Pony Stories 269

12 Nov

Today I’d like to start with a rambling thought on falling celestial bodies. I don’t remember which episode it is, but the end has Spike about to send the letter to the Princess when Celestia zooms straight down onto a beam next to him as if she fallen from straight up at high speed. It’s one of those little ‘wha?’ moments that makes the show so fun. Due to a fan-caption of that I’ve been thinking about the backstory for that moment. I’ve come up with two good ones. The first is Luna pulled off a great practical joke with a catapult that sent Celestia flying out of Canterlot in Ponyville’s direction and she only just barely got control of herself before crashing into the library tree. The second requires it to have happened before the Crystal Empire episodes. Princess Luna and Princess Celestia practicing princess-throwing because of the centuries old prophecy about the return of the Crystal Empire.

Now I want to see a fanart of Princess Luna holding up Princess Celestia like Shining Armor was lifting Princess Cadance to throw her.

  • Know When to Quit by Konseiga
  • Unbound Train by Karrakaz
  • His Thorn on the Rose by Regidar

Know When to Quit by Konseiga

This one was just confusing. The story goes along with the following assumptions: Apple trees are a crop that needs to be rotated because they drain nutrients out of the soil, Applejack is a bad enough at farming that Twilight Sparkle had to tell her this, and the only place Applejack can get a loan to re-plant the crops is the mob. Which leads to the mob kidnapping Rainbow Dash and trying to intimidate her into telling them where Applejack is hiding when they came to get the loan paid back. Rainbow Dash, Element of Loyalty. Which is never even brought up as a witty retort. Seriously, not once does Rainbow Dash go “guys, I’m the element of loyalty. That means it’s the will of fate for me to tell you to buck yourself,” or something similar.

Spoiler: Right before they shoot Rainbow Dash (national hero and defender of the kingdom) Applejack shows up with the money with no explanation and tells them to take it and leave. Guh.

Technically the writing was good, except for one type I noticed. Had a good flow to things and was fairly descriptive. Just the choices the author made for what kind of story to tell and what characters to tell it with was nonsensical and bizarre.

Unbound Train by Karrakaz

Fairly typical Princess Celestia and Alicorn Twilight shipfic. Somewhat sweet if you like that sort of thing. Most of it is Twilight Sparkle obsessing over a sleeping Celestia and ending up doing some borderline creepy stuff while she’s sleeping. If you like Celestia x Twilight shipping this should be on your to-read list for when you’ve finished all the good ones and find you still want more. If that pairing isn’t your thing you should avoid this one because that is all there is.

His Thorn on the Rose by Regidar

Kind of cliche, kind of simple, but a fairly quick read. Not nearly as good as He Gave Her A Rose. A lot more straightforward though. A nice little shipfic diversion. Did have a giant pony-sized bee from the Everfree forest. Which just proves that any story can have a bit of worldbuilding sprinkled in.


Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Books 2014, Ponies, Reviews


7 responses to “Pony Stories 269

  1. iisawiisaw

    November 12, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Maybe they ought to amend that old truism about writing: “Write what you know (to be true.)” Apple trees don’t need to be “rotated”, and it would have been so easy to come up with some other thing that required a lot of money. Then all that would be left is to explain why a Hero of the Realm couldn’t get a low-cost loan from the treasury.

    Maybe I’m just old and cranky, but this sort of thing is what wrecks a lot of fics (and published works) for me: That moment when I realize I could instantly wrap up the conflict if I were standing in the place of the protagonist.

    • Griffin

      November 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Or the biggest farm supporting the town couldn’t get a load from the emergency relief fund or something. Just off the top of my head, having it be some kind of blight affecting the trees that even Granny Smith hasn’t ever seen before. Maybe some magical tree-plague from the Everfree, and going through the layers of bureaucracy needed to get a load proper would take too long.

      Of course most of my knowledge about rotation farming comes from watching Anime. As I mentioned, the story wasn’t badly written. If it was about some other characters in that situation it could have been gripping.

  2. Present Perfect

    November 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Oh my GOD that first story was bad. D: I remember it.

    Princess Luna holding up Princess Luna

    That would be a feat! 😀

    • Griffin

      November 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      My mastery of time erases all typos you might think you saw!

      And I still think that if that first story was OCs set in Manehatten or something, it could have actually been a good read.

  3. inquisitormence

    November 13, 2014 at 6:13 am


    I swear bullshit like that should come with a trigger warning.

    • Griffin

      November 13, 2014 at 6:51 am

      It’s not made 100% clear if they are really going to do it or if it’s just another intimidation tactic. It’s heavily implied that they were about to do it though.

      • inquisitormence

        November 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

        It’s not the intent, it’s the presence of guns.


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