Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Review - Citizen Dick by Richard Arneson

It's 1989 and twenty-five-year-old, Dick Citizen has just found himself as top player in the company CommGlobalTeleVista.  CommGlobalTeleVista is run by an eccentric group of mostly men, who are out for the big bucks and do not care what it takes to get them.  In the time before cell phones and the world wide web really make in impact, CommGlobalTeleVista is looking for that money making win that Dick Citizen might have found.  In Richard Arneson's Citizen Dick, We meet Dick Citizen and all the essential people in both his personal and professional lives.  Dick finds himself in a bit over his head, and enjoying the ride.

This book was very different from my normal reads.  I have to admit it was hard for me to get through, but it was not necessarily a bad ride.  The beginning of the book was a bit slow and jumped around between characters so much, that I sometimes found myself feeling lost.  Richard Arneson introduced us to many different characters right away and I felt that, in the beginning, Dick was left out.  As I continued through the story and tried to ignore the lack of plot and over used references to bowel movements, I actually began to enjoy what I was reading.  This really is not the book for everyone.  I enjoyed the main character Dick and I loved the qualities he had, but I felt that a lot of things were hit and miss.  There was too much over the top humor for my liking.  Now, I am not saying this book is no good, I'm just saying it is not for everyone.  Richard Arneson definitely has a talent for writing and I enjoyed reading this book, but I feel that the lack of plot and some of the crude humor was not for me.  The picture that Arneson painted of Corporate America was very solid and he wrote a decent book, I would have just liked to see a bit more done with the plot and a bit more focus on Dick Citizen. All in all, check this one out if you are looking for something different and new.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Cadence Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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