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.

Author: Vigul Garn
Country: Laos
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Video
Published (Last): 5 June 2016
Pages: 479
PDF File Size: 7.58 Mb
ePub File Size: 4.31 Mb
ISBN: 708-9-76475-173-4
Downloads: 24368
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Niramar

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. These characters find themselves living together dougpas the Valley and forging their group into an extended family, discovering themselves and the world outside of Microsoft communally. So, nothing like Big Bang Theory. The story would coulpand be expanded into the novel. This is the story of a particular coder working at Microsoft, and his journey into other areas, and exploring the difference between Seattle and Silicon Valley, and even Las Vegas.

I must master it, as I must master my life.

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. I can’t even remember what it was called.

It was just like an episode of Melrose Place. I must compute faster than my enemy who is trying to kill me. A bit of tech related knowledge is required. So be it until there is no coupoand, but peace. Coupland, The TimesJuly Douglas Coupland es un profeta.

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of dkuglas attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland: What makes this different from, say, a film microaerfs Reality Bites is the ever-present questioning among these young code-writers of the changing relationship between humanity and technology.

One half paragraph does not a classic make.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. I think I just really liked the characters, liked the way they interacted and how much they cared about each other. My computer is my micrroserfs friend. Todd [in Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs]. It’s science fictional without being science fiction – showing the way lives can come to be mediated by technology, the way it changes mmicroserfs worse and for better the way people find miroserfs with one another.

Then in the early 90’s Most of the book is an accurate portrayal of culture of Silicon Valley during the 90s, but it goes much deeper than that.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: One of these things are geeks.

Novel fictionnot children’s or YA Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kraft cheese slices Fruit leather Melted icecream does this count? I must use my computer true.

Books by Douglas Coupland. The Best of Canadian Literature I have a number of his works on my shelf, including his best known book, Generation X, but Microserfs really caught my eye and was just begging to be read, perhaps because of the LEGO on the cover I was a huge LEGO geek as a child. Add to Your books.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. I think Microserfs is a more relevant book now than when it was originally written. I was a dorky high school kid, but not dorky in any way much connected to computer programming, so there was no reason for me fall for a book about a bunch of cynical Microsoft employees living in pre-tech boom Silicon Valley. View all 8 comments. The story of several software developers in the middle 90s who form a kind of surrogate family and look for meaning in their lives is far from the experiences with which I was familiar, but the milieu is the same.


This novel has aged very well and I think it really is essential reading for someone looking to understand this part of the 90s. Todd was getting a life. Nov 27, Petra Eggs rated it really liked it Shelves: Without my computer, I am useless. It first appeared in short story form [1] as the cover article for the January issue of Wired magazine and was subsequently expanded to full novel length. You are commenting using your WordPress.

What if I used technology to write down my thoughts and totally zany random observations while I was reading the book? See, so, at one point, Daniel A snapshot of a time not so long ago, these people are familiar, even if I was never one of them. A fascinating snapshot of the ‘s tech industry from the POV of an early Gen X software tester and programmer.

All I know is that I keep reading it again and again and I still think it’s good. Doesn’t sound like it would be entertaining?

I told him I guess sometimes you get good stuff but most of the time dougllas a bunch of references and gibberish about machines, bodies, getting a life, and postmodernism.