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We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably.But no one expected the end to be quite so . . . sticky . . . or strawberry scented....

Title : Jam
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ISBN : 9781595829573
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 398 Pages
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Jam Reviews

  • Patrick
    2018-11-22 16:25

    Like most people, I know Yahtzee primarily through his brilliantly scathing video game reviews. Here's a link for the uninitiated: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/video...When I found out that he'd written a book as well, I was curious. But honestly, I didn't have high expectations. I don't mean this as a dig. It's just that brilliance is not necessarily transferable. Just because Yahtzee can be funny, clever, and witty in a five minute review, doesn't mean that he can write a funny, clever, witty novel. No more than I could jump in and do his job and be good at it. All that aside, I was pleasantly surprised by the book. It was funny, well-written, and managed one of the most difficult tricks of all, which is to be ridiculous AND realistic. In my experience, a lot of people who write speculative fiction (Sci-fi, fantasy, etc) tend to make the same mistake. They think that the more weirdness the better. They feel like if their stories only have one piece of speculation in them, they're somehow cheaping out. It's as if people thing it's not enough to write an alternate history of Earth where, say, the Roman empire never collapsed. No. You have to change it so that everyone is talking Kangaroos with magic powers too. But this simply isn't true. Most of the time, adding one simple "what if" to the story is more than enough. If I had the chance to teach a class on writing speculative fiction, I'd use this book as an example of how that's true. The what if in question is, "What if you woke up and found that the world had been covered in two feet of carnivorous strawberry jam?" Does it sound corny? Yeah. But the truth is, it's a fucking good book. The best apocalypse stories I've read in ages. So good on you, Yahtzee. You clever, multifarious bastard you....

  • Ana Mardoll
    2018-12-12 13:19

    Jam / B00A7H2E3WI loved Yahtzee Croshaw's first book, Mogworld, and I went into Jam expecting to love it and I *did*, so at least I'm both consistent and predictable, lol. (And I'm already on tenterhooks hoping that Jam will come out on audiobook soon so that I can listen to it for a second read-through.) But let me also just state upfront that Jam is not going to be for everyone (though nothing ever is), and then I'll get to why. Jam is essentially a zombie apocalypse story with the zombies replaced by man-eating jam. Our point-of-view character wakes up one morning to find that his city was covered with three feet of jam while he slept and now it's up to him and the remaining few survivors to paw through the wreckage while navigating the rooftops of a ruined city. And this whole setup reminds me of one of Yahtzee's Zero Punctuation reviews -- I think it was one for Left 4 Dead -- where he theorized that as long as an author can re-create the tension and horror of the zombie apocalypse, you can replace the zombies with koalas and you'd still have a zombie story on your hands. And that's what Jam essentially is: a proof of concept that is delightfully grim and utterly original. If you've read Mogworld, you'll already be familiar with Yahtzee's style of writing: Jam is semi-serious, but with a strong undercurrent of parody and sardonic wit. Most of the main characters are recklessly stupid and detrimentally self-involved with their personal preoccupations to the point where they routinely prioritize trivial impulses over their basic survival. And in some ways, the villains are differentiated from the protagonists ONLY by a matter of degree: when everything goes all Lord of the Flies a few days after the apocalypse, there's a strong implication that the villains just spiraled down a little faster than the majority of our protagonists. What keeps the novel from being a bleak indictment of humanity (unlike your usual Lord of the Zombie Apocalypse novel) is the humor that saturates every page. The protagonists bicker amusingly with each other as they work around each others' shortcomings, and with dialogue that had me cracking up on numerous occasions; the villains are cartoonishly evil even as they shrewdly point out the flaws of the protagonists; and the apocalypse surges on around the confused and deeply distressed point-of-view character as he tries to adapt to the total destruction of everything he's ever known. It may not sound like a laugh riot, but it has the same delightful gallows-humor of Mogworld and I loved it: it's like if Douglas Adams wrote a zombie apocalypse with Arthur Dent as the POV character. And also there was jam. Having said all that, Jam isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. Many of the protagonists really are (or eventually become) flawed, sexist, racist, stupid, and/or evil to the point where some readers aren't going to appreciate being forced to stick with them to the end; to continue the above analogy, picture Zaphod Beeblebrox slowly devolving from a sexist misanthrope to, well, significantly worse. The characters are frequently called out on many of their flaws, both by each other and by the narrative, but always in a humorously sarcastic way that doesn't really make way for catharsis or improvement. For myself, I found the dysfunctional dynamics of the group incredibly compelling to the point where I finished the book in a day (and enjoyed every minute of it), but I also recognize that dark humor surrounding dark characters isn't going to be for everyone. (Relatedly: if you require your zombie apocalypse novels to be inhabited by sensible characters, this isn't going to satisfy.) [SEMI-SPOILERS] Speaking of, Jam continues the Mogworld tradition of bittersweet endings where things are nominally fixed but still deeply, terribly broken. Now, granted, this is a zombie apocalypse novel and those are pretty much *guaranteed* to have bittersweet endings unless it turns out to have been a dream all along, but even allowing for the genre and the "sweet" part of the "bittersweet", there's still a profoundly sad note underlying the ending. As a reader, I didn't find the end dissatisfying, but ... it's not something that will sit well with everyone. Again, you'll probably be the best judge for yourself as to whether or not gallows-humor and tempered cynicism will be your thing or not. I offer no judgment on readers, either way. [/END SPOILERS]I genuinely enjoyed this book and (as mentioned) tore through it in a day simply because I couldn't set it down. The premise is delightfully original, the POV character is deeply sympathetic, and the main characters are flawed in that very special way where they would be utterly insufferable in real life and yet are amusing to follow in a novel just so you can see how badly they will screw things up and so they can all call each other out every five minutes (in a manner which suddenly reminds me of Brian Clevinger's 8-Bit Theater comics, which I also immensely enjoy). If you won't be put off by a little unrealism (in the world) and a lot of unreason (in the characters) in order to carry a lot of delightful gallows-humor, I absolutely recommend this book if only for the sheer uniqueness. ~ Ana Mardoll

  • JJ DeBenedictis
    2018-12-08 15:20

    This author comes up with the most insane ideas and then makes them not only work, but be really funny and tell a good story besides.This book is about flesh-eating strawberry jam flooding Brisbane. See what I mean about the basic premise being insane? But the characters are believable and relatable while still being eccentric and hilarious, the story strolls happily along with a slowly-unravelling mystery threaded into the hijinks of basic survival, and--this was the big surprise to me--the story climax actually gets very tense and scary. I honestly couldn't see how the characters were going to survive and save the day. (Don't worry, it was a satisfying ending--neither too happy nor too tragic.)My quibbles with the book were that, especially in the beginning, I sometimes had trouble envisioning the scenery, which is a problem when the characters are using the scenery to save themselves from attacking jam. Overly-convenient bits of buildings seemed to keep springing out of nowhere. That said, I could forgive this. I was amused enough to keep reading, plus the fortunate coincidences stopped happening after the characters got themselves out of the initial perils. Overall, I'd recommend this as an imaginative and successful comedy.

