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Guest reviewer HeavyJay from Deep 13 – The Web Comic. (Contact information and links no longer available.)

Author: Douglas Coupland
Genre: Geek Culture
Availability: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk
Related links: Author’s website

Douglas Coupland, author of Hey Nostradamus! and City of Glass, has a hit with Microserfs. Filled with American pop culture references, those unfamiliar with US television and movies may find it a bit harder to understand. That aside, Coupland writes in a style that any geek will appreciate.

If you like playing with Legos, you’ll soon gain a liking for this novel. Several Microsoft programmers leave their jobs in Seattle and start their own company, staying with each other through good times and bad, sane ideas and crazy ones. I’ll say know more; you’ll need to read this book to believe it. So much goes on at once, but it’s very easy to keep track of.


Genre conformity: ★★★☆☆☆ 

Subject interest: ★★★★★☆ 

Readability: ★★★★★☆ 

Visualization: ★★★★☆☆ 

Credibility: ★★★★☆☆ 


Overall: ★★★★☆☆