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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,669 ratings  ·  203 reviews
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.
Paperback, 398 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Dark Horse (first published October 10th 2012)
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Patrick
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, wit
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Ben Eldridge
I have been an admirer of Yahtzee Croshaw for a number of years... his work as a gaming critic has been hilariously insightful and intelligent, and his first novel Mogworld, whilst by no means perfect, was of a similarly high standard. So it rather pains me to state that his second novel Jam is simply not very good, on basically any level. The premise loses its absurd comic power within the opening chapters, and as the plot becomes stagnant and painfully dull, the boredom is heightened by the bl ...more
JJ DeBenedictis
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 sto
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Andrew
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 S ...more
Sean McGovern
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.

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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 f
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Kyle Maas
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 somethi
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Ana Mardoll
Jam / B00A7H2E3W

I 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 rep
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Gord
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 f ...more
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
Travis wakes up one morning to find that a killer strawberry jam has taken over the city and that it will utterly consume those who it touches. This is, more than anything, a story rife with bad policies and middle management.

"Jam" has its engaging moments and its ingenious moves, but it's also based on stock, cliched characters (intentionally) which didn't do much for me. Neither did the ending, which felt a bit random.
Jordan
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.
Daisy Strange
I elfin love this book. That's it. I love it. I'd take a bullet for it. I'd have it's babies. gg.

Seriously though; I love watching Zero Punctuation and from there, I came to find and love his books. His wit is legendary and the only thing that seems to get a laugh out of this cold-hearted, bitter adult I have become. I really dig the premise, the ingenious spoof on your usual apocalypse story, with man-eating strawberry jam of all things. But you see, it's written so well, that at times I'd forg
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Victoria Waddle
“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 w
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Martin Wilson
Jam's got a strong comic concept, sadly let down by the fact that the main character is totally bland. It's a shame, especially when the book lampoons false irony, that it still falls into a fairly major pitfall; writing an intentionally boring character makes your book boring.

Compared to Croshaw's previous book, Mogworld, Jam is crying out for Jim as a main character. Don, the one character in common with Mogworld, makes a noble effort to fill Jim's shoes, and comes out best, even if he is a th
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Marcelo Sanchez
Mi mayor problema con este libro es el personaje principal. Y es un gran problema.
He escuchado que muchas se recurre a hacer del personaje principal, un modelo poco definido para que el lector pueda identificarse con él. Pero aquí se pasa de la linea. Travis está tan poco definido que es muy difícil identificarse con él. Varias veces me vi con deseos de gritarle "¡Haz algo!". Y es que Travis es, a falta de un termino mejor, un pelele. Pasa más de tres cuartos del libro sin tomar ninguna decisión
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James Flynn
I'll admit that I was somewhat biased going into this. I was already a huge fan of Yahtzee Croshaw for his clever, quick-paced writing in his well-known Zero Punctuation series. So I was interested to see what he could do through a book. And I must say, though it didn't live up to my unbelievably high expectations, it was still one of the best books I read in 2014 (that's almost entirely meaningless, though; I don't actually read that many books). And even though I can't really foresee myself gi ...more
Varia
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 t
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Christopher Payne
"It's about an apocalypse. WITH JAM IN IT." Hands down one of the best fiction books I have ever read. Judging from the title as well as Ben's (Yahtzee) other work (Mogworld) you might think it's just a silly comedy book, and while it does contain some humors moments it is deadly serious. The character development is handled nicely, you become attached to them and genuinely want to see them succeed. Each character has a unique personality and they are properly juxtaposed with the others. More th ...more
Camilla Hansen
This has been one of the absurdest and funniest novels I've read, yet not in an exaggerated way.
I admit gladly I'm a fan of Yahtzee in the first place, therefore enjoying his cynical humour even more.

The entire premise of Australia being covered in man-eating jam. Well then. I had never seen that coming. It is quite an obscure way to envision an apocalyptic premise.
Nevertheless, with a ton of humour, some very decent writing, and laughably odd characters, Yahtzee carries it across the jelly-infe
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Kyle
Surprisingly well written book considering it came from an internet personality. Jam is an apoctolyptic horror-comedy with a strong emphasis on the comedy. It's silly as all hell (it's about a jam that eats people) and a lot of fun through most of it as a result. I laughed out loud more than once while reading, which to me means it passes the funny test. One of the blurbs on the book was spot on when it says that the book accomplishes the difficult task of gettin slapstick and physical humor to ...more
Eric Mesa
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. All I knew was that I found Yahtzee Croshaw's reviews at Zero Punctuation to be pretty funny. I'd acquired Mogworld and Jam via Humble ebook bundles. I'm not sure, but I think they were in two different bundles. I can't remember. Anyway, after looking at all the descriptions, it appeared that Jam was just Croshaw's next novel, not a sequel to Mogworld. So, since the description of Mogworld sounded a little too close to what I do for ...more
Brian
Though easily the best book I've ever read about an eschaton-level event involving strawberry jam, the book is not without its flaws. In general, the book embraces its absurd premise and strives carry over the absurdity to the depiction of its characters. Sometimes this works, but other times the absurdity feels like it exists as a tool for the author to push the story in even less realistic directions.

