Friday, September 11, 2009

Resident Geek by Cdunbar

This week's Perv Pack Recommendation is...

Title: Resident Geek
Author: cdunbar
Chapters: 16
Words: 78,149
Reviews: 3557
Summary: Geeky Edward thinks he has absolutely no shot with the popular, beautiful Bella. Is he right, or will she be one of the many girls who thinks geeks make for better lovers? M for language, sexuality, and some underage drinking. A little OOC...ok, a lot OOC

Guest Reviewer- anniej13

What can I say about Resident Geek? Well, I started reading it at the beginning. Cdunbar has another story I was following called I've Been Looking For You. She mentioned on her Twilighted thread that she was starting a new story with a geeky Edward. I immediately jumped right on it, as I have a soft spot for geeks, and combine that with Edward and I melt. Wow. I just realized I missed the one year anniversary of it's publishing. That blows my mind. Ooops. I said blow.

Okay, back to RG and the awesome writing by cdunbar. I just love her writing style and her humor. She really is a geek, in case you're wondering. Hehe. She's even nice enough to list and define her geeky references in her a/n at the end.

Her Edward is so lovable and you just want him to get the girl so bad. He is a nerd, but he's not totally clueless. I like his courage and his ability to go after what he wants, even if he's unsure of himself, he's constantly urging himself on. Bella is a sweetheart. She's a typical co-ed. She's had some not so great experiences with guys, but she's worked through those things. She can take care of herself and she learns from her mistakes. Although you think it's the typical pretty girl with the geek, it's not. She needs him just as much as he needs her. Their bond is strong from the beginning and the UST is incredible! Bella is determined and she realizes that she has to takes control sometimes...maybe nudge him in the right direction. Probably one of my favorite parts of this story is their inner thoughts, especially Edward's. I'm always busting up laughing at him. I will never forget reading the chapter where he gets his first boob graze while Bella is sleeping and he's battling with himself over whether to grab a handful or not. So hilarious!

I promise you will fall in love with this story and the characters cdunbar has developed. I could go on and on and I'm tempted to tell more story specific examples but I don't want to spoil it. I admit that I always love Edward, and we know there are all types in the AH universe, but Geekward just holds a special place in my heart.

Bri- I've been reading RG since pretty much the beginning, I think. One of the few updates I get and read right away, anxious to see what adventures these two kids are going on.

Like Kasey said, the pacing in this is just right for the story - the UST burning brightly as we watch these characters sort of fumble around each other. However, everything that they encounter is so realistic for the story - for the characters - and that's what makes this story so great. It just wouldn't make sense for a virgin Edward to bang Bella the first night they met.

However, being a perv, I can't wait for the smexy times to ensue...I know they'll be great when the time is right for the story and for this B/E. Until then, I'll enjoy seeing what else they experience in the throes of new love. E being confused and unsure, a ball of nervous energy and anxiety, but it certainly resonates with me - I mean, was there a time when you were ever NOT unsure of what to do in a relationship? It's new and it's exciting and I can't wait to see where these two take us.

4/5 panties from me.

Emmy- For the life of me I cannot remember how I stumbled onto Resident Geek.. I *think* it might have been after reading one of her delick-ity one-shots.. Not that it matters... Other than to say whatever Cdunbar writes - she writes it with integrity, realism and a magic touch. As soon as you start reading RG you have immediate empathy for the protagonists. You get their voices and motivations immediately. Although Bella & Edward don't seem on paper, or to those surrounding, them to be a perfect match - but Bella & Edward know different. This gets revealed to the reader too. We see first hand just how perfect they are as they tentatively begin a relationship and feeling their way forward together.

Their connection and bond is so sweet and magical but the challenges they face and what they experience is so grounded in reality. They might be the match made in heaven but many others don't see it. Edward's geek status, and his anxiety about not being worthy of Bella's time, affection and body is tangible and most convincing... His fears about his experience and ability to be *her man* and give her all that she wants and to satisfy her are pitched perfectly...

As is this Bella - burned by past experiences looking for more from a relationship and drawn to the ample geeky charms of GeekWard and his shy and soft ways after dealing with one too many eejits.. Bella was needing to rediscover herself or certainly to regroup. Geekward is helping her to do so. But do they truly understand just how right they are for one another? Will their respective insecurities, or the interfering nay-sayers come between them?

