JPod. Fiction · A lethal joyride into today’s new breed of technogeeks, Coupland’s forthcoming novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google. The misadventures of the staff of an eccentric video game design studio. “JPod” is, remarkably, the geek-culture chronicler Douglas Coupland’s ninth novel since his debut, “Generation X.” It is a work in which his.

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I tried ciupland make the event go faster by pretending to have superpower vision: 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?

As big a fan as I am of his, it’s admittedly hard to justify this particular stretch of his career, so best perhaps to turn either to the books older than these or newer to save yourself some wasted reading experiences. Much of the novel verges on the surreal, a rather odd duglas to China, a ballroom-dancing gangster and middle-class drug-dealing parents being cases in point. I think I’m now prepared to swear off Douglas Coupland forever.

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The master ironist just might redefine E. An angsty bunch, they come off less as fully formed human beings than dojglas sum total of products they consume. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Buy from other retailers. I was expecting to hate it, but its beauty is so understated and genuinely poignant.

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Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age. This was middle jpd the road as far as Coupland books go. It literally just stops.

Douglas Coupland, as a character, is inserted into the novel when Ethan visits China to bring a heroin -addicted Steve back to Canada. It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: Here’s what I’ve noticed. If you’ve read some or lot’s of him before, try and laugh. 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 jood read.


Which it basically is. Perhaps his publishers or even his fans pressured him into returning to subject matter that had performed so well in the past.

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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. Coupland says the things others are scared or too PC to.

Nobody is exempt, not even his seemingly straitlaced parents or Coupland himself, as readers will see. Favourable reviews of JPod largely focus on its entertaining qualities arising from the improbable-probable lives and quirks of the characters.

Funny, but with little substance. In the end, I am not sure this story or these characters matter, and I think they may as well not have been. Coupland is mentioned as being “possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today”, with JPod being “his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfs. 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.

There are at least 5 plot points raised over the course of the book that are left completely unresolved. 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. JPod ‘s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own. The other things I loved? JPod, however, is touted on the cover as “Microserfs for the age of Google”. This Google -version of Douglas Coupland consistently bumps into Ethan and manages to weave himself into the narrator’s life.

There are quite believable in my experience. They decide to corrupt the game with a rogue clown demon, stopping work only to deal with incestuous sexual emergencies, lesbian cult members, and the suspicious abduction of a recently appointed superior. Things trundle along nicely enough, with lots of individual bits that never quite make a story: Because that’s what it is – more of the same, not a sequel, just an upgrade, Microserfs version 2.


If that makes sense. Coupland’s use of himself as deus ex machina is a little trite, and the ending is unsatisfying to say the least.

Not in a good ‘we’ll look back at this someday and get nostalgic for the classics’ kinda way. The co-workers are neatly delineated jod 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. Ethan’s realtor brother Greg involves himself with Asian crime lord Kam Fong who serves as the plot’s crux of character connection.

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. It’s here on pages A Novel Douglas Coupland Limited preview – Highly recommended if you like that sort of thing.

And frankly, dojglas warm characterization is what has always separared Coupland from the Bret Easton Ellises of the writing world. Nov 02, Moshe Mikanovsky rated it did not like it Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. As the book progresses, you can’t help but shake your head at Coupland’s boldness and 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.

Ethan’s pot-growing, lover-shooting Mom. Much of JPod is set within a cluster of interconnected cubicles, the denizens of which routinely put in hour days.