  • Nicholas Karpuk
    2018-12-08 15:32

    Jam is a bit of a puzzle for me to review. It excels at the exact thing that I'm often the least interested in: plot. It's a well-constructed story with a post-apocalyptic concept that seemed reasonably fresh to me, with a pacing that seldom dragged. But it made me realize that the only way a misanthrope can really write compelling characters is by being a narcissist. At least then the protagonist gets some development, at least if its based on the author.The entire story emanates a strong level of contempt for every character involved. Almost everyone has a single character trait, and that character trait can be ignored if it doesn't fit with the direction of the story. If there was some faint praise to be had with Croshaw's previous book, Mogworld, it's that the protagonist was consistently unlikable, and his actions always fit with his motives. Here, an idealist can become a self-serving for a cheap joke, or a mean character a savior, for no greater reason than otherwise the plot would come to a stop.Writing a humorous book can also be fraught with issues. I think Terry Pratchett succeeded so often because, fundamentally, he wrote good stories with likable characters that just happened to have a lot of fun jokes and whimsical notions thrown in when they seemed appropriate. He was a funny guy, and his books reflected it. Whereas in Jam, there's an exhaustive ongoing joke about how young people misuse the word ironic, and I'm not sure if it ever worked for me even once. Jokes are often haphazardly thrown into the narrative for no better reason than the author must have felt he'd gone a while without attempting one. Perhaps because Croshaw's main fanbase comes from a humorous web series, he felt it was expected of him, but there are times where the prose is needlessly awkward because it seemed like it would be funnier. There's a pervading sense of, "this is what humorous writing sounds like" which never quite equaled laughs.Croshaw has created an interesting tale populated by characters that he appears to hate too much to try and get to know better. No character has more than one or two attributes, and at times I almost wanted to yell, "Could you stop with your particular shtick and just be real for a minute?" But he doesn't seem to see the humor in his own hatred of his characters, the kind of awareness that could have pushed the story into a legitimate black comedy. What I'd really like to see from Croshaw is a genuinely dark novel that in no way deliberately attempts to be funny. I think it could be liberating.

  • Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere)
    2018-12-07 16:12

    Yahtzee Croshaw is known to videogamers as that Australian guy who makes online video reviews for games using animated stick figures (a bit like those on warning signs) on a yellow background, that feature the odd bit of cursing, images of penises, and give you the idea that they're probably made mainly for a young male audience. [Zero Punctuation wikipedia page, ZP's own Wiki, and video Archive]However! Here and there Croshaw drops in the odd reference to Columbo (eons ago I watched a lot of that show) and various literature, and he has a way with wit and ranting that reminds me of a young version of John Cleese in Fawlty Towers. Only with lots of penis and videogame references. It's very much "an online thing" (meaning not always funny, and if funny, not funny to everyone) and every time I think I've found an episode to pass along and say "ok here, here's why I think this is funny" there's always at least 10 seconds that's tasteless enough that I think "no, no, leave it to the teen boys and move along, your friends are just going to think you've played too many videogames and lapsed into the realm of fart jokes, etc." And yet I keep watching his stuff. Maybe it's a gamer thing. Or maybe my sense of humor is just becoming more warped. Let's not answer that, shall we?Anyway, the guy has some wit about him, and I've wanted to read his books for a while. This is his second - I missed out on getting the first (Mogworld) when it first came out and for some reason it's not in ebook form yet. This time I got in on the purchasing part early enough, gave up on the whole cloud thing and got a paper copy of Jam. [EDIT, as of today, March 1, 2013, Amazon US now has ebooks of both of Croshaw's books. In case you were wondering.]The short version (I always promise that and fail) - jam arrives unexpectedly in Australia (Brisbane, I think), and eats everything organic. One minute Travis is talking to his roommate Frank as Frank is sliding down the banister of the stairs - they're both leaving their building and talking as they descend.P. 8 "...So I was just in time to see him get eaten by the jam.He was looking back at me to shout encouragement, so he didn't notice it until he was on top of it, flopping bodily onto the three feet of wobbling red that flooded the bottom of the stairwell. "Urrgh," I heard him say, in the disgusted tone of one falling victim to a messy practical joke. This quickly became "argh" when he realized the jam wasn't letting him go, and that in turn became "AAAAARGH" when he saw his legs, immersed in the semitransparent goo, stripped of their flesh over the course of a second.The rest of him summoned a burst of effort from somewhere and his torso strained at the ropy red strands that wrapped him like festive ribbons. He reached his last remaining arm out towards me, and his terrified eyes met mine. Then the jam shot out several more tentacles that fastened around his wrist, eyes, and mouth, and he was yanked back with a desperate gurgle.His wristwatch, iPod, and fillings slowly floated to the surface, with a motion that seemed reminiscent of a satisfied belch.I very, very slowly turned around and went back up the stairs.And thus we meet the killer jam. It's strawberry, or so are told by characters describing the scents wafting from the masses of the stuff that cover the town.The start is all about strangers bumping into each other, forming a group who become the adventurers who we will follow on their journey. Yes, I think you can detect some nod to film and videogame type plots here.One thing I liked right away is that there are some ideas tossed about concerning what you would immediately wonder - "why jam? where did it come from?" - and then you don't get immediate answers. Which you would expect, since most everyone else is dead. This reminded me of the 1990 film Tremors, where a small town his held hostage by giant worms from underground, and the characters are always pestering a (geology/seismology) graduate student for a scientific assessment of what the monsters are, and she of course has no answers. And is (rightfully) annoyed that everyone keeps asking her, because of course no one (still living) has seen the things before, and why does everyone assume that she is The Scientist Who Knows All The Answers?! So I really hoped that similarly the whole Cause of the Jam would be teased and that perhaps we might never learn the answer. (view spoiler)[We actually do learn the answer, and it sort of works. That wasn't really much of spoiler was it. Sorry. That was probably obnoxious, huh. Anyway the cause was amusing, but not a dramatic reveal exactly, and you don't learn everything, especially all of the How, which I appreciated. It's never good to have everything explained about a monster, it makes things dull. (hide spoiler)]So now that I've read Jam and am sitting back and pondering it, I'm trying to figure out exactly how to gauge my liking of it. This is sort of difficult because it's a type of literature I read with a certain set of expectations. After the first few chapters I realized I was in an action-adventure plot with a group who were on a quest that - no matter what people said they were trying to achieve - was really about survival and whether everyone would 1) make it to Place X (an always changing location) and 2) live to see another day and then3) live long enough to learn whether the jam had only eaten all of Australia or had spread worldwide and the entire planet/human civilization was threatened. So it's a sort of Adventure Apocalypse. Apoca-Adventure. Your brain can easily play along and give you a mental film of the whole thing as you read. (If you have a brain that works with you that way on these sorts of books. Mine adores anything B Movie-ish.)So knowing that, I don't expect "a sweeping saga in which we all learn about ourselves through the hero's journey" or a realization that "this is all a metaphor, and has Deep Meanings" or feel any need to strike a pose and compare anyone to a character in Paradise Lost. There are jabs at consumer culture, slackers, apathetic hipsters, reality television, journalism, the military, Americans, conspiracy theory, videogame programmers, cube farms, zombies, etc. I enjoy such mocking, and I also enjoyed that there wasn't a belabored Big Point that was being made - or at least not one that the story tried to beat over your head in a smarmy After School Special way. If there's anything like that it's more of a nudge and a wink and then a "moving on now, because the villain is strawberry jam." The characters often seem unfeeling, but more than once Travis - our Everyman slacker dude, will comment that hey, people are dead and no one is acting as if it's a problem or a big deal or caring and what is up with that? (Which is just what the reader might be thinking while reading that.) The other characters act as if Travis's the odd one to make a big deal of this and they turn away. It's a very self aware story. At one point two characters discuss which of them would be the main character if everything that had happened was made into a film. Travis is hurt to discover he isn't even on the list of potential main characters.I didn't have any emotional investment in any of the people, but I was interested to see if they survived. And if they didn't survive, how they'd be killed off. I hated a few of them mildly, and was pleased by more than one death. It's the kind of book where you mentally note a person and think "boy I hope that one gets killed soon, I'm not going to enjoy a lot more of him faffing about." (I was going to use "Person X" in that sentence, only there is actually a character named X, so it'd just confuse things.)So the 3 stars mean that I like it, but I will probably not reread it multiple times, quote lines to myself and laugh, but try not to do this in public because it does make people wonder if you're a bit odd. ...I also gave The Great Gatsby 3 stars, so I should give a few more specifics. To me the star levels are all about how much I liked the book and primarily whether I want to reread it someday. So this book I liked, it helped me through a long plane ride, and prior to that an airport terminal where there were jackhammers being used at 6am. The attack of the jam and the weirdness both amused and provided needed distraction. I kept wondering "yes, but now that he's gotten them to Place X, where next? They're surrounded by carnivorous jam..." Not sure if I will reread though, thus only the three. I consider a three yo be quite good though.I'm sure you could go all lit major and dig up more hidden meanings and themes, but that wasn't what I came to this party for. I could see myself getting drunk and coming up with a game with other Jam readers where we try to map out Brisbane using only this book - no cheating and looking anything up on Google, and we can only use cocktail napkins and whatever items have come with our beverages to create our topographic map. (This is the sort of bar game where you have to leave a large tip for whoever has to clean up the results.)As a video game reviewer Croshaw has made multiple jokes about using cover ("chest high walls") - and I noted that yes, taking cover jokes were indeed available to those who were ready to notice them. I'm sure there were even more in-jokes that I missed.Also props for the use of a Goliath Birdeater. One of the reasons I was reading the book was for the Australian setting, and for me it wouldn't be a proper Aussie setting without a deadly snake or spider or box jelly or some such freakish critter scampering around. It didn't have to be insanely poisonous(though I note that Australia has those by the ton) - though I was ready for something of that sort to drop in somewhere, but yeah, jam ate everything organic, so... Anyway I was satisfied with the Freakishly Large Spider and its continuing saga.Short version: in the action-adventure-survival-ish genre I only expect to be amused and entertained. I was.

