[By Nic Lindh on Thursday, 25 October 2007]
Ah, cubicle dwellers. With JPod, Douglas Coupland continues the exploration of the psyche of nerds he started in Microserfs, but instead of the well-researched and understated feel of that novel, JPod is like a soap opera on acid. The plot is completely over the top, and Coupland’s inclusion of himself as a character in the novel—an unpleasant character, to boot—is a bit hard to swallow. But it’s pretty pomo of him, one supposes.
Nevertheless, JPod is highly readable and full of memorable phrases, situations, and characters that capture the Zeitgeist.
Well worth reading.