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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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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. Even when they’re at work, the bulk of their energy is spent devising ways to distract themselves from actually doing anything. As the book progresses, you can’t help but shake your head at Coupland’s boldness and unashamedne It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so we’ll see how well this goes.

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It made me think douglws that urban legend about jpo chemical they put in swimming pools that reveals when somebody pees. Perspective – Passing Fad or Opportunity to Win? Kaitlin develops a hugging machine after researching how autistic people enjoy the sensation of pressure from non-living things on their skin.

The Hotel New Hampshire. JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own. That’s L and ONE, to make things more legible. My usual enjoyment of a book lies in how much I miss it after the final page.

Buy from other retailers. Coupland seems to have a very loyal and dedicated following, especially from people of particular generations.


JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. The This was middle of the road as far as Coupland books go.

An angsty bunch, they come off less as fully formed human beings than the sum total of products they consume. Upper management decides to change Jeff the turtle for an adventurous prince who rides a magic carpet.

Jan 31, Ingmar rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff. JPod finds itself in a digital world where technology is everything and the human mind is incapable of focusing on just one task. Dennis Lim of The Village Voice called it “smug, vacuous, easily distracted, and often supremely irritating”. This is all a vessel for Coupland’s tricksiness – I used to love his flashy nonsense, but this time I was completely underwhelmed.

I love all his books dluglas much. I don’t have a subset labelled ‘But Didn’t Finish’. Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally not a chapter which didn’t make me laugh out loud.

The romance between Ethan and Kaitlin, in particular, I barely felt like I had to concentrate on, because I knew exactly what was going to happen.

Some felt it is just an unsuccessful update of Microserfs, with no added substance, while others enjoyed its entertaining style and satire. The JPod staff are required to insert a turtle character based on Jeff Probst into the skateboard game that they are developing as ‘BoardX’. Whatever the reason, there is an unpalatable feeling of an artist angrily returning to his rut. They prefer to sit around, as Douglas Coupland characters do, wittily reflecting on the minutiae of modern life. Like, by a really long way.


The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. I remember that I hated Microserfs because living in the Bay Area on the fringe of the dot-com frenzy in the late 90s was actually kind of gross and I, therefore, did not actually want to read a romanticized book about it. Oct 30, Michael Livingston rated it it was ok.

The quirkiness of the jPod cast. Ethan, a programmer on the eve of 30, suffers from a noticeable lack of ‘overriding purpose’. OK, one thing about the end annoyed the hell out of me. If we live in a douvlas, we contribute to the culture for all its ills.

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And the situations Ethan got into were hilarious. Coupland is funny and obviously was immersed in digital culture at the time, but the story is all over the place plot-wise and the characters are paper thin. There is mu JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. These would all be tremendous fun in a Pop Art way if they weren’t clupland like the rest of the novel – so lazily assembled. Next item on the agenda: I’ll read it again and most likely laugh just as much.