  • Victoria Waddle
    2018-12-03 12:13

    “I woke up one morning to discover that the entire city had been covered in a three-foot layer of man-eating jam.”Croshaw begins his send-up of the future apocalypse with a distinctive strawberry flavor. The man-eating jam that covers Brisbane, Australia immediately devours Travis’s one job-holding roommate who is heading off to the gym to work out. This leaves Travis, our slacker hero, with his surviving roommate, Tim. They find only two other survivors in the building—Don, who was home after working all night on his ‘build’ (he’s a game designer), and Angela, a wannabe journalist who works at Starbucks. The four are shocked when X and Y—a man and woman who appear to be on a secret mission with the US government—crash land a helicopter into Don’s apartment. They seem to working for an agency with the acronym HEPL.Together (and separately) the group must brave aerial stunts and sail on a sea of strawberry jam to reach other survivors and begin colonies. The problem is that there are only two sorts of folks left. Slackers who weren’t on their way to work when the jam hit at the peak of rush hour traffic, and workaholics who were already at the Hibatsu building slaving away.The twenty-something slackers have taken refuge in the mall where they set up an ironic kingdom, and, with all due irony, kill outsiders. Travis fears for his tarantula, who is weak with hunger. Tim wants to take over the kingdom. He is sure that this apocalypse will give him the chance to start a new world and is concerned with organizing crop production and the like.Meanwhile, the more A-types at Hibatsu have already formed their own government by committee and are planning a corporate overthrow of other settlements in an effort to gather resources as they work toward a new society.The juxtaposition of these two groups is funny—neither does very well now that the Internet is permanently down, and survival is more a matter of chance than anything. Don, who single-mindedly holds on to the notion that his hard drive with his build is the only thing that matters, has to deal with all the lunacy as he switches alliances in the effort to find a working computer and upload his build to the cloud.High school housekeeping: Yahtzee Croshaw has something of a cult following online, where he posts weekly reviews of video games. If you are a gamer, you might enjoy his work. He is witty and his ability to parody—even skewer—something is evident in Jam. If you would enjoy a nice send up of all those ‘dystopian future’ novels you’ve been reading, or if you are just looking for something funny, try Jam. Very wacky.NOTE: This review is also posted on my blog School Library Lady.

