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His name is Eight. Not really, but that’s what the System decided after a slip of the tongue. One moment, he was stepping out the office door on the way home, and the next waking up on a hillside below a town wall. Oh, and the gate guard drove him off, because he thought Eight was a monster.

Life’s tough when you’re trapped in an eight-year old body on another world.

The first book, chapters 1-50, focuses on Eight's survival on a dangerous new world. If you're a fan of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, you'll enjoy it. The story is one of discovery, bushcraft, and finding one's way. Note that, while this is very much LitRPG, progression is slow, and Eight spends much of the first book alone.

The second arc, now underway, recounts what happens when Eight and friends head east to the village of Voorhei. Expect a blend of fantasy adventure, ghost story, cozy mystery, and family drama.

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Chapter Name Release Date
1. A Sky Like Robins' Eggs ago
2. Two Aphorisms...or is it Three? ago
3. Introducing Eight ago
4. Phones are for Watching Videos ago
5. Tools Can't Fix Heartbreak, but They Can Help You Survive ago
6. When Goals Go Sideways ago
7a. An Otter Way to Think About Status Screens ago
7b. An Otter Way to Think About Status Screens ago
7c. An Otter Way to Think About Status Screens ago
8. Here, the Worm Fishes You ago
9. Winner Winner Fish Dinner ago
10. Of Monsters, Terrible and Sweet ago
11. Dr. Otter ago
12a: Extermination & Loot ago
12b: Extermination & Loot ago
13a: A New Skill ago
13b: A New Skill ago
14. Rematch ago
15. A Grandfather's Lessons ago
16. A New Routine ago
17. Waves of Thunderstorm Qi ago
18. Fortifying the Spirit ago
19. Dark and Silver Light ago
20. Get the Buck Out of Here ago
21. Lend Me The Dagger, Otter-Sensei ago
22. Introducing System-Eight ago
23. The Paths Chosen and Ignored ago
24. Mostly Tool Tips (Seriously) ago
25. The Magic of Magic ago
26. Holding the Spear ago
27. Little Horrors I ago
28. Little Horrors II ago
29. Break Through ago
30. The Magic of Magic II ago
31. Relationships Are Everything ago
32. When Birds Scatter ago
33. Guerrilla Tactics ago
34. The Animal Inside ago
35. The Gift of Death I ago
36. The Gift of Death II ago
37. The Gift of Death III ago
38. The Gift of Death IV ago
39. The Gift of Death V ago
40a: Hope and Fear ago
40b: Hope and fear ago
41: Found in Translation ago
42: The Taste of Justice ago
43: Three Times is Intention ago
44: A Bloody Care Package for Bishkawi ago
45. Preparation for a Raid ago
46. Midnight Raid ago
47. Let's Eat ago
48. Family ago
49: Reflection: Billisha and Aluali ago
50: Reflection: Ikfael Glen ago
51. The Quest for Donuts ago
52. Voorhei ago
53. I Choose ago
54. Handled ago
55. Initiation I ago
56. Initiation II ago
57. A Little Pot Full of Questions ago
58. Qi Intent ago
59. Gift and Curse ago
60. The Hunter's Lodge Gossips ago
61. Gift and Opportunity ago
62. An Uncomfortable Talent ago
63. Ghosts and Consequences ago
64. Making Deals, Making Donuts ago
65. Growing Pains ago
66. Knowledge is Power ago
67. Returning ago
68. The Hunt Day ago
69. Don't Blynx ago
70. Truth and Visitations ago
71. A Weapon at the Ready ago
72. A Spy in the Glen ago
73. An Unexpected Gift ago
74. Grace and Memory ago
75. Eight Saves the World ago
76. Life and Everything in Between ago
77. Bull Hunt ago
78. City Games, Village Games ago

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It's well written but perhaps not for everyone

Reviewed at: 31. Relationships Are Everything

I do like it. It's well written from a technical standpoint and the characters are interesting. There are two things that unfortunately ruin it for me though and I don’t think I’ll continue reading.

