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"The most interesting man in the N.F.L." -- The New York Times

"The quirky and sometimes pugnacious ex-punter for the Vikings reveals a little more about his views on social issues, and a lot more about himself, his career and how his frenetic and far-ranging mind works....Kluwe proves himself to be, indeed, a man for all season--not just football season." -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune

"In a league (and sports climate) which has become one, long, repetitive sound bite, a guy who will actually say something meaningful." --

"Chris Kluwe is a glimmering sparklepony of candor (and not afraid to dive fearlessly into the marriage equality debate)." -- Mother Jones

"It's a strongly worded, profanity laced political and philosophical manifesto from an unlikely new pundit: pro football player Chris Kluwe ... Mr. Kluwe's particular talent as a prose stylist lies in his creative use of inventive swear words." -- The Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy"

"Kluwe is a genuine iconoclast.... Kluwe's writing makes for an entertaining read. He's as adept at the art of the take-down... but he is capable of toning it down when he has to.... His words present compelling arguments on myriad deep and unsolvable, yet relentlessly fascinating problems." -- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Intelligent and thought-provoking, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies is relentlessly honest; Kluwe pulls no punches, spares no language and writes a rip-roaring debut." -- Shelf Awareness

"A lively collection. In mixing the profane with the prophetic while using a variety of literary devices, the author succeeds at being both entertaining and enlightening. An intriguing assortment of work from an athlete with a lot on his mind." -- Kirkus

"Kluwe is a brainy loudmouth dyspeptic idealistic pessimistic utopian punter/gay rights activist/champion of free speech/family guy who plays guitar. He's sort of Charles Barkley meets Bill "Spaceman" Lee--but with more gravitas." --

"Kluwe's combination of passion and intelligent self-deprecation has resulted in some must-read stuff....Kluwe is a talented writer with plenty to say. He just happens to kick footballs for a living." -- The Maine Edge

"Chris Kluwe writes much better than I can punt." John Scalzi, award-winning author of Old Man's War and Redshirts

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Chris Kluwe grew up in Southern California among a colony of wild chinchillas and didn't learn how to communicate outside of barking and howling until he was fourteen years old. He has played football in the NFL, once wrestled a bear for a pot of gold, and lies occasionally. He is also the eternal disappointment of his mother, who just can't understand why he hasn't cured cancer yet. Do you know why these bio things are in third person? I have no idea. Please tell me if you figure it out.

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Sparkles brighter than most 26. Juni 2013
Von NorthShore - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have to admit, I was skeptical. I loved following Chris' boisterous antics and "free-speech-athon" over the last few years, especially as he became one of the few advocates of marriage equality in ACTIVE professional sports - but in the back of my mind I wondered whether he could coherently bring together that sense of brash honesty in something longer than a blog entry.

He brought it. Spectacularly. His book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities (of which he covers ALL of that and more) is a joy to read. Amazon delivered this book today and I chewed thru it like a lineman at a bar-b-que. So eager was I to finish the book that, to its credit, I did not give it the amount of thought and attention it deserves. That will come upon my second reading.

Kluwe is both vicious in his take down of a multitude of issues and, surprisingly, sympathetic. Who else could both EVISCERATE a fellow player's "SEE SPOT RUN" mentality and compliment him on the observation that he can 'write pretty well'?

The shame (if there is any to be had) is that the very people who SHOULD read this book probably won't go near it. Those are the same "morons" that Kluwe alludes to in the title and then summarily chews up and spits out thru-out the book in unabashed logic. The same ones (are you reading this Archbishop Nienstedt?) that feel that their unabiding and limitless faith can not seem to encompass the very tenants upon which they are based (compassion and love), let alone a universe in which science, biology, and human instinct hold true.

If SparklePonies in anyway sends a message, its that Chris Kluwe and his opinions are not going away anytime soon, nor are mine, nor are yours and that the best love letter you can send to humanity is one that is true, compassionate, and cuts thru the B.S. like a laser.
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Rhetorical Tour de Force 28. Juni 2013
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While Chris's social media antics are hilarious and well written I wondered if he could pull off an entire book. Boy does he ever! His beliefs in social justice are on full display as he rips apart the sad arguements for denying people their rights. As a former professor of rhetoric I loved when he pulled apart an argument by pointing out the fallacies, the same fallacies I tried so hard to make sure my students avoided. Sure there is plenty of foul language, but it serves a well constructed purpose and is not inserted just for the heck of it.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone that wants to understand what is wrong with the United States. If I was still teaching this book would be required reading for my class.
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Savage Wit in More than 140 Characters 29. Juni 2013
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I am a Packers fan who decided one day to follow a Minnesota Viking on Twitter because Chris Kluwe told ESPN talking head and professional troll Skip Bayless on Twitter to “French kiss a flamethrower” when Bayless had the Montezuma’s Revenge of verbal diarrhea one day on First Take. This was well before that infamous, profane letter directed towards a Maryland state lawmaker posted on Deadspin that started all of this.

