“JPod” is, remarkably, the geek-culture chronicler Douglas Coupland’s ninth novel since his debut, “Generation X.” It is a work in which his. Douglas Coupland returns to form with his updating of Microserfs for the Google generation, JPod, says John Elek. Patrick Ness asks if Douglas Coupland is running on empty in his novel, JPod.

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Prototype turtle sketches were pinned foupland a massive cork wall, all of them goofy and teensploitational: The other things I loved? The book that’s smarter-than-thou and wittily postmodern. But what I really liked are the nonlinear parts of this book that j;od almost visual art in disguise, especially three rant-ish blocks of Kerouacian flow, in which Coupland nails some dark truths about being alive today and how much the online world influences our individual and collective psyches.

Buy from other retailers. And to his credit, he wrote it on his own terms and made it very funny. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames begin with “J” are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. This task sets the book underway, though Couplandd has several competing subplots which eventually take over. In other projects Wikiquote. In tho Here’s what I’ve noticed. To ask other readers questions about JPodplease sign up.

I remember that I hated Microserfs because living in the Bay Area jod the fringe of the dot-com frenzy in the late 90s was actually kind of gross and I, therefore, did not actually want to read a romanticized book about it.

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Aug 18, Jason McIntyre rated it did not like it. As big a fan as I am of his, it’s admittedly hard to justify this particular stretch of his career, so best jpox to turn either to the books older than these or newer to save yourself some wasted reading experiences. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


A Novel Douglas Coupland Limited preview – Reed Business Information, You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. I didn’t get that. But JPod is without a doubt his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfsto which it is a kind of sequel. Phooey, Doug, Phoeey I say! Upper management decides to change Jeff the turtle for an adventurous prince who rides a magic carpet. I’m jpov really part of the generation that this book centers on – I’m a little after their time, I’m afraid – so I’m sure that I didn’t connect as well with it as someone who was born a decade earlier might.

Since his remarkable debut, the era-defining Generation Xthe quality of Coupland’s fiction has varied substantially.

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You might like it a lot more than I did. Gen Y’s struggle to assert “authorship”, i. Coupland is mentioned as being “possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today”, with JPod being “his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfs. I was expecting to hate it, but its beauty is so understated and genuinely poignant. Ethan’s mom is a bright, suburban housewife with a huge marijuana “grow-op” in her basement and a knack for killing off dealers who cheat her out of money.

That’s L and ONE, to make things more legible.

He became a watered down version of his former self with each new book published, not unlike the de-evolution of sitcom characters who become caricatures of their original concept, left with only the qualities most praised by the masses. The JPod staff are required to insert a turtle character based on Jeff Probst into the skateboard game that they are developing as ‘BoardX’.

Well, it’s standard practice for a book reviewer to make copious notes while reading, highlighting noteworthy quotes, important plot twists, encapsulating themes and so on. Random House of Canada, Limited- Electronic games industry – pages. JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a couplland joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker.

Still, if you loved Microserfs, all the world weary pop culture references and geek office camaraderie are there for you. JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own. I feel I should preface this review by saying, Coupland is my favourite author. He does his very best to imitate a jpd author young Douglas Coupland but his attempts at bizarre jpoe are failed, and his inclusion of himself as a character in his book raises the self-aggrandizing bar to new heights or lows, depending on your view He wastes page after page with binary codes, and couplanx words that have little to no relevance to the “story”, taking up space, and raising the page count and price of the book.


JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker.

The plot was trivial. It’s here on pages Actually, with Palahniuk they make a great trio of shifty bundles of internalized homophobia. As if to compensate for this, he and his similarly unanchored co-workers surround themselves with the disjecta membra of a late-capitalist electronic age: Osti, fous-moi la paix! When I give a book one star it’s obviously more than a dislike couplsnd the topic, technical issues or some other part of the recipe of taste.

As I’ve detailed here before, I have for most of my adult life been an obsessive fan of “Generation X” phrase-coiner Douglas Coupland; but while I read literally everything from his first book up to Miss Wyoming when younger, mostly for personal reasons, and have read literally everything from The Gum Thief to now for professional reasons, there’s a chunk from to that I completely missed altogether comprising the books All Families are PsychoticHey Nostradamus! In his down time, he helps his family dispose of drug dealers, cupland ties with psychotic lovers, and feed illegal immigrants squatting in his apartment.