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By Douglas Coupland

ISBN-10: 1596911050

ISBN-13: 9781596911055

JPod, Douglas Coupland’s so much acclaimed novel to this point, 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 an immense Vancouver video game layout corporation. The jPodders salary day-by-day conflict opposed to the calls for of a boneheaded advertising and marketing employees, who day-by-day torture staff with idiotic adjustments to already idiotic video games. in the meantime, Ethan’s own lifestyles is formed (or twisted) via 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 moving 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, hiya 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 incredible Vancouver online 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 adjustments to already idiotic video games. in the meantime, Ethan's own existence is formed (or twisted) by means 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 moving. The characters are items in their period while they're growing it. every person in Ethan's lifestyles inhabits an ethical grey quarter. not anyone is exempt, now not even his possible straitlaced mom and dad or Coupland himself. jam-packed with be aware 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 online game. "To Coupland's credits, the technologically subtle yet socially alienated universe that he expected in 1995 is an excellent extra tangible and intricate entity in 2000—a time while humans fairly 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 during which they live—and that provides him license to revisit this territory in JPod."—The long island Times "The excellent motor vehicle 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 swish and important equipment: the finely tuned output of an writer whose obsolescence is fortunately years away."—New York instances publication 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 well-known dictate 'Only connect' for the Google age."—USA Today "Coupland is mining territory that has been principally missed via the literary set . . . the unconventional exhibits Coupland did his homework."—The Washington Post "No one has Coupland's skill to identify cultural outliers, the little gem stones of nonsense which may 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 state 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 smart trivial targets to prevent paintings. yet Ethan is frequently distracted from enjoyable with porn websites, math difficulties, and an evil cyber model of Ronald McDonald through the loopy calls for of his off-the-charts kinfolk. 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 regardless of how seductive the digital realm is, it truly is 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 with J. ahead of Ethan can please the bosses and the promoting division (they need a turtle, in response to a fact television host, inserted into the sport Ethan's been engaged on for months) or win the center of co-worker Kaitlin, Ethan needs to support his mother bury a biker she's electrocuted within the relations basement which homes her marijuana farm; supply his dad, an actor desperately eager for a talking half, one more pep speak; feed the 20 unlawful chinese language immigrants his brother has briefly kept in Ethan's house; and cross downtime by means of searching for a unsuitable digit within the first 100,000 areas (printed on pages 383-406) of pi. Coupland's cultural name-dropping is predictable (Ikea, the Drudge Report, etc.), as is the gadget of bringing in a fictional Douglas Coupland to save lots of Ethan's day greater than as soon as. yet like an ace laptop coder loaded up on junk nutrition 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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