If you’re thinking that I’m betraying Packer fandom by following a player who was a division rival on Twitter, first of all, you don’t know me, and second of all, when the only item in the negative column is “he plays for the Minnesota Vikings”, it’s easy to overlook that part when the items in the positive column are numerous. Third, he is one of the few athletes on Twitter who say things other than “rise and grind” or other quasi-inspirational tropes meant to inspire the masses (but just inspires nausea and/or the urge to facepalm repeatedly in me). Plus I only had to pretend I disliked him for a total of 9 hours last season whenever my Packers played the Vikings. And now I don’t even have to do that because he’s now an Oakland Raider.

What does this have to do with a book review? Probably nothing other than it should be known for the record that Chris Kluwe has a lot of Packer fans who follow him on Twitter and a good number of them will probably read his book, like I did.

Being a Twitter follower of his stoked my interest in reading this book when I heard it was coming out. I’m familiar with Kluwe’s sense of humor, his blunt honesty, his inventive use of profanity and zero-tolerance for bull excrement. Plus he’s a nerd and I have an affinity for nerds. I’m married to a nerd. I appreciate a good Strong Bad reference on Twitter or the live-tweeting of the SyFy Channel’s original movies like “Megawalrusopus vs. Slothatee” starring that one girl from the 1980s show You Can’t Do That On Television. Not that one. The other one.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It’s humorous, biting at times, and also thought-provoking (except those who need their thoughts provoked the most won’t read it or if they do read it, won't get it.). I wouldn't expect anything less and Kluwe delivered. I discovered, much to my surprise, that he and I think alike and I’m not sure if this is a good thing or if I should be worried that maybe I, too, was raised by wild chinchillas. Although if I actually were raised by wild chinchillas, it would explain a lot.

If you like intelligent, funny and thought-provoking material, you’ll like this book.
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If you've ever been even remotely entertained by Kluwe... 26. Juni 2013
Von Fletcher Chambers Jr. - Veröffentlicht auf
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He's opinionated bordering on arrogant. He's honest bordering on tactless. He's just and fair bordering on insufferably righteous. He's just plain smart and articulate, and funny as hell. If you've ever been even moderately entertained by Mr. Kluwe in any forum, but it now without hesitation.
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Cheerleading on the Internet 14. September 2013
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I had never heard of Mr. Kluwe before hearing about this book elsewhere on the Internet. (Sorry, not a big NFL fan.) So I opened the book cold, not knowing what to expect other than perhaps some humorous takes on current events. And there I wasn't disappointed: Mr. Kluwe delivers sarcasm and humor and some fun turns of phrase as he rants about stupidity and bigotry and hatred. Good show, sir!

Perhaps the point that resonated with me the most was how he pointed out that so many people want to abdicate responsibility for their actions in some manner. I completely agreed and filed that point away for future meditation.

In fact, I agreed with pretty much everything he wrote ... which is the problem. This book is not written for those who would benefit from reading it. Those who espouse the ideas with which Mr. Kluwe does battle will never read this book, nor would they get his writing style if they did. The people who will most enjoy this book are those who are already agree with Mr. Kluwe, who have followed him (or somebody very much like him) on the Internet, and who get all the current memes he drips into his screeds like Jackson Pollock dripped paint. If you follow the latest memes and think liberal sarcastic bombast worth reading (and paying for) then you'll enjoy this book. Otherwise, not so much.

Mr. Kluwe does a fine job of taking on homophobia, marriage equality, and the modern American divide between the owners and the serfs--as well as other pressing matters (such as whether NFL punters should have the right to express their opinions). His sarcasm and vitriol pegged the meter at eleventy. But I felt there was a bit of superficiality in his positions. Most of what he writes has been written before by others, though of course in a different--very possibly less enjoyable--style. Mr. Kluwe is making the same points and, if you've heard them before, then he's not breaking any new ground here. And as noted above, if you haven't heard them before, you're not likely to be reading his book.

For those active on the Internet, following discussions and debates on current topics, his screeds feel like he's simply engaging in sloganeering and cheerleading, though with style. A better editor might have gotten him to delve deeper, though at the risk of losing style points.

No more than three stars. But I feel he has a five star book in him, in the future.

FOLLOW-UP: My wife picked this book up from my nightstand and loved it! She would definitely give more stars than I did. Unfortunately for Mr. Kluwe, she doesn't do reviews on Amazon.
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