Pretty good stories here. Really liked the first two, the third was neat in a experimental way. After this I’ve got pretty much all novel-length or longer fanfics. So might even end up doing one story per post to keep up the frequency of said posting.
This was a good character study of Twilight (and even Cadance in her little bit in the epilogue). It has a really good mix of humor and sadness (in about 90/10 ratio respectively). More than a little bit of absurdity and not a single bit of immortality angst or omnipotent despair to be seen. I enjoy those things, but they do tend to be overused. Plus the story as a whole, and individual moments in the story, are very sweet. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.
This would have made a awesome movie for the MLP universe. Whatever your opinion of Equestria Girls, this would have been a much better choice. Epic, comedy, action, Shining Armor playing tic-tac-toe for the fate of the world, time travel, and a hide-and-seek game that has lasted for five centuries. Anyway, the writing in this is pretty good. A tiny bit slow in places, but overall the pacing was pretty good. All the characters were excellently done. I could usually tell one character’s voice and actions from another without needing to have the name of the character in there. Having this be a separate story from the previous one (500th birthday) was a good choice. Having that be a little stand-alone slice of life to introduce things and this one as a actual action/adventure full plot worked out really well.
Really liked how this author laid out the post-show events. We get almost no details, but plenty of references and between the lines worldbuilding. Which is the best kind of worldbuilding. There is almost no direct exposition and what little exposition there is, both direct and indirect, is usually pulling double-duty as something else as well. Like the story of how Rarity became ruler of the crystal empire back when the mane six where still adventuring. It’s a flashback explaining things, but it is also her telling the story to the three foals to reassure them, turns out to be a minor bit of thematic foreshadowing for later events in the story, and puts a nice dramatic action scene in the middle of what would otherwise be a whole lot of running around talking and not doing much.
Felt that this one, like the previous story, really held to the spirit of the show. A bit more violence, but still plenty of humor and keeping things simple without making them stupid. Such as Shining Armor playing a game with the lord of hell with the fate of the world in the balance. Except instead of the classical game of chess, they are playing tic-tac-toe. Plus lots and lots of little worldbuilding elements that could lead to hours and hours of speculation and thought experiments.
Concept kinda neat, execution is a bit lacking. Short, but could have been shorter. I wouldn’t call it a waste of time, it had some amusing bits, but I wouldn’t exactly recommend it either. Consider it a nice popcorn fan fiction between others.