“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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Perspective – Passing Fad or Opportunity to Win? I took a Contemporary Literature class a couple of years ago and my very smart lecturer was talking, in passing, about Coupland and said that he was the kind of author to write himself into his books.

Books of the Week. While I have a collection called ‘Have Read’. These would all be tremendous fun in a Pop Art way if they weren’t – like the rest of the novel – so lazily assembled.

JPod is then drastically challenged and changed when Steve goes missing and the new executive replacement declares that the game will be changed yet again. It made me think of that urban legend about the chemical they put in swimming pools that reveals when somebody pees. Ethan, a programmer couppland the eve of 30, suffers from a noticeable lack of ‘overriding purpose’.

And I know people just like them in real life. I am a fan of Coupland and I have read everything he has ever published, but it is clear after reading Jpod that he’s been in Vancouver too long and needs to get out for a weekend, if only to try another city’s dope and take-out.


JPod by Douglas Coupland

Fans of Coupland and of moral relativism. Since I loved Microserfs, I have to disagree.

And the situations Ethan got into were hilarious. As the book progresses, you can’t help but shake your head at Coupland’s boldness and unashamedne It’s been a couland since I’ve read this book, so we’ll see how well this goes.

For me, as I read the book, I literally felt like I was wasting my time. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Definitely his best attempt in years. Ethan’s pot-growing, lover-shooting Mom. Wrote it on a piece of Bibb lettuce. The romance between Ethan and Kaitlin, in particular, I barely felt like I had to concentrate on, because I knew exactly what was going to happen.

Sep 03, Marcus rated it did not like it. 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. The plot was trivial. I wanted to like couplannd 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.


But I like those people.

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Pages of HTML code, concepts couplsnd in an Asian character-driven language, pages with almost nothing on them but for some little absurd thing, etc. 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. It’s not a bad trope, but it’s still a trope Garden Stateanyone? The novel proper jjpod begins with a character saying: But this one made me laugh.

Perhaps his publishers or even his fans pressured him into returning to subject matter that had performed so well in the past. Through a friend of his brother’s, he becomes part of an illegal Chinese immigrant sumggling ring.

Topics Books The Observer. Jan 16, Nate rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 08, Dan Schwent rated it it was ok Shelves: I kept hoping it would pull itself out of the death spiral, but no. Much of the novel verges on the surreal, a rather odd diversion to China, a ballroom-dancing gangster and middle-class drug-dealing parents being cases in point.