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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  748 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
I'm Not Really Here
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Hachette Books
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ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
Mar 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
This book is absolutely terrible. 38 pages in and I give up. Now, I loved his first book, Don't Stand Too Close To A Naked Man. That one was fun lighthearted reading. This book is about his weekend alone while his wife and daughter are away as he nears a mid-life crisis trying to find the answers to why we're here, etc. To give you an idea about why this book by a comedian is so obnoxious, let me just state that on page 37 he starts going into detail about a quantum physics priciple called Schro ...more
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected something completely different, but I was thrilled with what I got, this book really made me think instead of guffaw. There is humour in it, but it is much closer to philosophic topics. I enjoyed it lots, to me it was actually much better than "Don't stand too close to a naked man", and if he wrote something new I would buy it at once.
I decided to sample what was in the biography section of the little book outlet here, wanting to learn more about the backgrounds of a few famous and little-known people. That brought this book into my hand.

What was surprising here was that Tim Allen (whom I enjoyed years ago as Tim "The Toolman" Taylor) is really into quantum physics and is very well read on that deep topic, his road to searching for meaning in life. Apparently, he dismisses out-of-hand the possibility of Christianity being ev
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, 2010
This was a re-read for me, from waaayyyy back in my youth. Very funny to read a book, by the way, where he's introducing the concept of email and the internet to an audience that might not be familiar with it, and at one point says how a movie better be good because they're charging a very pricey $7.50 for theater tickets. Ha! The 90s!

So, first 90% of book is enjoyable when he sticks to the funny and less so when he attempts to be all mystical/profound/revelatory/navel-gazey. Hmph. Then last 10%
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, Tim Allen on quantum mechanics, and I'm not joking. This was a real surprise to say the least. So good.
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't what I thought it would be! I thought it was going to be alot of silly anecdotes about Hollywood and being a stand-up comedian, but it was deep, or cleverly disguised as deep, into quantum physics, and "What is the meaning of Life?", etc. As usual, after reading this book, I have more questions than answers. I might even have to delve into some or all of the books Mr. Allen suggests for future reading!
Jun 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Tim Allen fans--they'll laugh at anything he comes up with
One day, Tim read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. He got an enlightenment. He wished to share it with us all. Then he got another enlightenment. He could sell it as a book.

Well I got an enlightenment as well. Tim could've wrapped it in one sentence, "Read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance."
J Matthew
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this ages ago, it's what sparked my interest in Quantum Physics and Philosophy. I just had to add it on here since it holds such a special place in my heart. lol
It's not the greatest book ever written, but as long as you don't take yourself too seriously you'll enjoy it!
David Erickson
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: general adult audiences
Recommended to David by: no one
An absolute pleasure to read. Tim Allen is at his quirky, middle-of-the-road kind of guy, not unlike his character on Home Improvement, but without the 'accident waiting to happen' plot devices. Very entertaining. I'd read anything Tim Allen writes.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is absolutely the common man's introduction to the ideas and theories of metaphysics. It has some laughs and stuff that as normal people, most can relate to.
Adam Liess
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This is a good book if you are looking for a book you don't have to think about any plot. It takes place over the course of 1 weekend where Tim's wife and daughter are out of town. There are a few funny parts where Tim Allen is Tim Allen, but when he is trying to get to a very deep philosophical place, by using physics, it isn't entertaining nor enjoyable. Not upset that I read this book, but wouldn't recommend it to any friends.
May 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even sure what the point of this book was. I like Mr. Allen, but this book was too strange for me.
Sabrina Corpac
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tim Allen does a superb job combining his comedy with his personal life and the mind-blowing laws of quantum physics.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, while genuinely really thoughtful and funny in some places, felt a bit padded. It went on too long, some parts felt overly flourished to the point where I didn't know what really happened (mind you I'm not speaking of humor points where I KNOW for a fact they didn't simply because of how they were ended in a ridiculous punch line) or not given sometimes they seemed plausible but overly mystical. It was hard to grasp what was meant to be actual event and poetic interpretation which mak ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to want to waste money, time, and brain cells.
Shelves: comedy, philosophy
Having enjoyed Tim Allen's first book, I got this book, expecting more comedy. Instead, I got a big dose of Deepak Chopra "reality is a myth" pseudo-philosophy, combined with an attempt at understanding quantum mechanics, with a side of humor. Unfortunately, it gives a barely passable attempt at the humor, while making a mess of the philosophy - so much so that I couldn't bring myself to add a tag of "non-fiction" to this book.

This book is closely related to the fictional book "Why Do You Think
Greg Chandler
The book reads as a stream of consciousness. The plot, to the extent that there is one, takes place over a weekend. With wife and child away, Tim is free to ramble around and search for a missing hood ornament to augment and finish his restored car before a big auto show. The narrative is written as if it's in the moment - sort of like an annoying facebook friend who is constantly posting what they had for breakfast and random thoughts about the world, society and black holes.

