A Novel

Book - 2007
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Ethan Jarlewski and five other computer programmers who work for a Vancouver game design company daily confront the forces that define our era, including global piracy, boneheaded marketing staff, people-smuggling, the rise of China, marijuana grow ops, and the remnants of the burst tech bubble of the nineties.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, 2007, c2006
ISBN: 9780679314257
Branch Call Number: R FICTION COU
Characteristics: 516 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Oct 20, 2011

I love this book. It is my favourite Coupland book of all time. The story is based around some characters that work in the high-tech industry. It is a bit over-the-top, but there are many amusing truths. So so excellent. If you have never read Coupland, start here.

Oct 02, 2011

A fun, quick read. Enjoyed the jabs at company politics and corporate life.

The criticisms of the book are accurate: characters a bit thin and you're left wondering what you can take away from it in terms of meaning (if you like that sort of thing). And the handful of pages listing the first 100,000 digits of pi...well, did they really have to be included? We get the point.

Still worth the read since his pacing is good and it doesn't bog down much.

Oct 01, 2011

I found this book to be a great disappointment after reading "Hey, Nostradamus!" Unfortunately, either you "get it" or you really don't and are left to have to try to decipher the techno-geek humour.

Mnemonic Sep 11, 2011

I absolutely love Douglas Coupland's style and sense of humour and it really shines in this book. It's clever, funny and very entertaining. He does a truly good job delving into the twenty-something work culture and integrating it to the story.

Aug 20, 2011

Savvy, techy, good read.

Jun 22, 2011

This is my most favourite book. Ever.

It's uplifting, funny, disturbing and deeply nonsensical in the best sense of the word. I've read this three times in the past year, and I'll keep reading it until I die.

Nov 19, 2010

Great book. Read it.

dreadful74 Sep 04, 2009

Enjoyable wild and strange world of working for a computer company in Vancouver. Easy read and very funny.

Sep 15, 2007

What a read! What a ride! I'm going to go all out here and say that, odd as this book seems, I bet that in the future, people will look on this book the way that we look at Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice - as window onto one generation's manners and lifestyle. OK, you might find that a bit scary - I certainly do. In any case, read this and enjoy. A 517-page one-day read - no kidding! No way I could put this one down. And as soon as I can, I will read everything else by this author, and buy copies for friends and family too.

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