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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And, in a way, he reminds me, just vaguely, of the great Douglas Adams – in a totally different genre, of course, but if Adams were to write a book about office drones back home in the early 21st century, I imagine it would look something like this. Nov 02, Moshe Mikanovsky rated it did not like it Shelves: Or maybe jPod is an all-around shou I don’t know what anyone expects from Douglas Coupland these days, much less what I expect from the man.

Spy of the First Person. I enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff. Even when they’re at work, the bulk of their energy is couplnad devising ways to distract themselves from actually doing anything.

It was more of a ‘why would he reference something no one will remember in three years? Stay in Touch Sign up. Which it basically is. Full douglss word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life.

Instead of finding the strange digressions distracting, the reader bounces around a lively story full of entertaining, and somehow relevant tangents. It’s not a bad trope, but it’s still a trope Garden Stateanyone? This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

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JPod by Douglas Coupland | : Books

JPod is an avant-garde novel of six young adults, whose last 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. I think Douglass now prepared to swear off Douglas Coupland forever.

Mar 29, Steven rated it it was amazing. Whatever the reason, there is an unpalatable feeling of an artist angrily returning to his rut.

It’s also extremely familiar in the Coupland universe. And the situations Ethan got into were hilarious. The novel proper finally begins with a character saying: Reading these, you felt that Coupland was stretching himself, growing away from the hyper-ironised glibness that is his blessing and jjpod.

And to his credit, he wrote it on his own terms and made it very funny.

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If you’ve never read Coupland before, Read This. Ethan’s realtor brother Greg involves himself with Asian crime lord Kam Fong who serves as the plot’s crux of character connection.

Coupland is douglad and obviously was immersed in digital culture at the time, but the story is all over the place plot-wise and the characters are paper thin. I mean, take ‘s jPod as a good example, which was ostensibly meant to be a “conceptual sequel” of clupland to the biggest hit of his career, ‘s Microserfswith the two novels sharing a lot of the same premises and details; but while Microserfs was a revelatory celebration of a coming geek entrepreneurial class just starting to show itself, jPod is an unimaginative reaction to our Web 2.

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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. For me, as I read the book, I literally felt like I was wasting my time. After a ruling from new boss Steve, Ethan and his five pod mates must overhaul their current project to accommodate a turtle modelled couplannd a reality T.

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 ckupland 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.

Since his remarkable debut, the era-defining Generation Xthe quality of Coupland’s fiction has varied substantially. Jopd Ryan Ross, apparently.

Much of the novel verges on the surreal, a rather odd diversion to China, a ballroom-dancing gangster and middle-class drug-dealing parents being cases in point. View all 10 comments. The biji style is used as a visual representation of life with its interruptions and conflicting demands on attention. Ethan’s mom is a bright, suburban housewife with a huge marijuana “grow-op” dojglas her basement and a knack for killing off dealers who cheat her out of money. The six workers daily confront the forces that define our era: I took a Contemporary Literature class a couple of years ago and my very smart lecturer was talking, in passing, about Coupland and said that he was the kind of author to write himself into his books.