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  • Mass Market Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (23 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595829571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595829573
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TRANSnational on 2 Dec. 2012
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'Jam' reads like an hilarious cross between a zombie apocalypse story, The Blob and a slacker comedy. If you've ever read or watched any of Ben Croshaws internet material or his first novel 'Mogworld' you know what to expect. Black humour and an atmosphere of cynicism that hangs in the air like a toxic vapor. Fortunately it all works really really well (for the most part). This book is funny, has likable (or very deliberately annoying) characters, insane cults of bag wearing hipsters and obviously the whole 'death of the world by strawberry jam' thing. If you've ever enjoyed books like 'Red Dwarf' or 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' then this will be right up your ally.

Unfortunately it isn't all perfect. I was ready to give this a full five stars right up until the very ending. The last few chapters manage to solve a couple of plot threads that didn't really need answering, but leave a few you would like to see closure on dangling. The pace also becomes a bit too frantic, the lead monster gets to re-appear with no good reason, and the tired old 'Eeeeeevil Americans' plot gets dragged out (some of the logic is also a little questionable). Its not nearly enough to ruin the book, but it leaves it a little bit flat.

Still this is a solid book, you'll have a blast reading it and it has a ton of funny moments and memorable characters. Hopefully Croshaws next book will be earn the full five stars this one was close to getting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 19 May 2015
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Remember when your cousins would stay over at your house, and when you all went to bed you played a game where the bedroom carpet was poison and you couldn't touch it? You had to jump from bed to chair to cushion, or climb on top of the dresser and toy box, and if you touched the carpet at all, you died. Well, that's this book.

The whole city is flooded by three feet of strawberry slime that consumes anything organic. Our slacker heroes have to get from their apartment building to a distant office building that looks like it may be a place of refuge.

We have an overwhelmed, under motivated hero, a heroine, a burned out anti-hero, a snarky businessman, and a devious CIA type who knows more than she'll say. As we follow their adventures we get two things in abundance - some very funny dialogue and some really abrupt and shocking violent death. So we are deeply into the comedy/horror genre, and how you feel about that particular style will probably determine how you react to this book.

For what it's worth, I probably would have liked this less, but for some very sly and high concept characters and adventures. Especially appealing was an extended stay at a shopping arcade run by a dystopian group motivated entirely by irony, and a long segment involving an office building and a classically corporate response to apocalypse. These two stand out and stand-alone bits put the book over the top for me.

So, a successful entertainment with some low humor and some sly humor. Not a bad combination, and all very skillfully constructed.

Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for a candid review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shel on 23 Oct. 2012
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Zero Punctuation's Yahtzee (I wonder if he's sick of being introduced with that association yet) returns to print form with a worthy follow up to [the now out of print ?!] Mogworld. This time around it's set in Brisbane, Australia during a apocalypse of jam. Without going too much into the plot (I wouldn't want to spoil a smudge of it) the story contains the expected spattering of the usual apocalyptic tropes, warring factions, ragtag group of survivors (one of which makes an appearance in Yahtzee's début book) all of which feature a spin you've come to expect from Mr Crowshaw which, to be honest, isn't always a good thing. I know it's a novel set during an "jampocalypse" but the mood wanders just a bit too much on the side of slapstick for my liking which stopped me caring too much about any of the characters that get devoured by the flesh hungry jam. Yes I know the premise is all a bit silly but none of the characters act anything close to normal people so it all feels a bit like reading a cartoon and not like the disaster parody that Yahtzee was probably aiming for here. That said it's a good read and offers plenty of laugh out loud moments, of which I'll end with my favourite:

"This is how I would die. Strangled by an attractive, semi-naked woman inside a fridge with a giant tarantula in the middle of the sea of carnivorous jam. As I blacked out, all I could think of was fortune-teller I'd spoken to a few years ago, and how full of s%*t she'd turned out to be."
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Welp, you've never read about an apocalypse like this before. Brisbane is covered in killer Jam and the only people left alive are the weirdos and hipsters. Just like Mogworld, Jam is funny, weird, and written in true Yahtzee style.

The beginning chapters are where the novel shines. They are so hilarious that I actually laughed out loud on a few occasions, which is a rare sight for a sadsack like me. The story slowed down a bit in the middle but the pace does pick up towards the end, although the hilarious first chapters are never topped. One of the books central storylines seems to parody the PC Master Race which Yahtzee accidentally created. Anyone who knows what the PC Master Race is will love spotting the references. There are also some references to Mogworld which were fun to see.

I feel like some of the jokes are played out too much. The excessive amount of stupidity that some of the characters show made it difficult for me to care for them. This was not a problem in Jam because, 1, it was all a video game, and 2, Jim's reactions to the stupidity of the other characters were hilarious. Sadly, the main character in Jam is not nearly as interesting as Jim.

Travis, the POV character, is dull. He barely has what you would call a personality. His role in Jam is to just be a passive spectator while the side characters do all of the talking and doing. His lack of personality is even mentioned by people in the story but that does not make up for the fact that he is boring.

I think any lovers of Yahtzee will enjoy this book, but I don't think it is a better book than Mogworld.
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