So this is The Perv Packs Smut Shack... so something tells me you might want to know the lemonade quota... :) Its slow and steady and sweet and innocent and everything is building, building.. I love the little scared horn dog that GeekWard is - whilst Bella is yearning and burning for him but also trying to take this relationship slow and make it mean something... That means these 2 are a pretty potent mix of sweet & spicy... I love the most recent chapter - GeekWard really comes through for his girl and for himself....

A thoroughly entertaining and touching story that reminds you of the days of exploration and final frontiers...

4 (Princess Leia white bikini knickers) out of 5 from me.

Boobs. Boobs, boobs, boobies, boobs.

Hehe, sorry I couldn’t resist. This is one of the reasons that Geekward is so very dear to my heart.

I have to start this out by saying that a Geekward is just about my favorite kind of Edward ever; shy, insecure, fumbling, nervous, sweet, horny, but still so in-tune with who he is that he embraces his nerdiness wholeheartedly. Seriously, what’s not to love?

I’ve followed this story since its beginning, all the way back over a year ago. I’m always eager for each update, wondering what geekiness Christine is going to include this time around. It was/is so new and different; there had never been an Edward like this before. Sure there had been the shy, quite, insecure virgin Edward’s before (few and far between); but never written the way Christine writes him. This Edward is the OG (Original Geekward). Many have tried (myself included) to write a Geekward, but never quite reach the level that this one does.

Resident Geek above everything else is a sweet and fluffy story with the right amount of angst and drama thrown in. It’s not about how geeky the author can make Edward, but more about how his geekiness is who he is and an integral part of his person. This Bella is attracted to that side of him; she doesn’t try to change him or make him cooler, she perfectly happy with him the way he is. She may not understand everything that he talks about and is confused by some of his references, but she’s eager to learn the ways of the geek. Somewhere along the way she embraces her geeky side that she never knew existed.

One of my favorite parts of the story is during chapter 11 when Bella is playing D&D for the first time and has this little epiphany:
The swift and efficient manner in which he calculated all of those rolls and modifiers, even going so far as to know what to add up for other characters... It was kind of a turn on.

Which made me do a mental double-take because I was getting turned on... by math.


There were no words to explain how deeply this troubled me. Maybe I could see it as, what turned me on was
Edward doing math. Because that seemed better. And saner.

It’s not all about Geekward though, it’s also about Bella and how she’s not the Sorority girl stereotype Edward first thinks she is. She’s just a simple college girl, with a bumpy past that likes to have fun and has the hots for Edward. She’s sweet and sassy and warm and in sync with her bodies need for a little geek lovin’.

Now let’s talk a little bit about the smut. Well, I have to say that Geekward has a very vivid imagination for a virgin and we’ve been lucky enough to get glimpses into it. He has a dream about rescuing the princess in the tower, taking her on the top of the kitchen table, and there’s one with a little red lace negligee. Now that is all fantasy Geekward, actual Geekward is a whole other thing.

Let’s just say that the real Geekward gets a little excitable in the heat of the moment. Thus far, I think the boy has jizzed his pants at least 3 times. But ya know what? It makes him all that more endearing and adorkable. The real life encounters between Bella and Edward are sweet with Bella leading the way and showing Edward what to do. He fumbles, is nervous, it’s awkward and he over thinks everything and it’s all part of his charm.

But what Christine does really freaking well; UST. Ung, the laser tag scene is innocent but so sexually charged it leaves us panting and wanting more.

Hehe, Christine was nice enough to give us a preview of the next chapter and oh boy! Y’all better hold on to your knickers, or simply go without. It’s that effin’ good.

I fucking love this story plain and simple!

4.5out of 5 panties from moi!

Kasey- Okay, so maybe I'm one of the few Pervs who had never read Resident Geek in the past. I'll even admit to passing on it every time that I saw it on other people's Favorites lists, although I'm not really sure why, since I really enjoy cdunbar's work - Happy Birthday to Me, anyone? However, being that it was up for recommendation on the Shack, I figured I'd give it a go. And surprise-surprise, I actually liked it. It was fluffy, sweet, and I really liked the pacing. Oh, and the UST is just right for the tone of the story. Naturally, as a Perv, I'm always ready (and willing) to get into the schmexin' straight away, but realistically, with Eddie C. as the resident V-card holder, it makes complete sense that he and Bella wait. Besides, part of me has always wanted to seduce the Geek Squad guy. Hee-hee-hee. :P

Anywhoodle, I found myself reading the story in one night, anxiously awaiting more sexy times between E & B as I went from chapter to chapter, but patiently waiting because the story would lose it's momentum if they went buck wild too quickly. So, kudos to cdunbar for getting this reader to yearn for more Resident Geek, cheer for geeky Edward (as if I wouldn't), and continue to be interested, chapter after chapter. In fact, I'm already anxiously expecting the next chapter alert.