  • Sean McGovern
    2018-11-19 16:37

    For the record, I was predisposed to like this book - I don't like (Jelly, for those of us in the US). Also, I like Yahtzee Croshaw - MogWorld was a lovely, twisted and twisting tale, and his vidoes on YouTube are both thoughtful and utterly hilarious. So when a friend said that this had come out and told me the back blurb, I was already hooked.[...]Ok, I just deleted a block of text about how I approached this book (which is a gamble I rarely take) because...well, there's a lot of reflections for the big three generations currently knocking about the Western Cultural world. The Baby Boomers, Gen-X, and the Millennials (how'd we get the crap name, again?) all show up at some point, and their various little quirks fill the action and themes of the novel. Trust corporate culture? Check. Subverted. Consumer culture? Touched on, but Romero did it best, so, no harm, no foul. How damned annoying the eternally ironic are? Sweet Maria, and how - plus the creeping sensation that the ironic folks don't really know what irony is (from time to time). I'd say Yahtzee is a cynic, but he's the honest kind - an optimist that has been mugged by reality, and this comes across in everything he does. In his video game take downs, rhyme downs, and now books - the subtext is that he wants the human race to win through, but he's not really convinced that they have more than a snow's chance in Hell on a balmy Thursday. And this might be why I loved the book so much - you want the characters to survive and thrive in their jammy world, even as they all go various shades of bonkers.If you want a proper review I can't help you. This is a loving parody of the end of the world, and a grimly hilarious but played murderously straight WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL doom story. You care for the characters even if they are a little thin (this is plot and theme territory, not character analysis), and you want to know what happens next. The middle bit drags for a spell, but Yahtzee's voice carries you through and there are chuckles to be had, even if you want to start drop kicking the cast. The relentless logic followed by the story holds throughout, and the focus is on the humans, not the jam, and how they crumble based on the logic of the story (again, themes).It's a lot of fun. What was that old quote, "the War wasn't that bad, provided you were with the right people."? You're in good hands for the end of the world as we know it.Four of Five - check it out.

  • Kyle Maas
    2018-12-09 19:41

    Yahtzee Croshaw, of internet Zero Punctuation fame, has succeeded in crafting a book both witty and poignant, humanizing and satyrical, and one that is damn entertaining to boot. In a generation seemingly obsessed with the end of the world and how it will come about, (now that the Mayans are out, zombies are back in as money favorites), Croshaw poses the question that maybe more of us should be asking: is there really any way to predict how the end of society could occur? What if it were something totally unexpected? Like koalas? Or shopping carts? Or...jam? It is with this question firmly tongue-in-cheek that Croshaw takes on the journey of what could happen were our demise to come about through strawberry preserves, all told through the eyes of our seemingly inept anti-hero, Travis. Joining him along the way are characters who many of us would find in our everyday lives: the wanna-be journalist barista, the slacker friend who has secretly been hoping for an apocalypse, and the guy who may just be a little too obsessed with his job. Throw in a couple of shady government characters, and the story moves along at a steady clip as everyone must deal not only with the incredibility of their world ending in a tide of semi-sentient goo, but also with the fact that now they’re stuck with each other because of it. Despite it’s somewhat absurd premise, Croshaw succeeds in making this book very human. The book is at its best when we find out what those who are left have done to survive. Unlike some other end-of-the-world scenario books out there, there is no brilliant scientist or action hero that’s going to save the day. Here we get to see what happens when hipster teenagers or office workers are in charge, which is a far more entertaining and probably realistic take on the possible apocalypse drama. Overall, I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read and something just a little bit different than what you’re used to reading.

  • Varia
    2018-12-12 18:40

    A good fun read, it was nice seeing the best and worst of a bunch of unlikable characters following a Jampocalypse. The characters start off being inherently flawed in a bunch of ways, but it's believable and enjoyable how self-serving they are throughout and it's cool seeing how they manage to work together and all contribute despite being annoying gits. Whenever they are good to each other it's pretty notable and enlightening, and I think Croshaw used this in particular quite well.All-in-all the pacing was great, there was only one really painfully idiotic character (all the more so since he seemed quite smart otherwise and just has this one moment of painful naivety), and the rest felt quite believable and immersive. And it's always refreshing to see a genre work that doesn't say spiders are evil. That was a nice touch. There was only one thing I couldn't figure out about the plot that I would've liked described, but it was just a minor detail so overall the plot points were all tied up really nicely. Really good and fitting ending, too, I thought.I felt like the main female characters could have been a little more interesting personality-wise, been developed a bit more, because it would have made them a little more interesting. It does make sense why the perspective character, Travis, wasn't in a convenient position to do this, but it still would have been nice. Just heard the women talking to each other a bit or something, or contribute with their ideas about how thing should be run since there were at least three guys doing that.But minor quibbles in what was quite a good, fun, morbid and dark read.

  • Jay Mason
    2018-11-25 17:15

    First off: I love the premise of this book. An apocalypse with Jam is very cool and an interesting spin on the apocalypse genre in general. After reading Mogworld, I was pumped to start this book, because Mogworld is straight up awesome. A cool deconstruction of the RPG.Sadly, I didn't enjoy Jam very much, which has nothing to do with the premise or the execution of that premise, and everything to do with the characters. I enjoyed the protagonist - Travis is a good character thrown into an impossible situation. But everyone else just made me want to quit reading. Especially Tim grated on my nerves a lot. I listened to the audio version and, in my opinion, Yahtzee didn't do himself any favors with the way he portrayed him. Every time Tim spoke with that droning monotone voice I wanted to tell him to shut up. Maybe people who read the text and find their own voice for Tim will have a different experience, but for me Tim almost turned out to be a deal-breaker. I'm not sure if I would recommend this book, now that I'm thinking about it. It frustrated me constantly and the only thing that got me through it all was how much I wanted to find out where the Jam actually came from. Though I did enjoy that resolution! Very much!If you're on the fence about getting this book, I'd advise you to read a long excerpt first, because I feel like if you're not on board with the characters from the get-go, they won't grow on you further down the line.

  • Natalie Cannon
    2018-11-16 17:42

    Much like the movie ENCHANTED, JAM is both a love letter and a parody of the apocalypse genre. And it is outrageously funny. Like, I got stares, both from animals and humans, because I was laughing so hard and so much while reading. The characters were realistic and true, just regular people muddling through their (jammed) day. The tone, atmosphere, and mood of the book was helped by so many on point metaphors that I'm counting JAM as reading for my Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing. It's a brilliant book and absolutely a must-read for anyone who likes Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett's GOOD OMENS and Douglas Adams' HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY series.Humor notwithstanding, what's keeping me from giving the novel a full five stars is the ending. It was super brutal and unexpected for an essentially comic story. I won't spoil anything, but peanut butter and toast fails to be applied.

  • Gord
    2018-12-13 20:33

    What an odd premise for a story: the protagonist wakes up one morning to find Brisbane covered in a layer of carnivorous strawberry jam. It gets odder than that as well. Throw in a couple of US secret agents, a settlement of survivors that winds up being a weird cult, another run like a corporate entity and an unlikely band of heroes and you have a fun take on the coming apocalypse. There are a few plot threads that were dropped that I thought could have been explored more, but it was a lot of fun.

