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 60 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.
On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds: angry mobs of adventurers, a body falling apart at the seams and a team of programmers racing a deadline to hammer out the last few bugs in their AI.
Mogworld is a comic fantasy novel in the tradition of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, and is the debut novel from video-game icon Yahtzee Croshaw (Zero Punctuation).
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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)
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
I bought this for the same reason almost every one else purchased it for, I'm a fan of Zero Punctuation. On his blog, Yahtzee wrote that it was really hard to learn to speak slowly again and if you listen to the audio sample you can tell. The narration early on is stilted, as if he's trying to compensate. Likewise, the humor in the beginning is strained and trying too hard. He tends to reuse and abuse his metaphors, and over use words such as "insanely" and "suddenly". Sadly, these and other technical problems appear throughout the book.
However, if you love Yahtzee and are prepared to be both patient and forgiving, this book will reward you in the end. And by patient I mean you need to get through at least the first 3 hours. By that time, Yahtzee's voice has warmed up and the story picks up enough to let the jokes occur more naturally. The main character is endearing and the story amusing and involving. Yahtzee does a good necromancer voice too, though my favorite voice was Slippery John. The ending was appropriately poignant.
This book is better than other first novels by game designers (it made me think of Johannes Cabal: Necromancer). Yahtzee hasn't ascended to the pantheon with Pratchett and Douglas Adams but I will pick up his other book and hope for more author narrated audio books from him in the future.
I have been a big fan of Yahtzee's game reviews for several years so when I saw he narrated the book himself I had to buy it.
He did not disappoint. The story was better than I expected it to be. I am more of a Sci-Fi fan than Fantasy but I found this book very enjoyable.
I hope to see more books and narration from Yahtzee in the future.
As a fan of Zero Punctuation, I went into Mogworld thinking I knew what to expect: a parody full of whip-sharp language and colorful similes. What I didn't expect was the honestly brilliant metanarritive about how video games are made, played, and perceived, woven into an unusual but engaging adventure story. The plot was refreshingly original, the characters were distinct and memorable, and the world felt right, just familiar enough to me, as someone who's played a lot of sword and sorcery RPGs. It was definitely the right choice to have Yahtzee narrate the story, because he imbues it with so much personality. Overall, a joy to listen to. Five stars.
Yes, because author's sense of humor shows even better when you hear it in his voice inflections.
Yes. It was of the same caliber to his better works.
If you have the time.
If you can get past the audio sounding like Croshaw recorded the book in his living room (I swear I heard a siren in the background a couple of times) you'll enjoy the book. It's witty, funny, touching, and has a plot that is worth unwinding to the end. Croshaw's narration is great and adds to the humor.
Yahtzee Croshaw does more than just bring a touch of madness to Mogworld in this novel, he brings it on a silver platter that is lugged about from place to place by his reluctantly alive and equally reluctantly heroic main character. This novel is rife with dry humor and reminded me so much in places of something Monty Python might put together that I half expected to see King Arthur and Patsy clomping over the next hill (in fact, I wouldn't be surprised that the main character, Jim, just happened to be named in honor of Tim the Enchanter from the Holy Grail movie.)
In any case, the story line was engaging if not just a touch predictable and the author mixed in enough existential and moral questions to give substance to the hilarity. Two thumbs up.
Yes. The telling was superb. The voices were nicely done throughout, and even without the "catch" it would be fun.
Everyone jumps off the tower.........
Not sure? but this one is very nicely done.
Laugh out loud several times, not a crying book although. The humor was dry in places, but it all fit together.
I would highly recommend this book to the People who love the Diskworld novels.
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Discovering the elegant and clever ways in which the author ties the concepts of game-world into the experiences of the characters as a kind of evolving mystery.
The undead girl/love interest.
You'll Never Respawn Again.
Being a mmo nut myself I really got into the story, it was funny and entertaining. The characters where quirky and the reading was great. The only thing I didn't like was the ending, no profit driven company would do that, even it it was best for the 'toons'.
If you like Disk world you will like this.
The narrator himself was the star of the show, doing a fantastic job with characterization with just his voice, adjusting pitch and tone appropriately--top notch reading.
All are well voiced, so it's hard to say. The protagonist gets the most air time and, as such, is probably a favorite for his resigned gallows humor. The lead antagonist's quirks of speech pattern became a bit annoying after a while, ending each statement with the rising tone of a question.
I'll look forward to more of Croshaw's voicework, though his story writing will probably need a few books to get warmed up. I wonder if he wrote this as he would an episode of Zero Punctuation that we might find a more engaging and less conventional tale.
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