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Jam

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,577 Ratings  ·  283 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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Amazingbollweevil His delivery is, thankfully, much slower than his game reviews. I like "Jam," but absolutely love "Will Save the Galaxy for Food." His narration in…moreHis delivery is, thankfully, much slower than his game reviews. I like "Jam," but absolutely love "Will Save the Galaxy for Food." His narration in "Galaxy" is absolutely brilliant. (less)

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Patrick
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Ana Mardoll
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
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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JJ DeBenedictis
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Nicholas Karpuk
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere)
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 th
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Jay Mason
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 impos
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Amanda
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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), and the pacing felt off, especially towards the end. I'm glad I saved this one for last, as I might not ...more
Victoria Waddle
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
“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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Sean McGovern
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
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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Varia
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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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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
Natalie Cannon
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Gord
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction, dystopia
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
Jordan
Jan 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Mohammad Abdellatif
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a great story. It was a creative ride full of laughs and clever ideas.
Claire
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
As slow to read as the jam the book is based on.
Eric
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
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Stephen Par
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
“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 ...more
Collin Henderson
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'll start this off like just about everyone else who read this book: I'm a huge fan of Croshaw's Zero Punctuation series. It's biting, it's clever, and most importantly, it's absolutely hilarious. The thing I love the most, though, is that it shows Croshaw is smart. He understands gaming in a way that few do and beneath all the crass analogies and hilariously profane word combinations is a person who really "gets" gaming. He always has good reasoning for the way he feels about a game. And, more ...more
Rachel Noel
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
There were a lot of enjoyable elements to this book. An amiable main character. Realistic, and therefore hilarious, dialogue and character actions. A goliath birdeater spider. What's not to enjoy?

Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me. I'm used to Croshaw giving a different but better ending than the one I think I want, but in this case, the ending was disappointing. I get that, in apocalyptic situations people are going to break in different ways, but I did not like Tim's break. I was genui
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KungFu Drafter
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Another oddly endearing tale from Yahtzee. Once again he managed to cobble together a group of oddly endearing characters that left me feeling oddly wanting more. I'm not sure that I'd say it is "great literature" but I feel confident that the author wouldn't either. What I will say is that this is a very entertaining story for anyone that enjoys something a bit out of the ordinary.

In a world running to copy The Walking Dead, it was inevitable that a creativity Jam would eventually ensue. Lol ..
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Liz Laurin
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"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.
Amazingbollweevil
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gabriella
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
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 jus ...more
Demetrio
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling action

A slow cook with a nice finish. I love the relationship between Travis and Mary. I am a big fan of Yahtzee and this book did not disappoint me.
George
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun and easy read.
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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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“The most I can hope for is to die in a pose that confuses future archaeologists.” 40 likes
“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 shit she'd turned out to be.” 12 likes
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