Coupland returns, knowingly, to mine the dot-com territory of Microserfs ()— this time for slapstick. Young Ethan Jarlewski works long hours. Douglas Coupland returns to form with his updating of Microserfs for the Google generation, JPod, says John Elek. Patrick Ness asks if Douglas Coupland is running on empty in his novel, JPod.

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Ethan, a programmer on the eve of 30, suffers from a noticeable lack of ‘overriding purpose’. Oct 30, Michael Livingston rated it it was ok. The same can be said for Coupland’s Jpod. If you’re a Coupland completist, you’ll still want to read it.

Do we really need 40 or so pages of pi so we can look for the l that he substituted for a 1? As with Pynchon, Coupland’s world teems with data: Which is why I was hesitant when I read the description of jPod.

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JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod. Apr 06, Jonna rated it liked it Shelves: Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames begin with “J” are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, a no-escape architectural limbo couplamd the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company.


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Now you’re asking yourselves “But what did you hate? I kept hoping it would pull itself out of the death spiral, but no. I know, I know, it’s supposed to be a wackytime parody–but if so it’s a fairly tedious one. No one loves Shampoo Planet.

The novel proper finally begins with a character saying: I remember that I hated Microserfs because living in the Bay Area on the fringe of the dot-com frenzy in the late 90s was actually kind of gross and I, therefore, did not actually want to read a romanticized book about it.

JPod, however, is mere farce — absurdity piled on absurdity.

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 Coulland game design company. I was surprised to read so many bad reviews but I really loved this book. 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. The JPod staff are required to insert a turtle character based on Jeff Probst into the skateboard game that they are developing as ‘BoardX’. 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?


What I really loved about this book was the almost scary There’s a npod to love about this book, and some things that are not so great. It’s hilarious, thoughtful and introspective from time to time, more often absurd. Which it basically is.

It’s also extremely familiar in the Coupland universe. Coupland’s use cou;land himself as deus ex machina is a little trite, and the ending is unsatisfying to say the least. Perspective – Passing Fad or Opportunity to Win? Archived copy as title Pages to import images to Wikidata.

An angsty bunch, they come off less as fully formed human beings than the sum total of products they consume. He lives and works in Vancouver.