Bookworld Online: Marsh Man

by Bokuboy

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Welcome dear friends, to the Virtual Reality Full Immersion System called Bookworld Online!

Your name is David Drake and you are a 10 year old slave to the Marsh Hag. You were bought from your parents when you were only a small child at two years old. You don't really remember your old family at all. That's a good thing, since you would hate them on sight for selling you to her. All you've know for your whole life is pain. You are usually quickly healed and receive a lot of training and experience as her unofficial apprentice.

It's unofficial because she would never pay to have you registered as an actual apprentice. To everyone else, you are just the boy she took pity on and brought into her home. What they don't know is that you are much more than that. So much more.

You are her food. She uses you as her own personal buffet and she indulges herself quite often. You even have the permanent scars to prove it. You have learned many things from her, mostly without her knowing, since you have been helping more and more with her spell work the last few years and her potion making. The only parts you can't do are the magic condensing rituals that her potions require and the mana infusions that a lot of her other creations need.

Do you wish to initiate the Main Storyline with these parameters?

Please Note: I publish daily.Second Note: I changed this story to a fan fiction. It is based on Swamp Boy. The old story is about 4 years old and was dropped after 19 long chapters. The author hasn't been online since then, so I figured it was safe to do my own take on it.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
000 Prologue ago
001 Prologue ago
002 Marsh Madness ago
003 Spider Clash ago
004 Food For Thought ago
005 New Normal ago
006 Good Choices ago
007 Food Prep ago
008 Hut Life ago
009 Boat Trouble ago
010 Going To Town ago
011 The Inn ago
012 Morning Woes ago
013 The Boatmaker ago
014 Oopsie ago
015 Back To The Store ago
016 Go Get It ago
017 Time Flies ago
018 Remembrances ago
019 To The Village ago
020 In The Village ago
021 Making Progress ago
022 General Store Rules ago
023 Diane Phelps ago
024 Preparing For Winter Part One ago
025 Knots Of Wood ago
026 Town Trouble ago
027 Teach Me ago
028 Town Intruder ago
029 Fallout ago
030 Home Sweet Home ago
031 Learning Is Fun And Hard ago
032 If You Built It, You Will Live ago
033 Working It Out ago
034 Preparing For Winter Part Two ago
035 Learning To Potion Properly ago
036 Winter Ends ago
037 Back To Town ago
038 The Garrison ago
039 The Truth Won't Set You Free ago
040 Army Preparation ago
041 A Comforting Embrace ago
042 Passing On Knowledge ago
043 Going Back To The Office ago
044 Town Trouble Again? ago
045 Boat Blues ago
046 Making It Work ago
047 Boat Building ago
048 Finish Your Work ago
049 The Garrison Again ago
050 Going To The Next Village ago
051 Shop Till You Drop ago
052 Family Values ago
053 Basic Instincts ago
054 A Slight Detour ago
055 Delayed Return ago
056 Army Antics Part One ago
057 Diane's Divine Store ago
058 Army Antics Part Two ago
059 Working Out An Understanding ago
060 Building Repertoire ago
061 A New Workshop ago
062 Building And Learning ago
063 The Training Base ago
064 Basic Training ago
065 Training Is Easy ago
066 Ending The Day ago
067 The Next Day ago
068 The Drill Sergeant Part One ago
069 A Hunting We Will Go ago
070 Back To Base ago
071 In The Kitchen ago
072 The Drill Sergeant Part Two ago
073 A Normal Day ago
074 Learning Lessons Part One ago
075 Learning Lessons Part Two ago
076 Graduation ago
077 Back Home ago
078 The Bugle Sounds ago
079 Fixing What's Broken ago
080 Work Your Ass Off ago
081 The Colonel's Response ago
082 The Trial ago
083 Work And A Meal ago
084 Work, Work, Go! ago
085 Relearn What You Have Learned ago
086 Lessons Learned ago
087 A Dragon's Breath Part One ago