One, the pacing is really slow. In the current chapter, chapter 31, there's still no plot development and the two characters—only two characters in the whole story—are stagnant in their development. It's in the same place as it was in the first chapter, trying to survive off the land of a new world without very much world building. It just feels like a survival fiction story akin to Gary Paulsen's Hatchet with a small sprinkling of fantasy elements. A slow pace isn't bad, and I would even say I prefer it, but it's so slow and so heavy on the almost "slice of life-ish" survival aspect that I don't feel like it's really delivering on it's initial premise.

The second point that I don't like is extremely subjective and may be a positive to some people. The thematic ideas that this work is drawing upon are very spiritual, i.e. inner strength. Those ideas don't really connect with me but they're well written and I would continue reading despite them if it wasn't for the fact that it extends into the magic system of the world. It goes into brujeria, which is Spanish Witchcraft, and chakra/qi.

I personally shy away from Chinese fantasy novels a lot because many of them have elements of the Wuxia genre which is similar to what this work seems to be shaping up to be. It's a very soft magic system. Yoga and martial arts fueled by the power of inner strength energy isn’t compelling to me and the spiritual ancestral magic is similar. They’re very flexible magic systems that don’t obey hard and fast rules, it’s convenient for the author but as a reader, and as someone that prefers hard magic systems, it feels unfulfilling and cheap to just hand wave away how the character got stronger with “inner strength” and the help of some spirits.

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Difficult to classify

Reviewed at: 65. Growing Pains

Difficult to pin down, and slow updates.

I really like the start of this story. Trying to survive in fantasy woods, in a child's body. Very Island of the Blue Dolphins or Lord of the Flies or My Side of the Mountain. Of course, back then it was updating almost every day.

It's a very different story now. That's not to say it's a BAD story, it's just different from how it was before. There are other people to deal with. There's the Parasites Lost-inhabitant in the main character's dantian. It's no longer about just survival.

The slower updates also mean months in the real world for just days in the story. It's fine if you're binging it later. It's a little rougher to be reading them as they come out.

If you like the earlier chapters, it's not an indication whether or not you'll like the later chapters, and vice-versa.

There have been grammar issues, but they quickly get corrected. Author is active in the comments.

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Fantastical survival in a child's body

Reviewed at: 27. Little Horrors I

Woah, i have been simply impressed by this story, i did not expect it to be this good just by looking at it, mainly because the title, cover and synopis do not do this story justice at all, there is simply so much i want to cover here.

A sixty-four old man suddenly finds himself in a unknown situation, with no idea how he got there at all, and discovers that he is not in his own body anymore, but has the body of a eight year old child. After finding civilization and being rejected by it, he goes in the wilds, a dangerous place to live in, atleast he has the neccesary skills to survive, but having the body of a eight year old does not make it easy.

Seriously, Eight is simply such a greatly written character, beyond the confusing start where he has no idea what to do at all. Even if he may be in the body of a eight year old, he still got to sixty four years old on earth, and that experience does show a lot throughout this story, he acts and think like a person of age, even if the new world does surprise him at times.  There is only one other character, and they havent really had any real communication, however the otter is such a great addition to this story, she is a great help to Eight, and can be quite strong on her own but lets Eight grow on his own, guiding him from time to time, while also being a mysterious character due to her very nature.

The world the author has crafted for this story, shows a ton of promise. So far not much has been revealed so far, especially of civilization, essentially nothing in that aspect. The system used in this story is sort of a standard one but also distinct enough on its own, though more is clearly going to be revealed eventually. Another small thing is that this story has cultivation elements used for its leveling. So due to the nature of this story, the world could use a lot of development, but i can assume that will come with time, as more chapters are released.

The plot is not exactly clear beyond Eight surviving in the new world he is in, but i dont want anything else currently, the focus on survival so far, it made this story quite the unique read, him being not alone at all makes it even better, even if there is still the problem of communication kind of. I can accept that this story eventually will move beyond that, but what i have seen here so far, gives me hope that the author is going to handle that well. Though just a warning, as said there is not any real plot so far, and that can be a problem for some readers, so if you want a plot driven story, you sadly wont find that here.

