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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Feels undeniably like a step backwards. Anyone who believes snark’s not dead. Open Preview See a Problem? A lot of the things that happened in this book were like that. Obligated to undertake a rescue mission in China, Ethan fights off the threat of a viral outbreak, and begs a cantankerous author to rescue him from an early roadside death. These involve an improbable supporting cast including a ballroom-dancing Chinese gangster, Ethan’s pot-growing, philandering mother and even a supercilious writer called Douglas Coupland, who Ethan consults in his quest for self-definition.

Just do your yourself a favor and get it out of the way early. Ethan’s realtor brother Greg involves himself with Asian crime lord Kam Fong who serves as the plot’s crux of character connection.

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

There’s a lot to love about this book, and some things that are not so great.

JPod by Douglas Coupland

If we live in a culture, we contribute to the culture for all its ills. Next item on the agenda: Reed Business Information, Dec 14, Jason Pettus rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t have a subset labelled douhlas Didn’t Finish’. The co-workers are neatly delineated in biographies across pages 29 to 34, which is handy because they’re so fading I kept having to refer back to see who they were.


My reaction was, pffft! The main character is the son of a mother who kills a biker and buries the body in her basement; later, with his mother, he holds up and robs another group of bikers. Like Watson is to Sherlock Holmes. But as long as you enjoy a good dose of absurdity and a don’t mind a plot that doesn’t really give a rat’s ass where you think it should go next, it’s certainly worth a read.

His most recent book is Terrythe story of Terry Fox. Since his remarkable debut, the era-defining Generation Xthe quality of Coupland’s fiction has varied substantially.

I was expecting to hate it, but its beauty is so understated and genuinely poignant. But JPod is without a doubt his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfsto which it is a kind of sequel.

Much of JPod couplanv set within a cluster of interconnected cubicles, the denizens of which routinely put in hour days. Since then he has published nine novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth.

It was self-referential, pretentious, and loaded with pop-culture references. Perspective – Passing Fad or Opportunity to Win?

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Eventually, of course, he did end up realizing doiglas to do, which in a nutshell was to make his stories a lot weirder and darker see Generation A and Player Onefor 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 a quickly done afterthought to that show instead of the other way around.

People that have read extensive Coupland novels view this book more negatively. This unsubtle allusion to Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 provides a useful insight into Coupland’s sense of purpose.

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I would estimate that this breaks down into: The quirkiness of the jPod cast. Eleanor Rigby was a tragicomic marvel, told by one of “all those lonely people” as she watches her long-lost son slowly foupland.

His first novel, Generation Xwas published in March of This book was so bad, I wouldn’t even be willing to trade it, sell it or give it away as I could never do something so malicious to another literate human being. If you’re a Coupland completist, you’ll still want to read it. As if to compensate for this, he and his similarly unanchored co-workers surround themselves with the disjecta membra of a late-capitalist electronic age: The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of dougas boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games.

But I guess she was right; I was wrong. Please try again later. It’s hilarious, thoughtful and introspective from time to dougals, more often absurd. In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters. He does his very best to imitate a great author young Douglas Coupland but his attempts at bizarre situations are failed, and his inclusion of himself as a character in his book raises the self-aggrandizing bar to new heights or lows, depending on your view He wastes page after page with binary codes, and random words that have little to no relevance to the “story”, taking up space, and raising the page count and price of the book.

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