Etudie Perpetuity: Genius Student in Another World
Cas is a gifted college senior who knows over a dozen languages, studies all sorts of subjects, and has an amazing memory. His only problem? He has no idea what to do with his life. One night, he falls into a river and finds himself reincarnated as an elf in a prehistoric fantasy world. Now, Cas must use his experience and wits to overpower the elements and conquer the supernatural mysteries that plague the world!
Cover image: "Oberon and Titania from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Act IV, Scene i" by Thomas Stothard (Public Domain).
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But I'm curious to find out! That deserves a 5 star review for a good initial hook, solid grasp of grammar and spelling, with coherent dialogue and storytelling while we see what develops.
A college student who enjoys learning everything (but nothing too hard!) gets isakai-ed into a tribe of early Stone Age elves, with a mysterious transformation into a loincloth-wearing elf at the same time.
How early? Lower Paleothic, 2-3 million years ago. Just barely learning how to use little chips of stone. Hopefully he's a fan of Primitive Technology YouTube videos or true survival camping, because otherwise making the tools to make the tools to do anything is harder than it looks.
On the plus side, there may be some magic left in this world...
Peacefulcatastrophe shows a solid talent for character in the opening chapters. Cas is shown as a very knowledgeable, relatable and slightly insufferable character in the first few paragraphs alone and provides an interesting perspective that sets this story apart from similar titles.
His first companion is less deftly handled. Her characterization being feather light in the first few chapters of her introduction, more serving as a device to transfer knowledge to Cas. I'm still very early in the story and there is plenty of time for this to be corrected, but it stands out, particulary after Cas is so well introduced.
The style is very unpolished as of now. It slips in tone between reading almost like a travel log or journal and being unfiltered train of thought. The first person perspective is leveraged to give that initial insight into Cas that makes him so compelling, but after the first chapter his thoughts and opinions on events and (especially) people around him go through a drought for the next few chapters which I found disappointing.
The introduction to the world is very meta, touching upon the common story structures and tropes that go into most isekai stories which I personally found a bit dry and distracting from the more interesting aspects of the story at hand.
The very mechanical discussion into language that followed shortly was very well done and showed a great deal of either prior mastery of the subject or dedicated research. It's very easy to see that Peacefulcatastrophe has both the love and the will to turn this story into something amazing to follow through this sequence.
5 stars for an early rating is deserved. This story stands out in only a few chapters as being something worth dedicating the time to read despite its early stumbles and flaws.