Coupland continues to explore the funny, frustrating, and confusing process of growing up in a world ruled by Bill Gates and Microsoft. As I turned the last page I didn't want to say good-bye to his latest cast of witty, annoying, and inevitably endearing characters.
About a time which quickly passed - when coders were still naive enough to give free round-the-clock work for months, sleeping under the desk, eating snacks and drinking high-caffeine drinks,in exchange for plans of getting rich from shares they were given before the company's IPO (going public).
After the 2001 bust, nobody is that naive any more (hopefully). But it broke the back of fledgling unions. And resulted in a great Coupland story.
My favorite Coupland book - the interplay between the characters resembles jPod somewhat. The book's collection of recognizable anthropological tics is well worth the reading.
I know Doug wrote this one before Jpod, but I definitely enjoyed the other better than this. Not that Microserfs was bad or anything, but I guess that's just not the timeline that we live in right now, and I'm a 2000 baby.
Still, a fantastic read, and much deeper and more meaningful than the aforesaid.
Read it. And Jpod.
In typical Coupland style, this book is funny in sarcastic ways and keeps me interested in the characters and their strange developing relationship with each other. The story is quirky and intelligent. Excellent read.
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