Coupland returns, knowingly, to mine the dot-com territory of Microserfs ()— this time for slapstick. Young Ethan Jarlewski works long hours. 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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The JPod staff are required to insert a turtle character based on Jeff Probst into the skateboard game that they are developing as ‘BoardX’. That said, what I admire most about his writing is how he has matured.

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So what if the main character’s Mom is growing and selling weed, Dad is datin I am a fan of Coupland and I have read everything he has ever published, but it is clear after reading Jpoe that he’s been in Vancouver too long and needs to get out for a weekend, if only to try another city’s dope and take-out. Couplanr returns, knowingly, to mine the dot-com territory of Microserfs —this time for slapstick. JPod, however, is touted on the cover as “Microserfs for the age of Google”.

Which it basically is. Much of JPod is set within a cluster of interconnected cubicles, the denizens of which routinely put in hour days. Do we really need 40 ipod so pages of pi so we can look for the l that he substituted for a 1? John Elk’s review of JPod comments on the novel being an affirmative updating of Coupland’s previous Microserfsfor the ” Google generation “.


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Buy from other retailers. People that have read extensive Coupland novels view this book more negatively. Feb 08, Dan Schwent rated it it was ok Shelves: As the book progresses, you can’t help but shake your head at Coupland’s boldness and cohpland 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.

And I know people just like them in real life. Next item on the agenda: Now you’re asking yourselves “But what did you hate?

JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. I always feel like I learn something from Coupland’s writing, but in a good way rather than your standard academic pedagogical approach.

When I give a book one star it’s obviously more than a dislike of the topic, technical couplsnd or some other part of the recipe of taste.

JPod by Douglas Coupland

It’s just a piece that didn’t work for me on every level. All of them are wastes of pages. An angsty bunch, ocupland come off less as fully formed human beings than the sum total of products they consume.

Another review of JPod describes how the fragmentation of the book relates to the autistic characteristics of the characters. Perhaps his publishers or even his fans pressured him into returning jod subject matter that had performed so well in the past.

I feel I should preface this review by saying, Coupland is my favourite author.


I slunk into the BoardX meeting where Steve, Gord-O, and staff from the loftiest perches of the food chain were still trying to nail the essence of Jeff the Charismatic Turtle. It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so we’ll see how well this goes.

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Couplaand and try again. It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: The main characters give each other brain teasers. Mar 29, Steven rated it it was amazing. The novel opens with Ethan and his fellow JPodders, so called because they all have surnames beginning with ‘J’, in the middle of developing a new skateboarding game for PlayStation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. JPod finds itself in a digital world where technology is everything and the human mind is incapable of focusing on just one task.

The book that’s smarter-than-thou and wittily postmodern. It’s sarcastic, witty, satirical, and outlandish.

It’s a really fun, ridiculous read. Girlfriend In A Coma is the worst, but Microserfs also makes me sob. I would happily only ever read Coupland-esque books, if enough existed. I tried to make the event go faster by pretending to have superpower vision: And the situations Ethan got into were hilarious.

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