Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests

Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests by Neven Iliev

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This isn’t “bad”, its more like … meh.

Without giving too much away I can say it has no real feeling, no emotion, and not really different from a dozen other stories built around similar ideas (even though the POV is completely different). It is like eating stale bread, no real bite, no taste and forgettable.

I do have a few more observations but only if you have read the book or don’t mind spoilers.

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First, the whole snippet they write about the story is not true and is somewhat of a lame way to misdirect people. It starts with you not being an adventurer written about, but a newly created mimic in a dungeon. That is a very weak monster under the control of the dungeon itself. You are found by that adventurer that the author writes about on the jacket. Then that person and all of his friends die, while the mimic accidentally wins its first battle.

I would say this is the most interesting part, but it could only be gimmicky so long until it gets old and loses any interest it had.

The next 6 of 8 hours is spent with the mimic still being a monster, slowly growing more intelligent and leveling up, but never anything a person can identify with. It is a series of repeat events just larger. Usually involving a group of adventurers that the Mimic kills each time, unlocking even more mimic powers.

Things change slightly and the Mimic learns magic. Eventually he accidentally learns how to absorb things he has eaten, and even causing him to take ownership of others. He enslaves a succubus and damages her enough physically and emotionally to break her. The book still doesn’t change with that new development except the encounters gets bigger and bigger, but even so its more and more boring as well.

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The book is different with its POV and “surprise”, I hadn’t seen that starting point before. However, even with that large change, the writing itself had no real personality or life. It is slow

Don’t do what I did, pay full price. If you find a really good sale and if you have nothing else you want to read it is ok.

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The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

The Home Front: Life in America During World War IIThe Home Front: Life in America During World War II by Audible Original
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I should clarify, it isn’t really a book, more like a documentary in an audiobook format, or a radio serial from the 1940s. I don’t think they even have a text copy of this.

It takes a view on the American home front before and during World War II. It goes over the issues that the American civilians went through from the growing issues in Europe, through the war itself. It utilizes Martin Sheen as a narrator of the situation, but you get to hear the actual radio broadcasts from the government and civilians.

You get a view on the civilians themselves and it is rather eye opening. I always knew things weren’t so patriotic on the home front (or even in the military). While there are a lot of great things we talk about that generation, there were also major problems as well, and you hear it from the people’s own voices.

FDR had a thing where people would broadcast questions or opinions to him on the radio and he would sometimes respond (but usually not, too many people). There are a lot of people professing what we attribute to the greatest generation, a lot of caring people who were going to do what they needed to do.

I wasn’t surprised at the negative people though. I knew that there were a lot of racists people, a lot of antisemitic people, and it was a bit discouraging to hear them talk. They sounded a lot like the alt-right in current days.

I think the most surprising thing was hearing how the people drafted in World War II were very reluctant to go. It sounded like most were going to go anyways, but there wasn’t nearly the wave of volunteers that our mythic popular culture says. This isn’t a bad thing, and it actually reassures me that we aren’t much different.

I definitely enjoyed this book. I recommend others to listen.

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Great Courses: Other Side of History – Daily Life in the Ancient World

The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient WorldThe Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World by Robert Garland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This course made me miss going to college.

Professor Garland is clear, crisp and smooth with the material. I never realized how interesting it would be to have 48 lessons that cover the common person’s life from Neanderthal through the medieval times.

It was interesting to hear how a common person lived. Ranging from slaves, to women (sometimes one and the same, sadly more often then sometimes), to citizens, soldiers and merchants. It was interesting to hear about what their day to day lives were like, who they married and what they did when they had a day off.

I have no complaints about this Great Course, and definitely no complaints about the professor. The only thing is I did wish it had more with other cultures, but that is because I knew a lot of the information from my other studies. However, that isn’t a problem because of the Course.

This was definitely 24 hours worth of instruction that was worth it. I am going to pick up my next set of lessons from the Great Courses immediately.
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