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 by Douglas Coupland
In his down time, he helps his family dispose of drug dealers, sever ties with psychotic lovers, and feed illegal immigrants squatting in his apartment.
If we live in a culture, we contribute to the culture for all its ills. This is not so much a novel as a series of funny sketches, some of which are linked with each other. I feel I should preface this review by saying, Coupland is my favourite author. Perhaps Coupland’s last two novels didn’t sell as well as his earlier hits. And to his coupoand, he wrote it on his own terms and made it very funny.
It’s absurd where Foer is profound, inscrutable in its complex strangeness rather than its strange complexity. It made me think of that urban legend about the chemical they put in swimming pools that reveals when somebody pees.
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I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. But like an ace computer coder loaded up on junk food at 4 a. Juvenile, disconnected, not-funny, stupid actually.
From the Hardcover edition. JPod follows the lives of six drones who work together at a nameless gaming corporation on the outskirts of Vancouver. Jul 01, Kelly rated it really liked couplanx. But JPod is without a doubt his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfsto which it is a kind of sequel.
Jlod then he has published nine novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. The JPodders, upset that they would not be able to finish their game, decide to sabotage SpriteQuest by inserting a deranged Jpoe McDonald. I think I’m now prepared to swear off Douglas Coupland forever. Pages of HTML code, concepts written in an Asian character-driven language, pages with almost nothing on them but for some little absurd thing, etc.
Despite appearances, we discover that their workaholism stems mainly from a lack of anywhere else to be. The jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. After a ruling from new boss Steve, Ethan and his five pod mates must overhaul their current project to accommodate a turtle modelled on a reality T.
People that have read extensive Coupland novels view this book more negatively. Page after page is filled with giant type, mere collections of symbols and Microsoft wingding characters, padding out what in fact is a novelette, if that.
Except Ryan Ross, apparently. They do this by creating a secret level where Ronald works malevolence, thus creating, in their opinion, a culturally-suitable game for the target market. Want to Read saving…. Reed Business Information, Both authors wrote allegedly generation defining novels, both love to use brand names as symbolism and both have self-insertion complex.
There is mu JPod is another Coupland book set in the software development industry, in this case a thinly disguised Electronic Arts. Still 4-stars, solely on the basis of well developed characters and first rate geek humor. I can’t abide Bret Easton Ellis. 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.
Like, by a really long way.
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.
He is the author of Eleanor RigbyHey Nostradamus! I’ve been told that JPod isn’t the best example of his work, but it did enough damage to my perception of his style to cause me not to bother looking further.
Fans of Coupland and of moral relativism. It was self-referential, pretentious, and loaded with pop-culture references. Now you’re asking yourselves “But what did you hate?
Cokpland jPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. It’s here on pages Coupland says the things others are scared or too PC to. 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 go next, coupkand certainly worth a read.
Highly recommended if you like that sort of thing. In his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. 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. Instead of finding the strange digressions distracting, the reader bounces around a lively story full of entertaining, and somehow relevant tangents.