JPod. Fiction · A lethal joyride into today’s new breed of technogeeks, Coupland’s forthcoming novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google. The misadventures of the staff of an eccentric video game design studio. “JPod” is, remarkably, the geek-culture chronicler Douglas Coupland’s ninth novel since his debut, “Generation X.” It is a work in which his.

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John Elk said that Coupland “is neither a master of plot nor of characterization”, [7] and his characters were also called “hollowed-out cartoons”. 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. Then I watched him fall shorter and shorter with each subsequent release. What would that have been like?

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Not every book needs a profound moral of a story. One star was generous, trust me.

Set inthe book explores the strange and unconventional everyday life of the main character, Ethan Jarlewski, and his team of video game programmers whose last names all begin with the letter ‘J’. It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: On one hand, as a computer programmer, I loved that part of the story. Ethan begins to date the newest addition to JPod, Kaitlin, and their relationship grows as she discovers that most of the members of the team, including herself, are mildly autistic.


He was kind of studly. I feel like a refugee from a Douglas Coupland novel. Meanwhile, Ethan’s personal life is shaped or twisted by phenomena as disparate as Hollywood, marijuana grow-ops, people-smuggling, ballroom dancing, and the rise of China. Things trundle along nicely enough, with lots of individual bits that never quite make a story: But I guess she was right; I was wrong.

If you’ve read some or lot’s of him before, try and laugh.

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Just like Microserfs which was also about a group of feckless 20somethings working for a software companyJPod is padded with pages of random slogans, spam emails, lists of brand names and a series of half-hearted games for the reader.

Eleanor Rigby completely, completely blew me away. It’s hard to believe that this is the man who authored the book that made me want to jpor a writer. Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life. Want to Read saving….

Phooey, Doug, Phoeey I say! Here’s what I’ve noticed. There are quite believable in my experience. This unsubtle allusion to Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 provides a useful insight into Coupland’s sense of purpose.

There’s a lot to love about this book, and some things that are not so great. Anyone who believes snark’s not dead. Gen Y’s struggle to assert “authorship”, i. And if I’m wrong, then it’s just a boring book. douvlas


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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. If that makes sense.

This task sets the book underway, though JPod has several competing subplots which eventually take over. 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.

Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age. In the high school metaphor, Chuck Palahniuk is the guy who gets way too much enjoyment from biology class frog dissection. Both authors wrote allegedly generation defining novels, both love t When I bought this book, I was with Katie and she was buying a copy of Less Than Zero and I said, “In my head, Douglas Coupland and Bret Easton Ellis are the same writer” and she said, “That makes no sense. Want to see the firstdigits of pi and try to find the one error?

John Elk’s review of JPod comments on the novel being an affirmative updating of Coupland’s previous Microserfsfor the ” Google generation “.