“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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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 gene I enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff.

Review: JPod by Douglas Coupland | Books | The Guardian

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.

It was self-referential, pretentious, and loaded with pop-culture references. When I give a book one star it’s obviously more than a dislike of the topic, technical issues or some other part of the recipe of taste. 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.

But JPod is without a doubt his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfsto which it is a kind of sequel. Books of the Week. Nov 02, Moshe Mikanovsky rated it did not like it Shelves: Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee Couplahd same can be said for Coupland’s Jpod. As the book progresses, you can’t help but shake your head at Coupland’s boldness cooupland 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.


The xoupland is then renamed ” SpriteQuest “. He is also a visual artist and sculptor, furniture designer and screenwriter, as well as the author of Souvenir of Canada and its sequel, Ckupland of Canada 2. They do this by creating a secret level where Ronald works malevolence, thus creating, in their opinion, a culturally-suitable game for the target couupland.

Since then he has published nine novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. I was coypland to read so many bad reviews but I really loved this book.

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This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat The master ironist just might redefine E. Aug 18, Jason McIntyre rated it did not like it.

This is my first Douglas Coupland book. Because that’s what it is – more of the same, not a sequel, just an upgrade, Microserfs version 2. This is a pretty funny book about being a computer programmer with family problems.

Jan 16, Nate rated it it was amazing Shelves: Preview — JPod by Douglas Coupland. The other things I loved? So what if the main character’s Mom is growing and selling weed, Dad is dating his son’s classmates, and his boss is being manipulated by a billionaire Asian criminal?

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Observer review: JPod by Douglas Coupland | Books | The Guardian

I took a Contemporary Literature class a couple of years ago and my very smart lecturer was talking, in passing, about Coupland and said that he was the kind of author to write himself into his books. The JPod staff are required to insert a turtle character based on Jeff Probst into the skateboard game that they are developing as ‘BoardX’. Pages of HTML code, concepts written in an Asian character-driven language, pages with almost nothing on them but for some little absurd thing, etc. Nov 17, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: What would that have been like?


And he brings back his plugged-in sense of playful narrative, though I wondered at times if he was sneaking in an imitation of Dave Eggars doing an imitation of Douglas Coupland. 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 watched 2 episodes of the short lived Canadian TV show and finding it just as good if not better than the book. 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. I feel like a refugee from a Douglas Coupland novel.

Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age. Couplane is much less attempt at providing social commentary and Coupland just seems to play it for laughs. Highly recommended if you like that sort of thing. Open Preview See a Problem? In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters.