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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JPod: Douglas Coupland: Bloomsbury USA

The book that’s smarter-than-thou and wittily postmodern. 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, who Ethan consults in his quest for self-definition.

I’ve read everything he’s published since Generation X He lives and works in Vancouver. The master ironist just might redefine E. If you’ve never read Coupland before, Read This.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The dialogue was trivial. It’s a really fun, ridiculous read. Juvenile, disconnected, not-funny, stupid actually.

JPod by Douglas Coupland

An angsty bunch, they come off less as fully formed human beings than the sum total of products they consume. JPod has been received with mixed reception from literary critics. I’ve been told that JPod isn’t the best example dougglas his work, but it did enough damage to my perception of his style to cause me not to bother looking further. The other brainteasers are similar wastes of time.

This is a funny book that can be taken lightly with great humor.


For God sakes he inserts himself into the book as a pretentious arrogant asshole that is hated at first by everybody in Jpod. Upper management decides to change Jeff the turtle for an adventurous prince who rides a magic carpet. But compared to Eleanor Rigby?

I’ll read it again and most likely laugh just as much. Through a friend couplaand his brother’s, he becomes part of an illegal Chinese immigrant sumggling ring.

The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees couplland idiotic changes to already idiotic games. Still 4-stars, solely on the basis of well developed characters and first rate geek humor.

Sep 03, Marcus rated it did not like it. It may be time to wash my hands of his work completely. Eleanor Rigby completely, completely blew me away.

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Admittedly some of them are pretty close to the mark. And, in a way, he reminds me, just vaguely, of the great Douglas Adams – in a totally different genre, of course, but if Adams were to write a book about office drones back home in the early 21st century, I imagine it would look something like this.

He does his very best to imitate a great author young Douglas Coupland but his attempts at bizarre situations are failed, and his inclusion of himself as a character in his book raises the self-aggrandizing bar to new heights or lows, depending on your view He wastes page after page with binary codes, and random words that have little to no relevance to the “story”, taking up space, and raising the page count and price of the book.

The quirkiness of the jPod cast. 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.


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One man wrote one of the best books I’ve ever read, and one of the worst. The other things I loved? Oct 31, Robert rated it it was ok. Buy from other retailers. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. 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 unashamedne It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so we’ll see how well this goes.

On the other hand, many critics were frustrated and irritated by the book. 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.

Like Bret Easton Ellis except not as funny, Chuck Palahniuk but not as visceral and, of course, let us not forget, an ending that only Christopher Pike could have ghost written.

Just do your yourself a favor and get it out of the way early.