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That is All by John Hodgman
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Jan 05, 12

bookshelves: humor
Read from December 27, 2011 to January 05, 2012

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 trivia/advice is a running calendar of the last year on earth before Ragnarok, populated with characters like Oprah, Stephen King, and the recently self-aware robotic presidents from EPCOT.

In the tradition of the hobo names from his previous book, Hodgman names the 700 "ancient and unspeakable ones" who will appear in the end times. My nerd heart fluttered when he listed the 7 new gods from George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire amongst them, but my favorite had to be Ancient and Unspeakable One # 582, Ytha, the Knitter, Who is Constantly, Constantly Knitting and Not Talking to You or Listening to What You Are Saying, Even Though You Are Sitting Right Next to Her.

Plus, sperm whales.
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