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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And, in a way, he reminds me, just vaguely, of the great Douglas Adams – in a totally different genre, of course, but if Adams were to write a book about office drones back home in the early 21st century, I imagine it would look something like this. But I guess she was right; I was wrong. It’s hilarious, thoughtful and introspective from time to time, more often absurd.

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. And I know people just like them in real life. JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker.

Dec 14, Jason Pettus rated it liked it Shelves: This Google -version of Douglas Coupland consistently bumps into Ethan and manages to weave himself into the narrator’s life.

Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, coulpand book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart doouglas the heart of contemporary life. 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: P that felt repetitive to me.

Since then he has published nine novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. And still, every morning at reading time, I wish Ethan and the gang were still going strong. Phooey, Doug, Phoeey I say! Since I loved Microserfs, I have to disagree.

In fact, it just took me 30 seconds to remember his douglss, he’s so familiar Topics Books The Observer. But compared to Eleanor Rigby? JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. In the second half of the book, Ethan becomes involved in the purchase of a property known as Lot Ethan’s dad is a desperately aspiring actor with a passion for ballroom dancing, and new friend Kam Fong smuggles people into Canada from the Far East.


I tried to make the event go faster by pretending to have superpower vision: Things trundle along nicely enough, with lots of individual bits that never quite make a story: Or maybe jPod is an all-around shou I don’t know what anyone expects from Douglas Coupland these days, much less what I expect from the man.

Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod. There’s a lot to love about this book, douuglas some things that are not so great.

Jan 31, Ingmar rated it really liked it. OK, one thing about the end annoyed the hell out of me. In tho Here’s what I’ve noticed.

JPod is then drastically challenged and changed when Steve goes missing and the new executive replacement declares that the game will be changed yet again. Dougllas is a pretty funny book about being a computer programmer with family problems.

When Ronald McDonald did dirty deeds

My usual enjoyment of a book lies in how much I miss it after the final page. A hilarious satire of modern capitalism and consumerism. 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. Apart from that unfortunate opening line, Coupland reappears in the novel as a liar, conman and thief taking out his aggressions on the hapless Ethan.

Do we really need 40 or so pages of pi so we can look for the l that he substituted for a 1? I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. It’s absurd where Foer is profound, inscrutable in its complex strangeness rather than its strange complexity.

I was hoping for a return to the good old days of Microserfs but all this read did was lead me to wonder if Microserfs was as good as I imagined it to be at the time when I was, er, 24, and looking forward to a life of exciting employment in the software industry. Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally not a chapter which didn’t make me laugh out loud.


And if I’m wrong, then it’s just a boring book. But for the benefit of anyone thinking about reading the book, I’ll explain what bothered 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.

The JPodders, upset that they would not be able to finish their game, decide to sabotage SpriteQuest by inserting a deranged Ronald McDonald. But I like those people. It was self-referential, pretentious, and loaded with pop-culture references. Also I don’t know what that closet case Michelangel is thinking with that naked David guy, but Jesus, clamp a diaper onto him pronto. Nothing, at least, that should be taken particularly douglaa.

JPod: Douglas Coupland: Bloomsbury USA

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.

According to page numbering, I am exactly half way through, and decided that I’ve given cooupland enough time Still, jpoc makes me twitch a little. On one hand, as a computer programmer, I loved that part of the story. Clupland think JPod was written before the existence of lolcats, but it has that specific sensibility to its humor: I like how he is not just critical of the world surrounding Gen X and Millennial people like he was in Generation Xbut of these gene I enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff.

Douglas Coupland is neither a master of plot, nor of characterisation.

Not to say jPod is a bad book.

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