Another theme post today. Decided to read all the stories that sounded interesting from a single author. It’s an author who has written two stories I’ve really enjoyed, and I’ve been following his blog for a while now. I know he sometimes reads my blog, so hopefully he will read this, or else my feelings might be crushed. Or, you know, he’s still on vacation.
Ouch. Not too heavy, but got me right in the feels. Didn’t like this one as much as To Make a Spark, or Wyrmslan, but this was still well-written. Could have been a bit longer though. We get just enough to make Rose a character, but only a tiny glimpse.
Chris is really good at writing mythic type stuff. Legends, fairy tales, that sort of thing. The back and forth between story and present in this one was a little distracting in places, but overall I liked this one. Plus it gets points for having a earth pony named Sunny Days in it. Plus I always like reading a story with a well-done version of Trixie. I’d recommend this one.
A bunch of tiny little short stories. All of them fun. Well, most of them fun. The one written in verse was more serious, and as mentioned poetry is not my thing. Still, all of these were quite good. It didn’t have the same breadth of genre or mood like other short story collections I’ve read, but I’d still highly recommend this to anyone who likes fun horsewords.
First off, this was very well written. It is a good example of story by letter. A one sided conversation where I did feel that the other side of it existed. However, my one complaint was that the changelings here just weren’t alien enough. Maybe it’s because I just read an article about how a big corporation is running their customer service division into the ground, but the changelings in this story could easily just be big business CEOs trying to squeeze another bit of profit out of the company. I see the level of emotional manipulation in this story as well inside the standard human experience. I like the really alien and/or fantasy creature changelings though. Hiveminds or strange powers or exotic origins, that sort of thing. It’s a little unfair, but the story For Whom We Are Hungry was much more to my tastes. I really got a feel that the changeling in that had a very different viewpoint and perceptions.
However, I would still recommend this one. I did think of a interesting analogy that almost made it work. If Equestria is the utopia where you only have the positive emotions of the human experience and there really isn’t any major problems, then the changelings in this story are the flip side. The human experience of the negative emotions and you have to deal with constant stress and trouble. Looking at it as the two are mirror images, each based on one side of the human spectrum, is kind of cool.