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3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,198 Ratings  ·  429 Reviews
In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about sixty years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all.

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Mass Market Paperback, 413 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Dark Horse Books (first published April 22nd 2008)
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Oct 14, 2010 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ZP fans, bored Pratchett groupies, nerds in general
Recommended to Jeremy by: The shameless author
Oh hey, looks like I got the first review. That's gotta be the first time that's happened.

Anyway, I really find myself wishing for half-stars again, 'cause this is a fairly solid three-and-a-half star book. But, given my love for Yahtzee, I felt I should round up. It's a loyalty thing.

It was a fun read, with plenty of smirks and one or two genuine laughs, but none of the full-out guffaws I'm used to from his work with The Escapist, and definitely not as much as comedic virtuosos like Douglas Ad
Aug 06, 2011 Benjamin rated it really liked it
For a debut novel, and a genre that I seldom read, I thought Yahtzee did exceptionally well. The book is at its core a parody of MMORPG's, (aka. World of Warcraft mainly). Many jokes are in there for gamers and lovers of linguistics-alike. The narrator and main character, Jim, is an undead guy which somewhat throws a spanner in the works however. Throughout the novel various entities try to have him killed, and Jim's goal is to stay dead in the first place. And although Yahtzee kept it pretty be ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Jerry rated it it was ok
This was an audiobook I picked partly because Audible had a sale and partly out of curiosity to see how badly someone who's mostly known for making fun of video games online would fare as an attempted novelist. And it's pretty much what I'd expected. The quailty of the prose isn't anything to write home about and the first-person narration is loaded with metaphors that reference to things that wouldn't exist in a fantasy world. Maybe he intended that to be a running gag, but that's not how it ca ...more
Andy Steinberg
Nov 27, 2011 Andy Steinberg rated it did not like it
The only thing that carries over from Yahtzee's video game reviews is his unfailing cynicism. While that works well for him as a critic, it does him little favors as a novelist. The protagonist is essentially Yahtzee's internet persona thrown into a fantasy world, and his never-ending stream of complaints and pessimism about the book world only serve to make him impossible to like as a reader. If I've learned anything about writing through my years as a reader, it's that you should never have an ...more
David Colpitts
Feb 18, 2013 David Colpitts rated it it was amazing
I'll start off by stating outright, I'm a Yahtzee fan boy. I find him hilarious and his "Zero Punctuation" has been a little gem in my week for years.

I was totally surprised when I heard Yahtzee had a book being published and even more stunned when I heard it was good. I'd searched around whenever I was in a book store hoping to pick up his novel and add it to my ever growing list of books to read. The long and the short is I eventually decided to order it as it was never available.

This Book wa
Oct 18, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, humour
This is really more of a two-and-a-half, but I'm being generous on the grounds of "great idea, iffy execution."

This would've made a spectacular short story or novella; the idea here is fresh, taking your typical swords-and-sorcery novel and turning it on its head in several ways, from the choice of protagonist (an undead minion) to the framing device (it's no secret to tell you he's in a MMORPG). Unfortunately, there's just not enough there to hold up a full novel. The characters start to become
Sep 23, 2015 Quinn rated it it was ok
Yahtzee is one of my favorite game critics, not just because his Zero Punctuation series is hilarious but because he's generally spot on with his criticisms, especially where storytelling is concerned, because he understands when it works and when it doesn't. Unfortunately, not all of his own advice makes it into his first published novel, and the results are a bit disappointing. This is by no means a bad book - it's frequently funny and full of clever and original ideas - but it doesn't come cl ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Maggie rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
After two lazy fat jokes in the first three chapters, I decided not to finish this one. This disappoints me. I love Croshaw's video game reviews, but this lacks the clever wit that those have. As far as I can recall, the humor in his reviews have never been lazy as these bits:

"I had passed on from life, from the world of struggles and hardship and big fat women with annoying laughs, and entered a glorious new existence of utter peace, joy, and love."

"I might have been surrounded by stupid people
Aug 25, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it
This was probably more like 3.5, but it could have easily been a 5 if the author had either integrated the game aspects earlier and more thoroughly, or left it out entirely, and made it a straight fantasy (this would have been even better in opinion). As it stood, the game elements were confusing, and pulled you away from the story as it progressed.

Another downgrade, for me, was the ick factor. The 3 main characters are risen dead, and as the story goes on, they start to fall apart and...ooze. I
Jul 05, 2013 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
I had fun listening to Mogworld. Don't expect it to be as packed with punchlines as Zeropunctuation.
I have never played a MMORPG, but I have watched a lot of Star Trek (TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise and all the movies, even the reboots) even so I think I prefer Mogworld written and read by Yahtzee to Redshirts written by John Scalzi and read by Wil Wheaton.
Yahtzee's narration is superior to the narration of the actor Wil Wheaton.
(Disclamer: I usually don't enjoy books in which the author go
James Steele
Apr 17, 2015 James Steele rated it really liked it
What would it be like to live in World of Warcraft as an NPC? James is a student mage in college. He is killed in a pointless battle. Fifty years later, he and several hundred others are resurrected by an evil Lord as undead servants, but for some reasons all the servants have free will. He works for this dark lord for a few months, hating every minute of it, wishing only to be dead again so the stupid world will leave him alone.

