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Book Learning  by Branwyn 42 Review(s)
curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: 4 on 1/15/2012
It is always such a joy to come across something I have not read before, and wonder how I missed it. (Although 'come across' may not be the best choice of words here, considering the subject :p ) I am glad, too, to think of Éowyn having another woman of The Mark to talk to about 'girly' stuff - and everything else as well.

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 4 on 8/10/2008
This is hawwwt!! Faramir and Eowyn are my second favorite mortal couple after Eomer and Lothiriel. Thanks for sharing.

Author Reply: Thanks so much for reviewing!

MartaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/23/2006
Branwyn, this was delightfully delicious. I really like how you have the two characters exploring this sensitive issue within their own comfort zones, but also reaching out a bit - Faramir going to Eradan for help to finding the book, and Eowyn looking for a book before she went to her countrywoman. And the hint of eroticism at the end was just the right amount -- it gives us an idea of what has changed and some very pleasant hints as to what the night holds, but does not over-tell as is all too easy to do with this.

Author Reply: I am so pleased that you enjoyed this story; writing an erotic fic was definitely outside of my comfort zone so I wasn't sure how it would turn out. :-D

I did see the two of them having different learning styles--Faramir oriented more toward the written word and sources with scholarly authority, Eowyn more comfortable with verbal and hands-on instruction in an informal setting.

Thanks so much for your kind review!

StefaniaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/16/2006
Congratulations on finishing this tale with aplomb, Branwyn. One thing though, I wondered how Faramir could eat all that food in his, umm, condition. You'd think that...but I won't go there.

Good job. You made us all life over a situation that has perplexed and pleasured all humanity, whether in fantasy or in real life.

Author Reply: Certainly he is much more interested in sex than in food at that particular moment, and he probably hurries through the meal without overeating. :-D
Glad you enjoyed the story, and thanks for reviewing!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/4/2006
Aha! And so the studying has born fruit, and hopefully will bear fruit indeed as the two rejoice in one another as man and wife.

Very lovely, and filled with a delightful humor and delight.

And trust both Ann and Raksha to help you see this tale so well told.

Author Reply: After so much grief and hardship, it seemed that these two deserved to delight in each other and to savor the pleasures of the marriage bed. And, yes, I am indebted to Ann and Raksha who did their best to keep me from going astray (though sometimes I just couldn't be saved from myself). The story was much improved by their comments and suggestions.
Thanks for your kind review!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 3 on 11/4/2006
Aha, I suspect I, too, will never look at vegetables in quite the same way, having read this. And seduction via herbs and the fruits of the earth? Hmmmm.

Author Reply: About the seduction via vegetation, you will see in the next chapter. (hee)
Thanks for reviewing!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 11/4/2006
Now you have me giggling. Is it the same poor farmer and the same abused basket of turnips! Poor Eowyn, and poor Faramir, both trying their best in the earliest portion of their marriage, trying to make certain they're doing it right! And Eraden must be enjoying himself hugely, undoubtedly having seen a constant stream of youths (and perhaps a few maidens) and young marrieds poring through this book over the past how many decades? Heh!

Author Reply: Yes, that is probably the most popular book in the library, bound in new covers numerous times as the old ones were worn to tatters. :-D
I am glad you are enjoying the story, and thanks for reviewing!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 1 on 11/4/2006
According to my own research back when I was on college, the Khama Sutra was VERY popular in Victorian England. And of course I had to (ahem) do a bit of exploration so as to understand quite why....

Author Reply: Hee! Burton translated it, right? I haven't read it, but that must have been hot stuff in Victoria's day! Given that human physiology hasn't changed, I would guess that most of the advice would be pretty good (as long as it was based on experience and not on philosophy).

JuliaReviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/4/2006
Nice to see that they *both* got a happy ending! Good job writing a story that manages to be funny and sexy without being too icky or graphic.

Author Reply: Yes, they both get a happy ending (after Faramir is very, very surprised; luckily, he is young and has a strong heart). Glad to hear that it wasn't overly graphic because I did try to avoid that in favor of letting the reader fill in the blanks.
Thanks for your kind comments!

BodkinReviewed Chapter: 4 on 11/4/2006
A pair of fair scholars ... although I suspect Eowyn gained more value from the training imparted by Freya Freawine’s daughter. I love the way Faramir thinks he should have made notes on the information provided by the Treatise. I can assure you, Faramir, practice will be much better than notes.

A delightful outcome! I hope they had more fun - after all, all those carefully chosen foods should have been of some value!

Author Reply: It is difficult to teach yourself a physical activity from a book, so I agree that Eowyn's training, where she had the benefit of visual demonstrations (well, with veggies, anyway) and an instructor to answer her questions, would have been more beneficial. And, yes, practice makes perfect, as they say. :-)
That poor Cook must have been choking with laughter at the menu that night. I am glad you liked the conclusion, and thanks so much for reviewing!

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