A lethal joyride into todayas new breed of technogeeks, Couplandas forthcoming novel updates Microserfs for 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. jPodas universe is amoral and shameless. The characters are products of their era even as theyare creating it. Everybody in Ethanas 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. jPod is Douglas Coupland at the top of his game. Excerpt from jPod: 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. aDoes Jeff the Turtle follow players around the entire time they manipulate their third person?a aAlmost. Like Watson is to Sherlock Holmes.a aCan you imagine how annoying that would be?a aMaybe the buddy isnat such a good idea.a Steve squashed that hope. aItas going to be a buddy. Players will love it.a aItas really Poochie-Joins-Itchy-and-Scratchy.a aHow am I ever going to look somebody who plays Tony Hawk games in the face again?a aIsnat our turtle supposed to be a bit more studly?a aTurtles arenat studly by nature.a aWhat about the turtle they used in the 1950s to pimp the atomic weapons program? He was kind of studly.a aNo he wasnat and, besides, heas dead.a aWhat?a aDead. Hanged himself from the side of his posh midtown Manhattan terrarium. Left a note saying he couldnat handle the shame of what head done. Wrote it on a piece of Bibb lettuce.a From the Hardcover edition.Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life. jPod is Douglas Coupland at the top of his game.
|Publisher||:||Vintage Canada - 2011-03-18|