For some reason I wait longer to read the darker or sad fan fiction stories. Which leads to having a whole backlog of depressing and/or sad stuff to read in a row sometimes. Which doesn’t actually have anything to do with the stories below. Just looking at what I’ve got left in my ‘downloaded to read’ list on my kindle and it’s all not-so-funny stuff.
This one was nice. Pretty close to what I imagine trying to romance Twilight Sparkle would be like. Also plenty of humor, both subtle and not. Highly recommended as one of the better romantic comedies I’ve read.
This story is a good one, as far as I can tell. I just feel like I’m missing a big part of it. Normally I really enjoy stories that don’t explain much. One of my favorite stories of all time The Quantum Thief I enjoy because it doesn’t have any exposition at all, forcing the reader to figure out complicated stuff on their own and keep up with the story at the same time. This one, for some reason, just slipped right past me. Nothing in the story is directly, everything is abstract and implied, sometimes at two removes. I really enjoyed another story by this author (Movements of Fire and Shadow) and it had a lot in common with this one, at least on the being indirect about things. At least I remember it that way. I really liked that one and this one just made me confused. Not sure why. Anyway, even through that confusion I can appreciate that the story seems well-written. The characterizations of Rarity and Fluttershy both turned out good.
Fluffy, silly, and lots of fun. A ‘every mare wants Big Mac’ story. Not much else to it, but it’s fun with pretty good writing. Call it a cotton candy story.
First second-person perspective I’ve ever read, as far as I know. Not bad, but I still think there must be a better way to handle this sort of thing. Still, pretty good. I suspect this was a ideal story to have as my first dipped toe into the second-person perspective genre(?). Good enough to interest me in perhaps reading more, but not amazing so that every other one is going to be a disappointment.
This gets added to the very short list of stories I didn’t finish. I managed to push just past the halfway point, but at that point the writing was bad enough that I really didn’t want to continue. The quality of writing wasn’t bad the first couple of chapters, but it just gets worse. The plot and characterization was bad right from the start. I don’t believe that any of the mane six would act the ways they act at various points in this story. I’d say this is almost a textbook case of ‘this happens because the plot says so’ storytelling. Things happen, simply because that’s what the author wants to happen. Apparently, Pinkie Pie was the one source of happiness in all of Equestria and the moment she’s not around anymore all of Ponyville crumbles, everyone stops being friends, and despair and poverty hit everywhere. Who knew that the Magic Mystery Cure was understating the effect her absence would do to the town? The story Salvation by Cold in Gardez touches on the same subjects, the mane six drifting apart as they get older and the despair that results, and does it so much better.
Fun story. Horrible, horrible fun. I even re-read Long Story Short just before diving into this one. Probably re-read them both when the third one comes out. This one wasn’t quite as good as the first one. Less hijinks, more physical trauma, actual plot this time instead of a train wreck of a situation. Carrot Top was fun in this one though. Also, I totally see Bon Bon helping a complete stranger. A small child she’s never met before hasn’t had a chance to do anything that might piss her off yet.
However, I can’t wait until one of them is kidnapped. I’m expecting half of Canterlot to go up in flames as the collateral damage to -that- rescue. Or the ultra-major crossover event that is a series of letters from Pony Joe about the six of them causing catastrophic havoc at a park concert by this weird earth pony with a black guitar.