So, the library gets a relatively new Scott Adams Dilbert compilation, and I put myself on the hold list. Finally, Problem Identified: And You're Probably Not Part of the Solution comes in, and I pick it up. Instead of the most recent year or two of strips I expected, it's a compilation of strips over the last 15 years that seem to be related to Dilbert and the Point Haired Boss. Overall reaction? Meh...
Granted, when you get a compilation book like this, you expect to see stuff you've already seen (provided you're a follower of the strip). But the cynical side of me keeps thinking we got a compilation of the compilations, and why would I want to get another book that rehashes the rehash? Part of the fun of Dilbert strips is watching the short stories or themes play out over a two day to two week period. With Problem Identified, you lose much of that, as the space is limited and the time frame is pretty long in terms of material to pull.
I guess the best that could be said from my perspective is you do get to see the characters' images evolve over time. The original Pointy Haired Boss didn't have pointy hair, and Wally was almost unrecognizable. But other than that, Problem Identified was an hour or so of page turning with a few chuckles, but nothing that I'd tell friends to run right out and buy. If you can get it in a library, go for it. Otherwise, see if you can just find a nice couch in a Barnes and Noble and read it there.
Every year there are at least one or two "Dilbert" collections released and every few years a new "Dilbert" anthology is released. Every once in awhile, a random "Dilbert" compilation is released that contains strips that have been already released, but revolve around a particular theme. The theme in PROBLEM IDENTIFIED AND YOU'RE PROBABLY NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION is the in competency and useless managing skills of the Pointy-Haired Boss at Dilbert's … more
Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more
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"Admit it. Everyone loves to hate their boss, and who is more deserving of loathing than Dilbert's Pointy-Haired Boss? In this volume, the PHB's misdeeds, missteps, mismanagement, and utter incompetence are chronicled..."--P.  of cover.