Little Mushroom


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An Zhe was a mushroom whose lifelong mission was to raise his own spore.

One day, he lost his spore.

He searched all over the world for a long time before finally seeing a familiar spore on the news.

An Zhe desperately knocked on the door of a colonel in the human military.

“Hello, Sir. Did your research turn out well? Can I have my son back after the research?”

The colonel looked cold. “Your son?”

“I gave birth to it QAQ.”

The colonel stated, “I raised it.”

“Sir, really. It is mine QAQ.”

“Give birth to another one to let me see.”

An Zhe: crying

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New Yanya rated it
May 22, 2020
Status: --
This is one of the best stories I have read. This is really wonderful especially the feeling between the MC and ML. Both of them know they are destined to be enemies but gradually fall in love without knowing.

And even though they fall in love they know they each perform their own duty especially the ML his unwavering faith is something to be applauded for.

And the most beautiful thing about MC is he is scared and knows the ML will kill him if he knows his true identity, MC is... more>> scared but gradually comes to understand ML that his every action is for humanity and he falls in love little by little.

This is such a beautiful story. I usually stay from tragedies but after reading I fell like how could I miss such a good novel.

Thankfully it is a HE. So I fully recommend it. U will never regret. <<less
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New Geroker
May 20, 2020
Status: --
At this point I've simply accepted that Chinese novels have incredibly bad synopses. Like, 100% unrelated to the contents or tone of the book. This book's summary is a particularly egregious example.

This is an apocalypse story. The romance is minimal. ... more>>

at least 95% of the human population at the start of the story - which is already a fraction of the population that once was - is dead by the end of it.


A trigger warning in spoiler tags for something that isn't a main plot point or directly shown, but is a background worldbuilding point:


a major background world building/plot point revealed in the second book is that all fertile women are forced to give up their freedom and be repeatedly impregnated over and over again. This is first revealed from the pov of a fertile child, so reading between the lines they must start underage


I am not giving this a rating. I finished this book because I needed to know how it ended, and I learned about myself that the apocalypse genre is not my taste. Therefore I can't rate it. I read it, it was well written, I disliked it anyway through no faults of its own.

The book is well written, if you like apocalypse fiction it's a good choice. A major theme is the line between humanity and being a monster. There's also a strong theme of the value of hope and kindness in the face of the utter futility of either.


there's a "happy ending" in the sense that humanity isn't completely annihilated, only mostly wiped out, and the two main characters are among those spared.

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turelight rated it
February 1, 2020
Status: Completed
Little Mushroom, with its cute title and the funny synopsis, tells us about the struggle of humans who fight the change of the universe and try to restore the glory of humanity while throwing their humaneness to the pit called Sacrifice.

They create the Judge, who has the right to kill everyone as appropriate, to perform Judgment to protect the remaining humans from Gene Pollution so the race can survive.

For this duty, the man, whose hands are soaking with blood, needs to bear the hatred and stands tall for his faith.... more>> Even he is falling into deep dark loneliness, striking by ridiculous fate, his belief is still there and not shaken at all.

Through the eyes of naive Little Mushroom, who does not understand humans, we will see many massacres caused by that man repeatedly. Yet he can still have silly conversations, being bullied, and funny interactions with that man. And finally, he wholeheartedly trusts him.


For that question, I drove deep into this desolate world that loves to throw dilemma stones at people. Finally, I found the answer myself, and it is incredibly beautiful. <<less
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DereDevil rated it
January 28, 2020
Status: --
This is NOT a fluffy story! NOT FLUFFY AT ALL. This story contains despair, hopelessness, a bleak future and.. Did I say DESPAIR?!

On the other hand, I LOVE this story very much. I love how simple MC can be, his relationship with the ML and how the author build the world.


... more>>

you know that this is a dystopian world yet the MC live really simple and honest and when you thought things are going for better then BAAAM! MASS KILLING! GORE! CREEPY INSECT! And will wake you up from your daydream to face the cruel reality. I LOVE IT!


Ps. Im so happy that this is finally completed or.. Is it? Thanks translator for your hard work and keept it up.

