Pony Stories 213

31 Aug

Boom. All of PresentPerfect’s contest review blogpost linked to THE MASTER LIST. Was incredibly easy, mostly because I added most of the stories thanks to InquisitorM’s posts on the same contest. So was just a matter of finding and linking. With spreadsheet sorting powers, I am triumphant. Now for more stories from my to-read list, one again trying to focus on stories that haven’t gotten much attention.

Let’s Just Say… by Obselescence

Okay, this one was accident. Plenty of views. I went to the bottom of the first page instead of the bottom of the last page while sorting by views. Anyway, this was a good story. I can totally believe that occasionally Princess Celestia has these moments. Not quite this bad, of course, since any ‘normal’ version of Princess Celestia needs to be pretty benevolent. I can see her wanting to get away from it all. Maybe fantasize about simply disappearing and disguising herself somewhere for a few decades. Just to have some nice peaceful time not worrying about anything more than a single shop. Poor animals. I picture Fluttershy coming later and listening to them and either scolding them for lying, or getting really worried.

Maybe that’s why Fluttershy is so nervous and spends most of her time inside her house. She gets to hear about it each time Princess Celestia wanders into the woods and idly plans how to wipe out all life. Then all the animals run to Fluttershy to be comforted. Which is why Fluttershy is scared of her own shadow. Because sometimes seeing her shadow reminds her that the sun is out, and she’s heard dozens of ways Princesses Celestia has thought up to kill everything with the sun.

Bound by Blood by Treble Tech

Here we go, an actual low views story. A good one too. Interesting origin story for King Sombra. Just the right amount of telling enough and not enough. I’d recommend this. Short and interesting concepts.

Wishes Only Last a Night by Sea_Shimmer

Hmm… Writing is a bit rough, and the style is a bit awkward, but I enjoyed it. If you are up for reading a somewhat technically challenged story, I’d recommend this. It’s short and I got a decent emotional impact from it. So I’d call it worth a read.


Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Books 2014, Ponies, Reviews


3 responses to “Pony Stories 213

  1. Present Perfect

    August 31, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Congrats. 😀 Also, I like this idea; maybe I’ll try doing it in the time before my new laptop shows up. :B

  2. Viking ZX

    August 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

    If you’re curious to do more spreadsheet mathmagic, I’ve been curious for a while what kind over overlap there is between reviewers. Scrolling down that list, it sometimes looks like there are massive clumps of popular authors that all the reviewers have read, and then huge blank areas where you’re the only one who’s even touched them.

    Pulling out stats on that with a graph would be interesting to see what kind of trends could be found. What people/groups review only stuff that three or four others have already reviewed? Who digs out new stuff?

    • Griffin

      August 31, 2014 at 11:38 am

      That kind of spreadsheet magic would take actual effort, and possibly skill of some kind, so not sure I’ll get around to it anytime soon. Some of the overlap is just because a lot of the reviewers read each other so that when one recommends something, it will show up on several other reviewer’s lists sooner or later.

      I don’t think there is any one story that’s gotten reviewed by more than half the reviewers though. Kind of makes my hope to have them all cover the same story a bit unlikely. Especially since at least two of them aren’t updating anymore.

      Could do individual checks, see if there are major sections that only have one reviewer covering them.


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