  • Mohammad Abdellatif
    2018-12-06 18:13

    It is a book about an apocalypse, with jam in it.I loved every part of it .. I listened to the audio book and I could really identify with the characters now that each one of them had a special voice.Great job Yahtzee :)

  • Katie
    2018-11-16 14:26

    This book was hilarious. I loved all the little nods to Silent Hill and even Mogworld. Another great story by Yahtzee. I hope he makes an audio book version of this one as well.

  • Brent Fury
    2018-12-04 16:18

    What a great story. It was a creative ride full of laughs and clever ideas.

  • Eric
    2018-12-08 13:16

    Had no idea what to expect going into this but this guy has some chops. For me, the timeline was the funniest part of this post apoc story. That and it involved something other than zombies.

  • Quinn Grzywinski
    2018-11-19 16:31

    I suppose I'll start with a preface, because for once, who actually wrote this book is kind of important. For those of you who do not know, I am a huge fan of the ongoing Youtube video-game review series that goes by the name of Zero Punctuation. The host Ben "Yahtzee" Crowshaw, is a fast-talking Australian/Brit, who usually savagely rips apart video-games in a mix of crude and extremely witty humor that is flung at you at the speed of a machine gun. Basically, it's freakin' hilarious if you can both keep up with what he is saying and not get offended in some way, and since Croshaw also works for the magazine The Escapist, these reviews have been coming out weekly for quite awhile, and are usually extremely high quality for the most part. So, imagine my surprise when I learned that Yahtzee has actually written two novels to date, the first being the MMO/fantasy book Mogworld, and the second being Jam, the book we'll be talking about today.The plot of Jam is very straight-forward; it's the apocalypse that nobody was expecting. When our main character Travis wakes up during a brisk morning in Brisbane, he finds that it is neither zombies, earthquakes, a new ice age or rampaging dinosaurs that has finally destroyed the world, but rather a wave of carnivorous jam that has flooded the city eating every person or organic lifeforms it touches. No really, that is the plot. Travis understandably takes a few moments to register this, but after watching his roommate Frank get eaten by the jam right in front of him(and in case you think this is a spoiler it literally happens on the second page of the book), he teams up with his childhood friend Tim, a would-be journalist named Angela, and a constantly irritated man named Don to not only survive the deadly sea of preservative, a group of ironic plastic cultists and two mysterious secret agents that literally fall out of the sky in a helicopter, but figure what the hell could have possibly caused this bizarre apocalypse. It's basically, as the characters put it, The Floor is Lava: Jam Edition. There was a momentary pause as the person on the second floor internally debated their options; then a female face, wearing a baseball cap, appeared at the railing. "Why not?" "Jam," said Tim and I in unison. "It's jammed?" she said. We pointed, and she finally looked down into the foyer. "Oh. Oh my." "Don't touch it! It eats people!" warned Tim. "It ate Frank," I added. -Page 15So, if you couldn't tell, Jam is very much a comedic novel first and foremost. I guess that makes sense, Yahtzee is after all a comedian(ish), so it's a good thing that the book is very, very funny. Interactions between characters as they try to comprehend their absurd situation or work through one of the many problems that comes up when surviving a sea of carnivorous jam. Yahtzee just has a way with words to amplify every comedic saturation that comes up, but after all, this is not a five minute review on YouTube expressly to make the viewer laugh; crafting an actual flowing narrative is a whole other thing entirely. So how does the novel stack up, not as a comedy, but as, you know, a book. Well, I'll guess I'll focus on the negatives first. The premise is just sort of a one-time joke. The mere comedic power and absurdity of the premise has worn off once you've gotten adjusted to the flow of the book, and Yahtzee doesn't seem to have a lot more to do with it, so it kind of just hangs around for the rest of the book, choosing its time to pick off characters whenever the plot calls for it. A little disappointing, considering the vast number of things I know he could have done with it. The only real enhancement of the premise is the when the jam-proof plastic suits are introduced a third or so into the book, but I expect the only reason those exist so Yahtzee didn't need to keep coming up with new ways how the characters would navigate the sea of jam. Also, as many have pointed out in other reviews of this book, like the premise, the narrative itself seems like it's spread a little thin(amazing pun intended). Looking back on the book, not a lot actually happens considering the length, but even though that is a problem I need to point out, I will add that I was never once bored while I was reading the book. That's probably mostly due to the mix of Yahtzee's clever comedic writing and his ability to keep throwing the characters into stupid but hilarious situations. Seriously, I don't think Travis and the rest ever meet a person who isn't either crazy, robotic or trying to kill them throughout the entire book, so either Yahtzee is being clever and making fun of the trope that most apocalypse novels have civilization and human decency collapsing within a couple of days, or he's actually being serious and being a bad writer. Really though, it's extremely likely it's the former, I find it hard to believe he's being serious when at one point Tim is a candidate in an election/rebellion to overthrow an "ironic" cult of plastic wearing fanatics in which his opponent goes by the name, and I quote, "Lord Awesomo". So yeah, he's probably just having a little fun. While from a technical standout, the writing is quite good, I just wish that Yahtzee had occasionally tried to be a little more serious occasionally. OK, yes, it might be hard to get into the deep complexity of characters when they are surrounded by man-eating jam, but even when it seems like the novel should dip into the characters or actually take itself seriously for a moment, it usually doesn't, and then just waves the whole thing off with a joke. It doesn't seem to ever have the confidence to ever expect to be taken seriously, and maybe for good reason, but I would have liked to see Yahtzee, well, maybe "try harder" is the wrong phrase, but have the courage to show he's more than just the silly video-game reviewer that he