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This is a fun little swashbuckling Isekai story. 
The MC isn't some martial arts savant or anything.
Instead, he uses his geek knowledge to get by as he adapts to his new reality.

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toolazytobreathe
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Very good story about a guy who wakes up on island in another world after a party.  The guy is not op and have to earn every bit of coin with hard work and a bit of trickery.  Fisherman,bard, sailor,trader and who knows maybe mage in the future, with every chapter he adapts to the new world.

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So far this story has been a fairly engaging take on the isekai archetype. While there are some reused concepts from other stories with similar settings, their delivery is where the story shines.

Style

     The style is really the accent of the story. A light and adventurous tone keeps the MC's journey away from the uninteresting travel log-esque feel that bogs down most similar attempts at the genre.  The adventure itself isn't too difficult to digest and quickly moves on from one point to another, making this a perfect wind-down read. Earlier chapters feel somewhat chaotic, like the author hadn't completely decided what kind of flow he wanted the story to take, but everything clicks into place before too long.

Story

     The plot essentially follows a day-by-day structure, which actually fits in well with the MC's attitude and general tone. While there are currently some interesting plot points set that can be built further on in the future, there doesn't seem to be a central goal to the story. A nice part of the world is that it doesn't seem to bend backwards to give the MC an adventure. He finds himself isekai'd and doesn't get immediately showered in riches or power, each development he makes seems well within the bounds of reason. This makes it seem more like the Mc is really exploring the world.

Grammar

     Grammar has been very nearly impeccable so far, apart from the occasional tense error and other technicality.

Character

     All characters have some level of dimensionality to them, but the story has been limited to the MC's perspective, so all takes on any side characters comes through his lens. The MC himself suits the book perfectly. He takes each new development in stride and watching him adapt to the world in stages has been very satisfying so far. 

KoboldPatrol
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Easy read about the long road to success in a fantasy world

(as of chapter 21)

Patrick wakes on a sandy beach after a party, with nothing but the clothes on his body. He soon notices that he is in a fantasy world with a stat/skill system (but no colored boxes) and decides he wants fame and adventure and to become a mage. Easier said than done, first he has to take care of the basic necessities for survival. So he starts working in the only town on the small island, drudgingly earning food, a few coins and some skills over time. Once he has bought passage on a boat he is able to learn more skills and he plans to climb up the ladder from there. Well, that ladder is quite steep, not going as straight up as he wants and he has to take it one step at a time.

Style/Grammar: The story is told in first-person internal style from the MC's POV. While the story includes sad aspects like poverty and slavery, the main feeling is light-hearted and upbeat. The skill system is interesting in that you can buy skill-related abilities by spending skill levels (which you then have to earn again if you want to progress in the skill). The descriptions are okay and there are some humorous elements. Grammar is fine with barely any typos.

Story: Even though the protagonist has to take many very small steps, his progress is palpable but not unreasonably so. Each chapter brings new scenes of how he meets somebody new or uses one of his strengths to reach a goal. You could fault the author a bit for making it too easy for the MC, there have been only minor hiccups and no really difficult obstacles. On the other hand, not every story has to be about the fight against overwhelming odds, as a lighter type of story it is fine as it is now.

Characters: The MC adapts to his new life rather quickly, soon using all of his limited options as if he were a born gamer, never looking back to his old life. Aside from this unlikely aspect (which is often seen in isekai stories), his personality is only "okay"; as the story is not very serious this is fine. The side characters, which due to the first-person narrative style are only presented by their actions towards the MC, don't stand out much but so far they act in a rather normal way.

All in all, this is a light-hearted tale that is easy and fun to read, excellent for winding down after reading the grimdark chapters of other RRL stories.

Jarthon
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A unique and remarkable tale

I've read up to the most recent chapter (20 at the time of writing) and I can't imagine the person who wouldn't at least put this in their top 50 webnovels of all time. It's top 20 for me. Lets talk about why.

