My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: Bit Rot, a new collection from Douglas Coupland that explores the different ways 20th-century notions of the future are being shredded, is a gem of the digital age. Reading Bit Rot feels a lot like bingeing on Netflix… you can’t stop with just one.
“Bit rot” is a term used in digital archiving to describe the way digital files can spontaneously and quickly decompose. As Coupland writes, “Bit rot also describes the way my brain has been feeling since 2000, as I shed older and weaker neurons and connections and enhance new and unexpected ones.”
Bit Rot the book explores the ways humanity tries to make sense of our shifting consciousness. Coupland, just like the Internet, mixes forms to achieve his ends. Short fiction is interspersed with essays on all aspects of modern life. The result is addictively satisfying for Coupland’s legion of fans hungry for his observations about our world. For almost three decades, his unique pattern recognition has powered his fiction, and his phrase-making. Every page of Bit Rot is full of wit, surprise and delight.
My Musings: As usual Douglas Coupland does not disappoint. This collection of slightly random short stories were very well written and unique. The general theme of the collection appeared to concern technology and the future. A few stories hit somewhat close to home, but Coupland’s dark wit made it bearable.
This was not a full five stars for me due to Coupland’s occasional pretentiousness, and the constant referral to Detroit as a rock full of monkeys with nothing to do all day…which felt rather racist. I mean that sounds racist right, it’s not just me being overly sensitive?
Either way despite the monkey awkwardness I did enjoy most of the stories. They were thought provoking and humorous and really quick to get through. It should be noted that many of the stories included in this collection have been previously published, with majority coming from Coupland’s novel Generation A. So if you have read that you may want to skip this.
Overall though I found this to be a great collection of stories by an intelligent and humorous writer.
Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.