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3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,959 Ratings  ·  739 Reviews
Una galaxia: en los años noventa la informatica es Dios y Bill Gates es su profeta, el sumo sacerdote que dicta los preceptos de las nuevas generaciones. La tierra es ya otra desde que en Silicon Valley - Palo Alto, California - brillan planetas nuevos: Apple, I.B.M., Microsoft, Nintendo y tantos otros que compiten en creatividad y satisfaccion.Unos mutantes: los microsier ...more
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Published (first published 1995)
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Jun 08, 2011 j rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to j by: Legomania
I just chose this as my favorite book in the 30 Days Book Challenge on Facebook, so I might as well review it, even though "favorite book" is a nebulous distinction at best and "what's your favorite book?" is a stupid fucking question and I am afraid this might be a sentimental favorite more than anything else.

So yeah, I read this when I was 14 or 15. I bought it because it had a neat mirror cover with a Lego man. I didn't know Douglas Coupland was the voice of a generation, and anyway, it wasn'
Petra X
Edited to include more flat foods at the request of an obsessive nerdy friend.

Highly amusing little book of coders all aged 32, mentally if not in years, being obsessed with programming and living their messy student-type lives shaped by this consuming passion.

The idea of flat foods that can be slipped under a door for their more Asperger's type friend who cannot leave his room until all the code is written is funny.
Kraft cheese slices
Fruit leather
Melted icecream (does this count?)
Melba toast
Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland:

1. "I sandpapered the roof of my mouth with three bowls of Cap'n Crunch--had raw gobbets of mouth-beef dangling onto my tongue all day." (Who hasn't had that happen to them? And yet, nobody could have said it awesomer.)

2. I learned 1410 *C = the melting point of silicon.

3. This book is totally the original Big Bang Theory.

4. Dated references to things like Doom and Myst.

5. I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdi
Jun 14, 2008 Punk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiction. A little slice of the mid-nineties, Microsoft, and Silicon Valley.

This was was my first Coupland book and it wasn't what I was expecting. Apparently I was prepared for shallow postmodernism or something smugly impressed by its own cynicism. I don't know where I got that idea, but this is an optimistic book, full of human moments, love and friendship, and the things that drive us to succeed. I was surprised at how sweet it could be at times.

It's also got plenty of computer talk: program
Karl H.
Jun 20, 2010 Karl H. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was reading Microserfs, a novel about coders in the 1990’s, when I suddenly had a great idea. What if I used technology to write down my thoughts and totally zany random observations while I was reading the book? Then I could post my e-thoughts onto a Goodreads review board and get all of the likes and +1’s. This struck me as very one point oh, so here it is.

Random thought: Replace IBM with Microsoft, Microsoft with Apple, and Bill for Steve and you’ve got Microserfs for the 2000s.

If Microse
Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs reads like a time capsule crossed with a nerds-only Breakfast Club. Focused on the California geek population who powered the late eighties/early nineties technology boom, the novel focuses so much on time and place that it could arguably be classified as historical. The CD-ROM and early internet references seem, like an AOL disc or heavy monitor, both quaint and annoying. Coupland transcends the period piece nature of Microserfs about 60% of the time, especially wh ...more
Feb 21, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is one of my all-time favorites, a bildungsroman of the techie world set between its two 1990s axes: Microsoft and Silicon Valley. My friends hear me make quips from this book far too often, perhaps my favorite being "Microsoft hired 3000 people last year and you know not all of them were gems."

The quick summary is: boy goes to work for Microsoft, boy leaves Microsoft for startup in Silicon Valley, and lives and learns as he and his friends -- his coworkers -- struggle to ship product.
Jan 27, 2009 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was in high school, I read Generation X and Life After God and was thrilled by these tales of wry, vibrant, lost characters who fought for real meaning when their culture caused them to shrug at tragedy and love and weep over reruns and advertising campaigns (I was a pretty lonely teenager, obviously.) When Microserfs came out, I remember picking it up at the bookstore a few times (maybe this was '95 or '96?) and thinking, "Oh, it's this story about the 'information-superhighway' with all ...more
Sep 08, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For Microserfs, I am straddling these two reader-type extremes: those who know nothing about geektech culture, and those who 100% techie, geeky nerds. I am in between. I feel this is the right place to be, because the book evoked lots of " really IS that way, isn't it?" and "Oh those geeks!" Yet I'm not so into the culture that I feel it was misrepresented.

I can't ever seem to attempt to write an approximation of some sort of "objective" review (lulz) so I'll just leave you with my idi
Oct 11, 2008 Shinynickel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read several books in a row that made me cry, and this was one of them.

