JPod. Fiction · A lethal joyride into today’s new breed of technogeeks, Coupland’s forthcoming novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google. “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.

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He is showing how the computer and internet are deeply effecting our experience of reality and how our minds think and process the world. This book started off pretty strong, but became disappointing after maybe pages, and never picked up from there.

What I really loved about this book was the almost scary There’s a lot to love about this book, and some things that are not so great. Tales for an Accelerated Culture. This book is full of self-absorbed pretension.

He lives and works in Vancouver. Which is weird, because it’s basically the same book as Microserfs. From the Cassette edition. Highlights include a discussion of why Thursday is the best day of the week, a lament for the ‘greed of the s bubble’ and couplanr speculations on the love life of Ronald McDonald. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames begin with “J” are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, voupland no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company.

At the very least, it makes for a quick read because there are so many pages you can skip.

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The quirkiness of the jPod cast. This was middle of the road as far as Coupland books go. Instead of finding the strange digressions distracting, the reader bounces around a lively story full of entertaining, and somehow relevant tangents. On the other hand, many critics were frustrated and irritated by the book.


Jan 31, Ingmar rated it really liked it. Spy of the First Person. I don’t know what anyone expects from Douglas Coupland these days, much less what I expect from the man. Definitely his best attempt in years.

Next item on the agenda: Both authors wrote allegedly generation defining novels, both love to use brand names as symbolism and both have self-insertion complex. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. May 16, Minutes Buy.

When Ronald McDonald did dirty deeds

And it is this, I think, that finally explains JPod. If we live in a culture, we contribute to the culture for all its ills. OK, one thing about couplznd end annoyed the hell out of me. Books by Douglas Coupland. Stay tuned for my douglaw Follow me on the blog! Here, Coupland openly inserts himself into the narrative as a character that, although grumpy and not averse to sneaky blackmail, conveniently turns up to save the day.

JPod is then drastically challenged and changed when Steve dougoas missing and the new executive replacement declares that the game will be changed yet again.

Still 4-stars, solely on the basis of well developed characters and first rate geek humor. Couplannd what I really liked are the nonlinear parts of this book that are 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.


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JPod · Douglas Coupland

I turned pages with great pleasure. I don’t even know the guy, and haven’t read any of his other books, but you can just tell that this is the book that he decided to have fun with.

Ethan’s realtor brother Greg involves himself with Asian crime lord Kam Fong who serves as the plot’s crux of character connection. There is mu JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. A lot of the things that happened in this book were like that.

Except Ryan Ross, apparently. And it’s a great read.

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It’s not a bad trope, but it’s still a trope Garden State couplahd, anyone? Despite appearances, we discover that their workaholism stems mainly from a lack of anywhere else to be. The Splendor Before the Dark. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod.

Juvenile, disconnected, not-funny, stupid actually. Apr 06, Jonna rated it liked it Shelves: Ethan, a programmer on the eve of 30, suffers from a noticeable lack of coupladn purpose’.