So, my take on Resident Geek? 4 out of 5 panty droppers, for the realistic, yummy (and yet subtle) UST.

One of the best things about writing the weekly Roundtable Reviews is re-reading stories that I love. Resident Geek has been a favorite of mine for a long, long time. I looked back at my old reviews, and the first one was from late November, which seems like forever ago.

Now, full disclaimer – I fucking love Geekward/Nerdward/Glassesward/Whatever-you-want-to-callhim-ward. In my other life, I am/was a geek. I've done technical support for more years than I ever want to fess up to. I've spent years in jobs tracking down bad guys by looking up and parsing email headers, doing traceroutes on IPs, contacting NSPs, and about 900 other acronyms 99% of people reading don't get. I've also played Diablo (I and II), WoW, CoH, pen & paper D&D and a host of other geektastic games.

Do you need to be as geeky as me to love this story? Hell no.

That's the beauty and magic of a well-written story – you can fall in love with it, even if it isn't your life experience, a long as it is laid our properly and well written. Resident Geek certainly falls into this category, and she even includes handy little guides at the end of each chapter, in case you missed what a reference was.

We meet Edward in chapter 1 working tech support for the university. It's a fun and sweet beginning, and he's introduced to Bella, who he's immediately enchanted with. In chapter 2, we find out that Edward plays D&D, eats Hot Pockets and drinks Dr Pepper (typical nerd fare) – how can you not love a guy that drinks Dr Pepper?

I think one of the best things about Resident Geek is the build-up of the relationship. These two don't just meet, have a magnetic attraction, fuck, and live happily ever after. They meet, there's magnetic attraction, but there are the normal facets of real relationships – Bella is flawed, Edward is uncertain. Even through the uncertainty, the attraction, and the real life drama, we continue to see them bonding and getting closer. I never felt cockblocked unnecessarily. The sexual intimacy between these two felt like it unfolded organically and naturally, and that's what I love about great stories. Sure, getting to the sex in chapter 1 is great, but sometimes, watching it develop is even better.

One of my favorite moments in RG was in chapter 5, when Angela gives Bella essentially a rundown of Dating Geeks 101. Chapter 6 has Angela giving Edward date advice in sort of a flip/flop of scenarios. Angela appears again as the voice of dating wisdom when Bella turns to her in chapter 13.

Chapter 17 had me laughing so hard. All the boob/bobbies talk just cracked me up. It felt so real for the inner thoughts of a geekboy. I loved that they go to the bookstore and pick out books for each other in their favorite sections – I have totally done that with my husband. And, seriously, Bella teaching Edward how to finger her after she's brought him to orgasm? So. Fucking. Hot.
I've seen a preview of chapter 18, folks. It's going to get even more hot. I can't recommend this story enough.

5 out of 5 Slide to Unlock panties.

RG is one of my faves, case in point? I was at Twicon, in the hotel coffee shop when I happen upon Erica (aciremos) and Christine (cdunbar) standing in line waiting. I stop, shoot the shit and proceed to show her my phone that had her update on it. That's how much I love this fucking story. Not just because it's sweet and romantic but because it's been giving me a fucking education in all things Geek.

For those of you had the misfortune of seeing me stumble around aimlessly at Comic Con while pointing at people dressed up asking, "What the fuck is she/he/it supposed to be". I should have taken notes/pictures/this story with me to help me meander around instead of looking like a tool.

The great thing about this story though, besides the well placed pop cultural factoids, is that it's never boring even strewn with words/games/phrases I've never heard of in my life.

RG is the original Geekward as far as I'm concerned is one of the sweetest, most convincingly written Edwards ever. One minute you want to bake him cookies and play WoW (<----is that right?)with him, the next you want to dress as Leia and bone him into the floor. Don't deny it, you know that everyone has a crush on Geekward. How could you not? He's perfect, loving, smart, hot, smart, loving, perfect and hot.