P.S.S [ I'm Always Watching.] ○_○ <<less
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Elysia015 rated it
January 29, 2020
Status: Completed
Welp, the summary did promise a fluff story, but you'll get the twist plot right from the start. It's despairing but kinda addictive story with apocalypse as the main genre where the human being strive to live in the rapid evolution of the nature. No zombies and the like. But more depressing than when there's zombies. But I guarantee that you'll get addicted, cause I end up binge mtl this.

The romance is kinda slowburn. The emotion growth between the MC and ML is growing steadily throught the story, and that's... more>> one of the reason why you want to read more.

Darn, the emotional ride was wild till the end. And the word that the ML said in the end of the story is the most erot*c word that I've read from any ML in the danmei novel. Although in sense, it's not erot*c word, but still, the foreshadowed meaning.... The word make me squell so much and my cheek burn.

Darn. Colonel, you tease our cute little mushroom a little bit too much. (≧▽≦) /~┴┴ But I LIKE IT!!!

I really want to know the life they lived after the story ended.... Darn..... (ノД`) you'll know why... (T⌓T)

This is absolutely become one of my favorite BL novel that I've read so far. <<less
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spicychicken rated it
February 1, 2020
Status: Completed
THE ADVENTURES OF THE LITTLE MUSHROOM!! The plot is very interesting and I 100% recommend it. This is an apocalypse theme novel but don't expect any OP MC or zombies. Our MC is actually very naive innocent little fool and often get teased by the ML_ (:3」z) _

The readers will follow the MCs adventures to save his spore from the human base. Though the goal of MC is to take back his spore, the story is a bit more centred around the little mushroom's interaction with humans and expanding his... more>> knowledge of humans (feelings, bonds,..)

The novel is pretty face paced. 84 chapters is considered pretty short for a Chinese web novel. The interactions between the ML and the MC are really funny. It gives u a nice laugh despite the depressing things that happens. The heavy atmosphere made me doubt it would be a BE BUT DONT WORRY GUYS it's definitely a HE.

MC dies but will be revived


ML and the MC won't get together until the later half of the story but DONT WORRY!! The author feed us well with their cute interactions (*´ω`*)

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March 25, 2020
Status: c82
I cried.

It's HE.

I'm emotionally tired now. People I come to like keep dying.

The characters. They have a heart. I believe they can exist. Maybe not the MC but that's a special case.

ML cold and arrogant. But unlike most ML, the world rejected him, yet he still loves humanity. His faith. His code. Great ML

... more>>

I truly wonder. Was ML's mom truely in control of her actions. Was it really because of her instinct as an insect? And not as a person who has had enough?



... Means I skipped dialogue.


His love and hatred seemed worthless in this grand doomsday. Lu Feng has his mission and he also has his destiny.

He took another step


It's been a long time since they parted, but their meeting was so unexpected.


The last piece of human territory is falling.

Humanity is about to go extinct.


"He was picked up at the Abyss by our people.... He was a good boy and he had a good time here."

Looking at him, Polly said softly "I know the base can't keep him. Did you knew he was here?"

Lu Feng's eyes finally moved from the backback to Joan Polly.

"I didn't know. " he said.

Dr. Polly's eyes flickered and closed his eyes in pain.

"I'm sorry." he said.

The unexpected reunion was the last farewell. Such a cold torturous thing in the world.


"Where is he" He repeated the question word by word. All emotions broke down at that moment. There was a vague madness in his eyes. He was like a prisoner who had been sentenced to death, but had to confirm the sentence again and again.

A sorrowful smile appeared on Dr. Polly's lips.


Suddenly a white ball on Lu Feng's shoulder was blown away by the wind and fell onto Dr. Polly's clothes. It stretched out its soft filaments to touch him.

"What's this?" Dr. Polly picked it up and asked.

"Inert Sample" Lu Feng said "His most important thing."

Joan Polly naturally knew who Lu Feng was referring to there was only one "him" between them.

He stared at the mycelium

"This is a spore of an asexual fungi clone" he stared slightly "He never told us which species he belong to, so he was -"

Looking at the cluster of spores, Lu Feng said softly "He's a mushroom."

