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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Through a friend of his brother’s, he becomes part of an illegal Chinese immigrant sumggling ring. Girlfriend In A Coma is the worst, but Microserfs also makes me sob. A Ladder to the Sky. The game is then renamed ” SpriteQuest “. Fiction Douglas Coupland reviews.

This book started off pretty strong, but became disappointing after maybe pages, and never picked up from there.

Despite appearances, we discover that their workaholism stems mainly from a lack of anywhere else to be. Topics Books The Observer.

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The April 3rd Incident. So what if the main character’s Mom is growing and selling weed, Dad is datin I am a fan of Douglaas and I have read everything he has couplland published, but it is clear after reading Jpod that he’s been in Vancouver too long and needs to get out for a weekend, if only to try another city’s dope and take-out. 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.

I feel Couplnd should preface this review by saying, Coupland is my favourite author. Coupland says the things others are scared or too PC to. I don’t even know the guy, and haven’t read any of his other books, but you can just tell that this is the book that he decided to have fun with.


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But for the benefit of anyone thinking about reading the book, I’ll explain what bothered me most about it and remind you that my strong dislike of the book is obviously not shared by most and so take my opinion as the minority. 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.

And it is this, I think, that finally explains JPod. If we live in a culture, we contribute to the culture for all its ills. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat The master ironist just might redefine E. Tales for an Accelerated Culture.

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Like Watson is to Sherlock Holmes. They prefer to sit around, as Douglas Coupland characters do, wittily reflecting coupladn the minutiae of modern life.

We all have those goofy moments at work when we douylas ‘why are we are here for this ‘ or ‘did I need all my education for this? Favourable reviews of JPod largely focus on its entertaining qualities arising from the improbable-probable lives and quirks of the characters.

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John Elk said that Coupland “is neither a master of plot nor of characterization”, [7] and his characters were also called “hollowed-out cartoons”. Looking for More Great Reads? But compared to Eleanor Rigby?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I was hoping for a return to the good old days of Microserfs but all this read did was lead me to wonder if Microserfs was as good as I imagined it to be at the time when I was, er, 24, oduglas looking forward to a life of exciting employment in the software industry.

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Ethan’s realtor brother Greg involves himself with Asian crime lord Kam Fong who serves as the plot’s crux of character connection. JPod has been received douglax mixed reception from literary critics.

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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. Random House of Canada, Limited- Electronic games industry – pages.

They do this by creating a secret level where Ronald works malevolence, thus creating, in their opinion, a culturally-suitable game for the target market. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

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 Jul 17, Joel Bradshaw rated it really liked it Recommended to Joel by: Jan 16, Nate rated it it was amazing Shelves: The marketing manager, Steven Lefkowitz, mandates the turtle’s addition to the game because he is trying to please his son during a custody battle.

May 27, Jeremy Bibaud rated it did not like it Shelves:

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