And then the castle is deleted.

Jim is now on a quest to die properl
Nov 29, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I really enjoyed 'Mogworld'. It is flawed, as some of the jokes fall flat and Croshaw's trademark absurd metaphors often feel forced, but I after a while I found myself just not caring! I loved the main character, the plot kept me interested and (for the most part) it was a clever, entertaining read.
Eric Mesa
Nov 07, 2014 Eric Mesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: video-games
This book is Simon Peg/Nick Frost meets World of Warcraft. I can't remember if I got this in the same ebook bundle as Jam or a different one, but I chose Jam of this one to read first because it sounded like I'd enjoy more. I never played WoW or any of its ancestors or any progeny. As of this writing never even played Diablo or any of its clones. So Jam seemed more up my ally - especially after I confirmed it was more of a spiritual successor to Mogworld than a Sequel. (One of the programmers in ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Ellie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let's consider this 2.5 stars.

I really enjoy Yahtzee's game reviews. But writing a novel is completely different than reviewing a game, and... well, let's be honest. When internet celebrities get book deals because they're popular, they generally don't turn out well.

Mogworld is... Well, it's very silly. Every paragraph is packed with the over-the-top hyperbole and ridiculous metaphors that Yahtzee is known for. But silly novels often have one major problem: They figure that they're trying to be
Mar 21, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
I have no idea how I actually ended up reading this book. It found it's way into my stack of library check-outs mysteriously. Having decided that this was the clearly a sign from the universe that I needed to read this book, I proceeded to do just that! I decided after the first two pages that I didn't like it, but for some reason couldn't quit reading the darn thing. And I'm soooo glad I kept reading! I found myself laughing out loud at the antics and adventures unfolding as the pages turned! T ...more
Nov 09, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gamers, Fans of Fantasy and Humor, and Geeks
I assume I'm like most in that I stumbled into this book as a fan of Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's hilarious video game review known as Zero Punctuation. I wondered if he was attempting to write something serious, humorous, small-scale, or epic. Answer? Yes.

Yahtzee writes a hilariously cynical book that is about a nobody who becomes accidentally important. He flips a cheerful middle finger at the heroic conventions of fantasy storytelling and has fun describing the insane world of a game as seen throu
Aug 11, 2013 Valentine rated it it was amazing
Please be advised that this review contains spoilers. You have been warned.

Mogworld is definitely not what anyone could call a serious book. That being said, it should be read, because there is no reason why a book based on a videogame cannot be good. For most of the book the setting appears to be a slightly skewed version of medieval Europe, where adventurers run around doing quests for lazy townsfolk. The event that triggers much of the plot is sudden outbreak immortality called the Infusion,
Mar 15, 2011 Cyna rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I love Zero Punctuation. So when I heard its creator had written a book set in an MMORPG starring a reluctant undead hero, I was psyched. I ordered it a month or so ago, and since then I've read it twice, each time with exactly the same level of eager anticipation.

Mogworld is funny. Not just funny, but laugh-out-loud hilarious on more occasions than I can list. If you're a fan of Zero Punctuation, this should come as no surprise and the nature of that humor should be pretty obvi
Martin Wilson
Aug 16, 2013 Martin Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I'm an avid follower of Yahtzee's Zero Punctuation reviews so I was very curious about his first novel, Mogworld, lambasting the MMO video game genre. The audiobook is also read by the author, adding an extra dimension for fans of his video reviews. Given the cover I was expecting a lot of jabs at World of Warcraft, but the book has a lot of broad fantasy humour, video gaming humour, and a bit of office humour thrown in to boot. The end result is very reminiscent of early Terry Pratchett and fan ...more
Bryan Mitchell
Sep 18, 2015 Bryan Mitchell rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
Aside from Paris, He Said, this is the other book that I stopped reading halfway through. I liked the concept going into it, but the execution dragged itself out with Jim exaggerating how he wants to cease being an undead mage and just vanish into the server's ethereal binary.

That's not the reason why I stopped reading it though. A grammatical typo did me in alongside Jim's endless, dark hyperbole.

The world itself was interesting and the support characters helped make Mogworld into a humorous ro
Michael Hanscom
Jul 15, 2014 Michael Hanscom rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, ebook
Entertaining (though not great). Would have been three stars, but got docked one for its horrid three female supporting characters: one is basically an idiot doormat, one is a nagging wife, and one is essentially a lobotomized piece of eye candy with no will or higher brain function, whose primary mentions are descriptions of how much she's not wearing and lewd comments about what the men around her can do (and perhaps have done) with her. While the basic premise, though not horribly original, i ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Gavin rated it liked it
Hrm. What to say about this book. I enjoyed the idea of the book more than the book. By the 50% mark I found myself skimming sections only to go back when something suddenly changed. I kinda knew how things would end by then, I really wanted to see what happened next, but found the book was really dragging on.

