Uh oh, the buffer is almost gone! Back to the short stories real quick to build up the backlog again! Anyway, wanted to signal boost a post over on FimFiction. Seems the Royal Guard recommendation group is having some trouble. See Prak’s post about it here. I certainly don’t have the qualifications to join, or the mental energy to commit to something on a regular basis that involves other people, but at least I can spread the word for anyone that didn’t see it over there.
In somewhat more trivial news, I turned off my adblock for the FimFicion site and holy crud those ads are distracting and annoying. I’m real tempted to turn the adblock right back on. Also, it’s impossible to actually get rid of the ‘please turn off your adblock’ notices by turning off adblock. I disabled my three layers of adblock/scriptblock/cookieblock addons and the notification stuck around until I clicked the ‘hide this message’ toggle on the site. Annoying.
- Flash Fog by Kwakerjak
- Body And Mind by Starman Ghost
- The Thessalonica Legacy by Dashukta
Been waiting on this one for a while. It got completed a week or so ago (from this being typed up) and so I’ve spend the last couple of days reading it. Not a very easy read, but it didn’t feel like it dragged either. Just kind of a slow read was all. No action scenes or dramatic reveals to keep the pace up. Basically a disaster movie situation without any of the fast-paced exciting bits. I ended up liking it a lot despite the slowness. A good amount of fun worldbuilding. My favorite was the ideas that there is a special suit for Pegasi to travel through fog. Because clouds are solid objects they either would run into or just break apart. So a Pegasus trying to fly into a fog bank is like trying to fly through a building. Especially the ultra-dense fog in this story. Was a nice little touch.
Likewise, I felt that the author did a very good job writing Fluttershy. She was just the right amount of shy/uncertain without going too far. In fact all the characters are written fairly accurate to themselves. I don’t think there was a single moment I felt was out of character, or too much in-character, for pretty much everypony. Lastly, I liked how the romance sub-plot was handled. Another instance where the author used restraint in that it only was used as a little spice for the story instead of an entire sub-story itself beside the main one. Pushing the actual asking Fluttershy out question to the very end was a very good descision in my opinion. Plus, how Applejack deals with the romantic comedy shenanigans was a joy to watch. Oh, and I really enjoyed how Bon-Bon and Lyra were both obsessed about humans, but in diametrically opposed ways.
Yet another Changeling story. One more in the sub-sub-genre of Changelings and ponies learning to co-exist with each other. It was a bit simplistic, but the writing was nice and clean. No worldbuilding but I ended up enjoying it anyway.
This was a crossover of a simple nature. Humans from another universe find themselves in Equestria by accident. Which isn’t bad, but is a little limited for my tastes. Though I like the reverse (ponies showing up elsewhere) more for some reason. I think it’s because things are blended together a bit more that way. Whereas humans are just kinda in Equestria and don’t really bring any of their stuff with them, metaphorically speaking. That aside, this was a fairly good story. Nothing major, but it flowed well. I just wish things had been a bit wider in scope. I was kind of hoping that it would be closer to a space opera type story. Instead it was just some humans show up, humans and ponies interact, humans leave. Which is simplifying the story a lot, but basically that’s what happens.
It’s a bit heavy in exposition in places. Obviously written so that someone unfamiliar with MLP can catch up with things. Now that I think about it, this could be a battletech crossover with ponies in it. It left a lot of the battletech stuff unexplained but did exposition a lot of basic pony stuff. Maybe it was just uneven in what it explained. So, decent writing but I felt it was bland. It wasn’t slice of life, but nothing really changed between the beginning and end either. Some excitement, but right back to the same status quo when the story ended. On the other hand, between reading it and typing this blogpost up I had forgotten I liked it enough to put it in my almost-favorite bookshelf.