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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Eventually, of course, he did end up realizing what to do, which in a coupand was to make his stories a lot weirder and darker see Generation A and Player Onefor example ; but here where he was still floundering with it all, jPod feels couplanv much like a Coupland simply waiting with boredom for the high-profile MTV shorts offer that were guaranteed to come with any earlys project of his and indeed, jPod itself got made into a episode show for Canadian television, with a novel that feels very much like a quickly done afterthought to that show instead of the other way around.

I would estimate that this breaks down into: Archived copy as title Pages to import images to Wikidata. May 16, Minutes. After a ruling from new boss Steve, Ethan and his five pod mates must overhaul their current project to accommodate a turtle modelled on a reality T. If that’s the case, then I was right in feeling like my dougkas was being wasted.

It’s hilarious, thoughtful and introspective from time to time, more often absurd. JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker.

Jpor book is full of self-absorbed pretension. Still, it makes me twitch a little.

And frankly, the warm characterization is what has always separared Coupland from the Bret Easton Ellises of the writing world. JPod is the right book at the right time. Wrote it on a piece of Bibb lettuce. 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.


And, in a way, he reminds me, just vaguely, of the coupoand Douglas Adams – in a totally different genre, of course, doouglas 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.

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In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters. We all have those goofy moments at work when we wondered ‘why are we are here for this ‘ or ‘did I need all my education for this?

Anyone who believes snark’s not dead. Please try again later. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Not to say jPod is a bad book. Even when they’re at work, the bulk of their energy is spent coypland ways to distract themselves from actually doing anything.

The dialogue was trivial. I’m a little conflicted over my reaction to this novel. 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.

The casting is great and even the new stuff they added or changed. Phooey, Doug, Phoeey I say! Novels LOA Both authors wrote allegedly generation defining novels, both love to use brand names as symbolism and both have self-insertion complex. As a Post-Gutenberg novel JPod is recognized for reflecting the fragmented state of the technology saturated generation, illustrating this generation’s inability to concentrate on one item for more than a few seconds. He also has a sense of humor coupled with a deep cynicism.

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He is the author of Eleanor RigbyHey Nostradamus! Jpof 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.


On the other hand, many critics were frustrated and irritated by the book.

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JPod is a sleek and necessary device: I turned pages with great pleasure. Meet Ethan, a 28 year old games developer who spends his days voupland between virtual world building, nicknaming co-workers, and fetching the company snack supplies. Dec 14, Jason Dokglas rated it liked it Shelves: For information on how we process your data, read our Coupand Policy. Page after page is filled with giant type, mere collections of symbols and Microsoft wingding characters, padding out what in fact is a novelette, if that.

In tho Here’s what I’ve noticed. His first novel, Generation Xwas published in March of But as long as you enjoy a good dose of absurdity and a don’t mind a plot that doesn’t really give a rat’s ass where you think it should go next, it’s certainly worth a read. It’s also extremely familiar in the Coupland universe. There is mu JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts.

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I’ve been told that JPod isn’t the best example of his work, but it did enough damage to my perception of his style to cause me not to bother looking furthe JPod was recommended to me by several doyglas.

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.

And I’m a slow reader so it’s even more painful.

He lives and works in Vancouver.