By Douglas Coupland
JPod, Douglas Coupland’s so much acclaimed novel so far, is a deadly joyride into today's new breed of tech employee. Ethan Jarlewski and 5 co-workers whose surnames start with “J” are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, a no-escape architectural limbo at the fringes of a big Vancouver online game layout corporation. The jPodders salary day-by-day conflict opposed to the calls for of a boneheaded advertising employees, who day-by-day torture staff with idiotic alterations to already idiotic video games. in the meantime, Ethan’s own existence is formed (or twisted) through phenomena as disparate as Hollywood, marijuana grow-ops, people-smuggling, ballroom dancing, and the increase of China. JPod’s universe is amoral, shameless, and dizzyingly fast paced like our own. Douglas Coupland is a novelist who additionally works in visible arts and theater. His novels include new release X, Microserfs, All households Are Psychotic, whats up Nostradamus!, and Eleanor Rigby. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Ethan Jarlewski and 5 co-workers are bureaucratically marooned in JPod, a no-escape architectural limbo at the fringes of an immense Vancouver game layout corporation. The six jPodders salary day-by-day conflict opposed to the calls for of a bone-headed advertising employees, who day-by-day torture staff with idiotic alterations to already idiotic video games. in the meantime, Ethan's own lifestyles is formed (or twisted) by way of phenomena as disparate as Hollywood, marijuana grow-ops, people-smuggling, ballroom dancing, and the increase of China. JPod's universe is amoral and shameless—and dizzyingly fast paced. The characters are items in their period while they're developing it. every body in Ethan's existence inhabits an ethical grey quarter. no one is exempt, now not even his possible straitlaced mom and dad or Coupland himself. choked with notice video games, visible jokes, and sideways jabs, this e-book throws a pointy, pointed garden dart into the guts of latest lifestyles. JPod is Douglas Coupland on the most sensible of his video game. "To Coupland's credits, the technologically subtle yet socially alienated universe that he expected in 1995 is a fair extra tangible and intricate entity in 2000—a time while humans relatively do converse in regurgitated sound bites from The Simpsons, and are classified autistic just because they're shy, and are granted preposterous task descriptions like being a part of a 'world-building team' once they own little regulate over the area within which they live—and that offers him license to revisit this territory in JPod."—The long island Times "The ideal automobile for [Coupland's] humorous and poignant evocations of near-term nostalgia . . . there's brilliance at paintings in JPod."—Los Angeles Times "Zeitgeist surfer Douglas Coupland downloads his mind into Jpod."—Vanity Fair "Jpod is a graceful and precious machine: the finely tuned output of an writer whose obsolescence is fortunately years away."—New York instances booklet Review "A willful, pleased satire that revels within the similar cultural conventions that it sends up."—Rocky Mountain News "Perhaps it's time to appreciate [Coupland's] virtuoso tone and the way he has sophisticated it over eleven novels. The grasp ironist simply may redefine E.M. Forster's recognized dictate 'Only connect' for the Google age."—USA Today "Coupland is mining territory that has been mostly neglected through the literary set . . . the unconventional indicates Coupland did his homework."—The Washington Post "No one has Coupland's skill to identify cultural outliers, the little gem stones of nonsense which could either jar you and impart pleasure. Coupland is his generation's best curator."—Slate "No, JPod isn't the subsequent model of iPod; it refers to a bunch of geeks with final names beginning with J cubicled jointly in a far off quadrant of a big Vancouver video-game company. Coupland revisits the electronic country he so shrewdly depicted in Microserfs (1995) in a zeitgeist-trawling satire approximately twenty-first-century cyber obsession. JPoder Ethan Jarlewski narrates in deadpan geekspeak, reporting on lifestyles in gamer land, the place he and his fellow designers—each precocious, cynical, oddball captivating, and doubtless a slightly autistic—invent hilariously shrewdpermanent trivial goals to prevent paintings. yet Ethan is frequently distracted from enjoyable with porn websites, math difficulties, and an evil cyber model of Ronald McDonald by way of the loopy calls for of his off-the-charts relations. There's a South Park edginess and surrealism to the usually violent escapades of Ethan's actor-wannabe father, gun-toting and pot-growing mom, and real-estate salesman brother, who will get all of them entangled with the gangster Kam Fong. As either real and cyber mayhem crest, Coupland, himself a personality during this rampaging comedy, reminds us that irrespective of how seductive the digital realm is, it's actual existence that calls for our keenest attention."—Donna Seaman, Booklist "Coupland returns, knowingly, to mine the dot-com territory of Microserfs (1996)—this time for slapstick. younger Ethan Jarlewski works lengthy hours as a video-game developer in Vancouver, browsing the web for gore websites and having random conversations with co-workers on JPod, the cubicle hive the place he works, the place everyone's final identify starts off with J. ahead of Ethan can please the bosses and the selling division (they desire a turtle, in response to a truth television host, inserted into the sport Ethan's been engaged on for months) or win the center of co-worker Kaitlin, Ethan needs to aid his mother bury a biker she's electrocuted within the kinfolk basement which homes her marijuana farm; provide his dad, an actor desperately eager for a conversing half, another pep speak; feed the 20 unlawful chinese language immigrants his brother has quickly saved in Ethan's condominium; and go downtime through searching for a mistaken digit within the first 100,000 locations (printed on pages 383-406) of pi. Coupland's cultural name-dropping is predictable (Ikea, the Drudge Report, etc.), as is the machine of bringing in a fictional Douglas Coupland to save lots of Ethan's day greater than as soon as. yet like an ace computing device coder loaded up on junk foodstuff at four a.m., Coupland derives his satirical, lively humor's power from the foolish, strung-together plot and skinny characters. name it Microserfs 2.0."—Publishers Weekly
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