52 Books a Year: #17 & #18 - The Joy of Work & What Do You Call a Sociopath In a Cubicle

Posted by Brian Tue, 17 Nov 2009 18:04:03 GMT

The Joy of Work: Dilbert’s Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers 3.5/5
What Do You Call a Sociopath In a Cubicle? 1.5/5
By Scott Adams

It almost feels like cheating to include these, but they were presented in book form. Plus, some of my later books will more than balance out the brevity of these. What Do You Call a Sociopath In a Cubicle? is completely non-essential. It is simply a rehashed collection of comics from 1989-2001 that had already appeared in other collections. There is no new writing from Scott Adams at all. I only have it because it was a $1 at the library book sale.

The Joy of Work is much better. In addition to the comics much of the book describes Adams’ formula for enjoying yourself in the workplace, company be damned. The highlights are his humor formula, which describes the various elements of humor and how many you need, and his impersonation of a consultant at Logitech, where he was brought in to give a phony talk to unwitting audience. It’s not on the level of his earlier books, especially The Dilbert Principle, but it is still quite amusing.


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