JPod

JPod

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Very evil....very funny

A lethal joyride into today's new breed of technogeeks, Douglas Coupland's new novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google.
Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers are bureaucratically marooned in JPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver video game design company.
The six JPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. Meanwhile, Ethan's personal life is shaped (or twisted) by phenomena as disparate as Hollywood, marijuana grow-ops, people-smuggling, ballroom dancing, and the rise of China. JPod's universe is amoral and shameless - and dizzyingly fast-paced. 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. JPod is Douglas Coupland at the top of his game.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781596911048
1596911042
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 448 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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ryanmaz7
Apr 18, 2016

Most people who don't like this book, don't like postmodern. This book is a hilarious look into boring lives geeks, but that's all. If you care about stories driven by character development, and you like dry humor, then you should like this book. It's a window into our times; something we will show our kids.

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tegan
Oct 20, 2011

I love this book. It is my favourite Coupland book of all time. The story is based around some characters that work in the high-tech industry. It is a bit over-the-top, but there are many amusing truths. So so excellent. If you have never read Coupland, start here.

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jbrown71
Oct 02, 2011

A fun, quick read. Enjoyed the jabs at company politics and corporate life.

The criticisms of the book are accurate: characters a bit thin and you're left wondering what you can take away from it in terms of meaning (if you like that sort of thing). And the handful of pages listing the first 100,000 digits of pi...well, did they really have to be included? We get the point.

Still worth the read since his pacing is good and it doesn't bog down much.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

I found this book to be a great disappointment after reading "Hey, Nostradamus!" Unfortunately, either you "get it" or you really don't and are left to have to try to decipher the techno-geek humour.

Mnemonic Sep 11, 2011

I absolutely love Douglas Coupland's style and sense of humour and it really shines in this book. It's clever, funny and very entertaining. He does a truly good job delving into the twenty-something work culture and integrating it to the story.

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Jbooks
Aug 20, 2011

Savvy, techy, good read.

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anicepieceoffish
Jul 27, 2011

Quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read. Gotta love the periodic quoting/referencing of the Simpsons going on throughout the book.

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Raiiner
Jun 22, 2011

This is my most favourite book. Ever.

It's uplifting, funny, disturbing and deeply nonsensical in the best sense of the word. I've read this three times in the past year, and I'll keep reading it until I die.

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GarrettLockhart
Nov 19, 2010

Great book. Read it.

dreadful74 Sep 04, 2009

Enjoyable wild and strange world of working for a computer company in Vancouver. Easy read and very funny.

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Apr 18, 2016

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