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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,330 ratings  ·  349 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.
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Dark Horse Comics
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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  ·  review of another edition
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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JJ DeBenedictis
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Brendan
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
3.5

Yahtzee Croshaw has an interesting story basis for his stories and Jam is probably one of the weirder ones so far. I had heard this was a Brisbane, Australia based book so I must admit, it went right to the very top of my pile. The book is a very different take on the end of the world storyline and throws The Blob into a city area, something that the first movie and remake couldn't achieve with the budget restrictions. The book was a little hit and miss for me, but the conclusion brings it al
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Ana Mardoll
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Nicholas Karpuk
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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Stacy GeekRemixALot
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, humor
A solid, humorous take on an apocalyptic scenario. I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Croshaw's other books, but was still quite fun!
Victoria Waddle
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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  ·  review of another edition
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 f
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Alan
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a fairly fun read, although a bit of a disappointment as the LOL moments that pervaded every other paragraph of Mogworld were few and far between in Jam. 3.5/5 stars.
Kyle Maas
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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Jay Mason
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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Natalie Cannon
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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: dystopia, fiction, horror
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
Mohammad Abdellatif
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
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  ·  review of another edition
What a great story. It was a creative ride full of laughs and clever ideas.
Eric
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition

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  ·  review of another edition
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
Rpaul Tho
3.5 stars. What can I say about a carnivorous jam plague that has taken over Australia that hasn’t already been said. I liked the concept, I liked the story, but I found at times the glib nature of the two refugee camps (especially after only 3 days) was a little stretched. I also was annoyed at the fact that I kept trying to figure out how these people were wading in jam in plastic bags and then when they left the jam why weren’t their bags covered in the sticky stuff still. This was somewhat e ...more
Stewart
Apr 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I started to listen to the audiobook of this... AVOID THE AUDIOBOOK OF THIS!!

Seriously, the Narrator (the author) sounds somewhere between a robot trying to shout every syllable and a reading of a book done by a high school english class.

I may very well pick up a hard copy of the book to read, as what I did listen to wasn't bad. But it was only tolerable if I was re-phrasing it in a more realistic voice in my head.
Kryštof Večerek
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apocalyptic absurdist fiction for the whole family ...if most of your family has been devoured by flesh-eating jam.
If you're familiar with and enjoy Yahtzee's humor in his videogame reviews, I happily recommend this book you. While the plot seemed a little too slow to me at times, a funny and ridiculous comment, joke or metaphor was never too far away to make me laugh.
And do get the audiobook if you can. Yahtzee's performance is terrific, both artistically and technically.
Gareth Howells
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book. It felt like it sagged a bit in the middle, but only a little. "Will Save the Galaxy forFood" was better, but this was funny, thrilling, well constructed and with believable, three dimensional characters.
The first few chapters and the last third of the book were fantastic.
Definitely worth a read.
Matthew J
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious apocalypse setting with only the nutters and oddball surviving.
Amanda
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jacek
„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
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Dom Sealion
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved, favorites
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.
Rachel
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very original and humorous
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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.” 42 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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