10 December, 2017


Title: Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests
Author: Neven Iliev
Series: Morningwood Vol.1
Genres: Humor, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Kindle Edition
Release: 2017 October 27th
Source: eBook
Pages: 252

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Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones.

The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather’s trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime! It is sure to be a long and dangerous road, fraught with danger! And it all starts with a simple test - reach Level 5 in the dungeon called the ‘newbie zone’ and earn the right to become a full-fledged adventurer!

However, such things get hopelessly derailed when his adolescent mind beholds an exposed chest for the first time. A fateful meeting that would inevitably lead his life in a direction he never even dreamed of!

Content warning: Profanity, Gore, Sexual Themes

EXPECTATIONS: I didn't read the blurb to this one before I took it. But seeing how it was among litRPG books, I thought I'll read a story about a hero beating monsters in some dungeon, plot twists and so on, maybe even a dragon. Well, there were plot twists alright.

THE WORLD: This is your everyday Role Playing Game setting. A world where you're either an NPC - Non-Player Character, a MOB - mobile computer-controlled monster, or an adventurer who kills the latter ones for prizes, bounties, loot. Everyone starts at low levels, much like the first hero we see. It's usually a cave or a dungeon. Later you get to venture out, but the goal is always the same: reach the dungeon, beat the biggest baddest boss, and become the famous hero with enough gold to last a while, and enough fame to get you all the lassies.  

CHARACTERS:Our main friend here is not, in fact, that low skilled inexperienced hero that we meet at the start of the book. It is the little low skilled inexperienced mimic who, as his nature demands, sat there, looking like a low level wooden chest with various junk items in it. He had little brain capacity, meaning he was as dumb as they come. Until that moment, that is, when the hero came too close, and got eaten. More such tasty foods were surely heading this way, but the blood and discarded weapons were a dead giveaway. Who'd come to a suspicious looking chest in a cave known to have mimics residing? So he went ahead and cleaned up, thus unlocking an intelligence point, which set the snow ball rolling. Later on, as food was coming over too slowly, he took the initiative to go find some food on his own, gaining experience, finding treasures, and eventually, getting himself a demoness companion, who proved to be priceless when it came to luring people, for some reason - mostly men, into traps. And she didn't mind following this strange little box either, even if he tended to eat her earthly body up when he had nothing better to do, just to summon her again afterwards, for he proved to be mighty useful himself. Having no peculiar drives other than food, he was a better master than most she had.

ROMANCE: None! There's a very amusing friendship between a mimic box and his familiars though. 

GOOD: This is a book told from a perspective of a mob, a monster you'd kill in a video game and not think twice about it, for you'll likely meet many more just like it. This one here? No. This one refused to get killed, got sneaky about his own attacks, and have made it. All that is just to prove: if you want tasty and shiny things hard enough, you can make anything happen.

BAD: There's no part two yet.

OVERALL: It's a very funny book, but it is a little explicit, so I've no doubts not everyone will like it. I do believe it is best suited for people familiar with the general RPG concept (just the basic knowledge is enough to get you by), but likely even people without it would be able to find it amusing. I've never read anything like it, and, truly, I can't wait for the next part!




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