I was really curious to see how Yahtzee's machine-gun chatter of sarcasm and wit in his gaming reviews translated to a fantasy novel. The result? I ended up blasting through Mogworld in little more than a day, and giggling at its jokes on a number of occasions.
When Jim, a lowly mage-in-training, finds himself frustratingly resurrected from the dead, he finds that his generic fantasy world has changed for the worse. People aren't dying properly anymore, adventurers are becoming afflicted with bizarre behavioural patterns, and things are disappearing from the face of the planet in the blink of an eye. Thus begins his quest not to save the world, but to continue the permanent death he was so rudely awakened from.
The novel is written in 1st-person-perspective, which gives the writer a great excuse to transplant his humour directly into the thoughts and words of the protagonist. Yahtzee is like a more caustic, contemporary Terry Pratchett drawing from video games instead of classic literature, and the whole vibe of humour in the writing really tickled my fancy. Poor old Jim is an irritable, unheroic hero with unheroic and very human thoughts, clashing cleverly with the generic fantasy setting that underpins Mogworld. The plot, and the consequences of his actions, rarely go in the direction expected of a fantasy novel, and the eventual interleaving of the greater, game-related plot is very cleverly done.
Knocked off a star for an opening that I didn't feel was as strong as it could have been, but once Jim is resurrected, the fun really starts. If you've ever played an MMO, every joke should amuse you, unless you've come down with the Syndrome . . .