His voice was hoarse, but seemed to have endless pity and tenderness.

"He's just... A little mushroom."

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Syeki rated it
March 23, 2020
Status: Completed

What else can I say when I've stumbled upon this novel which has taken over the top spot on list of fave C novels?
100% RECOMMENDED. This novel will make you cry, make you laugh, make you ponder on the fleetingness and fragility of life, and so much more! The Little Mushroom takes us along on his trip to learn about what it sometimes mean to be human.

The MC is a little mushroom who is ignorant of the world but... more>> is NOT stupid. Naive yes, because he's only been human for a very short while, but he learns and adapts very fast. He feels that he himself is a bystander, spectating the struggle of humans, without realizing that he himself is sometimes very much more human than some humans. He considers himself apathetic to their despair, not realizing that his gentleness and sadness is making him anything but apathetic. His feelings for the ML fluctuates between terror, more terror, awe, irritation, empathy, concern and gradual love, which is wonderful to read about.

And the ML is one of the most well fleshed out ML I've seen. He's strong yes, but unlike most MLs in other novels who are depicted as young with mindblowing achievements but tosses all their values aside for their One True Love, this ML holds steadfast to his faith and ideologies despite it meaning he may have to destroy the person he's come to love. But at the same time, he's not irrationally blinded by it, and understands himself all too well without having too many inner struggles, which to me, showcased how truly strong he is. As a Judge with the authority to kill on sight seemingly without rhyme or reason, this strength is what keeps him sane when everyone else including other Judges consistently question if their decisions to kill were correct, always knowing they may have inadvertently murdered an innocent. It also raises some very interesting questions along the way about how far one would be willing to go to preserve humanity, and what even is their definition of humanity.

What I like best about this novel is despite it being post apocalyptic in nature, it chooses to highlight the way humans still retain their kindness and generosity instead of devolving into the more common selfishness brought about by survival necessities. There is grief, there is despair, but there is also hope.

Chapter count wise, it may seem comparatively short, but is is so packed with content that it doesn't feel rushed ot lacking at all. But I do wish there were more Extras as I still miss this pair very much even after the story has ended. <<less
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Keisotsuna rated it
March 27, 2020
Status: Completed
What a misleading synopsis. This isn't anywhere near fluffy at all... It has a lot of dark and depressing undertones, especially in regards with death and human survival among many others. And yet, I was completely hooked with this novel. Even when I didn't understand all the scientific and physics explanation going on, I was still able to immerse myself in the whole story and the moods of the characters.

The romance is very subtle. And its presence helps reduce the depressing atmosphere in the story, especially in the early chapters,... more>> when the main characters interactions are very interesting, filled with teasing and subtle affections that even they themselves have yet to realize.

This story is definitely an HE (happy ending). And yet, it was so heartbreaking to go through all those sad and gloomy chapters just to reach that well-deserved ending. I cried so much when reading the later chapters. 😢 All the characters in this novel each has their own stories, emotions and ideas which makes themselves unique and makes it even harder for me to part with them as they faced that dark, seemingly helpless world. Everything in this novel just makes me sad, unable to extricate myself, and I am always left hoping that everything ends for the better. And thankfully, it did, although it was hell of a ride and at the cost of a great price.

This story is so beautiful even with the dark and sad undertones. I hope that readers won't get scared off by the angst and drama and give this one a chance, because this is truly a wonderful story worth reading. ❤ Perhaps, my only regret in this story is the lack of extra chapters. I would've love to see how their lives come to be in that new era of (relative) peace, which could've also give the readers break from the gloomy atmosphere.

★★★★★ <<less
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March 5, 2020
Status: Completed
😭😭😭 It was so sweet!! The whole story was soo depressing and just down right... Ugghhh... just.. the whole plot was the exact opposite of a fluffy and sweet BL novel u woulda expected from the summary.... I got cha-baited but the book was just too good to put down even though I MTLed it. Although it was sad and dark 90% of the time, just the interaction between the ML and MC countered all the negative emotion, especially MC naive nature of just accepting everything and being in a... more>> bystandard point of view with the collapse of humanity untill he realises that he's already influenced by humans that his willing to die for the survival of man kind because of ML😝😝😝. Ahhhh it was a good cry... 😭😭 <<less
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gnessa14 rated it
February 1, 2020
Status: Completed
This story was very different from other apocalypse stories. It wasn't a zoombie apocalypse, but a beast tide or animal riot. MC was a mushroom looking for his spore and in the process, he encountered ML who was on the verge of collapse due to the countless deaths under his hand. ML was suspicious of MC not being human and their involvement saved ML from his mental collapse.

