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Douglas Coupland - 30/1/2008 11:18:27 AM   
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Having just finished Coupland's excellent 'Girlfriend In A Coma' I'm keen to read more of his work.  But where to start?  Any recommendations folks?

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 30/1/2008 12:50:16 PM   
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Microserfs is excellent, I would say read that before jPod.  Also, Hey Nostradamus is fantastic and a fairly quick read. 

But then, I guess they all are when his writing is so easy to read! Really entertaining.

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 1/2/2008 8:49:55 PM   
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All Families Are Pyschotic is brilliant. Characters and situations are memorably extreme

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 19/2/2008 6:03:19 PM   
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I bought JPOD today, it looks really inventive in style. I like Miss Wyoming it's good if your into movies as the main character is a movie producer and the journey it takes is great.

I've re-read "Girlfriend in a coma' more than anyother book.

If your a coupland fan you should try some JG Ballard, "Super Cannes" was a interesting book.  

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 21/2/2008 12:19:38 PM   
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I've recently finished reading The Gum Thief, though this time, instead of buying it, I decided to borrow it from the local libary, as to be honest I was really dissapointed with JPod (at the time - 'tis due a re-read soon).
 
Personally I'd echo the recommendation about Microserfs, personally that's my favourite Coupland book (Actually, one of my favourite books, fullstop), and although I think it's a tad overrated (runs for cover) Generation X is also worth a read, as are most of his books, to be honest.

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 22/2/2008 11:11:57 AM   
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Wow, people actually replied.  Thanks!

All Families Are Psychotic is a sentiment I'm totally feeling right now, so I'll certainly be picking that up, along with Microserfs.  I'll be sure to check out JG Ballard too - know the name, not the books... yet.

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 1/3/2008 8:24:59 PM   
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Coupland is good alrite, wud recommend David Mitchell, Chuck Palunuck and especially TC Boyle, who is the greatest.

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 4/3/2008 11:51:44 AM   
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Coupland is good alrite, wud recommend David Mitchell, Chuck Palunuck and especially TC Boyle, who is the greatest.

 
I've been meaning to read some of David Mitchells work for an absolute age, so thanks for the tip - I'm gonna try and fit in Ghostwritten before Nothing to Lose, by Lee Child comes out (They're guilty pleasures)

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 3/5/2008 8:53:36 PM   
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I've recently finished reading The Gum Thief, though this time, instead of buying it, I decided to borrow it from the local libary, as to be honest I was really dissapointed with JPod (at the time - 'tis due a re-read soon).
 


It seemed a little first draft to me, anti-drama style is all very well but lacking any conflict left the work pretty empty.

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 4/5/2008 12:17:45 PM   
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I read Coupland in this order:

Girlfriend In a Coma
Generation X
Microserfs
Hey Nostradamus
JPod

Loved them all, although the self referncing in JPod grated a bit.

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 11/5/2008 4:09:55 PM   
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Try Miss Wyoming 2ndRing.

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 12/5/2008 12:11:53 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: HIroProtagonist

I've recently finished reading The Gum Thief, though this time, instead of buying it, I decided to borrow it from the local libary, as to be honest I was really dissapointed with JPod (at the time - 'tis due a re-read soon).


It seemed a little first draft to me, anti-drama style is all very well but lacking any conflict left the work pretty empty.

 
Sorry for taking an absolute age to reply to that comment - I think that about sums up JPod pretty well, to be honest.

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 4/6/2008 8:21:48 PM   
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I recently got into Coupland through JPod (I loved it), and read Generation X and Microserfs - will pick up a few more of his books soon. 

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 14/6/2008 10:56:35 PM   
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The box set of the Gum thief sounds interesting it includes a book written by one of the characters in the book cool stuff, anyone got that? 

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 27/6/2008 10:30:40 PM   
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Just got into Coupland recently, after reading Girlfriend in a Coma, really liked it so I've started Generation X as well. Good stuff.

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RE: Douglas Coupland - 28/6/2008 5:15:57 PM   
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A friend lent me Hey Nostradamus read it in a week, quality read.
Girlfriend In A Coma is up next.


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RE: Douglas Coupland - 5/7/2008 12:26:34 PM   
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Wasn't there a film adaptation of All Families are Psychotic supposed to be heading our way a couple years back? Easily his best, J-Pod seemed like someone running short on ideas and didn't bother with the most recent one.
Chuck Palahniuk. You want to read this man's work. Utter brilliance coupled with complete psychosis. What more do you need?

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