This was a speculative purchase in a 3-for-2 offer from Waterstone's. I put it aside for some time because I was a bit concerned that a "humourous" novel about software geeks might be a bit too close to the bone for me.
As it turns out, I needn't have worried. Life in JPod is very far removed indeed from my own normality, yet it provides a coherent backdrop for commentary on various contemporary issues. The way in which the unrealilty is treated as normal is subversive, and the reader has to have a certain cynicism to make this work. There are some irritations - if I ever need all the prime numbers between 10000 and 100000, I know where to find them, and quite a few pages are wasted in this and similar ways, but for the most part it's just very funny.