Book Review: Your New Job Title Is “Accomplice”

Your New Job Title is “Accomplice” is 130 pages of Dilbert cartoons.  Dilbert, like me, is an engineer.  Except his office seems to be a bit more off the wall than mine!  He has 2 coworkers that may be insane and his boss doesn’t seem to ever really know what is going on.  The strip has been around for 20 years and seems to still be relevant which I can’t decide if that is a good or bad thing about the way the office world has been for the last 20 years!  If you are looking for some good office humor, then definitely check out this book because you’ll probably find more than a few of the strips relatable, and if not, consider yourself lucky that you are in a great office environment! 🙂

I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Dubbed “the cartoon hero of the workplace” by the San Francisco Examiner,Dilbert is the cubicle-bound star of the most photocopied, pinned-up, downloaded, faxed, and e-mailed comic strip in the world.

As fresh a look at the inanity of office life as it brought to the comics pages when it first appeared in 1989, this 40th AMP Dilbert collection comically confirms to the working public that we all really know what’s going on. Our devices might be more sophisticated, our software and apps might be more plentiful, but when it gets down to interactions between the worker bees and the clueless in-controls, discontent and sarcasm rule, as only Dilbert can proclaim.

The man, the legend, the guy in the cubicle: Dilbert remains the quintessential office satire, and it’s back with Your New Job Title is “Accomplice”.  Join iconic office drone Dilbert as he wallows in the absurd misery of the stereotypical workplace, following the cues of an incompetent boss and working alongside his possibly insane co-workers Alice and Wally.

Dilbert exists in a working world wrought with darkly comedic office humor where declaring failure can be seen as a partial victory, and where an underachiever dreams of suing his boss for discrimination against the short, bald and near-sighted. Dilbert’s problems range from ridiculous work demands – “Stop everything you’re doing and build robots” – to more outlandish annoyances such as data vampires moving the office e-mail server to Transylbonia. Dilbert proves that after more than twenty years, the world of everyone’s favorite office cynic becomes only more uproarious, ridiculous and relatable.

What started as a doodle has turned Scott Adams into a superstar of the cartoon world. Dilbert debuted on the comics page in 1989, while Adams was in the tech department at Pacific Bell. Adams continued to work at Pacific Bell until he was voluntarily downsized in 1995. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1979.

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