portrays himself as. Especially because I already know for a fact after reading some of his works that he can pull off some legitimately good writing. And this complaint would stand for the entire duration of the book... if not for the fantastic ending. We'll get to that.guess it is time to start talking about characters, and I suppose we can start with Travis, our main character, who is both my favorite and the most well-developed character in the entire cast. Travis starts the book as a textbook hopeless person. He is the sort of person who is extremely passive, he always just sort of goes with the flow without really voicing an opinion, which isn't helped by the fact that he is clueless about how to handle awkward or pressuring situations. This leads to him being sort of lowest ring of the survivors, and the butt of everyone's jokes, which I thought was interesting. Hell, they even point this out directly in the novel, where the characters are having a (totally in context conversation) about who the main character would be if this a apocalypse movie, Angela points out that Travis would the last person you would choose to be the main character, telling that him that he "isn't exactly dynamic". And he really isn't. He isn't assertive, he isn't even in the middle of things half the time; he behaves exactly the opposite of how an insert main-character would, but it's here where he gets his depth as a character. Granted , he is a sort of a late-bloomer, development only moving past from hints to action almost near the end of the novel, and it's only until maybe the last few pages that his character finally lays the cards on the table, but in a truly great bit of writing on Yahtzee's part. And for that, I can appreciate him for being original, entertaining, and pretty a great character to boot. Tim is Travis' perhaps only real friend at the start of the book, and pretty much the exact opposite of Travis in every conceivable way. With his old tiresome life behind due to the obvious, Tim has renewed vigor for live and is ready to take on the world, whether he is actually ready for it or not. He's mostly there to act as a stark contrasts to Travis probably, being reckless where Travis is overly cautious, and a little abrasive where Travis is apologetic. His character isn't exactly anything original, but Yahtzee him takes in a direction, that while well trodden on by other apocalypse stories, it feels fresh enough due to the sort of unique character dynamic between him and Travis, especially towards the end of the book. Again, no spoilers, but credit due that his rather radical development is hinted throughout the text as early as the first few pages.Don is the straight man, the one who completely recognizes the absolute absurdity of this entire situation, and is pretty much pissed off all of the time because of that. The humor in his character comes from the fact that he was actually a functioning member of society before the jampocalypse, and now that he is stuck in a group of former slackers who are either in his eyes pathetic or occasionally retarded, well, the comedy possibilities are endless. However, Don actually is one of the more developed members in the cast, and while I won't give away exactly how he changes from the beginning of the book to the end, the way his development(as well as Travis') is handled is my absolute favorite kind, developing through subtle actions and the such. And while his personality never changes, all you need to do is read between the lines to figure out how he really feels, and that is a huge plus is my book. The rest of the characters are mostly just there. Yahtzee provides them with dialogue that is entertaining, but people like Angela, Princess Ravenhair(who appears later on), and even the two secret agents X and Y ultimately. That's alright I suppose, honestly we're probably lucky that we got as much growth in the characters as we did, so I suppose I'm okay with the characters as a whole. Besides from Travis, none of them are particularly fantastic, but thanks to Yahtzee's dialogue, I won't be forgetting them anytime soon. And you know what, that says a lot.My voice trailed away. Don folded his arms and sighed through his teeth, irritated by his own emotions. "You really are hopeless aren't you." "Not anymore."-Page 398 I guess I'll talk about the ending of the book for a bit, which really, you usually shouldn't ever do in a spoiler-free review such as this one, but there's a couple points I need to take away from it, so bear with me. So, I think I've made it clear that throughout my review that when I was reading this book, I never really decided if I thought that Yahtzee was a capable writer or not. Whether he actually had graduated from his quick and fun Youtube videos and crafted a narrative worthy of celebration. And you know, if the book had ended maybe about 20 pages earlier, I would've said no. I would've said that while it was tons of fun to read, Jam wasn't anything more than a good comedy with great dialogue, and would have left it at that, and possibly have never written this review. But the book did not end 20 pages earlier. Look, I'm not going to pretend the ending is any sort of amazing piece of literature, but what it was was exactly I wanted to see from Yahtzee for this entire book, a genuine, great piece of writing. As the book enters the climax, it might seem like little has changed, but through certain pieces of dialouge, I began to realize that things were getting darker. A lot darker, but the book still had the humor going strong. As the book went on, and sentences that carried subtle emotional depth wormed their way in, I realized that I didn't know if I was supposed to be laughing or not anymore. That turned into uncertainty, and then finally as the last few pages went by, I realized that this was becoming honestly extremely depressing, and as Travis' character's tips its hand, I was honestly and completely emotional invested in what was happening. Yahtzee still surprised me even though I had been expecting this kind of thing for the whole book, and that was because he did it in his own unique way. So... well done sir.Jam won't exactly be changing any lives any time soon, but I recommended not only because of the ending, but just because it is funny as hell, which was, after all, the author's original intent. It's a great comedic book that just goes a little above and beyond what was expected, and I just love when a book can take something as absurd, and let's be honest, as stupid as this premise, and make a good book out of it. So go check it out and have a laugh, and hopefully a little more than that. Goodbye for now guys.Final Verdict: 7(.5)/10P.S: "I couldn't find a stick."