This book was something of a "grower" for me; the first half didn't really do it for me, but
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Nick Raines
This is an ideas book. There are a lot of good ideas such as a jampocalypse, two crazy factions warring, and shady government agents who know more than they say. There is no lead up to the jam, it has taken over the city of Brisbane by the time the story starts and that is a good thing, not the jam taking over the city just that it is there at the start.

This book is pretty funny. I got a few good laughs out of it. I guess you could say the humor is ironic. The political climate of plastic people
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Dorian D-W
After failing to get far in Mogworld I didn't have high hopes for Jam, but I was pleasantly surprised by this implausibly sticky doomsday tale.

I think it was the endearing innocence of the narrator, Travis, in his attempts to come to grips with post-apocalyptic society when his hometown was flooded with a three-foot layer of man-eating jam. That and the plethora of quirky characters, including Mary the eight-legged Goliath Birdeater.

Like Mogworld though, the book suffers from lack of direction.
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Stefan Grieve
This book is about the Jam-apoclypse, about a group of people trying to survive carnivorous, strawberry scented jam. Along they way they come across the ironic plastic people cult, the tribal officers, and government secrets that aren't that well kept, among other things. A brilliant idea done really well, funny and even some times intense, which it takes a great author to create tension out of the threat of Killer Jam. The author, Yahtzee Croshaw, was someone I first became aware of when I play ...more
Kirsten
Sweet mercy this book was so great. Like the blurb says, it's the apocalypse that no one expected. No zombies, no aliens, no drastic climate change, no lava or brimstone....Jam. Sticky, carnivorous, strawberry jam. I think it's so preposterous that is just had to work. No. Scratch that. It's so preposterous that it took a master to make it work. Yahtzee does an amazing job of being patently ridiculous with his characters and the situations they find themselves in, while simultaneously making the ...more
Sandra
It was a pretty good book. It's hard to find any books with engaging characters and original premises now a days. The running gags definitely added to the hilarity and I know of no other author who can make similes quite as perfectly descriptive as Yahtzee can.

All that being said, I found that the overall plot arc of the book was rather flat. I never felt rising action and the final revealing of the jam conspiracy was...eh. Things just sort of happened in the book. It might have to do with the n
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Cale
A post-apocalypse starring the people who shouldn't survive into a post-apocalyptic setting, and an apocalypse-causing entity that is utterly absurd. These two things work together to make a very dark comedy of errors, as accidental survivors band together and manage to break down the dregs of society even further. It's weird to read a boot with a first person narrator who isn't very smart; it's a strange conceit that I don't recall seeing before, and it's difficult to pull off. Still, it works, ...more
Amber
I didn't find this nearly as hard to put down as Mogworld, but it was an interesting take on the usual apocalypse fic, with a disaster in the form of a "monster" reminiscent of The Blob: a three-foot (usually) deep layer of jam (seriously, it smells like strawberries) that devours anything organic. I wasn't too fond of most of the characters and the "irony" obsessed settlement in the mall was really irritating (by design, I'm sure). Funny, but not as funny as Mogworld, that's all. I'm into post- ...more
Ben Mohler
“This was how I would die. Strangled by an attractive, seminaked woman inside a fridge with a giant tarantula in the middle of a sea of carnivorous jam. As I blacked out, all I could think of was a fortune teller I'd spoken to a few years ago, and how full of sh*t she'd turned out to be.”


To be honest, I already knew that I was going to like this book before I started reading it, but it was a pleasure nonetheless to experience the hilarity of "Jam" for myself (With the excuse that I would most c
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Cstout17
“I woke up one morning to find that the entire city was covered in a three-foot layer of jam”. This is the line which both starts the book, and is the most memorable line in the book. It sets the tone quickly, and is followed by a ridiculously hilarious sequence of events. Including a large amount of overwhelmingly strawberry scented, deadly jam. Among the casted characters in the book, there’s a pet spider named Mary, Professional Secret Agent ‘X’, Professional Soldier ‘Y’, a News Reporter name ...more
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Benjamin Richard "Yahtzee" Croshaw is an English comedic writer, video game journalist and author of adventure games created using Adventure Game Studio software. He writes articles for Australia's Hyper magazine, a major games publication. He uses his website "Fully Ramblomatic" as an outlet for his own work, including weekly dark humour articles, essays, fiction, and webcomics. He is currently m ...more
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