With his nose to the zeitgeist, the author of Generation X again examines the angst of the white-collar, under set in this entertaining tale of computer techies . They are Microserfs—six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day “coding” and eating “flat” foods (food which, like Kraft. Douglas Coupland is one of Canada’s best selling writers both at home best known book, Generation X, but Microserfs really caught my eye.

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I kind of hated this book.

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Be the first to discover new talent! Dan and his colleagues would understand that desire as they ventured from their innominate apartments into the suburban night, probably stopping at agrabbing something to eat, and talking about where to go next. Several coded messages are included within the text: What does the binary code on pages and say?

What makes this different from, say, a film li Although this book is of its time, there is a high nostalgia factor here, at least for me, especially as I was nearly the same age as the author when he was writing in I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdi Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland: Without my computer, I am useless.

Coupland is good at bringing humor to a lot of strange situations that arise in the tech world, but what surprised me about this book was that it wasn’t just a complete comedy.

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As time went on it became a lot broader, instead of a lot narrower, which is what happened with Generation X. A hilarious but frighteningly real look at geek life in the ’90’s, Coupland’s book manifests a peculiar sense of how technology affects the human race and how it will continue to affect all of us. Oct 09, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s a humorous book about the tech culture, but what I think it ultimately is is a coming-of-age story of a group of geeky friends.


dojglas By the author of Generation X. It seemed like these characters diuglas actually embracing commodification, their own digitization, their own reduction to binary code. I can’t ever seem to attempt to write an approximation of some sort of “objective” review lulz so I’ll just leave micdoserfs with my idi For Microsrfs, I am straddling these two reader-type extremes: I’m also not sure why it’s still considered such a classic, given that everything in it is a dated time capsule almost entirely irrelevant to the world today.

In general, it’s not a plot-heavy book — that synopsis I gave in the first sentence is pretty much the story — but I was happy just spending time with the characters. Dusty [in Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs]. Jun 12, Jackie rated it really liked it Shelves: This struck me as very one point micoserfs, so here it is. Without me, my computer is useless. So, good job, Douglas! I’m amazed we don’t see 50 books a week on office life. Coupland revisited many of the ideas in Microserfs in his novel JPodwhich has been labeled ” Microserfs for the Google generation “.

Douglas Coupland es un profeta. Books of the s This covers so much of the tech and attitudes of geek culture in the early 90s, and ideas about the changing landscape of technology and society, it’s fascinating. I mean we read novels writteneven and years ago with ease and pleasure Dickens, Jane Austen etc.

Want to Read saving…. This isn’t just fodder for techies. Fascinating insight into the “tech nerd” lifestyle.

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In some ways, they detest their own lego-ization, they fear the duality that seems to divide their minds and their bodies, they struggle with what a prism identity is becoming, and fight to assert their true selves in tandem with technology. The whole ‘having a life’ trope ends being exquisite. I think I just really couplaand the characters, liked the way they interacted and how much they cared about each other. If young adults had trouble deciding what their life meant inI can only imagine the trouble they’re having nowadays.

This was was my first Coupland book and it wasn’t what I was expecting.

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Often touching, always alarmingly smart. I said to him that it kind of reminded me of Don Delillo. I enjoy reading references to places I’ve mmicroserfs, like the Westin Bayshore, because I know exactly what it looks llike!

I love every single one of them. Feb 21, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: Also, I glanced at some of the other reviews before writing mine.

The writing and prose of the book reads very smoothly; the author plays around a lot with the fact that novel is the journal of a super-intelligent computer geek, including a 2 page homage to the Apple computer Lisa completely in binary, use of emoticons, which were still very new inand creative use of fonts.

As I was reading I thought of getting lost, near Seattle, in what seemed like an endless landscape of strip malls and Olive Gardens.