See also: List of jPod episodes jPod chronicles the often shocking lives of Ethan Jarlewski and four of his co-workers at Neotronic Arts as they confront "Chinese gangs, boneheaded bosses, sexual swinging , British royalty and gore-laced video games. The group works in a pod in the basement and were nicknamed jPod by the company. The newest member of jPod is Katilin Joyce, who appears to have been hired a day or two before the series begins. The team struggles to cope with the changes and tries to keep their game afloat. Ethan, the protagonist, has bigger problems than changes at work.
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And yet, I feel I feel I should preface this review by saying, Coupland is my favourite author. Like, by a really long way. I love all his books insanely much. Well, except Shampoo Planet. No one loves Shampoo Planet. Except Ryan Ross, apparently. I want to write like him. I would happily only ever read Coupland-esque books, if enough existed. That said, what I admire most about his writing is how he has matured.
Eleanor Rigby completely, completely blew me away. I was expecting to hate it, but its beauty is so understated and genuinely poignant. Seriously: wow. Which is why I was hesitant when I read the description of jPod. Which it basically is. But compared to Eleanor Rigby? Feels undeniably like a step backwards. It was also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet :P that felt repetitive to me. The romance between Ethan and Kaitlin, in particular, I barely felt like I had to concentrate on, because I knew exactly what was going to happen.
Confession time: Coupland novels tend to make me cry. Really a lot. Girlfriend In A Coma is the worst, but Microserfs also makes me sob. And frankly, the warm characterization is what has always separared Coupland from the Bret Easton Ellises of the writing world. Hate his books. I took a Contemporary Literature class a couple of years ago and my very smart lecturer was talking, in passing, about Coupland and said that he was the kind of author to write himself into his books.
My reaction was, pffft! But I guess she was right; I was wrong. Still, it makes me twitch a little. And to his credit, he wrote it on his own terms and made it very funny.
And yet, I feel I feel I should preface this review by saying, Coupland is my favourite author. Like, by a really long way. I love all his books insanely much.
Published on Sat 3 Jun The novel proper finally begins with a character saying: "Oh God. I feel like a refugee from a Douglas Coupland novel. It tells the nominal story of Ethan Jarlewski and his five co-workers in "JPod", a working group in a video game production company in Vancouver. The plot?