God knows why - it's not like Coupland is attempting to write a great tragedy. I think I just really liked the characters, liked the way they interacted and how much they cared about each other. The book does a great job capturing the Silicon Valley nerd culture in the 90s, how it seemed to exist suspended in its own bubble world. It's science fictional without being science fiction - showing the way lives can come to be m
Feb 02, 2014 René rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel in journal form about a group of Microsoft employees who leave the company to found a Silicon valley startup.

Douglas Coupland is what I think of as a zeitgeist writer. He captures the spirit of the times we live in by setting his novels in those places that history will look back upon as trend-setting, avant-garde cultures. Silicon Valley in the 1990’s is a prime candidate, if not the clear winner. Though it hasn’t lost any of its luster, Silicon Valley doesn’t hold the same power over m
Oscar Calva
Jan 23, 2016 Oscar Calva rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-bother
Even though he's not relevant anymore and hasn't been for a long time, Im done for good with Coupland: second book read, second one I really disliked. This book has been sitting in my bookshelf for too long, and since it has always been sort of a cult-book about the tech-industry, and since I needed some light reading not too deep, I decided to give it a try.

Douglas Coupland is a talented writer, he knows how to write a book, no doubt about it; why he decided to use his talents to write these l
Aug 29, 2015 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was just sucked right into it. The characters just talk and suddenly you are inside the story and you can't get out and you just watch them have lives. I love every single one of them.

Insightful. This book is nerds and geeks thinking, talking about many things, out loud, and I am a nerd and a geek myself, and I don't have friends (except one) who listens to me when I am in my "Philosophical Mode" and I just crave having friends like Dan's, all of whom will tolerate - no, join - me in talking
Feb 01, 2008 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
umm... this book was disappointing. it is boring and boring and boring. i read it 'cause i wanted something light after all the heaviness of am homes.

there's a scene that i can't resist pointing out where somehow someone sends the main characters all an email about how every multiple of six minus one is a prime number and they all had to waste work time proving or disproving it. but. yeah. it is dumb. it takes about 2 seconds to disprove because it never should have been mentioned in the first
May 19, 2007 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: snarky gen-x'ers
Such fun... I especially loved the idea of someone locking himself in his office and only eating flat foods that can be inserted under the door. I think of this book every time I open a slice of American cheese!
Apr 20, 2010 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Microserfs for the first time right now is a strange feeling. Parts of it are so distinctly 90s dot-com culture that I feel like I'm watching people through a time warp. It's as if I had gone into a time machine and emerged 20 years in the past.

But despite the progress we've made in technology, the ups and downs of Microsoft and Apple, and the age of the internet, some things never really do change. One of these things are geeks. The characters in Microserfs are multi-dimensional, intros
Nicky Dierx
Nov 03, 2012 Nicky Dierx rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of hated this book. It was dull. It was dull beyond anything I can put into words. I can see somewhere in the mess of randomness that makes up the protagonists journal entries where you'd find seeds of the supposed generation x cultural manifesto this thing is touted as. But since I'm not from that generation perhaps it's lost on me. I'm also not sure why it's still considered such a classic, given that everything in it is a dated time capsule almost entirely irrelevant to the world today ...more
B. Glen Rotchin
Dec 08, 2014 B. Glen Rotchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thought that I had as I came to the conclusion of this novel is that if this book were transported back in time 100 years readers from that time would barely recognize it as written in English. I mean we read novels written 100, even 200 and 300 years ago with ease and pleasure (Dickens, Jane Austen etc.) They are stories we can still recognize. The language starts getting dicey for us about 500 years ago, Shakespeare's time. The language requires deciphering, and the references some researc ...more
Lisa Eckstein
Nov 07, 2014 Lisa Eckstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel, written and set in the mid-1990s, is about a group of Microsoft employees who quit, move to Silicon Valley, and start a company of their own. I first read (and loved) it in 1997, shortly after moving to Silicon Valley myself, so rereading it was strongly nostalgic of both the era and my younger self. This time around, I wondered how many of the now-familiar technical and cultural references were meaningless to me back then.

MICROSERFS is great as a depiction of 90s geek culture and as
Kind of like a 90s tech bubble American Psycho without the murders. Maybe Dan Underwood's work environment is less soul crushing than the minutiae of Patrick Bateman's life. I mean there isn't really the same pressure to /be something/ in microserfs. It felt pretty realistic but I've never worked for a tech campus or a startup so what the hell would I know.

I can't wait for this tech bubble to burst tbh
Stephan van der Linde
Microserfs is one of Coupland's most populair books with a certain cult-status.