Style: As always, I'm not sure what this means, but with my best guess I would say this is well executed. The word choice is sofisticated without ever presenting me with something I don't know. The sentances flow nicely as far as I can tell and the light, banter-esque way of presenting the story (in first person) contrasts nicely with the more serious notes that apear when necessary. It's enjoyable to read and the only complaint I can think of is that the very first line is kind of jarring as an introduction. Other than that, thumbs up.

Story: This is the highlight of the novel for me. It does borrow soemwhat from other stories of a similar genera and style, but only in the more basic framework, while all of the details are beautifuly imaginative and even the borrowed portions have some unique spin on it. So far the story doesn't seem to have any particular overarching plot (something fairly ubiquitous to the webnovel scene) and instead simply follows the various adventures of its protagonist. Its a jorney rather than a quest if that makes sense. This is something that can become a problem in other works, but Beach Bum sidesteps that neatly by having what amount to interwoven story arcs that lead into eachother while still being somewhat self contained ideas (I'm thinking of the transition between the starter island and the ship journeys here). This greatly deserves it's 5 stars.

Grammar: Not too much to say on this one. I've only noticed about 3 errors in the entire story so far, none of which broke my immersion. The sentance structure and complexity is nothing groundbreaking, but nor is it childish. I'd recomend a pass from an editor if you were looking to publish, but for Royal Road it is more than sufficient.

Character: So far there are only maybe 8 majorly plot relevent characters in the novel, but we are only at chapter twenty and all the ones who have been introduced feel fleshed out and belevable. This is also where one of the books intresting elements comes into play. Each character is to some extent ballooned out. Cartoonified if you will, to a limited degree in the way that you imagine characters in another dimension should be. It adds a good dose of comedy to the narrative, makes each character memeorable and unique, gives good sources of drama in inteactions and translates much better than I would ever have guessed.\

Overall I would highly recomend that you give this a shot. I sincerly doubt you'll regret it.

demion
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refreshing story, great potential!

Follow Patrick as he wakes up in a different world where everything is different. Looking for safety, food, clothes... looking how to survive!

Follow him on his travels through a quite realisty magical world with an unique level system. Follow him as his learns how this world works and how to live in it. Follow him as his starts looking for more... thinking about his future... searching for new aims.

Love your story and look forward to read more about Patrick!

Lorraine V
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Well written, light adventure story.  Perfect reading after a long day at work. 

hugh8184
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A great reincarnation story where the protagonist is trying to make it through a different and confusing world. 

JayQue
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Month old isekai title, fun and light hearted. Currently at 20 chapters and a fun read

argusthecat
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I always like a good litrpg that does something different with its mechanics, and this one is no exception.  I'm interested to see how this whole setup influences the world and its cultures, and also to see what the main character gets up to with it. 

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Not in a beach and not a bum

Review done after finishing the most recent chapter, which is 22.

It's a good story all things considered, but one has to admit, the title is misleading. By chapter 6 he's not in a beach, and by chapter 8 he's not a bum. Now, if one uses bum as its verb form and is vague to what a beach is, as in ports and islands... then maybe it's not misleading.

I also don't like how at first it seems that he's going to become a Bard (as in, D&D Bard class), but then goes into a completely different direction and becomes a trader. Maybe in the future he'll get back to it, but so far his Bard qualities and skills are merely used to speed up a boat and earn some coin. Which is very disappointing, I'm yet to see a bard in a novel and my hopes were dashed.

Anyway, I don't regret reading it, because it was fun, but I'm not sure if I want to continue doing it. By all accounts, it is a good story, just not what I wanted nor expected.

Well, using RoyalRoad's score system:

Style: it's fine, but considering the setting, a more flowery language would be cool. Also, I think the use of italics would fit too. 3,5/5

Grammar: didn't see any problems, I think. 4,5/5

Story: again, I was disappointed, but there's nothing truly bad about it. 4/5

Character: other than the main character there isn't anyone else worth mentioning. I suppose it's a protagonist centric story, which is fine, but fine is not great. 3,5/5

And my personal rating:

Enjoyment: 4/5