  • Stephen Par
    2018-11-29 12:17

    “I woke up one morning to find that the entire city had been covered in a three-foot layer of man-eating jam.” This is the first sentence in Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw’s latest novel, Jam, and it sets the dark but comedic tone of the whole book. It’s a book about an end of the world scenario that no one could have expected. Rather than include a cast of confident characters that have what it takes to survive, it’s about average people trying not to be killed by some man-eating jam. The style is well suited to Crowshaw who has lots experience in humor writing with his last novel, Mogworld, as well as his job as a harsh video game reviewer online. Despite all that though, Jam isn't quite perfect but just barely so.The story takes place in Brisbane, Australia. After the immediate revelation that three feet of strawberry-scented death awaits just outside, we meet the main character, Travis, and his roommate, Frank. By the next page Frank is eaten by the Jam. From there, Travis and the several other characters we meet in the apartment building (including a spider Travis names Mary) begin their survival in this unexpected apocalypse. Eventually the characters dubbed “X” and “Y” are introduced as two mysterious American agents that seem have something to hide. They aren’t incredibly important until late in the book’s second act and into the third. The apartment becomes an unfavorable settlement and the characters make their way to a new location. The book keeps things very fresh and lively with the introduction of a cult-like group of hipsters that use plastic bag suits to guard against the jam. The story still manages to create tension and have plenty of jokes but it eventually loses a bit of steam into the mid second act. Things pick back up in the third act when the jam becomes a bigger threat again, there’s more tension, there’s some really solid jokes, and the big reveals are happening. It comes to an end with some unexpected twists leading to a somewhat sadder ending than I expected, but an appropriate one nonetheless.My problems with Jam are few but still worth noting and enough to warrant a four out of five star rating. First is the somewhat too frequent issue in insufficiently helping the reader properly visualize the scene, specifically when a character is just rescued out of nowhere. It’s a common trope of apocalyptic survival fiction to have a character make it through a close call with imminent death. This happens mostly early in the novel, but there’s an issue with Croshaw not properly describing how the scenery looks and how the characters are being rescued. It causes a few of those early moments of tension to fall a bit flat when one’s sitting wondering how this building or sign just appeared at the last moment to save the day. Then there’s what happens with the story around midway through. It drops a fair amount of the comedy and humor that really helped it and doesn't manage to pick it back up completely until the third act. It creates some mildly jarring “mood whiplash” but it’s excusable because the book still works from there with a slightly darker tone, it just takes some adjusting to. And to be clear it still has the humor that makes it such a good read, it’s just more spaced out when it reaches this point. My final issue is incredibly minor but bothered me enough to give it a mention. The jam eventually becomes a sort of non-issue in the second act. The book gets into other events that are still interesting but there seemed to be a sufficient lack of the jam appearing to be a threat to any of the main characters until the final stretch when things get very good. While those might not seem like the largest of problems they add up but still end up only detracting from the book in minor ways.When Jam gets it right, it nails it. As mentioned before, Croshaw is fantastic at snarky humor writing. Despite the slight drop off in the volume of it around the middle of the book, the humor is very solid throughout. The book hits the ground running with plenty of light-hearted humor early on. However, probably the best lines are dropped by the hipster “ironic” survivors they meet at the nearby mall. “ ‘Halt! Who goes there?’... ‘He’s been doing the medieval-guard thing all day.’ ‘Dude, I’m making, like, an *ironic* statement,’ said the first guard, covering his mouth as if to whisper speaking at a normal level. ‘I’m saying that we've basically gone back to medieval times ‘cos there’s no electricity but we haven’t really?’ ‘Yeah, man, that’ s *ironic* as hell,’... whenever they said the word ironic they put a peculiar emphasis on it... as if they were trying to say the word in as ironic a way as possible.” The entire Briar center is like that, they eventually ironically execute a survivor there for eating some of the yogurt that belongs to the man that they worship in a cult-like manner. They become a tongue-in-cheek satire of the hipster/internet culture’s silly obsession and misidentification of irony. The entire book is a self-satire of the apocalypse survival genre. Almost every piece of fiction in that genre features cool and collected main characters that can handle the situation they’re in, and they’re almost all very serious in tone. Jam is an obvious flip of all of those ideas and succeeds in being very enjoyable because of its inept cast and tone.Jam features a cast of characters that are nothing like the average apocalypse survival piece. The main characters are Travis, whose perspective the story is told from, his flatmate Tim, disgruntled game developer (and Mogworld throwback) Don, barista and journalism student Angela, a Goliath Birdeater spider named Mary, and the code named “X” and “Y” duo of not-so-secret American agents. All of the characters have generally good execution in their development of their personalities. Besides Travis, Angela ends up being the flattest character of them all but even that’s not saying a lot and its easily excusable. Travis isn’t the most likeable nor does he have much of a personality, but this all seems intentional to let the reader project themselves onto him. The author even makes a hint that he’s aware of it with this quote. “ ‘... I’ll just do whatever everyone else is doing.’ ‘Oh, will you,’ said Don, frustrated. ‘What a bold and respectable position. Just go to sleep, Travis. Maybe the personality fairy will visit you in the night.’ I went to sleep anyway. Just to show him.” Be that as it may, Travis isn’t a wooden board either. He develops a meaningful, if still strange and a bit insane, relationship with Mary the spider. He also proves himself as one of the most competent characters by the end of the book. Travis’s character manages to go on the “hero’s journey” and develop while still remaining blank enough to let the reader “jump into his shoes” so to speak.In regard to the ending, it’s what saved a lot of the second half from being a bit too dry. The humor is there but the tone and plot warrant less jokes and more seriousness, which is fine but not quite in alignment with the book’s start. The ending delivers in all aspects though. It has some of the best jokes, the most tension, satisfying plot reveals and twists, and some of the book’s biggest character development. It ends up being not the happiest thing but also by no means is it a tragedy. Jam is an incredibly solid novel that flips its own genre on its head. There’s some excellent laughs to be had, Croshaw is even able to do written slapstick, and it takes the reader to a funny scenario of an apocalypse. The flaws are even minor enough to call this book a 4.5 out of 5. I highly recommend it to just about anyone.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-14 14:26

    This was definitely the least compelling of Yahtzee's books, despite the novel apocalypse scenario and clever jokes about it. The tie-ins to his first book were probably the most intriguing part of the story, but ultimately didn't shed a whole lot of light on it. I didn't connect much with any of the characters, I couldn't have cared less when (view spoiler)[they bit the dust (hide spoiler)], and the pacing felt off, especially towards the end. I'm glad I saved this one for last, as I might not have been tempted to read his third book had I tackled them in order, and it was pretty good.

  • Jacek
    2018-11-28 13:14

    „We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably. But no one expected the end to be quite so . . . sticky . . . or strawberry scented.”The quote above is the premise of „Jam”, the latest book by Yahtzee Croshaw, famous for his quasi-serious, drenched in sarcasm reviews of video games called “Zero Punctuation”. The appeal of those reviews is the multitude of levels on which Yahtzee's jokes work (they have multiple meanings and are funny as both spoken and visual puns). That is why the fact that after "Mogworldhe chose to write yet another book, instead of creating something in a medium that better suits his signature style (like comic book for an instance) seemed kind of limiting, but I was curious nevertheless and expected an amusing read.Well, it pretty quickly turned out that one of the bigger jokes the book was going to give me, was on me and any other reader, who expects to read a funny book (And such expectations are justified. I mean what else could one expect from a jamocalypsish premise???). In his book, Yahtzee chose (probably) the most absurd scenario only to treat it surprisingly serious after the initial laughs about the premise fade away. If you get used to it, this approach kind of works, because this reality is pretty well grounded and, occasionally, some laugh emerge from all the seriousness. For instance, the jam consumes only organic matter, so one of the group of survivors chose to dress in waste bags. It not only makes sense but also provides some intense moments (like an escape from an jam-covered area filled with shards of glass that can rip plastic apart) and absurd humor. Once could also make the case that it is interesting that it doesn't matter what the source of danger is, as long as the survivors and their reactions are believable (what kind of reminds me of what Yahtzee has said in his "Left 4 Dead" review). I think that such take on this book is interesting, but to me this approach mainly serves as a mildly interesting intellectual exercise.It would be ok, if this book was only about a more grounded approach to an absurd plot, but the main characters in this book, a few survivors of the jamocalypse, are supposed to make us laugh but they don't. The cause of that is that they are excessively one-note. Each of them has a certain trait/obsession that defines them, which is fine for a few jokes, but there is far too little character development for an almost 400 page book. I understand that the protagonist is supposed to be this ignorant dufus, but does he have to be oblivious to what “flush out” means (oh, and giving him a spider, so he may have an endearing quirk seemed kind of desperate to me)? This is pretty simple stuff for someone who is as smart and as eloquent as Yahtzee. To his credit some of the characters can be interesting and funny. This is particularly true for Tim, a friend of the protagonist, who was a lazy loser before the jamocalypse, but after that catastrophe, he is very eager to rebuild the civilization on the remains of what other, more talented and now perished people have achieved.The characters are mainly lackluster, but fortunately, there is some decent social satire scattered throughout the book. The aforementioned “plastic people” do everything ironically without fully comprehending the word "irony", what serves as a decent satire on how people on the Internet behave. There is also another group, a tribe of office workers, who are kind of funny, because they keep their habits from civilized days, but in a very savage way. It almost seems that the civilization was build by few outstanding human beings, while the rest of humanity is, and always has been, pretty barbaric (and I can believe that, it is more than evident if one tries to read comment sections on many websites).Finally, a few random things I liked. It was fun to see how this book's construction was reflected in Yahtzee's game-designing background – there is always a clear goal for the characters and new ideas get introduced gradually. Oh, and the ending gets pretty dark, what totally kills whatever humor was left in the book at that point but it somehow makes the characters more interesting. Ultimately, this is a decent book if you don't expect a laugh-out-loud comedy. Just don't get your expectations too high and you should be satisfied just enough.

