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Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Entertaining but somewhat strange in its attempts to be quirky & original.

Coupland doesn't mind making his readers pay for 41 pages (!) covered with decimals of pi. Other pages are filled with chinese characters; the 8,363 prime numbers between 10,000 and 100,000; brand names; listings of product ingredients, and what not.

Have read his latest one, The Bubblegum Thief which was pretty good too. Microserfs next methinks...
11th Jan 2008, 09:42  

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hildegard says:

They get better as you go backwards...

11th Jan 2008, 10:59

mat says:

Coupland is alright. A lot of his stuff is a bit samey, imo. Microserfs is good, or at least it was when I read it ten years ago. I suspect it was somewhat "of it's time", so whether it'll stand up now is another question.

However, as far as American gen-x writers called Douglas go, I prefer Rushkoff.

11th Jan 2008, 11:30

Euphro says:

I really enjoyed Microserfs and Girlfriend in a Coma :)

11th Jan 2008, 11:56

i seem to get the impression that his earlier novels are his best. have heard good things about eleanor rigby, girlfriend in a coma and microserfs.

11th Jan 2008, 12:03

Salome says:

I enjoyed girlfriend in a coma, but hated microserfs and all families are psychotic and got bored of Hey Nostradamus within about 20 pages. Can't remember if I finished it.

Sometimes I get the feeling he's taking the piss out of his readers with all that oh-so-(post)-modern stuff, and that annoys me.

11th Jan 2008, 12:57

vweavers says:

Microserfs is apparently not so good, but GirlFriend in a Coma IS excellent, Gum thief is very funny in a laughing on the dark side of your face kinda way.

11th Jan 2008, 14:40

swamprose says:

I find him sometimes annoying, but always interesting. my favourite is girlfriend in a coma.

and er, he's not American. he's a canuck. he also does some neat photographic/multi media stuff. He put up several last May in Toronto on bus stop shelters.

11th Jan 2008, 15:08

Essitam says:

Didn't like it myself - Couplands blatant self publicity went from ironic to just plain annoying when he introduced himself as a character!

11th Jan 2008, 19:25

OJ says:

I accompanied a friend to see Douglas Coupland do a reading/book signing a couple of months back and even took pictures of them at the end. He was very nice. And definitely a Canuck.

Didn't get inspired to buy his book - though I might try Girlfriend in a Coma after several breathless personal testimonials from friends who've read it.

17th Jan 2008, 17:50