The entire story had a depressing tone. MC in this story was more like a passerby with a goal, someone who didn't participate... more>> or care about world-saving. Thus, there wasn't much action going on but the writing was smooth and it was hard to stop reading.


MC didn't directly save the world but he was the specimen who helped the scientists to solve the apocalypse.

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Melange rated it
April 26, 2020
Status: Completed
This is a happy ending. This is a happy ending. This is a happy ending. Repeat this to yourself starting from halfway through the novel until you reach the end. Because just when you think it can't get worse... it does.

The summary is a complete trap. This novel is not a romance novel, nor is it comedy. Rather, it's the story of how one little mushroom saved destroyed all of humanity.

MC in this novel is one of the most unique MC I have read. He composed and calm by nature... more>> but gradually acquires more human emotions. At the same time, his naivete easily leads him to be easily bullied by ML (and just about anyone else).

I haven't read the extras as it shows they're still ongoing but they better make it up to us for all the suffering.


MC and ML only ever kissed a few times... If they don't make a little mush mush I swear... 🗡️🗡️

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Honefuusen rated it
February 11, 2020
Status: c68
I love this novel very much *ugly bawling face*

This is sooo goooood. The synopsis is extremely misleading, not that it doesn't represent the story just that in censored much of the heartbreaking things happening in the novel.

I cannot believe I am so moved by a mushroom. The depressing undertone of this novel makes you keep thinking if this all ends in tragedy despite the disclaimer saying it ends happy. Things kept getting worse and happiness was like glimpses, fleeting and easily swept away. But the specks of happiness keep you... more>> engaged. It drives the story, you can't wait for the next fluffy things to happen. The MC and ML are very lovable. They are both naive in a way, both are growing while they were interacting despite how worse things just keeps on coming for them. It was heartbreaking when they were separated. MC narrative was immersive. I loved how the world of the novel was build, the myriads of vivid characters contrasting the MC and ML was so glaringly beautiful. It is a very sweet novel. Somewhat naive like the MC, somewhat hopeful, but also so so indifferently cruel. It is such a poetic novel I can't praise it enough. I'm already blind to any shortcoming this novel might have beside being somewhat short. This was an amazing read and I will comeback to this novel time and again. I highly recommend reading this novel. <<less
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rhianirory rated it
March 15, 2020
Status: Completed
this story is one of the top 100 on JJWXC for a good reason.

the series is well written and will make you think long after you've finished reading, even of all you can do it MTL. And cry, let's not forget all the bawling. I would recommend not reading it in public if you're an ugly crier like me (sniffling in public places is liable to set off full-blown panic right now anyways).

... more>>

I usually hate the 'idiot shou/bully ml' template but found it tolerable here. The MC has a good reason for being completely ignorant (not human) and the ML is broken because of his job and on the verge of blackening. There is character growth for both as the MC grows and learns more about the world and the humans.

this story has some very bleak moments and melancholic imagery so don't expect a lot of fluff but it's also beautiful and definitely worth the read.

I also recommend the author's other story 'C Language XuiXian, ' even though the comp programming stuff is a little hard to understand for those of use without tech specialties, the rest of the story is very good, especially the second half. Hopefully it will be picked up for translation at some point. <<less
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TheLadyWhoLikesBoyLove rated it
February 3, 2020
Status: Completed
Freaking hell! My pillow is so effin wet from crying too much. This is a big ass roller coaster ride. Every chapters has FEELS, im tellin y'all, you're all a demon if you read this from ch 1 t ch 84 without crying.

