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They are Microserfs—six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day "coding" and eating "flat" foods (food which, like Kraft singles, can be passed underneath closed doors) as they fearfully scan company e-mail to learn whether the great Bill is going to "flame" one of them. But now there's a chance to become innovators instead of cogs in the gargantuan Microsoft machine. The intrepid Microserfs are striking out on their own—living together in a shared digital flophouse as they desperately try to cultivate well-rounded lives and find love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz of their computer-driven world.
From Publishers Weekly
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Coupland is truly a master of modern writing
"Microserfs" is by far one of my favorite novels to read and re-read. Much in the vain of his previous novel ("Generation X"), Coupland takes the reader on a journey of self-worth, self evaluation, and self discovery.
As the story opens, the characters are very two-dimensional and confined to their own microcosm of work and life. As the story progresses, the characters evolve their own fully realized personas and really make the reader evaluate their own lives as they watch the emotional roller coasters of those on the pages they are reading. Truly this story is a parallel of the novel "Flatland" by Edwin A. Abbott in the way the characters grow and mature on the pages throughout the book. It opens the mind and the soul in an emotional growth experience every time I open the cover of this book.