Grooving to jPod
I have hardly been reading at all in ages, other than instruction manuals. One book I borrowed and, while it has a really cool concept (detection of lies, personality, etc through kinetics) I just have had trouble getting into it. I’m about a third of the way in and have to force myself to pick it up, which I do every week or two. I borrowed jPod by Douglas Coupland from PeeJay at work after I couldn’t find it in the stores around here. I’m halfway through.
I figured I’d get in tonight, watch a bit of TV, read a bit, then watch some more tv or hack around on the computer or something and go to bed at a decent hour was trashed when I got the initial “get home from work, make dinner, watch a bit of TV” part done, then started reading and all of a sudden it was 10pm. Then I threw on the Across the Universe soundtrack and suddenly it’s quarter to midnight.
Fantastic book. I admit that part of the attraction is the fact it’s Vancouver based. I’m sure I’m doing the same thing that some drooling fan at a concert does when the band inserts local landmarks into the songs and people go nuts, and I’m OK with that. It’s also geek based, and I’m OK with that. It’s also Dilbert-corporate-culture-big-tech based so I have (as I’m sure many others have) a vaguely disturbing thought that Mr. Coupland has been monitoring my life, relationships, coworkers and friends from the other side of the surveillance cameras that are hidden around my house and embedded into my brain.
There’s also something vaguely self-referencal when a book involving characters doing bit-parts for Vancouver based studios ends up being turned into a TV series filmed in Vancouver.
I figure I’ll be done tomorrow night and will have finished my first fiction book since I re-read Snow Crash last January on a cruise.