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.

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Dougllas Novel Cure I must use my computer true. December – Microserfs 12 11 Dec 25, In some ways, they detest their own lego-ization, they fear the duality that seems to divide their minds and their bodies, they struggle with what a prism identity is becoming, and fight to assert their true selves in tandem with technology. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

A year-old bug checker at Microsoft, he lives in a group house with five other nerds, all of them vassals of Bill Gates and true children of their age.


I must use my computer true. There are heartfelt discussions about what it doyglas to relate to another person and what it means to be human.

This novel, written and set in the mids, is about a group of Microsoft employees who quit, move to Silicon Valley, and start a company of their own.


Swap 10 have, 64 want. Nov 27, Petra Eggs rated it really liked it Shelves: Tinned Peaches Yttrium San Fran” I’m answering my own question because I knew the answer and thought it would be a worthwhile contribution to this page.

It is self-conscious and twee and post-modern and has a bunch of different fonts dougls, like, entire pages filled with a single word or random nonsense or ones and zeroes or no vowels, followed by all vowels. Jul 14, Hristina rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed witnessing the build up from friendship to family between the characters, and that really shines in the finale which is why, I guess, I can’t stop talking about it.

I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdi Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland: The ObserverNovember 12, The novel is presented in the form of diary entries maintained on a PowerBook by the narrator, Daniel. Coupland, The TimesJune All of the housemates—some immediately, some after thought—decide to move to the Valley. Guardian State of the nation. But I’m not in my twenties anymore either–things would probably look different to me now if I was This page was last edited on 14 Septemberat Being set in the early 90s in Silicon Valley, this novel takes place right on the precipice of monumental and world-altering change.


That sounds like s SF, but it’s become the world. This is, as corny as it sounds, a story with heart, as well as hardware.

The result is a lightly-toned, yet intricately weaved, information-heavy traversal of an economically ebullient period of history. The book does a great job capturing the Silicon Valley nerd culture in the 90s, how micrsoerfs seemed to exist suspended in its own bubble world.

This book is funny, and especially for the one’s who are more familiar with software and the computer-business, it’s a big surplus. 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.

My computer is coupalnd best friend. The story is presented as 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. Michael is a recluse who will eat only crackers, Kraft singles, and other flat foods that can be slid beneath closed doors.