa...more
Marjorie Hakala
Most artists are trying to say something about the human condition. John Hodgman just happens to be the only one who does it by putting you through seven hundred names of the ancient and unspeakable ones and then telling a story about the Headless Body of the Nug-Shohab that is somehow terribly sad.

That's the thing that I really love about Hodgman's work. I come for the humor but I stay for the secret chocolatey center of sincerity. I saw him on stage last night (which is what reminded me I hadn...more
Chris
Jan 06, 2012 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: apocalypse junkies, people who like to know things
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...more
Tom Pappalardo
I have very recently finished "THAT IS ALL," the third and final book of COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE by Massachusetts native Mister John Hodgman. Having read the series almost in its entirety (excluding the hobo name list, because at the time I WAS JUST NOT IN THE MOOD), I am now probably like, 98% knowledgeable in COMPLETE WORLDLY FAKE TRIVIA. Well, except I forget stuff pretty easily. DO NOT QUIZ ME.
The following post is not a book review, really—I'm just jotting down a few thoughts. I believe t...more
Brendan
At the end of each announcement Radar made over the camp P.A. in M*A*S*H*, he said "That is All." So ends nearly everything John Hodgman does. At the end of each judgement on The Judge John Hodgman Podcast he says the same thing. I've recently finished reading his third installment in his COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, That Is All. The book predicts the collapse and destruction of our world in the COMING GLOBAL SUPERPOCALYPSE, complete with a day-by-day depiction of the last year of the world. It's a...more
Tom
In his conclusion to the "Complete World Knowledge" trilogy, Hodgman creates a work of dark comedy of the highest order. Mixed in among Hodgman's whimsical made-up history is a story of the end of the world that is (surprisingly) genuinely moving, while also managing to be laugh-out-loud funny every other page or so. (And these are not large pages.)

Hodgman's debt to post-apocalyptic literature generally (and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," which he calls out in the book and has mentioned in interv...more
Wade
There's more narrative crammed into this book of Complete World Knowledge, but it still wraps up the trilogy with everything to be expected from the first two books, and even does something impressive for a book that straight out tells you it's full of lies: legitimately and honestly capturing some of the sadness that comes with The End (of the World).
Washu
Hilarious, and probably the best of the Complete World Knowledge trilogy. I especially enjoyed all the incredibly geeky references, the George R.R. Martin and Dune ones in particular. The final chapter, "The Beginning", actually managed to be beautiful at times. I wish he would write an entire novel like it.
Jonathan
On the one hand, I was sad to see this trilogy come to a close. Hodgman's non-sequiturs seem like they could comfortably expand to fit a whole shelf of volumes, and that they somehow should.

On the other hand: NOW I KNOW EVERYTHING.

This book is no good for the beginning Hodgman reader. (It is no good for beginning readers in general, actually.) The book is a continuation of the previous two (The Areas Of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require), down to the page numbers and footnotes....more
Steven
This may have limited appeal to non-Hodgman lame-olas, but if you enjoy his weird sense of humor, you can't not read this book. If you like him on The Daily Show, or have caught his hilarious Judge John Hodgman podcast, then you know what I'm talking about.

His strange 19th-century way of using capital letters to emphasize points, his nerdy knowledge of magicians, science fiction, U.S. history, and pop culture in general, all contribute to the strangeness. Interspersed with his dispersal of fake...more
Alan
Jun 29, 2012 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brainiacs and believers in bizarre apocalypse
Recommended to Alan by: Previous work
Following upon his two prior compendia of complete knowledge, entitled The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require, this third volume continues both pagination and encyclopedic scope from its predecessors, but extends its reach unto the ends of the Earth. In short, That Is All contains nothing less than John Hodgman's end notes for the End Times.

Notes which seemed eerily precise to me—at least up to a point. Until he overreached himself, that is. While I had no trouble believ...more
Mr. Noah Sturdevant
Like his other two books, That is All is what you get when a writer takes humor seriously. You can't just throw a pie at someone, you have to know why the pie needs to be thrown, as well as what kind of pie it is and if either person involved could possibly be allergic to it. Getting all the details down and building on the world he has been establishing throughout the series, Hodgman provides the reader a way, as well as an excuse, to believe in his premises, like a modern day Mark Twain.
In...more
Dave
Hodgman assures that there is nothing we can do to prevent the Ragnarok from happening on Monday, January 9, 2012 (today)

Fortunately for you, I have read the entire book (almost), and have formulated a survival plan for non-Chinese, non-Molemen, who are not close personal friends of Oprah Winfrey:

1) Hide in Washington Monument on April 3
2) Stow away as it launches into space the next day
3) Transfer to the modified Space Shuttle Endeavor after it docks on May 13.
4) Fly to Orbital White House
5) Pu...more
Dan
Audiobook Review (June 2013): The audiobook for the most part is better than the regular book book in the same way that is often the case with David Sedaris. It did drag a bit when listening to a few hours of "Today in Ragnarok." But I am looking forward to the Netflix special "Ragnarok" that comes out on my birthday next week.

