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Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames end in 'J' are bureaucratically marooned in JPod. JPod is a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. The six workers daily confront the forces that define our era: global piracy, boneheaded marketing staff, people smuggling, the rise of China, marijuana grow-ops, Jeff Probst, and the ashes of the 1990s financial tech dream. JPod's universe is amoral and shameless. The characters are products of their era even as they're creating it. Everybody in Ethan's life inhabits a moral grey zone. Nobody is exempt, not even his seemingly straitlaced parents or Coupland himself. Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life.
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 38mm | 680.4g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 074758222X
  • 9780747582229
  • 1,464,308

About Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland is a novelist who also works in visual arts and theatre. His novels include Generation X, All Families Are Psychotic, Hey Nostradamus! and Eleanor Rigby. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. For more information, visit
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15,372 ratings
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3 27% (4,210)
2 9% (1,337)
1 3% (425)

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There is no doubt that Douglas Coupland's two books, <a href="">Generation X</a> and <a href="">Microserfs</a>, still define our view of him as a writer: hip, savvy, funny, perhaps a bit geeky. Certainly, with both those books, Coupland did manage absolutely to capture something about the ennui and emptiness of a generation that lives without god, worships celebrity and money, and is dominated by "connectivity": where a virtual life is more stimulating than a real one. <a href="">Microserfs</a> looked at life at the height of the tech-bubble for a bunch of geeks who were earning loadsamoney, with shares due to gift them yet more cash, yet whose souls needed nurturing. It was a bitterly funny book that got the geek-scene down perfectly. <a href="">JPOd</a> is billed as "<em>Microserfs</em> for the age of Google" and it is Coupland's attempt to revisit his tech universe. This time around, with the idiotic notion that shares would keep increasing in value and the internet would usher in a democratic planet now utterly discredited, the web-world looks emptier, sadder and darker. Certainly, it feels more pointless. As, sadly, does Coupland's rewrite. His <a href="">Microserfs</a> upgrade -- for this is what is <a href="">JPOd</a> is -- is neither as fresh as his earlier book nor as wise. Coupland has always been good with the zeitgeist, but printing out spam email messages to reflect back at us how the internet dream died hardly amounts to critique. And, anyway, this time around the jokes just aren't as more
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