Near flawless grammar, if not utterly flawless, there are almost no typo's to be found in this story expect in maybe the newest released chapter, showing just how far the author went in making sure it is fully readable and that grammar would pose no problem to readers.

The author has just such a great writing style, it fully fits for this story, making every aspect of it blend very well together. The pacing is simply great, the slow pace of it so far feels just right, the story flows so well and it is easy to understand what is going on, but at times it may be confusing, however that is intentional, especially the start. There is also quite good detailing in this story, with a lot being described when neccesary without it getting overwhelming, also everything feels realistic so far which is another plus here.

I do fully recommend this story, it is a great addition to a underrespresented niche genre on royalroad, please give it a try, you may actually come to love this story like i did.

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Grammar is excellent, spelling is excellent, characters feel real and lively, and the setting is unusual.

There are mysteries to pull a reader in, as well as day to day, chapter to chapter there are exciting happenings.

The overall structure of the story is good so far, while the twists have been reasonable. It has a 'man against the elements' feel to it. I was worried when the Otter was added that she would devolve into a pure comic relief and ruin the story, or contrary would be so helpful and useful that the feel of progress from surviving his environment would fade.

Instead, the author managed to thread the needle correctly on those two extremes by having a world so very hostile that the idea of surviving without help seems unrealistic.

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Update:  The way he deals and talks to the monster inside his body just killed the very last ounce of love I had for this story.

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I mean no disrespect to the author, for they are taking their time to write this novel and here i am... reading for free and about to complain😑.

Don't get me wrong for this is a story that i actually enjoy, but after 50 chapters i've just ran out of patience, i can't take it anymore.

First of all you have to understand that this story comes out once a week so it's a long wait before you get to read a new chapter, but there is barely any progress to the story; chapter after chapter and week after week.

The Mc is still in that forest doing the same things and learning nothing new about the new world he is in.

He understands that he was not allowed in the city (see early chapters)  because he was mistaken for a monster, so now... what's stopping him from going there again since he knows it was a misunderstanding ? but no, there he is, playing Tarzan with barely any knowledge or any tool.

And, there's something i don't like about the Mc, i can't quite pinpoint what it is, maybe i find him too emotional ?

Well, that's it. over all this is a good story, I just don't enjoy it anymore due to the slow progress of the story.

And sorry if what i wrote doesn't make sense for English is not my native language.


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One nit in an otherwise fine story

Reviewed at: 50: Reflection: Ikfael Glen

I liked the first book a lot. The grammar and spelling are fine(I did not notice any issues). I found the System in the story to be interesting, though I do sometimes get confused as to how chi and mana work and what they mean in the world.  I look forward to reading more. Hopefully, I will get some answers. 

The only issue I have is that the main character is...off. He is supposed to be an old man reborn in an eight-year-old's body. His memories of his family and the like are fine and basically fit that mold. He often refers to the Isekai genre, Dungeons & Dragons, and other nerdy things. Specifically modern nerdy things. The main influences in his life were his grandparents and his wife and all his memories of them were outdoorsy. I am not saying that he can't be into these disparate things, but they do not fit into an easily wrapped package. D&D is easy enough to follow, as it hit big in the late seventies early eighties when he would have been in late highschool early college. It really is the anime references I find hard to believe. Anime didn't hit big in America until the late 1990s early 2000s. prior to that, all that America had on the popular level was Robotech, Akira, and ghost in the shell. You had to actively seek out bootleg copies of Japanese cartoons, and then you were never really sure what you were going to get. I was a teenager then and was hyper-focused on getting more anime and it was tricky to get more. I guess I just find it odd that a man entering his fifties would suddenly get into a narrow subgenre of anime. Maybe I am overthinking it.

