More Information Than You Require (Complete World Knowledge #2)
Like its predecessor, MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE compiles incredibly handy made up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narrative...more
List the first:
1. It has nothing but kind things to say about modern-day troubador and Internet sensation Jonathan Coulton.
2. Pages 296-299 are actually made from pressed prosciutto (in hardback; domestic bacon was used for the paperback edition, and the audiobook contains merely a bacon-scented backscratcher).
3. Every copy of said hardback edition comes packaged with a hollowed-out boar' ...more
In just about every way, More Information is more of the same. Indeed, Hodgman even continues the page numbering from his prior book and cl ...more
Update: Finished the book. Great stuff, but on this second time around (not in reading this particular book, but in me indulging in Hodgman's brilliance), I think I would prefer *watching* Hodgman perform this book rather than me slogging through this read.
I saw some other reviews of this book, and they lamented the tediousness of it. A lot of them had read the first of the books in this trilogy, and really, I can't imagine his schtick chang ...more
*FACT: "Hodg" is Mole-Man code for "mole." John Hodgman is merely the "nom de plume" (or "name of the plum") of none other than JOHN M ...more
Now most people in the neighbourhood are sure I'm nuts, because this often got me giggling insanely. (Before this, they were pretty sure I was nuts.)
The only problem with this audiobook version? You can't get John Hodgman out of your head afterwards. Even if you bathe it in gin.
While More Information is certainly amusing, it felt schticky and well, not that funny. Three-quarters of the way into it, I laughed out loud - for the first time. My boyfriend sitting next to me looked over and said, "FINALLY."
I still adore Hodgman, but this book... eh.
Audiobook? CAN'T. WAIT.
This time around, the audio book is more like an 8-hour John Hodgman podcast. There's more banter between Hodgman and Coulton -- as well as with various guests that drop in. If you loved the book or are crazy about either Hodgman or Coulton, then this is worth a listen.
Next, that being said, I grieve at the thought of the millions of acres of bonsai trees, who may have found and fulfilled their destiny...and the millions of octopi, who may have "donated" their ink... in the production of this publication. Much proofreading and/or editing would be encouraged. While some of the illustrations are of a dubious nature, this tome would best be read by ...more
Bonus: The exercise of separating the slightly skewed facts from the implausible verities and entirely made-up surreal nonsense means that I learned more from this book and its predecessor than from many actual almanacs (Ben Franklin, I'm looking pointedly in your directio ...more
I remember reading Areas of My Expertise and constantly being struck by the astounding absurdity of Hodgman's deadpan. (To be more literal, I laughed so hard my ribs hurt and I may have slipped out of my chair once or twice. That could have been the ether, though.) This volume is no less deadpan (deadpanny?), with some really funny material about forks and computers and corn, but unfortunately, it's often redundant wi ...more
There's no question John Hodgman is a funny guy. The question readers ask themselves should be instead: can a book that is one long, run-on joke keep me interested for its duration? The answer is probably no, but who can say? I recommend looking at the dust jacket, seeing if the hyper-witticisms and multiple entendres are funny, and then decide if you are going to bite in. Because when he says he is going to list 700 mole-man names, he means it, quite literal ...more
1) He is fantastically clever, and his seemingly arbitrary choices of references usually mean something, whether I get it or not. Example: there is an opening quote by Pierre Menard, which wouldn't mean a thing if you haven't read any Borges. Another: at one point he references a very old crossword, which happens to contain the clue "Actor Morales," which only is going to mean anything to regul ...more
FACT: The true sport of kings, and the only one of which a professional gambler will avail himself, is that of hermit crab racing.
FACT: Andrew Jackson was the first president to wear a necklace of human skulls at his inauguration.
FACT: The first moon landing was achieved in 1802, when Napoleon Bonaparte stepped onto the lunar surface with his ...more
Read by the author, Hodgman is not content to simply read his text to us. Instead, he is joined by a variety of special guests, most notably Jonathan Coulton, to skip though the novel. There are musical accompaniments, sarcastic banter and dramatically reenacted scenes.
If YouTube proves to be true, some of t ...more
It's hard to pick out a quotation to illustrate how amusing this book ...more