Much of the book i
M.M. Hudson
I like the author as actor and comedian so, I thought picking up this book would be a good fit for me. Well...
Tim Allen, the family man, finds himself alone for one weekend and having an issue finding a car part and in the midst of a mid-life crisis. His search for the part allows him to search for unanswered questions on the meaning of life.

I found myself at time giggling at the author's personal antidotes and flashbacks of childhood but I thought the book would be more funny. I thought it woul
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't ordinarily read all this "cosmic consciousness" (what my wife refers to as "woo-woo" - see my review of "One Door Away From Heaven" by Dean Koontz) stuff, mostly, I think, because I have met all too many pompous purveyors of the whole shebang. However, I've always liked Tim Allen's viewpoint. SOOOO, here we go: This is a sort of cosmic journey of self-discovery through a sort of existential process - the journey being more important than the destination, which I DO espouse). Lot of refle ...more
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this several years ago (when many of its references weren't so out-dated) but it never seemed to find direction and break out of its rut of uncertainty. I think after his first book (which I loved), Tim Allen was pressured to write a second, either for money or attention or to satisfy the whims of the publishing-powers-that-be. But his heart wasn't in it, and it shows. It has its moments, but too much of it feels forced and unsure of what it really wants to say. If you happen across this ...more
Jacquie South
Not really what I was expecting, I found this somewhat self-indulgent and not really that brilliant - I did skim some chunks, esp the LONG letter from his friend Chris. I am slightly suspicious of people who spend their time trying to figure out the meaning of life and their place in it - rather egotistical in my opinion, and really a waste of time as I'm sure the universe will continue on it's way regardless of our thoughts on it (though of course I could be wrong ... I'm sure Tim Allen wouldn' ...more
Jeff Keehr
Tim Allen's second book is about mid-life crises, his in particular. He has read a lot of physics and philosophy and says some bright things. I'm afraid I was bored with a good part of it. He's a nice guy but his view of things doesn't give me any new windows to look out of. This book was a Valentines Day gift from Rose. She read Allen's first book when I brought it home from the library, and judging from the time she had to spend slogging through it, I decided to pass. 2/28/97 Anyway, I just la ...more
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Having read Tim Allen's first book "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man", I was eager to read more of his writings. However, this book was a disappointment. I was expecting humor, but he actually went on to explain quantum physics and such. I have absolutely no understanding of physics, and even though he dumbed it down, this was not the read I was hoping for. As guilty as I feel, I couldn't finish the book. I got to about page 40 and had to put it down.
Hopefully he'll come out with another boo
Drahman A
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gives a totally different perspective on Tim Allen as a person, which is an interesting phenomenon in itself. It covers very intriguing concepts in a clever and funny way. The book's presentation was good and information had a nice rhythm which kept my interest through the conclusion. Information was presented in a lighthearted, easy-to-follow manner, but the actual substance of the topics is rather dense, and lends itself to further research. I took frequent breaks in order to give it due consi ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a philosophy major in college prior to his fame, and also going through a midlife crisis, Tim questions his existence. I, frankly, liked this book more than his first book. I like that you get a different glimpse of who he is and he might just be one of my favorite male celebrities from a humanist perspective. He's not superficial, he's intelligent, nice, an all-around great guy and on top, can make a lady laugh. Let's not forget he also created my all-time favorite TV show.
Carlajo Webb
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Tim Allen alot. I love Gallaxy Quest. So I had to give this book a chance. And...I really liked it! Didn't really expect to, but there you go. There's a good chance its because, if he's really like he writes himself in the book, we are alot a like. Maybe not kindred spirits, but still. And not just losing stuff, and gaining valuble insight into yourself while you search for the d#$%!@#$ things.Anyway...
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in high school. Every time I think of this book I think of a week's long insomnia I was having and I would just read this in the middle of the night because I couldn't sleep. I love Tim Allen. This book does have funny bits but mostly is about the meaning of life and about quantum physics. It was very interesting and the first time I had heard of these types of things as I read it as a teenager. It was enjoyable.
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
There were a few funny parts, but the overall theme of the book really drags it down. I'm not as into Quantum Physics as the author is, so other than a few wise cracks, I didn't get into it. I started the sympathize with the mid-life crisis of a 40 something father, but that was too thin to carry the book
Rachel Weis
After thoroughly enjoying Tim's book, "Never Stand Next to a Naked Man", I found this a huge disappointment. I couldn't finish it. It's pointless, boring and disjointed. Even the humor, which is Tim's specialty, is lacking. I think Tim should write about something he knows and it's not quantum physics.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quantum Physics: Am I really here? "I = spiritual creature having an occasional human experience" "Really = reality--accept what is" "Here = place is to space as time is to eternity" "Synchronicities = external manifestations of thoughts", thoughts showing up in outside world, coincidences/predestined chances, happening at the same time We are not in control of our lives--only our reactions
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
305.244 Metaphysics - The popular actor and comedian shares his observations on why things are the way they are while sharing his offbeat opinions about the meaning of life and his personal role in it.
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Tim Allen is an American comedian, actor, voice-over artist and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in the Disney film series of The Santa Clause and Toy Story. He was ranked #48 on Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest
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