“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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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 jpdo as the minority.

And I know people just like them in real life.

It’s a really fun, ridiculous read. Mar 29, Steven rated it it was amazing. The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheade JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker.

An angsty bunch, they come off less as fully formed human beings than the sum total of products they consume. This task sets the book underway, though JPod has several competing subplots which eventually take over. 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 of the library.

I can’t abide Bret Easton Ellis.

Without spoiling, let’s just say something important happens towards the end involving digging a hole and a safe deposit box key, and no explanation is given as to why the key is needed. From the Hardcover edition.


JPod Douglas Coupland, Author. Apr 06, Jonna rated it liked it Shelves: Nothing in JPod is in any way connected to life as we know it. His most recent book is Terrythe story of Terry Fox. JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own. And yet, I feel The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games.

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Coupland’s use of himself as deus ex machina is a little trite, and the ending is unsatisfying to say the least. I don’t know what additional absurdities Coupland planned to inflict on me, because I gave up less than a third of the way into the story. Call it Microserfs 2. He is showing how the computer and internet are deeply effecting our experience of reality and how our minds think and process the world.

This is all a vessel for Coupland’s tricksiness – I used to love his flashy nonsense, but this time I was completely underwhelmed. Funny, but with little substance.

Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames begin with “J” are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. Jul 01, Matthew Snope rated it really liked it Recommended to Matthew by: JPod is then drastically challenged and changed when Steve goes missing and the new executive replacement declares that the game will be changed yet again.

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Prototype turtle sketches were pinned onto a massive cork wall, all of them goofy and teensploitational: Now you’re asking yourselves “But what did you hate? I think I’m now prepared to swear off Jpox Coupland forever. Everything was just that – trivial. Jan 14, Matt rated it really liked it Recommends it for: And the situations Ethan got into were hilarious.


The This was middle of the road as far as Coupland books go. Douglas Coupland’s new novel begins thus: Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee The biji style is used as a visual jpdo of life with its interruptions and conflicting demands on attention. 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.

Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age. It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: Refresh and try again.

Favourable reviews of JPod largely focus on its entertaining qualities arising from the improbable-probable lives and quirks of the characters. Nov 06, Maria rated it it was amazing Shelves: I suppose some might say that everything I’ve identified may be the whole point of the book and it’s a clever statement on our culture or generation.

On the other hand, many critics were frustrated and irritated by the book. The main characters give each other brain teasers.

JPod – Douglas Coupland – Google Books

And to his credit, he wrote it on his own terms and made it very funny. Here, Coupland openly inserts himself into the narrative as a couplamd that, although grumpy and not averse to sneaky blackmail, conveniently turns up to save the day. In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters.