When I first saw the title for Backyard Dungeon, I almost scrolled past. Then I saw the cover and stopped long enough to read the listing.
To be clear, in-between science fiction epics and early 20th century detective novels. I enjoy a genre called LitRPG. It’s power fantasy with a game wrapper around it. It’s usually overly sexualised, classically “macho” and always pretty stupid.
I am not proud of how much I love this genre of trash, but I do, a great deal. When I stumbled over Backyard Dungeon, I was looking for my next trash read. I almost scrolled on by too but then I saw a half-naked fantasy elf woman on the cover and read the following description
When I got the call that my estranged grandfather had passed away and left me his trailer and a plot of land, I was just excited to own a little property and save some money by not having to pay rent.
Then I found a strange cave in my backyard. It wasn’t a sinkhole, or a bunker, or a mineshaft…
It was a dungeon. Full of crazy caverns, unbelievable monsters, and sexy, fantastical women in distress.
Oh, and loot. Lots and lots of loot that was just ripe for the taking.
So, what am I going to do with it all?
And how do I keep everyone else from finding out about it?
I know, What glorious bollocks. – I added it my basket and checked out out immediately! (I am that shallow)
What I ended up reading was a very American story about a man who gets a new small property, finds a fantasy realm in the back so obviously he guys some guns and goes looking for treasure. It should have been crap. It’s filled with sec scenes, power fantasy nonsense, harem promised and more uses of the word “breast” than I have ever encountered outside of Mills & Boon!
It was close enough to LitRPG to sit well with me and the absurdity of the story was not long on me, or the author. It gets away with its stupidity by being brash and hyper-masculine about it.
The writer managed to sell the lead character Eddie, as a caring person who is well aware of how fortunate he is. He is respectful of his companions while being obviously a sexually motivated creature. He is some how a little bit wholesome whole being a randy psychopath. Its all very confusing.
Once Eddie has visited the fantasy realm of “The Goom” once he instantly runs into a night-elf priestess who falls in love with him and declares that she is his wife. Eddie shrugs, sells some gold, gets some guns and heads right back in there.
It’s nonsense. It’s fun and it will 100% not be for everyone. If you like unashamed classical masculinity and literary sex scenes in your adventures, then this is for you.
Be very aware of you plan to head it. This may be the most American thing I’ve ever read. It drips flag waving pride in a wonderfully self-aware way that I am sure would irritate a good many of this websites usual readers. – Its fantasy though, so make up your own mind if its acceptable.