Stag and Star
Nominator: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
2009 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Minas Tirith
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Between the two of them, Mag the Cook and Prince Imrahil devise a plan that will change the world.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
Now--what do young Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth and Mag the Cook have in common? How about a shared entreprenurial attitude? Here we see the two of them planning to introduce a new drink to Minas Tirith, and then set up a new sort of tavern in which those who come to like it come to drink it and enjoy one another. A marvelous gem, as are all of Ann's works, displaying the two characters well and bringing us right into their planning to make *gahwa* as popular as ale--or, hopefully, more so in the end!
Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea ✧ Score: 4
My Imrahil is not a morning person, and he has compensated by drinking what I call "bean-tea" from Harad. annmarwalk's Imrahil may or may not be a morning person, but he knows a good thing when he drinks it, and is entrepreneur enough to set himself up in this story to be the CEO of Middle-earth's version of Starbuck's-with some help from Mag the cook. Mag is always a delight and Imrahil is vividly drawn here as an energetic young man involving himself in business until the day he must rule.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 4
I did enough Middle East studies to recognize the word *gahwa* immediately, but even knowing the word, I still enjoyed hearing Imrahil describe the promise of what an investment in this plant (and its famous beans) might bring. He and Mag demonstrate a pair of shrewd minds that are complimented by cutthroat business inclinations. I don't think Gondor stands much of a chance of escaping this latest scheme.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
This is a delightful tale of how coffee might find its way into Gondor. After all, if Bilbo could offer it to the dwarves, then I'm sure it would find its way into Gondor as well. A fun glimpse into Gondorian life.
Reviewed by: NeumeIndil ✧ Score: 2
Ahh, so it's all *his* fault; I'm sure Seattle thanks him. Quite a witty little piece. Well done.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 1
A charming little conciet, very entertainingly rendered.