088 A Devastating Idea ago
089 A Devastating Idea Realized ago
090 A Devastating Idea Implemented ago
091 A Dragon's Breath Part Two ago
092 A Dragon's Breath Part Three ago
093 A Dragon's Breath Resolution ago
094 Reporting As Ordered ago
095 Healing Time ago
096 Back To Work ago
097 Relay Points ago
098 Defensive Measures ago
099 Learning Is Even More Fun ago
100 The War Comes Home ago
101 The Next Phase ago
102 Home Sweet Home ago
103 Back To The Front ago
104 The Best Defense ago
105 Another Day At Work ago
106 Job's Done ago
107 Hiding the Truth ago
108 Some Important Facts ago
109 Mage Henrietta ago
110 Prepping For The Capital ago
111 Capital Run ago
112 Purchasing Power ago
113 The Henrietta Family Part One ago
114 The Henrietta Family Part Two ago
115 Dressing For Success ago
116 The Henrietta Family Conclusion ago
117 Breakfast Bonuses ago
118 The Longshore Estate ago
119 Women Are Complicated ago
120 Buying What You Need ago
121 Work Is Work ago
122 How It's Done ago
123 Work Is Life ago
124 Family Dinner ago
125 Lessons Before Lessons ago
126 Days Go By Fast ago
127 The Henrietta Longshore Estate ago
128 A Party Before Supper ago
129 Some Harsh Truth ago
130 A Family's Folly ago
Not a chapter... a delay. ago
131 The New Staff ago
132 Academy Antics Prelude ago
133 Academy Antics Part One - Assembly Hall ago
134 Academy Antics Part Two - Registrar's Office ago
135 Academy Antics Part Three - Course Corrections ago
136 Academy Antics Part Four - Living Quarters ago
137 Academy Antics Part Five - Transformation Part One ago
138 Academy Antics Part Six - First Night ago
139 Academy Antics Part Seven - First Day, First Class ago
140 Academy Antics Part Eight - Lunchtime ago
141 Academy Antics Part Nine - Transformation Part Two ago
142 Academy Antics Part Ten - Basic Potions ago
143 Academy Antics Part Eleven - Basic Potions Continued ago
144 Academy Antics Part Twelve - Basic To Advanced Potions ago
145 Academy Antics Part Thirteen - Potions Producer ago
146 Academy Antics Part Fourteen - Lunchtime Take Two ago
147 Academy Antics Part Fifteen - Advanced Potions Part One ago
148 Academy Antics Part Sixteen - Advanced Potions Part Two ago
149 Academy Antics Part Seventeen - The Library ago
150 Academy Antics Part Eighteen - The Potion Producer Again ago
151 Academy Antics Part Nineteen - Dorm Dinner ago
152 Academy Antics Part Twenty - Enchanting Teachers ago
153 Academy Antics Part Twenty One - Library Again ago
154 Academy Antics Part Twenty Two - Maps Galore ago
155 Academy Antics Part Twenty Three - History Taught Right ago
156 Academy Antics Part Twenty Four - Plant Me Right ago
157 Academy Antics Part Twenty Five - A Long Night ago
158 Academy Antics Part Twenty Six - Biologic Construction Part One ago
159 Academy Antics Part Twenty Seven - Biologic Construction Part Two ago
160 Academy Antics Part Twenty Eight - The Weekend Visit Part One ago
161 Academy Antics Part Twenty Nine - The Weekend Visit Part Two ago
162 Academy Antics Part Thirty - The Weekend Visit Part Three ago
163 Academy Antics Part Thirty One - The Weekend Visit Part Four ago
164 Academy Antics Part Thirty Two - The Weekend Visit Part Five ago
165 Academy Antics Part Thirty Three - The Weekend Visit Part Six ago
166 Academy Antics Part Thirty Four - The Weekend Visit Conclusion ago
167 Academy Antics Part Thirty Five - Back To School ago
168 Academy Antics Part Thirty Six - Maid To Order ago
169 Academy Antics Part Thirty Seven - Potions Class ago
170 Academy Antics Part Thirty Eight - More Potions ago
171 Academy Antics Part Thirty Nine - Potion Teaser ago
172 Academy Antics Part Forty - Potion Ingredients Galore ago
173 Academy Antics Part Forty One - Enchanter's Choice ago
174 Academy Antics Part Forty Two - A Nice Talk ago
175 Academy Antics Part Forty Three - Botany Bay Part One ago
176 Academy Antics Part Forty Four - Botany Bay Part Two ago
