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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,143 ratings  ·  600 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 8th 2010 by Dark Horse Books
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Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun listen, especially given that the Yahtzee has a delightful audio narration style.

My guess it that anyone who enjoys his game reviews will most likely enjoy this book as well.
Apr 23, 2010 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
Sinisa Mikasinovic
Everything about this book was unusual. I've known Yahtzee for a long time from his awesome podcasts but never read any of his works.

Turns out - I was missing a lot!

From the moment I started reading, I couldn't let go. The story started great, written and told in a manner in which only a gamer can do. When you are a member of a group who likes the same things as you do it would be a pretty big feat to mess it up.

But building up an original story is a no small feat. While it's not of a LitRPG gen
Nov 03, 2010 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
Andy Steinberg
Nov 21, 2011 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
Aug 06, 2011 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
Sep 11, 2015 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
Jan 09, 2014 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
Oct 03, 2011 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
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, audio
Very funny - would have been 5 stars if it wasn’t for the end. Recommended for those who like Terry Prachett and/or gaming.
Ben Babcock
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read, fantasy, own
This is one of those rare instances where I feel a book’s cover copy gives away too much about the plot. Other than that, Mogworld is a lot of fun if you’re a fan of MMOs, or D&D-style fantasy adventure games, or spoofs of the fantasy genre in general. Yahtzee Croshaw brings his renowned wit to the world of novels, and while I miss the crudely-drawn stick-like figures against a yellow background, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had here. As with many stories like it, Mogworld’s humour ...more
Eric Mesa
Sep 23, 2014 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
David Colpitts
Nov 12, 2012 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
Jun 12, 2011 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
Sep 27, 2012 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
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I think this book would still be enjoyable even for non-gamers as the plot twists and turns with further sub plots added in just for fun. Kinda think of the sub plots as additional quests which had to the storyline of the main plot. (view spoiler)
May 19, 2012 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.
Miriam Cihodariu
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: england
This was such a happy case of a book surpassing my expectations. It probably helped that the other reviews got my hopes down (ha, ha), so I wasn't really expecting much to come out of it.

I was led to believe that the main quality of the book is the way it satirizes the video game tropes and the fantasy world cliches. And that beyond this delicious flavor of irony, its literary value doesn't amount to much, nor is it the point of it.

Lo and behold, was I happy to discover that it is in fact surp
Sarah Booth
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Funny and witty, but at points here and there lagged especially towards the ending which seemed drawn out. Many characters are on the stereotypical end, but it fits here. Our protagonist is bitter about being resurrected but waffles a bit at times about being deleted. If you’re a gamer this would probably be a lot more fun. This happened to be one I listened to and while the author is quite entertaining, he’d do better to find a professional reader who would add a wee bit more inflect ...more
Martha Steele
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There can be no doubt that I love humor, the cheekier the better. This book has zombies, humor, fantasy and technology. Did I love it? YES!! It was a perfect mix of good fun, excellent storytelling, and surprisingly profound themes. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
Nenad Pavlović
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A rather clever parody of the MMORPGs as well as fantasy in general that covers many more serious themes and motives while being hilarious all the way through.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This was solid fun, and I felt the meta aspects mostly worked. Go in expecting more cynicism than warmth and I think it meets expectations well.
Aug 04, 2013 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,
Martin Wilson
Oct 20, 2012 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
Feb 16, 2011 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
Chris Andrews
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
It's genuinely funny, a great story concept. But I couldn't wait for it to end at times. Thankfully he get's better the more books he writes.
Alexander Kosoris
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I’m a big fan of Croshaw, or at least his Zero Punctuation videos. From various spurts of watching episodes religiously, it became clear that Croshaw definitely knows a thing or two about humour. So, while I wasn’t certain that he could necessarily write a compelling fantasy story, I figured I would at least get a few chuckles while attempting Mogworld. I feel I could be justifiably surprised, then, to discover that I wouldn’t encounter a joke that made me laugh until 100 pages in.

What should no
James Steele
Apr 08, 2015 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 09, 2012 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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy
Sir Terry Pratchett pretty much has the actually-funny funny fantasy genre locked up, but this is a good contribution to it. The protagonist (who insists he isn't a hero) reminds me of a Tom Holt protagonist: a bit of a loser, hapless, unhappy with his life. There's even a nerd girl, another staple of Tom Holt, though Holt probably would have called her Jane rather than Meryl.

Because Mogworld has a setup where nobody dies permanently, the ultraviolence and slaughter is not as horrifying as it ot
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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
“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?” 11 likes
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