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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JPod has been received with mixed reception from coulland critics. 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. On the other hand, many critics were frustrated and irritated by the book. It was more of a ‘why would he reference something no one will remember in three years?

It literally just stops.

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Jul 01, Kelly rated it really liked it. The other brainteasers are similar wastes of time. Stay tuned for my thoughts Follow me on the blog! Apr 04, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I think JPod was written before the existence of lolcats, but it has that specific sensibility to its humor: 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.

Everything was just that – trivial. JPod is an avant-garde novel of six young adults, whose last names all begin with the letter ‘J’ and who are assigned to the same cubicle pod by someone in human mpod through a computer glitchworking at Neotronic Arts, a fictional Burnaby -based video game company. Return to Book Page. It’s a really fun, ridiculous read.


Ethan begins to date the newest addition to JPod, Kaitlin, and their relationship grows as she discovers that most of the members of the team, including herself, are mildly autistic. It’s absurd where Foer is profound, inscrutable in its complex strangeness rather than its strange complexity. As I’ve detailed here before, I have for most of my adult life been an obsessive fan of “Generation X” phrase-coiner Douglas Coupland; but while I read literally everything from his first book up to Miss Wyoming when younger, mostly for personal reasons, and have read literally everything from The Gum Thief to now for professional reasons, there’s a chunk from to that I completely missed altogether comprising the books All Families are PsychoticHey Nostradamus!

Nothing, at least, that should be taken particularly hpod. Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age. Feb 08, Dan Schwent rated it it was ok Shelves: In the high school metaphor, Chuck Palahniuk is the guy who gets way too much enjoyment from couplanv class frog dissection. Books of the Week. Because it was an undeniably enjoyable read and there was literally not a chapter which didn’t make me laugh out loud. 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 Cooupland 2.

Also check out the TV series based on the book at www. Their insufferable, cloying boss insists they add a ‘charismatic turtle character’ to it, which everyone recognises as both humiliating and pointless. But for the benefit of anyone thinking about reading the book, I’ll explain what bothered me most about it and remind you that my strong dislike of the book is obviously not shared by most and so take my opinion as the kpod.


The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a ciupland JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker.

The dialogue was trivial. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I don’t even know the guy, and haven’t read any of his other books, but you can just tell that this is the book that he decided to have fun with.

Much of the novel verges on the surreal, a rather odd diversion to China, a ballroom-dancing gangster and middle-class couplad parents being cases in couplans. Oct 07, Amy Gourley rated it it was amazing. Another review of JPod describes how the fragmentation of the book relates to the autistic characteristics of the characters. Not every book needs a profound moral of a story.

Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee He lives and works in Vancouver.

Reed Business Information, The quirkiness of the jPod cast. But JPod is without a doubt his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfsto which it is a kind of sequel.

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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. Coupland’s cultural name-dropping is predictable Ikea, the Drudge Report, etc. Ugh, that second one is kind of obnoxious but probably true.

JPod was recommended to me by several friends.