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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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 jpoc.

I’m a little conflicted over my reaction to this novel. Meanwhile, Ethan’s personal life is shaped or twisted by phenomena as disparate as Hollywood, marijuana grow-ops, people-smuggling, ballroom dancing, and the rise of China. The romance between Ethan couupland Kaitlin, in particular, I barely felt like I had to concentrate on, because I knew exactly what was going to happen.

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Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod. If you’ve read some or lot’s of him before, try and laugh. My usual enjoyment of a book lies in how much I miss it after the final page.

Perhaps his publishers or even his fans pressured him into returning to subject matter that had performed so well in the past. Not to say jPod is a bad book.

Funny, but with little substance. 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.

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This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat The This was middle of the road as far as Coupland books go. On one hand, as a computer programmer, I loved that part of the story.

Which is why I was hesitant when I read the description of jPod. Then I watched him fall shorter and shorter with each subsequent release. 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.


Not every book needs a profound moral of a story.

Feb 06, Paul marked it as did-not-finish Shelves: Meanwhile, they both write books to ensure that these stereotypes continue to exist. It made me think of that urban legend about the chemical they put in swimming pools that reveals when somebody pees. I always feel like I learn something from Coupland’s writing, but in a good way rather than your standard academic pedagogical approach.

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. Just do your yourself a favor and get it out of the way early. Since I loved Microserfs, I have to disagree. Instead, from the pen of one of the coolest authors on the planet has come a work of suffusing humanity.

Lists with This Book. Sure it’s shocking, but is this the zeitgeist, or just, “Extreme Vancouver? Instead of finding the strange digressions distracting, the reader bounces around a lively story full of entertaining, and somehow relevant tangents.

Players will love it. 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. I slunk into the BoardX meeting where Steve, Gord-O, and staff from the loftiest perches of the food chain were still trying to nail the essence of Jeff the Charismatic Turtle.

This didn’t come from the same Coupland that wrote Generation X, Microserfs, Shampoo Planet and all those 90’s classics that Couplanders want to hang on to so badly. I would estimate that this breaks down into: Ugh, that second one is kind of obnoxious but probably true.

This unsubtle allusion to Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 provides a useful insight into Coupland’s sense of purpose. It seems as if he was merely attempting to recreate Gen X and Microserfs with different names for the characters. Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally not a chapter which didn’t make me laugh out loud.


Since then he has published nine novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. Buy the Audiobook Download: JPod, however, is mere farce — absurdity piled on absurdity. They do this by creating a secret level where Ronald works malevolence, thus creating, in their opinion, a culturally-suitable game for the target market.

See all books by Douglas Coupland. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia. It had some laugh out loud moments for me and I enjoyed the quirkiness of the characters.

I’ll read it again and most likely laugh just as much. People call it Microserfs 2. The trouble with writing something so zeitgeisty is that within 10 years your books is going to be very, very dated.

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This literary genre is defined by a three-part division consisting of different styles and lacking definitive structure. Coupland has created a modern tapestry, one I can only describe as an absolute circus.

Ethan, a programmer on the eve of 30, suffers from a noticeable fouglas of ‘overriding purpose’. Fiction Douglas Coupland reviews.

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.

This book was ocupland 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.

Nov 02, Moshe Mikanovsky rated it did not like it Shelves: This is not so much a novel as a series of funny sketches, some of which are linked with each other. John Elk said that Coupland “is neither a master of plot nor of characterization”, [7] and his characters were also couplanr “hollowed-out cartoons”.