Print Review (January 2012): Written by a madman and self-proclaimed deranged millionaire That is All is filled with fake facts, trivia and advice for the coming of the e...more
Derek Wolfgram
Hodgman has great fun with the third and perhaps most satisfying in his series of fake almanacs. He perfectly captures the tone, approach, and layout of The Book of Lists, the Guinness Book of World Records, and all the other nerdy nonfiction I used to get from the Scholastic book club at school in the late 1970, but he replaces all the facts with absurdities. Packed with a wide range of pop culture, literature, and historical references, and painstakingly cross-referenced across all three books...more
Jonathan Crowe
John Hodgman's third volume of complete world knowledge takes on the imminent end of the world and runs with it. His page-a-day calendar ("Today in Ragnarök") is a multifaceted narrative in and of itself, and what he's chosen for his 700 names -- something I'd been trying to guess for months before this book's release -- is perfect; I just can't speak of them. Hodgman channels his "Deranged Millionaire" persona, touches on the previously hands-off topics of wine and sports, and fills in the edge...more
Will E
Not only is this book hilarious, it's legitimately moving. I love the way Hodgman started really experimenting with long-form narratives throughout. I really hope he keeps writing, especially books, but maybe even...a novel! I would read that in a second.

I almost didn't like it as much with "More Information...", because my gut reaction was, "it's not as funny," but THAT IS ALL brings so much more ambition and actual emotion that I am just as impressed, if not more so. Almost shocked with how g...more
Michael Emond
I had read the first two books in this series and although I knew the series was losing steam I wanted to eventually read it. What can I say? This is in the same format as the other two books and carries on the page numbering as if it were one big tome and has the footnotes and the date by date little info facts on the top.

Let’s start with the info facts on the top. This was “The End” and the theme of the book was the apocalypse that would occur on December 21 2012 (according the end of the Ma...more
Keegan Blackler
Hilarious, life affirming, inspirational. A wonderful conclusion to a wonderful series. It takes a master humorist, or maybe just a master human, to end a book about the Coming Global Superpocalypse on a note that makes you want to write a masterpiece, kiss a girl, and run in the rain. Maybe we are all doomed to perish in the DOGSTORM, but with this handy guide we might just be able to make the most of the year we have left.
M
I don't know what is wrong with me. I loved the first 2 books of this tripendium. But this one just isn't as enjoyable. I read the first two in paperback, maybe it's the hard cover. I feel like it should be funny, I wish I was finding it funny. I prefer the last book historical calendar over the current books forethought. Perhaps I am tired of the genre of fake facts book.
Suzie
I enjoyed this, just as I enjoyed the first two Hodgman books. The most surprising thing about this one was how engrossing the story of the (fake) Silopanna trilogy was. If that is how good Hodgman is at writing fictional non-humor, I say BRING ON THE NOVELS.
Meril
2 stars, because I did manage to laugh a couple of times. This book is so, so painfully 2011. So full of trends, so full of topical humor, it will date like last night's late night comedy routine.
Nathan
I liked it, but probably the best way I can describe it is by saying that whenever I would read part of it out loud to my wife she would roll her eyes and ask what I was talking about!
Bob
Hodgman's third book in his trilogy of fake trivia books gets a little bit obscure for my tastes. But there are some chapters that made me laugh out loud at inappropriate times.
Elizabeth
Any book of fake facts and fantastical end-of-the-world scenarios that can raise meaningful questions about life and make me tear up with emotion automatically gets 5 stars.
Bob
The list of Ancient and Unspeakable Ones made me laugh almost as much as the list of Hobos in the first book. That's really all you should need to know.
Dave Hill
I actually made it to the list of "ancient and unspeakable ones." This is a triumph for me. Also, this book is hilarious.
Mike
It pains me to say, but I think I got tired of these books with this one.
Matt Stalbaum
I don't often give books 5-star ratings - I tend to reserve that for books I consciously wish I myself had written, or have qualities I will gladly steal for myself, things that seem like extensions of pieces of me I might not have realized existed. That is All doesn't start that way, but goddammit did it have me hooked by the end.

The beauty of this book is how utterly chaotic it is - chapters are established, then fall into deviations and digressions, until you're not quite sure how you got ont...more
Mac
Now that the multivolume compendium of complete world knowledge is complete, I'm surprised to find out how much of everything one can know has to do with late 20th-century science fiction and situational comedy television programs. So I'm glad I spent so much time watching Nick at Nite.

For Hodgman fans, this will not disappoint. For non-Hodgman fans, this will likely confuse and disturb. For those who are on the fence, but looking for a strangely positive book about the end of the world, give it...more
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Before he went on television, JOHN HODGMAN was a humble writer, expert, and Former Professional Literary Agent living in New York City. In this capacity, he has served as the Humor Editor for the New York Times Magazine, Occasional Flight vs. Invisibility Consultant on “This American Life,” Advice Columnist for McSweeney’s, Comic Book Reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and a Freelance Jo...more
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