I had never heard of Coupland before I happened across JPod in one of those "take a book, leave a book" shelves in France. I had no idea what to expect, and it started off with a long stream of nihilistic consciousness. "Great!" I thought. "Another Chuck Palahniuk!"
But I stuck with it, and thank christ I did, because it got very funny, very quickly. On top of that, as soon as I finished I felt compelled to read every single one of his books, which I did over a period of three months or so. Now he's one of my all time favourites too.
But that said, I've no idea how I'd feel about JPod if I approached it with preconceptions.