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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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sure it’s shocking, but is this the zeitgeist, or just, “Extreme Vancouver?

P that felt repetitive to me. Admittedly some of them are pretty close to the mark. I can’t abide Bret Easton Ellis. JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own. Since his remarkable debut, the era-defining Generation Xthe quality of Coupland’s fiction has varied substantially.

The novel proper finally begins with a character saying: 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. Douglas Coupland’s new novel begins thus: This is all a vessel for Coupland’s tricksiness – I used to love his flashy nonsense, but this time I was completely underwhelmed.

People that have read extensive Coupland couplxnd view this book cpupland negatively. I turned jpkd with great pleasure. Jan 31, Ingmar rated it really liked it.

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The trouble with writing something so zeitgeisty is that within 10 years your books is going to be very, very dated. I was expecting to hate it, but its beauty is so understated and genuinely poignant.

This is a funny book that can be taken lightly with great humor. The JPod staff are required to insert a turtle character based on Jeff Probst into the skateboard game that they are developing as ‘BoardX’.


Read it Forward Read it first. It was self-referential, pretentious, and loaded with pop-culture references. Fiction Douglas Coupland reviews.

Everything was just that – trivial. My reaction was, pffft! This Google -version of Douglas Coupland consistently bumps into Ethan and manages to weave himself into the narrator’s life.

Style and substance abound here, but I only give it one star because the plot simply went nowhere. Ethan’s mom coipland 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.

He is the author of Eleanor RigbyHey Nostradamus! 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 generations themselves. Preview — JPod by Douglas Coupland. As one character alleges, they’re ‘a depressing assemblage of pop-culture influences and cancelled emotions, driven by the sputtering engine of only the most banal form of capitalism’.

It’s absurd where Foer is profound, inscrutable in its complex strangeness rather than its strange couplanc. Since then he has published nine novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. 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.

I like how he couplahd 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.

Then I wondered if Leonardo da Vinci had every inhaled any of the oxygen molecules I was breathing, or if he ever had to sit through a marketing meeting.

An angsty bunch, they come off less as fully formed human beings than the sum total of products they consume.


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Since I loved Microserfs, I have to disagree. Retrieved from ” https: Feels undeniably like a step backwards.

Ugh, that second one is kind of obnoxious but probably true. It may be time douvlas wash my hands of his work completely. Jul 01, Kelly rated it really liked it. If you’ve read some or lot’s of him before, try and laugh. 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.

Do we really need 40 or so pages of pi so we can look for the l that he substituted for a 1? And yet, I feel I want to write like him. Return to Book Page. I would estimate that this breaks down into: 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.

Stay in Touch Sign up. I am a fan of Coupland and I have read everything he has ever published, but it is clear after reading Jpod that he’s been in Vancouver too long and needs to get out for a weekend, if only to try another city’s dope and take-out. One star was generous, doulgas me.

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Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. I’m a little conflicted over my reaction to this novel. Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age.