  • Dom Sealion
    2018-12-03 20:42

    Crosshaw nails slapstick comedy the way no book ever has before. It's a brilliant comedic quest for survival through an apocalyptic Sydney, Australia caused by a carnivorous fruit preservative...JAM. Along the way, we find different fringes of society dealing with the strawberry scented judgment day through their own twisted methods. Would easily recommend it to anyone.

  • Andrew
    2018-11-24 20:21

    When humanity wakes up to discover that everything they know and love (including the vast majority of humanity) has been devoured by a colossal layer of man-eating strawberry jelly, what kind of intrepid individual will survive in this brave new world? Mostly a bunch of unpleasant stereotypical twits, apparently. JAM is Yahtzee Croshaw's second novel, following up his pretty good Mogworld with a just-barely sequel lampooning the many, many post-apocalyptic adolescent fantasies out there. Think Sean of the Dead but with a lot more red on you.The initial band of survivors rapidly switches from charmingly eccentric to sitcom silly, and eventually their behaviors just kind of become unexplainably erratic. The groups of survivors they encounter lampoon obnoxious internet humorists and corporate drones, but the attempt on the latter is half-hearted while making fun of the former is just so much shooting fish in barrels. Finally, the book just feels rushed. Character development is spotty at best, large plot holes are just left wide open no matter how much the cast points them out, and the second half of the book seems like it was wtitten by someone rapidly losing interest in his own project. I laughed now and then, sure, but it just wasn't something I could honestly call a good book at the end of the day. Ah well.Yahtzee, I love your work. You can do better than this. Grab yourself a refreshing Branston pickle and get back behind that keyboard already.

  • Kat
    2018-11-27 12:26

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because of the excellent readingThis book is definitely not for everyone. If you are looking for great depth of meaning and character, or if you aren't a fan of Yahtzee's very distinctive writing/speaking style (check out a Zero Punctuation review and you'll know very quickly), then this probably isn't the book for you. Also, probably not the best for arachnophobes. But if you want an almost brutally cynical send-up of the apocalypse genre, then this is worth checking out.I said this book wasn't great about character depth, but what we do get is engaging enough and includes some really good genre skewering. POV character Travis starts out as a directionless slacker, but finds something to live for by the end, and I enjoyed his weird relationship with Mary the Goliath Birdeating Spider. (I didn't look up pictures until after I finished the book; let's just say that the narrator does not exaggerate her size.) Don the game designer's endless impotent irascibility is pretty damn funny as performed by Yahtzee, and he does turn out to have a heart of gold, albeit very small and buried very deep. Secret agent X is not only the world's worst liar, but turns out to be hiding a secret so mundane that she herself seems to wish it were more interesting.

  • DarkChaplain
    2018-11-27 20:38

    I honestly did not expect to enjoy JAM as much as I did. Sure, I was entertained by Mogworld, but it somehow felt lacking in certain aspects, and moved around too much for my taste.JAM, however, managed to capture my interest all the way through, and made me chuckle.The structure of the book was more appealing, the locations obviously more relatable due to being set in a real city rather than a stereotypical fantasy world, the character interaction was stronger due to a less random cast and the wit and bite felt just as refreshing as last time.Overall I feel that a lot of issues I had with Mogworld in the narrative department have been absent in JAM. So at the end of the day, I'm looking forward to Yahtzee's next novel, whatever it may end up being about.Hail Crazy Bob.

  • Gabriella
    2018-12-10 15:36

    The end of the world by man-eating jam, strawberry scented death. Follow a crazy bunch of people trying to survive the apocalypse. Yahzee brings out all of his well-known cynicism and annoyance at the idiots of society to paint a bleak but maniacal look at how civilisation would play out. A fun book that you never really know what is coming next but shows the mental strain and changes that may take place. If you don't like drop endings though this may not be for you. You will be left wanting just that little bit more. I loved the references to Mogworld with some shameless self-plugging.

  • Jordan
    2018-12-04 15:42

    Wow, did I ever dislike this book. The premise was strange but amusing which drew me in, but in the end I didn't mind any of the funny parts all that funny, plus the entire thing (including just about every single character) were completely unrealistic. I kept with it until the end because I was curious about how everything explained. Everything was, but I found the explanations disappointing as well.

  • Liz Laurin
    2018-12-08 17:20

    "What the hell?!" chided Tim. "Why'd you kill him? You're mad!"That contempt-filled groan went up again, and the priest clicked his tongue. "Do you think you people will get it on the six or seventh hundredth time? We're being ironically evil.""But he's actually dead!!" pressed Tim. I loved this so much. Was it dumb? was it satirical, and sarcastic, and ridiculous? yep. hell yes. Fuck yes. Bot god did I love it.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-23 13:33

    I see the world in a similar way to Yahtzee, so this is one of the few books I've read that made me laugh out loud. I'm a bit bored with end of the world stories, so this was a refreshing new take on it.For anyone who wants something a bit different with it comes to the apocalypse then give this a try.If you don't like spiders avoid this at all costs.

  • Zachary T Hayes
    2018-12-07 13:26

    It is rather funny. This is the kinda book you read when you want a laugh. I actually for the first time recommend the Audio book. Yahtzee reads his book fantastically and puts the sarcasm and tone in it perfectly.SPOILER******That being said. The ending was a let down for me. a few unanswered questions. And random deaths to the point GoT would accept it.

  • Amazingbollweevil
    2018-12-15 13:42

    This is a good fun romp in a farcical post apocalyptic world, blessedly free of zombies. The story is good, but Yahtzee's narration is what really makes it for me. I only give it 4/5 because it's not as good as his other two books, but it's still an thoroughly enjoyable listen.