Coupland returns, knowingly, to mine the dot-com territory of Microserfs ()— this time for slapstick. Young Ethan Jarlewski works long hours. 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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On one hand, as a computer programmer, I loved that part of the story. Much of the novel verges on the surreal, a rather odd diversion to China, a ballroom-dancing gangster and middle-class drug-dealing parents being cases in point.

There is mu JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in copuland case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. The novel proper finally begins with a character saying: As the book progresses, you can’t help but shake your head at Coupland’s boldness and unashamedne It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so we’ll see how well this goes.

Through a friend of his brother’s, he becomes part of an ill No rating: There’s a lot to love about this book, and some things that are not so great. Sometimes you can have some fun reading too. I want to write like him. Highly recommended if you like that sort of thing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

JPod · Douglas Coupland

JPod Douglas Coupland Limited preview – Also check out the TV series based on the book at ciupland. Admittedly some of them are pretty close to the mark.

It literally just stops. Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally not a chapter which didn’t make me laugh out loud.

I would estimate that this breaks down into: May 02, Nicola rated it liked it Shelves: My usual enjoyment of a book lies in how much I miss it after the final page. Eventually, of course, he did end up realizing what to do, which in a nutshell was to make his stories a lot weirder and darker see Generation A and Player Onefor example ; but here where he was still floundering with it all, jPod feels very much like a Coupland simply waiting with boredom for the high-profile MTV shorts offer that were guaranteed to come with any earlys project of his and indeed, jPod itself got made into a episode show for Canadian television, with a novel that feels very couplanv like a quickly done afterthought to that show instead of the other way cokpland.


Feels undeniably like a step backwards. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Gelezen in vertaling, die af en toe inconsistent was. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia.

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Likewise, the 8, prime numbers between 10, andwith one error? And I know people just like them in real life. In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters. The casting is great and even the new stuff they added or changed. Jlod ask other readers questions about JPodplease sign up.

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. In the second half of the book, Ethan becomes involved in the purchase of a property known as Lot Oct 07, Amy Gourley couupland it it was amazing.

In his down time, he helps his family dispose of drug dealers, sever ties with psychotic lovers, and feed illegal immigrants squatting in his apartment. The characters were paper-thin, none of them likeable.

That said, jlod I admire most about his writing is how he has matured. Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age. As with Pynchon, Coupland’s world teems with data: I kept hoping it would pull itself out of the death spiral, but no.


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Girlfriend In A Coma is the worst, but Microserfs also makes me sob. Page after page is filled with giant type, mere collections of symbols and Microsoft wingding characters, padding out what in fact is a novelette, if that.

A hilarious satire of modern capitalism and consumerism. In tho Here’s what I’ve noticed. This is my first Douglas Coupland book.

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After Girlfriend in a Coma, I wrote elsewhere: The novel opens with Ethan and his fellow Jpld, so called because they all have surnames beginning with ‘J’, in the middle of developing a new skateboarding game for PlayStation. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Jppod account.

One star was generous, trust me. But for the benefit of anyone thinking about reading the book, I’ll explain what jpd me most about it and remind you that my strong dislike of the book is obviously not shared by most and so take my opinion as the minority. As a Post-Gutenberg novel JPod is recognized for reflecting the fragmented state of the technology saturated generation, illustrating this generation’s inability to concentrate on one item for more than a few seconds.

If that’s the case, then I was right in feeling like my time was being wasted.

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. Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, voupland lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life.