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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As I’ve detailed here before, I have for most of my adult life been an obsessive fan of “Generation X” phrase-coiner Douglas Coupland; but while I read literally everything from his first book up to Miss Wyoming when younger, mostly for personal reasons, and have read literally everything from The Gum Thie Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.
And I’m a slow reader so it’s even more painful. Not sure he wins either way with me. Perhaps his publishers or even his fans pressured him into returning to subject matter that had performed so well in the past. Ethan begins to date the newest addition to JPod, Kaitlin, and their relationship grows as she discovers that most of the members of the team, including herself, are mildly autistic. 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.
I would happily only ever read Co I’m a little conflicted over my reaction to this novel. Reading these, you felt that Coupland was stretching himself, growing away from the hyper-ironised glibness that is his blessing and curse. JPod was recommended to me by several friends. Stay tuned for my thoughts Follow me on the blog! Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
As I’ve detailed here before, I have for most of my adult life been an obsessive fan of “Generation X” phrase-coiner Douglas Coupland; but while I read literally everything from his first book up to Miss Wyoming when younger, mostly for personal reasons, and have read literally everything from The Gum Thief to now for professional reasons, there’s a chunk from to that I completely missed altogether comprising the books All Families are PsychoticHey Nostradamus!
The book that’s smarter-than-thou and wittily postmodern.
To ask other readers questions about JPodplease sign up. Since I loved Microserfs, I have to disagree. After a ruling jlod new boss Steve, Ethan and his five pod mates must overhaul their current project to accommodate a turtle modelled on a reality T.
Mar 29, Steven rated it it was amazing.
I am the original author of this essay, as couplaand as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. This task sets the book underway, though JPod has several competing subplots which eventually take over. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers couplsnd names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod.
Sometimes you can have some fun reading too. In the high school metaphor, Chuck Palahniuk is the guy who gets way too much enjoyment from biology class frog dissection. It’s absurd where Foer is profound, inscrutable in its complex strangeness rather than its strange complexity. I suppose some might say that everything I’ve identified may be the whole point of the book and it’s a clever statement on our culture or generation. There are at least 5 plot points raised over the course of the book that doug,as left completely unresolved.
What I really loved about this book was the almost dogulas There’s a lot to love about this book, and some things that are not so great. When JPod was first published init sounded interesting and I thought about buying it but it was in hardback and really expensive so instead I checked Microserfs and Girlfriend in a Coma out of the library.
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When I give a book one star it’s obviously more than a dislike of the topic, technical issues or some other part of the recipe of taste. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Style and substance abound here, but I only give it one star because the plot simply went nowhere. I know, I know, it’s supposed to be a wackytime parody–but if so it’s a fairly tedious one. Both authors cohpland allegedly generation defining novels, both love t When I bought this book, I was with Katie and she was buying doupland copy of Less Than Zero and I said, “In my head, Douglas Coupland and Bret Easton Ellis are the same writer” and she said, “That makes no sense.
He also has a sense of humor coupled with a deep cynicism. And to his credit, he wrote it on his own terms and made it very funny. Paperbackpages. Coupland is mentioned as being “possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today”, with JPod being “his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfs. Another review of JPod describes how the fragmentation of couplznd book relates to the autistic characteristics of the characters.
Nov 17, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: Much of JPod is set within a cluster of interconnected doglas, the denizens of which routinely put in hour days. It had some laugh out loud moments for me and I enjoyed the quirkiness of the characters. It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so we’ll see how well this goes.
The six workers daily confront the forces that define our era: P that felt repetitive to me. Apr 06, Jonna rated it liked it Shelves: They prefer to sit around, as Douglas Coupland characters do, wittily reflecting on the minutiae of modern life. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.