Microserfs

Microserfs

Paperback - 2009
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Against a seattle backdrop of software, corporate coltishness and the financial terror of San Francisco and Silicon Valley tech start-ups, a handful of misfit Microsoft employees "stick a piece of dynamite inside themselves, like a cartoon cat, in the hopes that when they reassemble their exploded pieces they will be somebody different." Told through the online journal of a 26-year-old aspiring code writer, danielu@microsoft, Coupland gives readers an intimate, deadly accurate and profoundly comical view of a way of life that defined the 90s--and quickly established the basis for a new electronic order. As Daniel and his gang of maladjusted drones fight to find life beyond "the Campus" and Star Trek reruns, they embark on an engaging, if awkward, scramble toward love and success in a brave new world.
Publisher: Toronto : Harper Perennial, 2009, c1995
Edition: Harper Perennial ed
ISBN: 9781554683666
Branch Call Number: FIC COU
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 21 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 27, 2014

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.

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mackiecat
Oct 08, 2014

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.

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Raiiner
Apr 07, 2011

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.

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selenakarkash
May 26, 2010

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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