Months and months ago, not too long after dmax wrote a favorable review, I picked up Only Revolutions. This was the latest novel by the same guy who wrote House of Leaves. I was happy to score an autographed copy at Powell’s, but was a little worried about the book itself. I had high expectations because of House of Leaves and was afraid that that was the book equivalent of a “one hit wonder.” I started reading it several times, could never get very far, and really disliked the writing style. Last week, it finally got moved from its dust-collecting position on the nightstand up to a bookshelf. Maybe I’ll try reading it again at a later date.
On the other hand, jPod (title capitalization changed at the last minute to protect from lawsuits from those that didn’t notice the j’s descender), which I picked up last night, is amazing. I am only about halfway through, so cannot write a complete review, but it’s great stuff. It is definitely Microserfs 2.0. While the situations are obviously a bit exaggerated from real-life to make for a good story, it really does make me glad that I no longer work in a media/entertainment technology company. I don’t have to worry that our network switch firmware isn’t “edgy” enough or is lacking a sidekick character halfway into development. 🙂 Upon reaching page 86, I was reminded of entelein‘s Hulk-hands stories from her previous nasty job.
And I have to say that the self-referential first line of the novel is great:
“Oh God. I feel like a refugee from a Douglas Coupland novel.”