177 Academy Antics Part Forty Five - Botany Bay Conclusion ago
178 Academy Antics Part Forty Five - Valley Of The Trogs ago
179 Academy Antics Part Forty Six - The Forest Through The Trees ago
180 Academy Antics Part Forty Seven - The Flower Of Temptation ago
181 Academy Antics Part Forty Eight - The Detour ago
182 Academy Antics Part Forty Nine - Sprint For The Capital Part One ago
183 Academy Antics Part Fifty - Sprint For The Capital Part Two ago
184 Academy Antics Part Fifty One - Sprint For The Capital Conclusion ago
185 Academy Antics Part Fifty Two - Back To Classes ago
186 Academy Antics Part Fifty Three - Beauty Is Only Skin Deep ago
187 Academy Antics Part Fifty Four - A Bit Of Trouble ago
188 Academy Antics Part Fifty Five - A Royal Meeting ago
189 Academy Antics Part Fifty Six - Tea And Story Time ago
190 Academy Antics Part Fifty Seven - There's More To The Story ago
191 Academy Antics Part Fifty Eight - A Complete Exchange ago
192 Academy Antics Part Fifty Nine - Enchanter's Delight ago
193 Academy Antics Part Sixty - Second Impressions ago
194 Academy Antics Part Sixty One - Academy Administration ago
195 Academy Antics Part Sixty Two - Lunchtime Version Three ago
196 Academy Antics Part Sixty Three - Forging Ahead ago
197 Academy Antics Part Sixty Four - Meals Fit For A King ago
198 Academy Antics Part Sixty Five - Classes Continue ago
199 Academy Antics Part Sixty Six - An Early Morning Meeting ago
200 Academy Antics Part Sixty Seven - The Marks Family ago
201 Academy Antics Part Sixty Seven - An Appropriate Trade ago
202 Academy Antics Part Sixty Eight - A Brief Encounter ago
203 Academy Antics Part Sixty Nine - A New Perspective ago
204 Academy Antics Part Seventy - A Slight Time Skip ago
205 Academy Antics Part Seventy One - Working Things Out ago
206 Academy Antics Part Seventy Two - Discovery ago
207 Academy Antics Part Seventy Three - Visitation Rights Part One ago
208 Academy Antics Part Seventy Four - Visitation Rights Part Two ago
209 Academy Antics Part Seventy Five - Some More Brewing ago
210 Academy Antics Part Seventy Six - Testing What Works ago
211 Academy Antics Part Seventy Seven - Eludora's Anguish ago
212 Academy Antics Part Seventy Eight - Back to the Marsh ago
213 Academy Antics Part Seventy Nine - A Brief Discussion ago
214 Academy Antics Part Eighty - The Marsh Is Full Part One ago
215 Academy Antics Part Eighty One - The Marsh Is Full Part Two ago
216 Academy Antics Part Eighty Two - The Marsh Is Full Part Three ago
217 Academy Antics Part Eighty Three - The Marsh Is Full Part Four ago
218 Academy Antics Part Eighty Four - The Marsh Is Full Part Five ago
219 Academy Antics Part Eighty Five - The Marsh Is Full Part Six ago
220 Academy Antics Part Eighty Six - The Marsh Is Full Part Seven ago
221 Academy Antics Intermission - The Marsh Panther ago
222 Academy Antics Intermission - Let's Try That Again ago
223 Academy Antics Part Eighty Seven - The Marsh Is Full Part Eight ago
224 Academy Antics Part Eighty Eight - The Marsh Conclusion ago
225 Academy Antics Part Eighty Nine - The Talk ago
226 Academy Antics Part Ninety - The Meetings Part One ago
227 Academy Antics Part Ninety One - The Meetings Part Two ago
228 Academy Antics Part Ninety Two - The Meetings Part Three ago
229 Academy Antics Part Ninety Three - The Meetings Part Four ago
230 Academy Antics Part Ninety Four - The Meetings Part Five ago
231 Academy Antics Part Ninety Five - The Meetings Conclusion ago
232 Academy Antics Part Ninety Six - The Long Awaited Gathering ago
233 Academy Antics Part Ninety Seven - Meals For a King Redone ago
234 Academy Antics Part Ninety Eight - Mingling For Fun And Profit ago
235 Academy Antics Part Ninety Nine - Evening Festivities ago
236 Academy Antics Part One Hundred - The End Of The Night ago
237 Academy Antics Part One Hundred And One - A Morning Of Toil ago
238 Academy Antics Part One Hundred And Two - The King's Birthday Prelude ago