The thing which I not really liked, was that that this book contains too much software-terms. A typical "Douglas" with different kind of funny people and their singular qualities.
Typical "Coupland's" were as well the dialogue's and the way the characters go on with each other....When I read it a few years ago, I can remember it was just too sweet for me.

Maybe it was not the right moment to read, right then.

I can rem
Jan 31, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular, fiction, humor
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel centered around a group of brainy computer code writers in the early 90s. Coupland infuses pop culture and philosophical musings into a tale that begins at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus and ends in Silicon Valley. Parts near the end were genuinely moving, to my surprise. The diary format made this a very fast read, and references to 1990s technology at the dawn of the oft-referenced Information Superhighway seem like just another part of history at this point ...more
Otis Chandler
Nov 20, 2006 Otis Chandler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: geeks
About fads: "language is such technology"

This book is a fascinating look into early 90's software culture. When Microsoft and Bill ruled the world, and silicon valley was just gaining momentum.

Its amazing the changes the "information superhighway" brought us! I think Social Networking is born from the lack of geeks (those who make software) having a life in the 90's. These geeks, bogged down in technology (internet, cell phones, email, dvd's, movies, tv shows), found a way to socialize within
Juan Escobar
Dec 16, 2015 Juan Escobar rated it it was amazing
Los nerds consiguen lo que quieren cuando lo quieren y se ponen histéricos si no lo logran en el acto.
Son capaces de obsesionarse muchísimo. Supongo que ése es el problema. Aunque precisamente esta capacidad de concentración la que hace que sean tan buenos programando: una solo línea cada vez, una línea tras otra en una sucesión de millones de líneas.

Qué puedo decir de Microsiervos, además que es un libro gordo muy entretenido porque habla de nerds y geeks, peores que yo, que es una obra ubicad
P. Aaron Potter
Mar 24, 2012 P. Aaron Potter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geek
I probably shouldn't rate this book as highly as I have, out of respect for those who didn't actually live through it.

For those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s, though, and who were of that small fraction of the population who were in on the ground floor of the digital revolution, as it transformed from lawless frontier to settled territory, Coupland's book was like a flag waving for a country which we hadn't quite known we were citizens of. These days, of course, absolutely everyone is onl
Douglas Coupland is one of my favourite authors in the world. His first novel was Generation X, which is actually where that phrase comes from, and in all his books he's got a really unique take on the world. It's not hard to find beauty in nature, which is what a lot of (most?) novelists fall back on when they want to find beauty in the world. Coupland, a Canadian suburban boy, is a product of his time and place, and he seeks to find beauty in the un-idealised world that most of us (or, I shoul ...more
Tommy Anderson
Mar 03, 2013 Tommy Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Microserfs. The book is about a bunch of nerds working at Microsoft in the 1990’s. They quickly realize that they have no lives. The intended audience is most definitely nerds or people interested in the lives of nerds during the prime of Silicon Valley. The purpose of this book is to shine a light into the minds of people behind all the computer software. They’re people too!

The thesis of the book is not revealed until the very last page in the book. Life is not about having lots of money or “ha
Suzanne Stackle
Nov 08, 2010 Suzanne Stackle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Being I have not read this book since it was published in 1995. And it being a novel heavily based on technology and it's industry of the mid-nineties, the book is dated. Email use is actually explained and the internet is referred to "The Information Superhighway". (Not really the "Self-Promoting Surface Streets" it turned out to be.)

With all that said, I am finding it difficult to actually think about this book as a novel. It seemed more like an immersion in commerce/industry and it's affects
Aug 22, 2010 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book, set in the mid 1990s just before the internet highway exploded into mainstream America's workplaces and living rooms.

I loved the voice of the main charactar, Daniel, who seemed like somebody I could have known in college or in grad school. I loved his description of the minutiae of the life of people who work 80 plus hours per week coding software and what their little diversions to keep sane said about them as people.

I loved the philosophical explorations of computers
Jul 24, 2015 Susana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
My boyfriend sent me mechanical poetry today.

Where is the numberless
When will the partner upset?
The scent happens like a fat
Why the wonderful shame?

He programmed a poetry generator using random words and common syntax in poetry. The results are not wildly different from what the very human me writes with word magnets on my fridge. He’s not ashamed that the first poem he ever sent me was ghost written by a bot.
“It’s my cyborg plugin! WE ARE ONE”

Yeah. He’s re-reading Microserfs. Wh
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Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden-Baden, Germany, on December 30, 1961. In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan. His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991. Since then he has published nine novels and sever ...more
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