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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Coupland says the things others are scared or too PC to. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. If you’ve never read Coupland before, Read This.
This book started off pretty strong, but became disappointing after maybe pages, and never picked up from there. 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.
He wrote three brilliant books, at the beginning of his career, his last being Microserfs 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.
I suppose some might say that everything I’ve identified may be the whole point of the book and it’s a clever statement on our culture or generation.
What would that have been like? So what if the main character’s Mom is growing and selling weed, Dad is dating his son’s classmates, and his boss is being manipulated by a billionaire Asian criminal?
Not in a good ‘we’ll look back at this someday and get nostalgic for the classics’ kinda way. When I give a book one star it’s obviously more than a dislike of the topic, technical issues or some other part of the recipe of taste.
I think JPod was written before the existence of lolcats, but it has that specific sensibility to its humor: The other things I loved? This is a funny book that can be taken lightly with great humor. This book was so bad, I wouldn’t even be willing to trade it, sell it or give it away as I could never do something so malicious to another literate human being.
The This was middle of the road as far as Coupland books go. Ethan begins to date the newest addition to JPod, Kaitlin, and their relationship grows douglws she discovers that most of the members jpodd the team, including herself, are mildly autistic.
He also has a sense of humor coupled with a deep cynicism. People that have read extensive Coupland novels view this book more negatively.
Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally dojglas a chapter which eouglas make me laugh out loud. 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 coup,and when I was, er, 24, and looking forward to a life of exciting employment in the software industry.
And I know people just like them in real life. Aug 18, Jason McIntyre rated it did not like it. In the second half of the book, Ethan becomes involved in the purchase of a property known as Lot He lives and works in Vancouver. Do we really need 40 or so pages of pi so we can look for the l that he substituted for a 1? A lot of the things that happened in this book were like that. Kaitlin develops a hugging machine after researching how doulgas people enjoy the sensation of pressure from non-living things on their skin.
I tried to make the event go faster by pretending to have superpower vision: Ethan, a programmer on the eve of 30, suffers from a noticeable lack of ‘overriding purpose’. JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker.
One star was generous, trust me. Douglqs, Doug, Phoeey I say! It’s one thing to do something just for fun, knowing full well it has no meaning or impact on your life; coulpand another thing entirely to be doing something you thought would be fun, only to have the conscious realization that every minute that ticks down as you read is a minute stolen from you. Actually, with Palahniuk they make a great trio of shifty bundles of internalized homophobia. Well, it’s standard practice for a book reviewer to make copious notes while reading, highlighting noteworthy quotes, important plot twists, encapsulating themes and so on.
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We all have those goofy moments at work when we wondered ‘why are dougkas are here for this ‘ or ‘did I need all my education for this?
His first novel, Generation Xwas published in March of 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.
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Buy from other retailers. I wanted to like this book, but as with most of Coupland’s work these days, it just seemed needlessly convoluted douglaas gimmicky, and was populated with a host of thoroughly unlikable characters.
Both authors wrote allegedly generation defining novels, both love to use brand names as symbolism and both have self-insertion complex. Coupland’s use of himself as deus ex machina is a little trite, and the npod is unsatisfying to say the least.