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Pony Stories 204

21 Aug

Actually got three stories this time. Mostly because I decided to stop reading Through the Well of Pirene. Plus two other short ones. So the daily streak isn’t broken yet. I’m still kind of amazed I’ve managed to keep it up this long. Doing the daily updates for this blog has been the first constant effort thing I’ve kept up with in a long time. So here’s hoping I keep it up for quite a while from now to the future.

Also, ran across something that reminded me of an interesting thought. Might have even mentioned it here, but I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere in the few bits of the fandom except for the Magical Mystery Cure episode. Rainbow Dash’s cutie mark is for speed/racing/etc. Yet she seems to be in charge of weather for Ponyville. Which means that A) cutie mark is not a carved in stone measure of what a pony will be doing as a career, and B) Rainbow Dash considering herself as most awesome pony around has at least a bit of fact to back it up. In that apparently she managed to get the weather manager position instead of a pony with an actual weather-based cutie mark. Was brought to this chain of thought by this pseudo-analysis of pony government. My favorite part is when he says that Changlings represent Jews/Gypsies. It is also very dull. My opinion is Marigold is correct here. that the majority of important governmental decisions are made by ponies that win electoral freestyle dance competitions. Which, of course, explains why even as an Alicorn Princess, Twilight Sparkle was not allowed to be involved in any important governmental work. She’s a terrible dancer.

Through the Well of Pirene by Ether Echoes

This is decently written, but I stopped at the end of chapter two. The beginning is basically a longer version of the beginning of the movie labirynth. Except the movie doesn’t try to make us care about the characters, it was all about the fantasic elements. Well, not completely, but it was a archetypical character arc where the main character’s personality was fairly cliche. This story has the same really archetypical cliche main character, but spends time trying to make us connect with her. My main compliant, however, is that there was no pony in here. At least in the first two chapters. The bad guys are human thugs and a talking cat that seems like a faerie spirit more than anything high fantasy. Even when the main character gets turned into a pony, it’s pretty much random and then she goes back to interact with the human world. I had expected that the transformation would mean she woke up in Equestria and has to get help there, but nope. I don’t really want to read about a human turned pony trying to deal with the human world before going to Equestria. Especially when the villains so far have no real connection with mlp. I’m sure it gets better, but it’s a very long story and the opening chapters don’t fill me with confidence that I’ll enjoy the content in the rest of the story. Still, the writing was pretty good and if you don’t mind the lack of pony in the beginning I’d say give this a look.

Blessing by Estee

A story about Celestia’s divinity, or more specifically, the lack thereof. A fairly strong piece. Had a very strong emotional impact for me. A combination of good writing and it having subjects I like reading about. It has a scene at the end that is one of the better Celestia and Luna moments I’ve run across. So, highly recommended. Just be aware that the story does earn that Sad tag it’s got.

Lyra Beyond the Walls of Sleep by Cynewulf

I’d call this a proper lovecraftian story. Not quite as skillful language use, but the feeling of strangeness and disconnected meandering of perception is all there. Not to mention the horrible ending for the main character who tried to know what was not meant to be known. Recommended if you like lovecraftian type stories, and good enough that anyone else might want to give it a try as well.

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Books 2014, Ponies, Reviews

 

6 responses to “Pony Stories 204

  1. Present Perfect

    August 21, 2014 at 7:20 am

    When you think about it, Rarity’s cutie mark has nothing to do with what she does either; she got it by casting a gem-finding spell. Sure, it represents being able to find beauty in things (I guess), but when you look at MMC, all that starts falling apart. AJ gets Rarity’s mark? Makin’ dresses. Rarity gets Rainbow’s? Control weather. Applejack should have been mining gems, and Rarity should have been trying to push herself physically at doing… something.

    And I never even considered that until right now. :O

     
    • Griffin

      August 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Well, Rarity’s is somewhat related. I mean, she got it while trying to do dress/fashion stuff. So that makes a bit of sense. Sort of, anyway. I mean it’s a weird cutie mark for that, but at least there is some conceptual connection for Applejack’s behavior during the switch.

       
  2. inquisitormence

    August 22, 2014 at 4:33 am

    “”Yet she seems to be in charge of weather for Ponyville.”
    I’m probably just forgetting details, but has this ever actually been stated. I never got this impression but it seems to be very common and I don’t know why.

    “A) cutie mark is not a carved in stone measure of what a pony will be doing as a career.”
    Did anyone ever think it did? Again, this confuses me a little.

     
    • Griffin

      August 22, 2014 at 7:02 am

      That second part was more a response to several stories I’ve read, not the show itself.

      As for weather manager, it has never been stated outright. But when Twilight Sparkle was sent to make sure preparations for the Summer Sun Celebration were going alright, Rainbow Dash was the one in charge of the weather. Then when Winter Wrap-Up happened, Rainbow Dash was in charge once again. Likewise when it was time to do deliver the water to cloudsdale. So weather manager might not be precisely accurate, but Rainbow Dash is certainly in a position of some kind of authority for the town’s Pegasus population.

       
      • inquisitormence

        August 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

        Yeah, that makes sense. It’s just me being biased against Rainbow Dash (by assuming that other ponies have more sense than that!).

         
      • Griffin

        August 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

        I’ve read a couple of stories that made the assumption that she got the job because her dad is a bigwig in the weather industry and/or Cloudsdale. My favorite was that Rainbow Dash was actually told to move to Ponyville because Fluttershy was there and her family wanted her to have a friend there, so the two families pulled strings to get Rainbow Dash a house, job, authority in the town simply because Fluttershy liked the place.

         

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