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I just could not continue after Chapter 200.

The second arc changes in style so much from the beginning, and practically all females the MC comes across want to have sex with him, plus he became too knowledgeable too fast imo.

First arc 4 1/2 stars, second arc 1 star.


Hard-core grimdark story

Reviewed at: 013 The Boatmaker

Don't let the tags fool you. This story is hard-core. It starts by tricking you into thinking this is slice of life, but this is as grimdark as it can get. Extreme psychological abuse, some of the most fcked up torture, child abuse, and a hint of pedophilia. Reader be warned.

We read about the experiences of a 10 year old boy who is held prisoner by a swamp witch, The Hag. 

The story is about some very deep dive VR game or experience the main character is living. The prologue introduces us to it. And here comes one the first gripes with the plot. Its not clear who the person who went under is. Is it the narrator, who tells the story, or is it the boy,  who lives it. There are a lot of inconsistencies here, especially when it comes to the knowledge possessed. Sometimes, the boy behaves and has the knowledge of a 10 year old child. Other times, he has the knowledge of an adult who is experiencing the story.

I mentioned earlier a narrator. His presence is felt via a set of choices the main character is presented with. And this is my 2nd biggest gripe with the story. In the middle of a good flowing narration, we get slapped with the most obnoxious wall of text: the choices the main character has to make. They come every so often, a couple of times per chapter, in the form of A B C single choice. It breaks all immersion. Its bad to watch. And it seems it takes away from the identity of the character. 


The idea of a make-your-own-adventure-book that's transferred into VR is quite interesting. The fact that the royalroad story "Swamp boy" was chosen as the 'book' in question is the icing on the cake.

Unfortunately, the cake's foundation is quite screwed up. After a while, the MC ends up in the army (just like in swamp boy, no big spoiler here) and proceeds to break basically all the rules possible (here we diverge), 

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After a dozen times, I just started skipping the chapters to see when this army arc is finally finished. We're in the 80th now and still no end in sight.

The Grimdark tag isn't for show, the story starts out with torture, cannibalism and paedophilia. It gets lighter later on though. Not very light, casual murder and maiming still remain but that's kinda normal for for fantasy stories, isn't it?

The writing itself is quite good, few typos and the ones that exist are cleaned up quickly.
I like the idea of a make-your-own-VR-story, even if the interruptions to make a decision are somewhat immersion breaking. Would I want to read that in every story? No, of course not. But in this one, it's the entire premise, a feature not a bug.

I initially gave this tale 4.5 stars, but the army-arc is simply so unbelievable that I took it down to 3. Hope it gets better soon, haven't given up yet!


Interesting Characters; Horrifying Content

Reviewed at: 007 Food Prep

The division between who the character in the VR is supposed to be and who the player/person inhabiting that role are is extremely blurred, and not in a particularly good way.  Several parts of beginning don't make much sense - the "boy" acts as though they had the actual psychological damage enforced slavery and torture might inflict, which is odd given that there's supposed to be a real person piloting the character.  This was particularly prevalent when the 'boy' felt excited to be able to tease his captor by playing with bread soaked in his own blood

Honestly, I couldn't bring myself to read past Chapter 7, with how chock-full of traumatizing content this thing was.  The writing glories in the tortures, indignities, and abuses suffered by the main character, and unlike some other stories emphatically deserves its "traumatizing content" warning.  In other stories where the traumatic content might be a single important occurrence, this one describes over and over how the main character is literally carved up and eaten by his captor, and how he came to largely accept that way of life due to the constant abuse.  The hints towards paedophilia were where I ended up drawing the line, as by that point I was reading largely in order to hope that it got better for the main character, who is admittedly sympathetic.  I realize that my critique is incomplete given my decision not to continue reading, and I hope that it did, but I'm not terribly optimistic.



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This novel is a torture porn NO ONE should ever get subjected to unless your some kinda illegal rapist pedo. Its just bad, and its really sad because this novel started out with SO MUCH GOD DAMN POTENTIAL just like begining of the end before it veers off into one plot hole after another, one troupe right into another

Lets start with the plus sides- that is the style and grammer are perfect

then the real shit

Story- starts off as one hell of a torture porn, you thought melas was dark? Well the start was just mc as the authors chew toy. He is subjected to pedophilia, torture, cannibalism, getting taken advantage of, sold into slavery. Name one thing that brings a human nightmares, hes been there gone throguh them all. Im not complaining at this point cuz honestly this is what had me sold. The story was dark as hell sure, but you knew that he had to make the descisions and stay with his abuser as there was no other choices and the only thing he could do is work hard. It was realistic, there was no plot armor. This is what most of us would have done in his situation. Stick around long enough to gain strength to kill or escape your captors or kil your self and die early.

