Profile: Parody, Post-Apocalyptic
Summary: From the back cover,
“We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably.
But no one expected the end to be quite so… sticky… or strawberry scented.”
After Action Report:
This one falls clearly under the category of book candy. I enjoyed Ben Croshaw’s first novel, Mogworld, mostly because it parodied a subject close to my heart, MMOs, and did so with a level of clever understanding that a lot of satirists don’t manage. It was no Hitchhiker’s Guide or Guards Guards! but it scratched that itch at the time. In contrast, I read Jam because I enjoyed Mogworld and was disappointed because I definitely wasn’t the target audience.
Jam is an offhanded response to the glut of zombie apocalypses in popular culture today, the premise being that we are really unprepared for the potential variety of apocalypses that are waiting out there. What would the survivalists of the world do in response to an ocean of carnivorous jam? Unfortunately, the parody doesn’t quite connect because it never manages to shed the tropes of the genre. While there are great moments of humor peppered about, the majority of the satire is lost because, on a very basic level, zombies and carnivorous jam are very much the same.