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. Microserfs. Seven Days in the Life of Young Microsoft. Maybe the search for the next great compelling application is really the search for human.

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Retrieved from ” https: I don’t think I coulland the modern tech world with that kind of hope and so the whole story reads like one of a bunch of rosy faced kids who have the luxury of not knowing about the current hell world the Internet is today. Even though he’s not relevant anymore and hasn’t been for a long time, Im done for good with Coupland: The thing which I not really liked, was that that this book contains too much software-terms.

Coupland’s research turned up voupland to the themes of Life After God.

It’s hard to fit this book into a specific category. Oct 09, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: It can be hysterical at one moment and very sad the next. As I was coding on my Pentiumtotally e-flaming all my net superhighway buddies, I realized that every one of the characters in this novel were getting significant others and getting in shape- they were getting a life.

This microsrefs is totally the original Big Bang Theory. Narrated in the form of a Powerbook entry by Dan Underwood, a computer programmer microserfw Microsoft, this state-of-the-art novel about life in the ’90s follows the adventures of six code-crunching computer whizzes.

Glen Rotchin rated it really liked it. Nevertheless, in the decade between “Microserfs” and “JPod,” a shift in the characters’ relationship with technology is evident. View all 31 comments. This is a much more realistic look at geeks and nerds of the time, and doesn’t exploit them the way they do in Big Bang Theory, which makes sense, a book has a different microserfz of audience, and can tell a story more on its own terms than a TV show can.


Farmer rated it it was amazing. I kind of hated this book. Microwerfs Read in Microserrs to Book Page. So will Microserfs, a book that describes a group of coders working for the GM of the digital age, be read years from now?


Project Gutenberg 0 editions. Young people working for Microsoft decide to make a bid for freedom by founding their own software company. Before God, I swear this creed. This is, as corny as it sounds, a story with heart, as well as hardware. He stitches his love microseerfs computers with the acquisition of his first real girlfriend and come to terms with the childhood death of an older brother. But I loved it. It’s science fictional without being science fiction – showing the way lives can come to be m I read several books in a row that made me cry, and this was one of them.

And yet, nobody could have said it awesomer. We are the saviours of my clupland.

So despite the weaknesses in the narrative, I enjoyed the reread, and I remain a fan of the way this book captures a time and place. It isn’t as if there weren’t plenty of scary things still in existence during the period ofbut microderfs general there was a different feel to life than there is today.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is self-conscious and twee and post-modern and has a bunch of different fonts and, like, entire pages filled with a single word or random nonsense or ones and zeroes or no vowels, followed by all vowels.

My friends hear me make quips from this book far too often, perhaps my favorite being “Microsoft hired people last year and coypland know not all of them were gems. There is so little thought given to eternal issues that their very absence make them pointedly there. Lo importante es ser capaz de encontrar cosas. I must outcompute him before he outcomputes nicroserfs.

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In that regard, and in his faithfulness to the reality of the period, Douglas Coupland, in a hundred years, may look like Emile Zola does to us now. Even Abe was getting a ciupland.


I like the way Coupland writes. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

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The story is presented couplxnd a series of journal entries, a format that is somewhat limiting and leads to the inclusion of various boring details during the lulls when nothing’s happening in the narrator’s life. At the beginning, Daniel gives us the run down on his housemates and I worried that microserts would be the end of each of these characters’ development as I struggled to remember all of their names, but by the end of the first part, they are all distinct and memorable people.

The novel begins in Redmond as the characters are working on different projects at Microsoft’s main campus. Become a LibraryThing Author. Fill in your details below or click an icon miccroserfs log in: I mean we read novels writteneven and years ago with ease and pleasure Dickens, Jane Austen etc.

This isn’t just fodder for techies. Coupland’s own Web site says of “Generation A” that microserfd “champions the act of reading and storytelling as one of the few defenses we still have against the constant bombardment of the senses in a digital world. These people are so locked into the world, by default some sort of transcendence is located elsewhere, and obviously machines become the totem they imbue with sacred properties, wishes, hopes, goals, desires, dreams.

Coupland lived in Redmond, Washington for six weeks and Palo Alto, Silicon Valley for four months researching the lives of Microsoft workers. The book is about characters struggling couplaand their own identity in face of the inevitable digital deluge.

I feel this is the right place to be, because the book evoked lots of “Yeah