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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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.

No one loves Shampoo Planet.

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 coupkand the library.

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. But JPod is without a doubt his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfsto which it is a kind of sequel. May 16, Minutes Buy. Their insufferable, cloying boss insists they add a ‘charismatic turtle character’ to it, which everyone recognises as both humiliating and pointless. I would happily only ever read Coupland-esque books, if enough existed.

This unsubtle allusion to Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 provides a useful insight into Coupland’s sense of jpoe. Books by Douglas Coupland. Paperbackpages.

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Fans of Coupland and of moral relativism. Do we really need 40 or so pages of pi so we can look for the l that he substituted for a 1? Tales for an Accelerated Culture. It seems as if he was merely attempting to recreate Gen X and Microserfs with different names fouglas the characters. Nothing, at least, that should be taken particularly seriously. I turned pages with great pleasure.


Douglws hilarious, thoughtful and introspective from time to time, more often absurd. Wrote it on a piece of Bibb lettuce. I watched 2 episodes of the short lived Canadian TV show and finding it just as good if not better than the book. Which is why I was hesitant when I read the description of jPod. I like jpor he is not just critical of the world surrounding Gen X and Millennial people like he was in Generation Xbut of these gene I enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff.

The novel proper finally begins with a character saying: Ethan’s mom is a bright, suburban housewife with a huge marijuana “grow-op” in her basement and a knack for killing off dealers who cheat her out of money.

This didn’t come from the same Coupland that wrote Jpor X, Microserfs, Shampoo Planet and all those 90’s classics that Couplanders want to hang on to so badly. Return to Book Page. I was expecting to hate it, but its couplland is so understated and genuinely poignant.

People call it Microserfs 2. And the situations Ethan got into were hilarious. He lives and works in Vancouver. They prefer to sit around, as Douglas Coupland characters do, wittily reflecting on the minutiae of modern life. His most recent book is Terrythe story of Terry Fox. It made me think of that urban legend about the chemical they put in swimming pools that reveals when somebody pees. On one hand, as a computer programmer, I loved that part of the story.

The quirkiness of the jPod cast. The other brainteasers are similar wastes of time. Account Options Sign in. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod. He also has a sense of humor coupled with a deep cynicism. If we live in a culture, we contribute to the culture for all its ills.


And it is this, I think, that finally explains JPod. And still, every morning at reading time, I wish Ethan and the gang were still going strong. It’s one thing to do something just for fun, knowing full well it has no meaning or impact on your life; it’s another thing entirely to be doing something you thought would be fun, only to have the conscious realization that every minute that ticks down as you read is a minute stolen from you.

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.

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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. It’s absurd where Foer is profound, inscrutable in its complex strangeness rather than its strange complexity. Nov 17, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: People that have read extensive Coupland novels view this book diuglas negatively.

Reading these, you felt that Coupland was coupladn himself, growing away from the hyper-ironised glibness that is his blessing and curse. He has published 14 novels, two collections of short stories, eight nonfiction books, and a number of… More about Douglas Coulland. Still 4-stars, solely on the basis of well developed characters and first rate geek humor.