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Jam Paperback – October 23, 2012
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About the Author
Benjamin Richard "Yahtzee" Croshaw is a British-Australian comedic writer, video game journalist, author, and video game developer. He is best known for his acerbic video game review series, Zero Punctuation, for The Escapist. Before this, Croshaw gained attention in the Adventure Game Studio community for his video games. Croshaw also writes a weekly supplementary column for The Escapist, Extra Punctuation, as well as the video series Judging by the Cover. Croshaw has published two novels through Dark Horse Comics. The first was Mogworld, published in August 2010.The second, Jam, was released 2012 in October. His third -- Will Save The Galaxy For Food -- was published in February, 2017 He also co-hosts a weekly podcast/Let's Play hybrid series named Let's Drown Out along with co-host Gabriel Morton. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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 genuinely disappointed by that development. I also wasn't a fan of the Plastic People and their constant need to be ironic without fully comprehending what that meant. Then again, that could be a testament to Croshaw's writing that he made them so easy to dislike.
I did get a number of laughs throughout the book. I found it absolutely hilarious that a character who said he had no fear doing something immediately responded to the situation with "OH JESUS MONSTER TRUCK DRIVING CHRIST THIS WAS A TERRIBLE IDEAAAAAAAAAAA". I also appreciated the references to Mogworld, Croshaw's previous book. Even Travis not being the brightest bulb in the box was kinda funny (though that did get old after a while).
Overall it's an okay book. It had a lot of good moments, but it ended up leaving me feeling like there could've been more. Maybe it's just me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is easily amused by slapstick, sarcastic, and satirical humor, and enjoys reading about dystopian settings.
The character work is strong, the writing is solid, and there's sarcasm in abundance. Some of the comedy is hit or miss, probably your style if you've ever enjoyed Douglas Adams, but any rational person will find themselves frustrated at times by the heights of human absurdity being presented. Though if there's a better indictment of the culture of disingenuous tastes built upon herd mentalities, I haven't seen it. maybe that means I should get out more.
So not perfect book by any stretch, but another fine effort by Yahtzee Croshaw. I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys a comedic spin on science fantasy, or anyone who's ever hated a teenager.
Jam starts out pretty strong and remains entertaining for about the first half, but it begins to drag after that. When you get to the anti-climactic climax you're just happy it's over. Part of the problem is that the characters are flat; they're really caricatures, not characters. You can only stretch a story with uninteresting characters so far before readers get bored. But, the flat characters are one of the things that makes the book funny at first. It's a good parody of all the bad apocalyptic movies and books, but then it goes on for way too long and turns into what it's parodying.
The word count is over 100k, probably nearing 120k, judging from the page count. Usually that kind of word count is for an epic or a sci-fi/fantasy novel (all that world building). Cutting this book down to 60-80k would have improved it dramatically, and honestly, it might have been better as a novella. As an author, you should learn to edit yourself, but the editor shouldn't have let the book go out like this. While I was disappointed with the book, the problem seems to lie primarily with the editor, so I would be willing to buy another book by this author.
The story unique and funny, but it left something to be desired. If you're at all interested in reading more of Yahtzee's work, I'd definitely recommend this. Otherwise, you won't be missing much if you pass.
But if you like Yahtzee Crowshaw, this isn't a bad book to have. I just can't gush over it like I did with Mogworld.
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