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review 2020-03-07 11:26
Otaku - Chris Kluwe

According to the Cambridge Dictionaire an Otaku is “a young person who is very interested in and knows a lot about computers, computer games, anime (= animated films), etc., but may find it difficult to talk to people in real life”. My kindle dictionaire also mentioned that an Otaku might have problems separating the real from the computer world. In Otaku, the real and the virtual world are heavily intertwined and combined with a standard dystopian setting.

I think that was what disappointed me most in the novel. There are evil corporations and some fractions but other than a bit of info dump right at the beginning, I didn’t learn anything about the different fractions and they all seemed about as bad to me. Because I thought the world was rather bland, even though it was apparently on water and there had been something that was called The Water Wars, I had a hard time connecting to the story or the characters.

There’s a lot of tech-talk and I got lost in it sometimes, making that I couldn’t really get into it or enjoy it. I think it’s safe to say this wasn’t for me, unfortunately.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-08-24 21:58
Apprently this guy played football for some team
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities - Chris Kluwe

I'm not actually being sarcastic on that.  I don't pay attention to football..  Like at all.  I regularly consider unfollowing/unfriending people on Facebook simply due to their overly enthusiastic sportsball fandom.


I first discovered Chris Kluwe watching him play Magic the Gathering (link if the embedded video still isn't showing up):


Then I found his name popping up here and there in relation to other geeky things, including as a contributor to this really amazing Speculative Fiction literary magazine I backed their second year (Uncanny Magazine kickstarter).


Then I discovered he wrote a book with an absolutely incredible title.  I kind of had to read this book based on its title alone.


As it turns out, the book isn't all that amazing, and definitely isn't any sort of literary masterpiece.  But it is definitely passionate, well-intentioned, and a times utterly hilarious.  My husband and I were brought to tears laughing on his description of Smashing Pumpkins sounding like a "violin being run through Satan's asshole."  The book reads rather like the various rants and reflections someone might post on their blog.  I think it would actually be somewhat enjoyable to listen to Kluwe read it.

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text 2015-08-17 04:37
as a non-fan of smashing pumpkins this description is killing me
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities - Chris Kluwe

"Stop polluting the air in a forty-five-meter radius because you just have to share the latest underground club hit from Lil' Big Yolo, because of you don't, I'm going to pull up some crap by Smashing Pumpkins that sounds like a violin being run through Satan's asshole and make us all miserable"

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review 2014-01-22 15:30
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies / Chris Kluwe
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities - Chris Kluwe

I can't even remember how this book got on my radar--I know from my own shelving tag that I heard about it on CBC radio, but I can't recall the details at all.  Which is kind of disappointing, as those details might have given me more enthusiasm for the work.  Not to say that its a bad book, just that I am not its intended audience.


Kluwe actually writes quite clearly and intelligently, not necessarily something that you expect from someone who plays pro football.  He is outspoken in his support of gay marriage and any other topic which catch his attention.  That said, there are at least 4 essays on the gay marriage issue, which becomes a bit repetitive.  I'm surprised his editor didn't ban at least a couple of them, as Kluwe obviously enjoys writing and could probably have produced some opinions on other topics. 


I have to say it is also a tremendously American book--there is absolutely no thought given to looking outside the US for examples (e.g. Canada legalized gay marriage some time ago and the marriage apocalypse has not taken place here). 


My rating does not reflect the book or its contents, just that I am the wrong audience for it.  It was a quick read (took me one evening) and I found that I agreed with a number of his opinions, or at least didn't disagree too hard.  On football, I have absolutely no opinions--I am a football agnostic. There may also be a generational thing happening here, as I am 20 years Kluwe's senior.  It will probably appeal to a younger demographic who, like Kluwe, grew up with the internet.


Why did I read the whole book?  Because I have been on a waiting list at my library for months and there's someone else who has been just as patient who wants the book when I'm done.  They will get their turn promptly.

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review 2013-09-10 22:50
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities - Chris Kluwe Kluwe's musings on tolerance, geekdom, and football are funny and damn articulate. Many are things I've thought myself. But I'm not as funny. Or articulate. Which is why it's a good thing that Chris Kluwe wrote this book and not me! Seriously, if I could sum up this book, it would have to be in the words of Bill and Ted: "Be excellent to each other." As Kluwe says, we are all in this life together, and we should treat each other with empathy and tolerance. His take-downs of public figures that don't know this simple rule are hilarious and cutting.
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