And after his abuser exits his life, he is forced to face his naivity about the real world. He gets cheated and conned and with his wits he is able to survive in actual society under farces and cunningness.

Here is where everything starts going down hill. And from here on out there will be spoilers

First off, there is a women he meets- granted she is about 25 or someshit, older than him and almost an elderly sister figure to him.. She has a fucking son his age, and widowed. She watched him grow up and sympathized with his abuse in a sisterly or even a motherly way. WHY DID THEY HAVE TO FUCK???? it just gets disgusting as the one potential person in his life he could have looked up to or help himself heal with just becomes a fuck toy. And with this, i thought it was a stand alone case, i didnt look into it. But then it happens again, in the army- sexual tension that was unneeded. And again at the school library with some old ass grandma who gives him 10 min sympathy. And again when he has a fiance. It should be tagged harem. The worst thing about this is the fact that women LITERALLY get their panties wet becuase he is stronger? more magical? than them? one lady literally throws her panties at him after he demonstrates his prowress on a boat. So second arc, mc is just a literal sex magnet. there is no single women who doesnt wanna fuck him. hes so op that not even the military can touch him. he is so smart he learns what takes a normal person a year to learn in like 6 days. This is a pathetic self insert author, shame on you


Ok if that didnt make u drop this god awful plot, then as another reader mentioned, the awful military arc where he faces ZERO xonsequences for disobediance and literally maiming superiors. It doesnt matter which era, which country, what world- this is just unacceptable behavior. It typically goes unpunished and if they cant find someone to punish you , you best bet they will. But somehow the authors cop out for this is to layer on that thick juciy plot armor, and call it a day. Mc is too op, so fucking big dick that no one can stop this man, not even walls apparantly. And the miliary "needs him" cuz the marsh is "too dangerous" and swamp man knows best.

It just gets ridiculous in the academy arc- he ends up getting a fiance and more outrageously retarded bickering and drama.

its bad. do your self a favor and dont read this horseshit



The author does an incredible job pacing the story and manages to renew my interest with every chapter, if there are any grammar mistakes (I haven't caught any) the author either doesn't make any, or fixes immediately. This just shows the authors dedication and makes the story even better to read

Jake Warner

Not Just Damn Good, but Dependable!

Reviewed at: 095 Healing Time

The story itself is creative.  Once you start to read you'll notice it's like a book within a book.  From time to time you get humorous commentary, integrated into the story itself, about what's going on in the main plotline.  It's also almost like an Isekai in that the main character knows nothing of his world he's shoved into once he begins to explore the kingdom.

My favorite part of the story, however, is its dependability.  The author, Bokuboy, releases dependably every day.  Usually hours before and a page or two longer than his self-set schedule.  Moreso than all the other stories on this website, I look forward to this story's release every day.

Grammar-wise:  I am usually a grammar-nazi, and even I don't notice many errors in the chapters.  Bokuboy updates his chapters to correct grammar mistakes as people notice them.

Jacksonion Democracy

Pretty Good Grimdark - MC has the Big Sad

Reviewed at: 061 A New Workshop

So I'm at the latest chapter (chapter 61) and so far this story is quite good. Summary of the Story so far: 

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I haven't noticed any grammar mistakes and the flow is good enough to get lost in, word choice is also pretty good with appropriate word's that belong in a story (doesn't read like a essay or something from a primary school). The style of writing is alright however one thing which may annoy people is that due to this being a sort of MMO Virtual Reality background he is frequently given choices in a A)B)C)+ setup and this may break the immersion for some (and his choices may also disappoint some more strongly as they see their prefered action listed). I binged it, and I liked it a lot and I suggest giving a shot at least - BEWARE the Hag parts if you are squemish as that is where this story earns it's grimdarkness, ex: many times MC is basically filleted like a fish with nothing to help the pain and is forced to also eat himself. Good story, not for the faint of heart.


This story is very engaging. The build up is perfect and the pay-off satisfying. Also I'm loving the culture shock between David and everyone he interacts with. Also I'm starting to emphasize with the hag a bit. She's a monster but at least she comes by it honestly. Seeing David interact with people is much more frustrating.