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Microserfs

Coupland, Douglas

(eBook - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Microserfs
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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 singles, can be passed underneath closed doors) as they fearfully scan company e-mail to learn whether the great Bill is going to "flame" one of them. But now there's a chance to become innovators instead of cogs in the gargantuan Microsoft machine. The intrepid Microserfs are striking out on their own--living together in a shared digital flophouse as they desperately try to cultivate well-rounded lives and find love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz of their computer-driven world.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008
ISBN: 9780062105967
0062105965
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Oct 08, 2014
  • mackiecat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

May 26, 2010
  • selenakarkash rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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