Microserfs is a story of a group of computer coders working, and living, together. First they reside in Seattle working for Microsoft, and then they move to Palo Alto and work for Interiority, a company of them, Michael, founds to produce a program he has invented called Oop!. The story is told by Dan Underwood and written in the form of a diary. Unlike most diaries in which one would learn intimate details of another's life, here we are left with pop-computer-culture-lingo from characters as flat as an old floppy disk. The language, which tries to be clever, is rather juvenile. On some literary plain it could be argued that this stylistic element is intentional because Dan isn't a writer, but, intentional or not, this plain doesn't make the story anymore interesting to read. There is almost a seemingly inescapable potential for emotion in some elements of the story. For example, Dan's family life contains a brother who died in an accident at age 14, a middle-aged father who gets fired from his job and a mother who suffers a stroke. But these scenarios just seem to add more pages to the text. Emotion too seems to have been deleted from Coupland's repertoire. To determine if you may enjoy the book take this test. Think of your friends. Now describe them by naming 7 categories that they would consider ideal if they were on Jeopardy. Now do it to yourself. If this sounds interesting you probably would enjoy the book, as this is how Dan describes people. If not, take a few seconds out of your life and observe a moment of silence for those who don't have one.