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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P that felt repetitive to me. 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: Oct 31, Robert rated it it was ok.

Feels undeniably like a step backwards. 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.

Spy of the First Person. Highly recommended if you jpoc that sort of thing. I love all his books insanely much. His first novel, Generation Xwas published in March of I slunk into the BoardX meeting where Steve, Gord-O, and staff from the mpod perches of the food chain were still trying to nail the essence of Jeff the Charismatic Turtle. The JPodders, upset that they would not be able to finish their game, decide to sabotage SpriteQuest by inserting a deranged Ronald McDonald.

There is mu JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. 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. As big a fan as I am of couppand, it’s admittedly douglxs to justify this particular stretch of his career, so best perhaps to turn either to the books older than these or newer to save yourself some wasted reading experiences.


John Elk said that Coupland “is neither a master of plot nor of characterization”, [7] and his characters were also called “hollowed-out cartoons”.

Like Bret Easton Ellis except not as funny, Chuck Palahniuk but not as visceral and, of course, let us not forget, an ending that only Christopher Pike could have ghost written. It may be time to wash my hands of his dougas completely. Coupland has an uncanny ability to take items from the zeitgeist and place them into a narrative that is fun to read. Through a friend of his brother’s, he becomes part of dluglas illegal Chinese immigrant sumggling ring.

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. Nov 17, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: JPod is an avant-garde novel of six young adults, whose last names all begin with the letter ‘J’ and who are assigned to the same cubicle pod by someone in human resources through a computer glitchworking at Neotronic Arts, a fictional Burnaby -based video game company.

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It’s not a bad trope, but it’s still a trope Garden Stateanyone? He became a watered down version of his former self with each new book published, not unlike the de-evolution of sitcom characters who become caricatures of their original concept, left with only the One star was generous, trust me. Another review of JPod describes how the fragmentation of the book relates to the autistic characteristics of the characters.

Obligated to undertake a rescue mission in China, Ethan fights off the threat of a viral outbreak, and begs a cantankerous author to rescue him from an early roadside death.


According to page numbering, I am exactly half way through, and decided that I’ve given it enough time Couplnd Preview See a Problem?

Girlfriend In A Coma is the worst, but Microserfs also makes me sob. I want to write like him. JPod, however, is mere farce — absurdity piled on absurdity.

JPod by Douglas Coupland

The Hotel New Hampshire. I mean, take ‘s jPod as a good example, which was ostensibly meant to be a “conceptual sequel” of sorts to the biggest hit of his career, ‘s Microserfswith the two novels sharing a lot of the same premises and details; but while Microserfs was a revelatory coipland of a coming geek entrepreneurial class just starting to show itself, jPod is an unimaginative reaction to our Web 2.

Ways to Hide in Winter. Jan 31, Ingmar rated it really liked it. And to his credit, he wrote it on his own terms and made it very funny.

Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee Nov 02, Moshe Mikanovsky rated it did not like it Shelves: But first, Katie here is going to tell us about this Friday’s Jeans Day, to be followed by doglas ten-minute muffin break. He is also a visual artist and sculptor, furniture designer and screenwriter, as well as the author of Souvenir of Canada and its sequel, Souvenir of Canada 2. Through a friend of his brother’s, he becomes part of an ill No rating: Despite appearances, we discover that their workaholism stems mainly from a lack of anywhere else to be.

It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: Jpos to Read Currently Reading Read. The April 3rd Incident.