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The first legitimate breakout hit from the gaming community in recent memory --Boing Boing

Yahtzee consistently makes me laugh, and even though I dig computer and electronic games, he has cross-genre appeal to anyone who enjoys a sharp wit, unique sense of humor, and plenty of originality - not purely gaming fans --The Future Buzz

Yahtzee consistently makes me laugh, and even though I dig computer and electronic games, he has cross-genre appeal to anyone who enjoys a sharp wit, unique sense of humor, and plenty of originality - not purely gaming fans --The Future Buzz
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595825290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595825292
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yahtzee is the sole creator of Zero Punctuation, a popular weekly game review on the Webby award-winning Escapist online magazine, for which he also earned the Sun Microsystems 2008 IT Journalism award for Best Gaming Journalist. He has also worked as a game designer and dialogue writer for various studios. He was born and raised in the UK and now lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Allyn Nichol on September 23, 2010
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I've loved Zero Punctuation for a long time now, so of course I expected Mogworld to be hilarious. What I didn't expect was that the book would be more than just funny--it would also be a compelling, well-written story with memorable characters, an incredibly fresh and original plot... and also one of the funniest things I've ever read.

The premise is simple: Jim is an undead mage living in an MMORPG called Mogworld (Multiplayer Online Game World) that is similar to World of Warcraft or any other mumorpuger out there. Death no longer exists in this world; adventurers or NPCs who die are simply resurrected, as is common in MMOs. Jim's goal is simple: die permanently. His story is not the story of a hero. It's about as far away from that as you can get! As Jim himself puts it, "I'd rather be a protagonist." The story is engaging and unique. Familiar fantasy set pieces appear, but are all twisted to poke fun at the standard conventions of both videogames and fantasy novels.

The characters are equally interesting. Each of the main characters has their own particular manner of speaking, to the point that if the entire book was written without dialogue tags, it would still be possible to follow the dialogue. All of the characters are well thought out and complex, with their own motivations and personalities. For a bunch of NPCs with all the trappings of traditional fantasy/game characters, they're surprisingly deep.

This all pales in comparison to the most important part: Mogworld is genuinely funny. Jokes are witty and rapid-fire, but are not overused. Some of the funniest jokes (the octopus eyeballs, Mr. Wonderful's little whatevers) are recurring, but are carefully spaced so they don't become tedious. Sure, there's jokes that could be considered crude in polite company.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 24, 2010
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I've been a fan of Yahtzee's humorous and scathing trademark review style ever since I saw my first "Zero Punctuation" video on The Escapist. When "Mogworld" was announced, I kept my enthusiasm in check with the remembrance that sometimes humorists don't transfer well to new genres, and there's a fairly vast difference of format between 5-minute first-person video game reviews and a 400-page third person fantasy novel, however I shouldn't have been worried - the sharp satire and sardonic wit of "Mogworld" put all my concerns to rest, and I absolutely loved this novel from start to finish.

Mogworld's decidedly unheroic (and undead) protagonist Jim is so delightfully fresh that it's impossible not to love him from the get-go. Jim doesn't take charge in a crowd, preferring to hang back and go along with whatever the majority decides, and there's something terribly refreshing and realistic about such a sensible attitude. Perfectly blending cheerful gallows humor and glum existential uncertainty, Jim is happy enough to go about his daily job as a dungeon rat-pit manager, with the occasional nightly fling off the nearest convenient tower in dogged suicide attempts.

A protagonist like Jim is inherently difficult to write, since the author will be forced to impel the character forward with the plot, as any such movement will only be undertaken by Jim against his better judgment and personal inclinations. Versatility and a surprisingly delicate touch are employed to great effect here - Jim's 'uncharacteristic' spurts of self-preservation are satisfactorily motivated by fear, annoyance, irritation, and pure animal instinct.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Fortytwo on September 24, 2010
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Like most people I learned about this book via Zero Punctuation. I always enjoy Yahtzee's rants, but I had no idea how talented he was at writing fiction. After finishing it I am actually a little sad to go back to reading the standard Forgotten Realms book that I was halfway through when I got Mogworld in the mail.

Other reviews have descrived the plot quite well, so I'll just say that I agree with them that Mogworld truly goes off in fresh directions. Sometimes when I read books I feel like I'm walking familiar ground and Mogworld just feels original. I excitedly await all future books written

For those that liked this book I recommend the following:
- "Exegesis" by Astro Teller (explores the reality of being a machine intelligence)
- the Discworld books that feature Rincewind the wizard (he has a similar personality to Jim except that he spends all his time trying to live whereas Jim spends all his time trying to die)
- "The Cookie Monster" by Vernor Vinge (it's a short story you can find online)
- "A Fire Upon The Deep" by Vernor Vinge (the way that email messages were used to communicate in Mogworld reminded me of this book)
- obviously anything by Douglas Adams (similar sort of mix of fiction and humor)

I'm trying to think of some examples of humorous fantasy books, but I just can't think of any. Forgotten Realms (and all the similar brands) are all serious books with little humor. If anyone knows of other examples of humorous fantasy then please let me know!
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