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JPod (2006)

von Douglas Coupland

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From the Publisher: JPod, Douglas Coupland's most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today's new breed of tech worker. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames begin with "J" are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. The 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, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own.… (mehr)
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I needed a break from my self-inflicted assignment of reading novels about King Arthur, so I turned to jPod, which is one of my favorite books. I read it a few years ago while on vacation in British Columbia and have passed it along to quite a few people over the years. Nearly all enjoyed it as much as I did.
It was nice to see that it was still a joy to read. ( )
  ltrahms | Jul 13, 2021 |
I thought this book was a lot of fun. It feels current even 15 years later. ( )
  wjburton | Mar 2, 2021 |
Vancouver, the beginning of the 21st century. At a game design company, six designers with surnames starting with J have been assigned to the same cubicle pod. There’s no way out—the company bureaucracy has put them there. So the members of jPod (as it’s known) try to maintain their perspective while faced with the idiocy of the marketing department, the absurd hijinks of their family members, and life in the new millennium.

The book is narrated by Ethan, whose family has more than its fair share of weirdness: grow-ops, human traffickers, and ballroom dancing. All of these play a role in the story, which meanders a bit and is definitely more extreme than its spiritual ancestor, Microserfs. Of the two, I prefer Microserfs, because there’s some really weird shit in jPod—the Ronald McDonald origin story in particular had me making horrible faces at the book because I’d forgotten about it from my last read. And I’m not sure that the freedom plot thread ages very well. Microserfs felt more wholesome and innocent.

What I did like was the setting, the commitment to the extreme meta-ness of putting Douglas Coupland in his own novel, and Kaitlin’s creative writing assignments. I also enjoyed the little profiles that the gang wrote up at the beginning of the book, because of how much they reminded me of Microserfs. And some of the absurd storylines were funny when they weren’t super gruesome.

This is certainly a hard book to tell people whether they’re going to like it or not. It’s certainly different. ( )
1 abstimmen rabbitprincess | Oct 29, 2020 |
Maybe I missed the joke, but I have to think that this was written under contract for a publisher with whom he no longer enjoys good relations (or maybe he just hates the copy editor). The story is amusing in places but entirely weightless. Forgettable characters engage in meaningless actions devoid of the wry melancholy and moments of peculiar beauty of his earlier works. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
So it turns out that I don’t love JPod as much as I previously thought. Sure, there was a completely genius part where our hero, Ethan, can’t quit his job because he’s been kinda-sorta-promised a promotion to assistant production assistant once he gets his art, programming, management and people skills up to the mark. And there’s also an all-too-realistic meeting in which an upper manager decides to add random new elements to a nearly-completed game because he thinks his kid will like it. (I was in that meeting, several times.)

Read the rest (mild spoilers). ( )
  TheFictionAddiction | Aug 12, 2020 |
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Altgård, ClemensÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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From the Publisher: JPod, Douglas Coupland's most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today's new breed of tech worker. Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose surnames begin with "J" are bureaucratically marooned in jPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. The 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, shameless, and dizzyingly fast-paced like our own.

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