JPod

JPod

A Novel

Book - 2006
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A lethal joyride into today's new breed of technogeeks, Coupland's forthcoming novel updatesMicroserfsfor the age of Google. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with 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, as readers will see. Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life.jPodis Douglas Coupland at the top of his game. Excerpt fromjPod: I slunk into the BoardX meeting where Steve, Gord-O, and staff from the loftiest perches of the food chain were still trying to nail the essence of Jeff the Charismatic Turtle. Prototype turtle sketches were pinned onto a massive cork wall, all of them goofy and teensploitational: sunglasses, baggy pants and (dear God) a terry-cloth sweatband. "Does Jeff the Turtle follow players around the entire time they manipulate their third person?" "Almost. Like Watson is to Sherlock Holmes." "Can you imagine how annoying that would be?" "Maybe the buddy isn't such a good idea." Steve squashed that hope. "It's going to be a buddy. Players will love it." "It's really Poochie-Joins-Itchy-and-Scratchy." "How am I ever going to look somebody who plays Tony Hawk games in the face again?" "Isn't our turtle supposed to be a bit more studly?" "Turtles aren't studly by nature." "What about the turtle they used in the 1950s to pimp the atomic weapons program? He was kind of studly." "No he wasn't and, besides, he's dead." "What?" "Dead. Hanged himself from the side of his posh midtown Manhattan terrarium. Left a note saying he couldn't handle the shame of what he'd done. Wrote it on a piece of Bibb lettuce."
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2006
ISBN: 9780679314240
0679314245
Branch Call Number: COU
Characteristics: 516 p

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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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