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Pony Stories 774

Just got back from seeing Valerian: The City of Planets. A movie that averages out to solid decent, worth watching. Visually impressive. Lots of cool ideas and scenes. Kind of terrible writing. The movie I want to compare it to is Avatar (blue people). Only this had interesting stuff in it and even some moral complexity. Plus a dramatic scene where a technician minor character saves the day! It also felt like it was missing a lot of context, so as an adaption it was only semi-successful. I’d love to read the original comics so it was successful in that part. It’s just that I got the feeling that I had to read the source material to get like half of what was going on.

  • Simple Gestures by Jupiter VII
  • Important Wizard by All Art Is Quite Useless

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Posted by on July 24, 2017 in Ponies, Reading 2017, Reviews

 

Pony Stories 773

I’ve been playing Portal 2 lately, and I’ve come to the conculsion it’s kind of a bad game. I mean the puzzles are neat some of the time, and the dialogue is very funny (in a dark humor way) almost all the time, but the entire middle of the game (the underground bits) are just kind of terrible. I’m still going to get all the way to the end (now that I’m out of the middle section) but it should have been half of the length it is.

  • The Commander’s Compromise by kudzuhaiku
  • Morning Surprise by Majin Syeekoh

The Commander’s Compromise by kudzuhaiku
Another story by the author that is decent-to-good, but makes me feel like I’m missing something. I’ve started The Weed, so hopefully that will fill in at least some of the blanks, but it’s still not a good thing. Shining Armor is nearly unrecognizable. The author has the whole stern detached leader thing going on. Which isn’t bad, just pretty much on the far other side of things from the show and most fan fiction depictions of him. Was quite jarring. The show is light and fluffy, the author writes dramatic but low-key slice of life fantasy (genre), and the world in the stories seems to bounce between epic fantasy and dark fantasy. So… I find it causes quite a bit disconnect when I’m reading his stuff.

Morning Surprise by Majin Syeekoh
Amusing in the same vein as the story it is a sequel to. Princess Cadance’s arrival was the best part. In a silly out of nowhere joke sort of fashion.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Ponies, Reading 2017, Reviews, Uncategorized

 

Pony Stories 772

Beep. Beep. Beep.

  • Lectern’s New and Used Books by Dave_Bryant
  • Amphorae by Dave_Bryant
  • Diplomatic Overtures by Dave_Bryant

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Posted by on July 16, 2017 in Ponies, Reading 2017, Reviews

 

Pony Stories 771

Let’s just go through all the read ponyfics that have been lingering on my kindle. Time to take the short review to the logical extrapolation.

  • ∩∩Θπ ~ Ö ~ ÇHΓΩ/\/\É by shortskirtsandexplosions
  • The Queen Dress by River Road
  • Celebration at Twilight’s by The 24th Pegasus
  • Book Club by m i l k y w a y
  • Diamonds Amidst the Stars by Novel-Idea
  • Trade Negotiations by Admiral Biscuit
  • 404: Romance Not Found by Oroboro
  • RariTwi Shipping by Estee
  • Shining Armor Follows His Muse by Chengar Qordath
  • Shining Armor’s Bemusing Dilemma by Chengar Qordath
  • The Two-Cupcake Rule by Skyward Shoe
  • Small Stick Diplomacy by SecretAgentPlotTwist

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Posted by on July 15, 2017 in Ponies, Reading 2017, Reviews

 

Pony Stories 770

One of the good things about reading so much fan fiction (or stories in general I suppose) is that when you have seen all the basic ideas, premises, and plots that it becomes very easy to compare ideas that work against ideas that don’t. Or more specifically the execution of said ideas. I’m re-reading Memoirs of a Royal Guard, because reading the short stories of that AU that I enjoy (Azurite and Sunny Day for the win!) got me wanting to check the main story again to see how I like it the second time through. Anyway, I’m reminded of a somewhat similar ponyfic that had the main character joining the guard, going through training, and getting Shining Armor as a mentor. Which is more or less the basic description of the beginning of Memoirs. However, that other story was kind of terrible and Memoirs actually pulls it off. All with just a bit of tweaking of the basic premise that makes it all make sense. In the other story, whose name I’m blanking on, it just kind of happens. Shining Armor walks up to the main character on their first day as a guard and says ‘You are awesome, you are now my protege” out of nowhere. Not those exact words, obviously, but that basic idea. Whereas in Memoirs it all comes from the main character volunteering and Shining Armor mentions he considers himself the main character’s mentor just in passing and it surprises the main character.

Passion and Reason by MrNumbers

I read this a couple of days ago and can’t really remember much about it. So, fluffy shipping story. I remember enjoying it and finding it sweet but nothing of the story itself really stuck.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2017 in Ponies, Reading 2017, Reviews