Thanks.This book is the hidden gem of the entire 4e line. (Well, maybe not 'hidden' to 4e fans?) Looking forward to more of the Let's Read.
Also in one of those weird temporal coincidences, my campaign just started moving in the direction of an extended journey to the Underdark. The PCs' motive: have a face to face meeting with Torog.
As for hidden....hmmm....I am not sure. A lot of 4e fans just stuck with DDI and a handful of books after all, so I am not sure how many are aware of this book.
As for your players - I respect their courage, if not their wisdom.
Interesting. I was thinking of doing the Dracomonicon next, if this Let's Read did well. As for the Demonomicon...I have to admit despite having owned it for years, I haven't read it that closely, as demons aren't my favorite topic. I suppose it would interesting to do a Let's Read going in blind.Honestly, I thought most of the other similar books were pretty good. Open Grave, and the Draconomicons. Some were better than others though. I liked the first Draconomicon, the Demonomicon, the MoTP, and the Underdark one best. Open Grave was interesting, but suffers from being the earliest book in the whole series. The metallic dragon book was just suffering from less interesting subject matter. On the whole I think the Demonomicon is the crowning achievement, only slightly tainted by not fully incorporating the newest monster design of MM3+. Still, this book was pretty good.
I agree that overall, the 4e fluff books were really good, as were the fluff articles in the dungeon and dragon magazines. Makes it a shame that its fluff is so often dismissed then.