Search Results: "Douglas Coupland"


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GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA by Douglas Coupland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1998

"Sappy at its core, but showing signs nonetheless of Coupland's evolution as a novelist not wholly dependent on trend- spotting and zeitgeisty patter. (Author tour)"
The writer who gave a generation its well-deserved ``X'' returns to the quasi-theological themes of his third novel, Life After God (1994), and again wanders off into spacey, New Age platitudes about death and transcendence. Read full book review >

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HUGLESS DOUGLAS by David Melling
by David Melling, illustrated by David Melling, developed by Hachette UK
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2011

"This app won't win any awards for technological innovation, but it offers enough warmth and educational value to justify the price. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A cub searches for a much-needed bear hug. Read full book review >

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JPOD by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2006

"'J' is for juvenile, jaundiced, joyless, jumbled junk."
Bored and zany computer programmers think of themselves as characters in a Douglas Coupland novel. Read full book review >

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ALL FAMILIES ARE PSYCHOTIC by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2001

"Little evocative description, even less character development: this time out, Coupland settles for improbable adventures inspired by middle-of-the-night channel surfing."
A thin, occasionally maudlin poke at the pharmaceutical industry. Read full book review >

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MISS WYOMING by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Coupland's frenetic, free-associative sensibility is no match for frenetic, free-associative Hollywood; he tells us nothing about our movie capital we haven't heard before. (First printing of 60,000; author tour)"
Coupland's fifth novel modishly matures the generation he christened (Generation X, 1991) via a lonely pair of thirtyish Hollywood burnouts in search of meaning. Read full book review >

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BIT ROT by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A surprisingly personal meander around the mind of Generation X's elder statesman."
An eclectic and thought-provoking collection of ephemera from Coupland (Worst. Person. Ever., 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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WORST. PERSON. EVER. by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2014

"Did we need transgressive fiction offered as arch comedy? It's a bit like Irvine Welsh writing a sitcom."
A secondary-unit camera operator is recruited by a production company to help film a reality TV show on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. Guess what? He's not a very nice person. Read full book review >

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LIFE AFTER GOD by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Heavy silences and minimalist diction: Samuel Beckett made easy for the Beavis and Butt-head generation."
Professional pulse-taker Coupland (Generation X, Shampoo Planet) here presumes to speak for and to a generation raised without religion. Read full book review >

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SHAMPOO PLANET by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Coupland's social commentary is, at its worst, fortune-cookie profound and, at best, a gloss on the Zeitgeist."
Still a cultural pulse-taker, Coupland (Generation X, 1991) organizes his hip bromides and next-wave sententiousness into a rather humdrum narrative that's long on posturing, short on plot. Read full book review >

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GENERATION A  by Douglas Coupland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Generation X with less snark, less plot and much less interesting characters."
Five iconoclasts are drawn together by their reactions to an extraordinary bee sting. Read full book review >

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THE GUM THIEF by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Like watching someone with multiple-personality disorder have a midlife crisis."
A big-box chain store is the setting for depressing existential reflection in the latest from Coupland (JPod, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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ELEANOR RIGBY by Douglas Coupland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Extremely funny yet quite moving (and even plausible): could be one of the first great novels of the new century."
A remembrance of things past that turns inexplicably into a harbinger of the apocalypse—as well as Coupland's (Hey Nostradamus!, 2003, etc.) weirdest and most accomplished work to date. Read full book review >