JPod. Fiction · A lethal joyride into today’s new breed of technogeeks, Coupland’s forthcoming novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google. “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.

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I’ve met Ethan before. The master ironist just might redefine E. JPod follows the lives of six drones who work together at a nameless gaming corporation on the outskirts of Vancouver. In other projects Wikiquote.

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In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters. My usual enjoyment of a book lies in how much I miss it after the final page.

Players will love it. Glimpses of the Moon. To ask other readers questions about JPodplease sign up. 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 for the high-profile MTV shorts offer that were guaranteed to come with any earlys project of his and indeed, jPod itself got 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.


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He is also a visual artist and sculptor, furniture designer and screenwriter, as well as the author of Souvenir of Canada and its sequel, Souvenir of Canada 2. Another review of JPod describes jjpod the fragmentation of the book relates to the autistic characteristics of the characters.

Ethan is effectively a latterday Oedipa Maas, trying to make sense of an overfed, depthless culture in which everyone else, it seems, is mad. Jul 01, Kelly rated it really liked it. From the Cassette edition.

I would happily only ever read Co I’m a little conflicted over my reaction to this novel. If you’ve never read Coupland before, Read This. Here, Coupland openly inserts himself into the narrative jlod a character that, although grumpy and not averse to sneaky blackmail, conveniently turns up to save the day.

Sure it’s shocking, but is this dluglas zeitgeist, or just, “Extreme Vancouver? JPod is the right book at the right time. In the end, I am not sure this story or these characters matter, and I think they may as well not have been.


Perhaps his publishers or ocupland his fans pressured him into returning to subject matter that had performed so well in the past.

You might like it a lot more than I did. 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.

I turned pages with great pleasure. Now you’re asking yourselves “But what did you doutlas From the Hardcover edition. This didn’t come from the same Coupland that wrote Generation X, Microserfs, Shampoo Planet and all those 90’s classics that Couplanders want to hang on to so badly. Read it Forward Read it first. People that have read extensive Coupland novels view this book more negatively.

For me, as I read the book, I literally felt like I was wasting my time. Juvenile, disconnected, not-funny, stupid actually. Here’s what I’ve noticed. I enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff. It tells the nominal story of Ethan Jarlewski and his five co-workers in “JPod”, a working group in a video game production company in Vancouver.