Bella, poor Bella. She's a sorority girl with a past but nothing too bad that it fucks with their chances at happiness. She tries to learn about the nerdly things that Eddie boy loves and does it with every good intention. Not caring that he's not the uber popular jockstrap or drunken frat turd, she just likes him for being him. She's also one of the few Bella's that I can honestly enjoy reading without wanting to take a steak knife to my pupils.

Their UST is wonderful. He's shy and inexperienced and reminds me of AMH in Weird Science, especially his deep thoughts on her boobs. Priceless. She's not of the virginal persuasion but she's pretty close to it. They're darling, and sweet and I will name him Edward, and I will hug him, and pet him, and squeeze him. Sorry, off track there for a sec.

The moral of the story is, good, nerdy guys can get the girl.

4.5/5 because I seriously love this Edward.

I'm not even sure I'm going to be able to find adequate words for how much I love Geekward. Make no mistake, this is the one and only ORIGINAL GEEKWARD, IMHO. And who doesn't love a geeky Edward? If you say you don't, well, I say you're probably lying. How could you not love this shy, somewhat awkward, insecure, virginal Edward?

He stole my heart from the first moment we met him, as he seemed to do with Bella as well. I love the way their relationship has built, slowly and steadily. Edward shows off all his geekiness and it doesn't turn Bella away. What I love though is the slow build of UST. We know Edward wants her, but being inexperienced, he's unsure and maybe just a little scared to make bold moves. So it moves slowly and Bella helps him along and holy hell if it isn't the hottest damn thing.

As Kathy said, we lucky pervs got a little sneaky peek at the upcoming chapter and y'all will not be disappointed.

5/5 "I can't believe I gave my panties to a geek."

Kasey don't feel bad, I hadn't read RG until I saw it come up as a rec for the blog. I don't really know why I hadn't started it, but I'm kinda pissed I had waited so long. The story sucked me right in...I read the entire thing in one day, during down time at work. Which is why I haven't had a chance to review, sorry bout that...I had been reading on my phone.

I just love geeky Edwards and IMO RG's Edward is the best. He's shy and inexperienced but not completely naive. He knows he's a dork and he knows when he's done something especially a certain post coital admission...He has sweet geekware. He loves D&D (I wish the guys I knew that played D&D looked like Edward.). Plus his first date choice with Bella? Really perfect. I thought it was awesome.

Bella, being more experienced than Edward, doesn't try being overly sexual. She realizes that Edward is so new to everything and therefore, patience is key. She has gone through some rough things in the past, but doesn't let that effect things really. And even if she's not the best at math, she's not the type to get down and moody over it. I really like how she can take things with a grain of salt and just enjoy her time spent with Edward. Plus, Bella likes Outlander and Jamie. She's alright by me just for that simple fact. Hehe.

Seriously though, I really enjoy the slow but realistic way in which these two are coming (oh pun intended) together. Now I can only kick myself for waiting so long to read. I'm all caught up and waiting for an update!

4/5 for me
In addition to our Round Table Review above, we've also asked the author to share a bit about herself...

Forged in the fires of Mount Doom on a dark and dreary night, an idea sprang forth from CDunbar's twisted mind to make Edward a certified, virginal geek and Bella his more experienced counterpart. Known as the one story to rule them all (only in the author's opinion due to her bloated ego, of course), Geekward has become something of a legend among Hobbits, Orcs and Men. ...Also, she's written some other stuff like a Doctor Who crossover and non-canon one shots.


aciremama said...

Geekward is the ultimate hottie...he can help you get that virus off your laptop and you won't get any viruses from his virginal peen! As a nerd lover myself, I hold up my Lord of the Rings light up cup and toast Christine in her infinite wisdom, must be that +1 to intellect ;), and say Huzzah! Great rec choice ladies!


Annette said...

This is one of my all time favorite fanfics. It totally melted my heart then got me hot & bothered!

The writing is great, the story if great, the smut is very sweeeeeet. I am so looking forward to more good times.

Twilightobsessed09 said...

Love, Love, Love Geekward and mad passionate for this fic. There is just nothing more to be said except if u haven't read it yet, what exactly are you waiting for?!!