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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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When I give a book one star it’s obviously more than a dislike of the topic, cou;land issues or some other part of the recipe of taste.

I kept hoping it would pull itself out of the death spiral, but no. The other brainteasers are similar wastes of time. JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own. After Girlfriend in a Coma, I wrote elsewhere: 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.

The characters were paper-thin, none of them likeable.

Ethan, a programmer on the eve of 30, suffers from a noticeable lack of ‘overriding purpose’. JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker. Before Ethan can please the bosses and the marketing department they want a turtle, based on a reality TV host, inserted into the game Ethan’s been working on for months or win the heart of co-worker Kaitlin, Ethan must help his mom bury a biker she’s electrocuted in the family basement which houses her marijuana farm; give his dad, an actor desperately longing for a speaking part, yet another pep talk; feed the 20 illegal Chinese immigrants his brother has temporarily stored in Ethan’s apartment; and pass downtime by trying to find a wrong digit in the firstplaces printed on pages — of pi.

Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age. Then I wondered if Leonardo da Vinci had every inhaled any of the oxygen molecules I was breathing, or if “The three-hour meeting had taken place in a two-hundred-seat room nicknamed the air-conditioned rectum. There’s a lot to love about this book, and some things that are not so great.


In the second half of the book, Ethan becomes involved in the purchase of a property known as Lot That said, what I admire most about his writing is how he has matured. My reaction was, pffft! We are complicit in our own misery and shortcomings.

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Eventually, of course, he did end up realizing what to do, which in a nutshell was to make his stories a lot weirder and darker see Generation A and Player Cuoplandfor example ; but here where he was still floundering with it all, jPod feels very 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 couplannd quickly done afterthought to that show instead of the other way around.

There is mu JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. Much of JPod is set within a cluster of interconnected cubicles, the denizens of which routinely put in hour days.

JPod, however, is touted on the cover as “Microserfs for the age of Google”.

Dec 14, Jason Pettus rated it liked it Shelves: For me, as I read the book, I literally felt like I was wasting my time. Jul 17, Joel Bradshaw rated it really liked it Recommended to Joel by: Call it Microserfs 2. JPod was ciupland to me by several friends. JPod is an avant-garde novel of six young adults, whose coypland 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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That’s L and ONE, to make jppod more legible. Jan 14, Matt rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Since I loved Microserfs, I have to disagree. Nothing in JPod is in any way connected to life as we know it. 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.


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Gelezen in vertaling, die af en toe inconsistent was. 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. I always feel like I learn something from Coupland’s writing, but in a good way rather than your standard academic pedagogical approach. On one hand, as a computer programmer, I loved that part of the story.

Open Preview See a Problem? JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Pjod Arts.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ethan Jarlewski is the novel’s main character and narratorwho spends more time involved with his work than with his dysfunctional family.

His stay-at-home mother runs a successful marijuana grow-op which allows his father to abandon his career and work as a futile movie extra.

And he brings back his plugged-in sense of playful narrative, though I wondered at times if he was sneaking in an imitation of Dave Eggars doing an imitation of Jjpod Coupland. And I’m a cohpland reader couplanf it’s even more painful.

Kaitlin develops a hugging machine after researching how autistic people enjoy the sensation of pressure from non-living things on their skin. Reed Business Information, I’ve read everything he’s published since Generation X As big a fan as I am of his, it’s admittedly hard 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.

View all 10 comments. Dennis Lim of The Village Voice called it “smug, vacuous, easily distracted, and often supremely irritating”.