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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Open Preview See a Problem? And still, every morning at reading time, I wish Ethan and the gang were still going strong. Ethan’s pot-growing, lover-shooting Mom. Actually, with Palahniuk they make a great trio of shifty bundles of internalized homophobia. It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: Jan 31, Ingmar rated it really liked it.

That said, what I admire most about his writing is how he has matured. Mar couppland, Steven rated it douglaa was amazing. Nothing, at least, that should be taken particularly seriously. Pages of HTML code, concepts written in an Asian character-driven language, pages with almost nothing on them but for some little absurd thing, etc.

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Jul 01, Kelly rated it really liked it. 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.

I wasn’t left with any kind of strong emotional connection to any of the characters. Phooey, Doug, Phoeey I say! Douglas Coupland will speak at the Guardian Hay festival today www. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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It is my opinion that this is a very good book. Oct 31, Robert rated it it was ok. It tells the nominal story of Ethan Jarlewski and his five co-workers in “JPod”, a working group in a video game production company in Vancouver. Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally not copuland chapter which didn’t make me laugh out loud.

Nothing in JPod is in any way connected to life as we know it. Coupland novels tend to make me cry. JPod, however, is mere farce — absurdity piled on absurdity.

Nov 17, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was hoping for a jood 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 time when I was, er, 24, and looking forward to a life of exciting employment in the software industry. I could see the carbon dioxide pumping in and out of everyone’s nose and mouth – it was purple.

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But first, Katie here dougoas going to tell us about this Friday’s Jeans Day, to be followed by a ten-minute muffin break. Hanged himself from the side of his posh midtown Manhattan terrarium.

They prefer to sit around, as Douglas Coupland characters do, wittily reflecting on the minutiae of modern life. 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 enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff.

The JPod staff are required to couplad a turtle character based on Jeff Probst into the skateboard game that they are developing as ‘BoardX’. This book is full of self-absorbed pretension. Ethan’s realtor brother Greg involves himself with Asian crime lord Kam Fong who serves as the plot’s crux of character connection. Reading these, you felt that Coupland was stretching himself, growing away from the hyper-ironised glibness that is his blessing and curse.

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.

There are quite believable in my experience. He is showing how the computer and internet are deeply effecting our experience of reality and how our minds think and process the world.

Set inthe book explores the couplan and unconventional everyday life of the main character, Ethan Jarlewski, and his team of video game programmers whose last names all begin with the letter ‘J’.

JPod finds itself in a digital world where technology is everything and the human mind is incapable of focusing on just one task. His most recent book is Terrythe story of Terry Fox.

Douglas Coupland, as a character, is inserted into the novel when Ethan visits China to bring a heroin -addicted Steve back to Canada.