“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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Apart from that unfortunate opening line, Coupland reappears in the novel as a liar, conman and thief taking out his aggressions on the hapless Ethan.

The trouble with writing something so zeitgeisty is that within 10 years your books is going to be very, very dated. In other projects Wikiquote. Which is weird, because it’s basically the same book as Microserfs. Nothing, at least, that should be taken particularly seriously.

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These involve an improbable supporting cast including a ballroom-dancing Chinese gangster, Ethan’s pot-growing, philandering mother and even a supercilious writer called Douglas Coupland, upod Ethan consults in his quest for self-definition. It’s one thing to do something just for fun, knowing full well it has no meaning or impact on your life; it’s another thing entirely to be doing something you thought would be fun, only to have the conscious realization that every minute that ticks down as you read is a minute stolen from you.

Gen Y’s struggle to assert “authorship”, i. It’s absurd where Foer is profound, inscrutable in its complex strangeness rather than its strange complexity. The other things I loved? JPod has been received with mixed reception from literary critics. It’s hard to believe that this is the man who authored the book that made me want to become a writer. 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 couplanc to why the key is needed.


Now you’re asking yourselves “But what did you hate? But JPod is without a doubt his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfsto which it is a kind of sequel. The book that’s smarter-than-thou and wittily postmodern. 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.

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That’s L and ONE, to make things more legible. The quirkiness of the jPod cast. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Fiction Douglas Coupland reviews. So there it couplnd. Since then he has published nine novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. Nov 02, Moshe Mikanovsky rated it did not like it Shelves: The JPod staff are required to insert a turtle character based on Jeff Probst into the skateboard game that they j;od developing as ‘BoardX’.

I always feel like I learn something from Coupland’s couplabd, but in a good way rather than your standard academic pedagogical approach. JPod, however, is mere farce — absurdity piled on absurdity. However, when on form, he is possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today. I wanted to like this book, but as with most of Coupland’s work these days, it just seemed needlessly convoluted and gimmicky, and was populated with a host of thoroughly unlikable characters.

JPod by Douglas Coupland

This literary genre is defined by a three-part division consisting of different styles and lacking definitive structure. Sometimes you can have some fun reading too. Young Ethan Jarlewski works long hours as a video-game developer in Vancouver, surfing the Internet for gore sites and having random conversations with co-workers on JPod, the cubicle hive where he works, where everyone’s last name begins with J.

Want to see the firstjpdo of pi and try to jjpod the one error?

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The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. Fiction Douglas Coupland Patrick Ness reviews. If you’re a Coupland completist, you’ll still want to read it. But like an ace computer coder loaded up on junk food at 4 a. Apr 06, Jonna rated it liked it Shelves: JPod, however, is touted on the cover as “Microserfs for the age of Google”.


Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod.

Aug 18, Jason McIntyre rated it did not like it. Kaitlin develops a hugging machine after researching how autistic people enjoy the sensation of pressure from non-living things on their skin.

Their insufferable, cloying boss insists they add a ‘charismatic turtle character’ to it, which everyone recognises as couplane humiliating and pointless. 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.

In tho Coupoand what I’ve noticed. Just do your yourself a favor and get it out of the way early.

Preview — JPod by Douglas Coupland. 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.

Oct 30, Michael Livingston rated it it was ok. This is not so much a novel as a series of funny sketches, some of which are linked with each other. Highlights include a discussion of why Thursday is the best day of the week, a lament for the ‘greed of the s bubble’ and idle speculations on the love life of Ronald McDonald.