I guess what I am trying to say is that the MC comes across like someone trying to sound like an old man, rather than someone who is actually an old man. All of his memories are of when he was young or kind of vague "adulty" sort of things. I think he would have worked better as a slightly younger soul in a boy's body. But do not let this one nitpick get in the way of a fine story. His age is actually not that vital to the story and it is the only part of the story that bigs me. 

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Dramatic tone-shift as of chapter 24

Reviewed at: 24. Mostly Tool Tips (Seriously)

Read up to chapter 24 and had to stop reading. 
I thoroughly enjoyed the story up to that point as it was an interesting take on the 'System' mechanic trope. Changes to the system led to an intuitive and natural understanding of the world, which was very well reasoned in the story. 
Then the system changed to do away with all of that and have a goofy/jokey persona explain everything. The tone of the story shifted to something I no longer enjoy as it is so similar to every other System-based story. 
Still left a generally positive review score though as I'm sure some people do enjoy it, just not me!

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Good, but with some concerns

Reviewed at: 51. The Quest for Donuts

While I mostly like the story, I have mixed feelings about it. To reitierate, I actually do like the story, but I've got a growing list of concerns about it. Note, there are some minor spoilers in this review.

The initial premise was a good take on the genre and added some interesting elements. Putting an adult in a child's body at least explains away some of the sudden high appitude characters in these stories often have. However, as time goes on it gets old when the MC repeatedly just happens to already have the skills and prerequisit knowledge he needs for whatever challenge he faces. Preeisting familiarity with RPG systems is practically a given in this genre, so I ignored that. I could accept hunting and fishing. I raised my eyebrow when he was already a master of meditation with ample knowledge of Qi. I was getting tired of it when he happened to have filmed a documentary on primitive weapons and crafting. I had a hard time continuing when it was time to kill someone for the first time and queue the flashback because he just happens to have the right life experience with his witch grandma to handle the psycological ramifications just fine. The premise turns from the MC being an old man reincarnated into a child's body to having been an unoffical survival expert, monk, historian, and experienced gamer.

This also results in the MC having a seeming lack of any actual character flaws. He's overly wise and knowedgable, morally righteous, handles every situation fantastically, and has a solution for everything. I'm worried that this character has nowhere to actually develope as a person and the story will just be the perfect MC coming in and just easily fixing everything all the time.

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A grandpa found himself in unknown place. In a child body. He can't reach out for help. Not just due to language problem, but for reason unknown to him, people chase him away. So he try to survive in the wilderness. That the premise of the story, and from then on the author just wing it to whatever point it may go.

Sounds fun? It is wise to be reserved because that kind of premise can be found just about anywhere. If author can make the character fun to follow, the conflict driving, or the development intriguing, it can be a good read. But alas, as far as I can read, it's not.

First, the grandpa background story is rarely useful in plot development. He has experience in hiring talented people, but the story itself doesn't expose him to enough character to make his skill useful. He is a grandpa, but he knows (and live by) entertainment products that aimed for young adult and teenager. He had a wife and in the story the spirit is real and can give blessing, but what blessing his wife gave exactly, is unknown. He got blessing from God of Clockwork for introducing him to wonder of smartphone. What? Like the God himself cannot just take it from anyone. That blessing is undeserved whatever it may give. Grandpa backstory is shaky and impotent.

Second, actually there's no second point to bring up. Because by this point, which is chapter 31, grandpa is still surviving in the forest. Characters number is still minimum, source of world lore is still zero. It's too early to say about this fiction anything more than "gimmicks thrown together author hopes it would work."

If this is author's first story, I would like to encourage you to keep going. This fiction titled Eight is terrible, but you need to make mistake before you can make something good. Hopefully not too dreadful so people keep reading and giving feedback. In your subsequent fiction, you might want to create story that is tighter. Or character with skill that is soon relevant. Keep exploring.

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I don't think I've ever read a story quite this good. The morality, people's perception of it, the idea of pretty much everything in this story is complex. I love the idea of how these skills would effect human rights. I also love the otter.