I wanted to like it way more than I actually liked it.

I did enjoy all the characters though, and the overarching story, just wish some of the middle chunks were more exciting or removed.
Mar 22, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
While initially I was a little wary to read something so outside of my normal reading sphere, I was almost immediately rewarded with endless chapters of knee-slapping humour. The characters are flawed in so many ways its nearly impossible not to find them endearing and interesting. They are so different from each other and yet their dynamic works seamlessly. I really, really enjoy this book! The premise was captivating, the writing style felt effortless and drew me in instantly and best of all I ...more
Dec 26, 2010 Christopher rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, sf-2010
Humorous fantasy from the Zero Punctuation guy. It's witty--Croshaw writes well--but its major point that the NPC point of view in an MMO doesn't make sense is obvious and, worse, boring in that so much time is spent trying to develop simple coherence from it. Eliminating the big idea, which needed way too much unfunny exposition/observation/figuring-out by the characters, might leave just the story of a reluctant undead protagonist in an ordinary but amusing fantasy world, but there'd have been ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Colleen rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, wizards
It helps to be familiar with Yahtzee's game reviews on Escapist.
It also helps to be very familiar with MMOs with World of Warcraft in particular.

If one of the above is not checked off, you might not enjoy/get much of this book, which is told from the viewpoint of an NPC in a (thinly disguised) version of WoW. A level 2 firemage with only one spell (he gets rabbit polymorph later), accompanied by fellow undead warrior and priest. They are various NPCs populating an end raid boss (the hila
Charley Robson
Sep 02, 2015 Charley Robson rated it liked it
I've been a fan of the "Zero Punctuation" videos for just over a year, and got into tabletop RPGs for proper a little after that. The collision of two of my favourite things could not go unexamined, of course. Or unlooted, as the case may be.

I was a little concerned that Yahtzee's humour was too well-suited to vicious five-minute bites and might not stand up to the demands of a long story, but the transition is admirably done; jokes are competently interspersed with serious narrative and charact
Jun 21, 2015 Themightyx rated it it was amazing
I love Yahtzee. His game reviews are incredibly funny and his sense of humor borders on "absolutely inappropriate (but in a good way)" to "uproariously funny" to "quite silly (also in a good way)." He basically runs the entire spectrum of humor I find amusing, but I must admit, the first time I attempted "Mogworld," I didn't get very far. It was obvious that this was his first proper (as in novel-writing, versus short review writing, or dialogue writing) writing attempt, and I had a hard time ma ...more
Daniel Dean
Mar 26, 2015 Daniel Dean rated it liked it
Where to start with this one...
First, don't take 3 stars as me not enjoying it. It was a fun story. But I think my problem was: that was it, just a fun story. It was good to finally have a protagonist who has the motivation of "screw the plot, I'm leaving", and this opinion is far more relatable than "I shall step up and save the blah blah blah".
Now, my problems with this book is: it echoes so much of Pratchett's or Adams' books that a comparison has to be made, and that comparison is poor indee
Billy T
Jan 18, 2015 Billy T rated it really liked it
Mogworld by Yahtzee Crosshaw follows the story of Jim, an apprentice mage at St. Gordon’s Magical College. That is, until his school is attacked by groups of students from the warrior schools of the area of Stragonoff and Jim is killed in the conflict. From his death, he feels himself ascending to Heaven, hearing the harmonious singing of angels, and feeling happier than he’d ever felt when he was alive. “And then some git brought me(Jim) back to life.”(14.P) Waking up in his coffin 50 to 60 yea ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Dennis rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who don't like MMORPGs.
Shelves: reviewed, gaming, fantasy
I did not expect Mogworld to be good. I expected it to be bad. A novel from a game reviewer? Come on, I did't really think he'd be able to hold a story for longer than a couple pages.

On one side, I now have much more respect for Yahtzee for not making this into a 20-book series and milking it to exhaustion, like we see many companies do now in the video game industry.

On the other, the book feels very uneven. The characters never really come together and manage to make themselves neither lik
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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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“I had passed on from life, from the world of struggles and hardship and big fat women with annoying laughs, and entered a glorious new existence of utter peace, and joy, and love.
And then some git brought me back to life”
“He seemed to notice for the first time that we weren't exactly rushing to his side, but were mainly watching him as a zoo patron would watch a crazy monkey, curious but ready to move at the first sign of poo-flinging. There was a minute of awkward silence before someone near the back with their head held under their arm said "who's this twat?” 10 likes
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