The MC is just so pitiful, he's not overpowered or anything, in fact he's just your innocent mushroom who ... more>>

sacrifice himself for the world that has done nothing good to him


Despite all the feels and whatnot, I can proudly say that this is one of the best bl ever even though the ending might be too short and I could've ask for more extra chapters. <<less
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bmb rated it
March 28, 2020
Status: c47
Incredible. Loved it.

The summery seems super cute but don't let that fool you.

You will laugh, You will cry and You will suffer, but you will love every second of it.
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March 9, 2020
Status: Completed
Wow. This was such a poignant novel. The romance is very subtle with lots of undertones. Its not in your face, but like the novel, it's tinged with beautiful subtleties and sadness. Every single character in this novel feels alive with emotions and motivation. This is about the brutal truth of survival, but rather than focusing on the ugliness of human nature in the face of an apocalypse, it focuses on the stark beauty. Life is cruel, nature is unforgiving, but from the eyes of a Mushroom, humans and their... more>> will to survive slowly wins him over. I cannot stress enough how beautiful and heartbreaking this novel it. Think The Last Unicorn. A mushroom that learns to be human in order to trick humans, but in the end learns to be human and falls in love with him. <<less
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XavierForest rated it
March 3, 2020
Status: c25
I've just started this and it's amazing. The story itself is addicting and I'm definitely going to binge reread it when it's finished being translated. The TL note in the summary is spot on though. While sprinkled through with hints of fluff, this isn't a fluffy novel. Prepare for pain. There's one thing I've realized while reading: Aside from the MC and ML, don't get too attached to any of the characters, because they probably won't still be alive in the next five-fifteen chapters, and that's if they're lucky enough... more>> to last that long. <<less
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Wynegonzaga rated it
February 27, 2020
Status: c84
Gosh, all those reviews made me not want to read this because I hate sadness. But the summary just looked so heartwarming that I got tricked into reading instead. I kept reading because it felt real.

I really cried for their suffering. When you’re not involved but you get involved. When you’re doing something good but they hate you for it.

And I’ve finally experienced what crying in tears of joy felt.
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vanillabean19 rated it
February 20, 2020
Status: Completed
*crying* This is so freaking heartbreakingly goood.. I cried so hard to the point of sobbing by the end.

It’s dark, it’s heartbreaking, it’s least bit fluffy but it’s so freaking good despite reading it on MTL. Did not regret reading this at all.

highly recommend this.

love love from VanillaBean
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idledays rated it
February 8, 2020
Status: Completed
Normally I hate mtl-ing novels; even if I know a bit of chinese due to how tedious it is, but I actually finished the whole novel using mtl, , , , For anyone who's curious, the mtl is quite easy to read! The effort the translator puts into their translations is obvious though, so I definitely recommend reading the actually translated version!

The plot and atmosphere of the story is nice, balancing on the edge of despair with tinges of humour that brightens the otherwise bleak storyline. I don't know why,... more>> but the setting kinda reminds me of "Laws of the Other World" in terms of a balance between humour and angst.

An Zhe and Lu Feng are kind of a heartbreaking couple, especially as the tone of the book slowly spirals into more despair. I had to keep reminding myself it was a happy ending (● ˃̶͈̀ロ˂̶͈́) ੭ꠥ⁾⁾


the ending made me cry alot jsjdkfg my tearducts are already super weak so I literally burst into tears. I felt especially bad when An Zhe gets tortured because he's just trying his best (╥﹏╥)

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patch rated it
February 16, 2020
Status: Completed
As you'd be warned, this is not fluffy. It was rather dark, deep, and meaningful. I commended the author for creating this apocalypse without zombies world that at the same time beautifully reflected human nature.

MC was a little mushroom as pure as any mushroom. As a non-human, he put himself in a human's society with a viewer standpoint. His growth process was wonderful.

ML was not bland at all. He was full of conflict inside with his position being in a center of controversy and morals.

This story is full of death,... more>> sometimes you like a character and the next few chapters.... death. But that how it suppose to be, the author didn't hide away from doing that at all.

And if you ask for love, it was there.... you might not find it a lot but you feel it along the journey. They really love each other deeply.

Reading is experiencing, and this story took me on a wonderful journey. <<less
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