Sunday, April 06, 2008

It wasn't an entirely lazy Sunday ...

... I did post a review of this book over on the Spring Reading Challenge.

Much as I am a Douglas Coupland fan, I was a little startled at the way this book was pushed direct-to-video so to speak.

Has Douglas Coupland jumped the shark? You know you want to know what I think! (or so I tell myself)



I love Douglas Coupland and your review has intrigued me enough to read the book.

However I don't have your patience to wait in queue at the library and will no doubt purchase it!

(single-handedly keeping Chapters and Amazon in business)

Gifted Typist said...

I heard Douglas Coupland on a local CBC call in about 10 yrs ago.
He was talking about the way computers were breaking down old class and economic structures, and democratizing everything.

One caller raised the question of not being able to afford a computer or an internet connection. This, he said, represented a hole in Copeland's theory.

Coupland hit the roof and called the guy a jerk and said he should get off the radio. IT's was toe-curlingly embarrassing.

The CBC host, bless him, had to tell Coupland "That's not the way we do things here at the CBC." Coupland gave one of those "I'm sorry but that guy is so wrong" apologies. Totally lacking in class or sincerity.

I could never stand the man after that. Whenever I attempt to read his words, I keep hearing his voice and childish on-air tantrum.

I'm sure he's a fine writer with much to say, but there's too much other good stuff I'd rather be read.

phlegmfatale said...

SHit, I can barely keep up (or not at all) with my blog rounds, let alone dive into literature. SOrry I've been so scarce!

JustRun said...

You're a great reviewer.

I want more time to read. Wah.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Coupland fan so I shall certainly be checking out that book.

I'm so daft though, I clicked the link and read another review but thought it was yours, it took me 5 minutes to realize, hey, this isn't a Coupland book. Silly me.

Allison said...

ah, that was me. blogger accepts wordpress names now but i entered my old id. oops!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I do the same with Ticketmaster, Blondie. They'd fold if it were not for me.
I went through the holds queue surprisingly quickly, it's a fast read.

That's horrid, Gifted! It's a little hard to support someone as asssholeish as that. I'm truly disappointed in him.
Too bad Generation X and Microserfs are a couple of my favourite books.

That's what happens when you go and have a life, PF! Glad to see you making the rounds and am even more glad that you still write your sassy posts.

You mean besides textbooks, right, Justrun? And you are too sweet, thanks.

The internetz is not being kind to you these days, Al. I hate it when I do something similar, and spend far too much time scratching my head trying to connect what I am reading with what I think I should be reading.

justacoolcat said...

Since I haven't read any of his books I can safely say; yes, he's jumped the shark.

BeckEye said...

I guess it would have been a lazy Sunday if you had read The Chronic - what? - cles of Narnia.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I can see him on his motorcycle as we speak, Just A.

I was lucky I read the Sunday news - what - paper that day, Beckeye.


You inspire me. I tend to cheap out when it comes to concerts these days. Used to go to so many. I really must push myself more.

At the end of it all I'll have stacks (and stacks and stacks) of dusty books but you will have some great memories.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Although I am always thrilled to get the concert tickets, inevitably come concert day, I would rather stay home, UB. But then I am always glad that I went.

Now if only my memory wasn't going as well, I would be able to compete with a stack of books.