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Corn dogs are quite popular in Australia - they're called 'Dagwood Dogs' over there. Bit of a grim idea if you ask me.
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Anyone else read JPod? It's Microserfs v2.0 and it's fantastic if you're going on holiday!
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I was a little bit disappointed with it. At times it just felt like a lukewarm rehash of Microserfs, and the pages of buzzwords and phrases felt like a gimmick to pad it out.
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I read it. I'm not sure I have an opinion on it really. Computer geek plus weird family.
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I find him a bit flat. Some good ideas, but his style wears me out a bit.
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Exactly what SSS said. "Flat" is definitely the word I'd use. I really don't get what all the fuss is about. His first couple were good at the time, but I don't think he has the writing talent to sustain a career.
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Well I found it entertaining. Easpecially as I was in Vancouver at the time I read it.

Maybe I'm not cut out for this onetouchbooks lark. I went too far too soon and I want out, Ted...

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I usually enjoy Coupland, and Generation X is one of my favourite "comfort books" if I want a familiar read. I just felt a bit let down by JPod, it felt like an author trying to stay Hip With The Kids. If it'd been written a year later I guarantee it would have been full of YouTube and MySpace.
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Yeah, trying to be a zeitgeist man. I used to like that about him. Now there feels like there's little else to it.
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Exactly what SSS said. "Flat" is definitely the word I'd use. I really don't get what all the fuss is about. His first couple were good at the time, but I don't think he has the writing talent to sustain a career.

is he not a little autistic?

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SSS? Yes absolutely. He can't leave the flat unless he's wearing his lucky socks.
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I've only read Girlfriend in a Coma, and it was ok. I thought the storyline was good, but the characters didn't draw me in at all. Thus it did indeed feel a little 'flat' (good choice of word by SSS). There was no emotional connection whatsoever. I might try another of his some time, but hardly that high on my list really.
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You thought the storyline to 'Girlfriend In A Coma' was good?! It's the sort of made-up-as-you-go-along gobbledygook that even Steven King or M Knight Whatsisface would have rejected immediately as being ludicrous.

He writes in pull quotes.

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I think that's a valid comparison. The central idea - everyone in the world falls asleep apart from these few people - is pure Stephen King, and nothing wrong with that, in my view. I think King is a fairly good populist writer, and is better than he's generally given credit for.

Weirdly, by taking a King-like conceit and writing it frankly badly, with less compelling characters, less emotional impact, and ultimately less intelligence and subtext, but in a self-consciously modernist style, Copeland somehow gets taken far more seriously.

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SSS? Yes absolutely. He can't leave the flat unless he's wearing his lucky socks.

haha, not quite. I think there was an interview with Euan Ferguson in the Observer where they go up the sears tower, and I think Ferguson says he's a little autistic.

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