Pony Stories 131

17 May

Thinking about the finale, Spoilers if you haven’t seen in, I realized that Tirek might not have been all that bad. I mean, he stole magic, but he didn’t actually hurt or kill anyone (except that poor door) at all. Even the draining of magic seemed to be not-nice, but we didn’t see any real long-term horribleness.  Compared to Chrysalis, who used mind-control and deception and had a entire army of insect creatures. Or even Sombra who we know used memory-manipulation and the mere thought of him caused his once-subjects to flinch. Sure, Tirek probably wouldn’t have been a good ruler and stealing flight from Pegasi and telekensis from Unicorns isn’t a great thing to do, but he just seems not to be as evil as he was made out to be. Anyway, ponyfic thoughts below the break.

Torrents of Slow-Falling Rain by Stereo_Sub

Liked this one, I found it very sweet. Thought that the author did a good job portraying the characters and a great job running parallel with the show. Was a interesting technique of giving us the events of several key points in various episodes just as they happened, but filling in the internal viewpoints of the characters involved. It really shows how the motivations and focus of a character’s thoughts can really change how we see the exactly same series of events. I thought it was pulled off very nicely. Plus another fanfic where Rainbow Dash doesn’t know what prismatic means. Then again, the last one I remember was Naked Singularity, so not sure that should be considered a proper precedent for a serious romance. Still, you’d think that Rainbow Dash would be somewhat familiar with various words for rainbow-colored. It was a okay romance, but it actually works better as a simple Fluttershy character study with a romance sub-plot.

So She Dances by Obselescence

I’m not sure what I just read, but it was silly as heck. Also absurd. Language itself twisted in on itself to make funny balloon animals. Highly recommended for comedy, but don’t expect much coherence.

Promised Land by Obselescence

Same author as previous, but way on the other end of the silly/serious spectrum. Great story. Sad, but with a uplifting ending all things considered. Plus lots of idea to think about which is always nice in my opinion. There are a lot of post-apocalyptic stories in the pony fandom. Do the other fandoms have this as well? Or is there something about MLP that just makes us all think about how friendly cartoon ponies deal with the end of all things?


Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Books 2014, Ponies, Reviews


3 responses to “Pony Stories 131

  1. Present Perfect

    May 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

    The one major thing Tirek was missing was a motivation. He says at one point that he’s taking back what’s “rightfully” his. Why does he think that magic is his? Did he maybe once possess all the magic in the world but was somehow defeated by ponies who then took it from him? Anyway, the fact that he didn’t really hurt anyone is probably why he’s just in Tartarus (like that’s some soft sentence) rather than, I dunno, dead.

    • Griffin

      May 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Yeah, motivation was lacking. Still liked the episodes though.

  2. bchandler2

    May 18, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Gah Promised land has been on my read later list since it came out!


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