“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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If you’ve read some or lot’s of him before, try and laugh.

Mar 29, Steven rated it it was amazing. According to page numbering, I am exactly half way through, and decided that I’ve given it enough time Both authors wrote allegedly generation defining novels, both love to use brand names j;od symbolism and both have self-insertion complex. Because that’s what it is – more of the same, not a sequel, just an upgrade, Microserfs version 2.

couplnd This book started off pretty strong, but became disappointing after maybe pages, and never picked up from there. There’s a lot to love about this book, and some things that are not so great.

JPod Douglas Coupland Limited preview – Despite appearances, we discover that their workaholism stems mainly from a lack of anywhere else to be. Nov 02, Moshe Mikanovsky rated it did not like it Shelves: Jan 31, Ingmar rated it really liked it. 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.

Meanwhile, Ethan’s personal life is shaped or twisted by phenomena as disparate as Hollywood, marijuana grow-ops, people-smuggling, ballroom dancing, and the rise of China. Next item on the agenda: The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, clupland daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games.


JPod – Douglas Coupland – Google Books

The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. 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. Fiction Douglas Coupland Patrick Ness reviews.

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. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. This is all a vessel for Coupland’s tricksiness – I used to couplznd his flashy nonsense, but this time I was completely underwhelmed.

And I know people just like them in real life. 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 hpod next, it’s certainly worth a read. To ask other readers questions about JPodplease sign up.

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And it is this, I think, that finally explains JPod. Feb 08, Dan Schwent cokpland it it was ok Shelves: On the other hand, many critics were frustrated and irritated by the book. Reading these, you felt that Coupland was stretching himself, growing away from the hyper-ironised glibness that is his blessing and curse.

But couplannd, Katie here is going to tell us about this Friday’s Jeans Day, to be followed by a ten-minute muffin break. Things trundle along nicely enough, with lots of individual bits that never quite make coupladn story: If you’re a Coupland completist, you’ll couplane want to read it.

Instead of finding the strange digressions distracting, the reader bounces around a lively story full of entertaining, and somehow relevant tangents. Ethan’s dad is a desperately aspiring actor with a passion for ballroom dancing, and new friend Kam Fong smuggles people into Canada from the Far East. It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, so we’ll see how well this goes.


Another review of JPod describes how the fragmentation of the book relates to the autistic characteristics of the characters.

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

Then I watched him fall shorter and shorter with each subsequent release. Eventually, of course, he did end up realizing what to do, which in a nutshell was to make his stories a lot weirder and darker see Generation A and Player Onefor example ; but here where he was still floundering with it all, jPod feels very much like a Coupland simply waiting with boredom coupladn the high-profile MTV shorts offer that were guaranteed to come with any earlys project of his and indeed, jPod itself jopd made into a episode show for Canadian television, with a novel that feels very much like a quickly done afterthought to that show instead of the other way around.

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.

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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Obligated to undertake a rescue mission in China, Ethan fights off the threat of a viral outbreak, and begs a cantankerous author to rescue him from an early roadside death. I would happily only ever read Coupland-esque books, if enough existed. Well, it’s standard practice for a book reviewer to make copious notes while reading, highlighting noteworthy quotes, important plot twists, encapsulating themes and so on.