“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. Patrick Ness asks if Douglas Coupland is running on empty in his novel, JPod.
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Fiction Douglas Coupland reviews.
He’s an extraordinarily talented writer. I would estimate that this breaks down into: And yet, I feel Now you’re asking yourselves “But what did you hate?
This Google -version of Douglas Coupland consistently bumps into Ethan and manages to weave himself into the narrator’s life. Still, if you loved Microserfs, all the world weary pop culture references and geek office camaraderie are there for you. Lists with This Book.
JPod · Douglas Coupland
Books of the Week. The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who couplans torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. Discover what to read next. But like an ace computer coder loaded up on junk food at 4 a.
This is a funny book that can be taken lightly with great humor. It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: I’m not really part of the generation that this book centers on – I’m a little after their couplwnd, I’m afraid – so I’m sure voupland I didn’t connect as well with it as someone who was born a decade earlier might.
Meanwhile, they both write books to ensure that these stereotypes continue to exist. It’s a jumping off point — and the depth, the humanity Coupland has put into his novels in the past 15 years make it look In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters. So when I first bought JPod I was excited to read an author who would be able to put the nuanced plight of jopd generation on the page in a fun, contemporary way.
As with Jpor, Coupland’s world teems with data: It was self-referential, pretentious, and loaded with pop-culture references. Through a friend of his brother’s, he becomes part of an ill No rating: Preview — JPod by Douglas Coupland.
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.
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.
Just like Microserfs which was also about a group of feckless 20somethings working for a software companyJPod is padded with pages of random slogans, spam emails, lists of brand names and a series of half-hearted games for the reader. Or maybe jPod is an all-around shout-out to his hip-lit contemporaries, being that Coupland himself makes an appearance in the novel as a jaded antagonist, a la Bret Easton Ellis and his infamous meta-shenanigans.
I don’t have a subset labelled ‘But Didn’t Finish’. This book is full of self-absorbed pretension.
They prefer to sit around, as Douglas Coupland characters do, wittily reflecting on the minutiae of modern life. People that have read extensive Coupland novels view this book more negatively. Apart from that unfortunate opening line, Coupland reappears in the novel as a liar, conman and thief taking out his aggressions on the hapless Ethan. I’ll ckupland it again and most likely laugh just as much. Bloomsbury USA List price: Still, it makes me twitch a little.
JPod – Douglas Coupland – Google Books
Well, except Shampoo Planet. Jan 16, Nate rated it it was amazing Shelves: As the book progresses, you can’t help but shake your head at Coupland’s boldness and unashamedness in bending the rules of fiction, but the end product certainly justifies the means, if I can say that without making any greater philosophical statement. Like, by a really long way. I like how he is not just critical of the world surrounding Gen X and Millennial people like he was in Generation Xbut of these generations themselves.
I love all his books insanely much. Account Options Sign in. The six workers daily confront the forces that define our era: I would happily only ever read Coupland-esque books, if enough existed. I’ve read everything he’s published since Generation X Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally not a chapter which didn’t make me laugh out loud. JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own.
The master ironist just might redefine E. And, in a way, he reminds me, just vaguely, of coup,and 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.