Pony Stories 290

07 Dec

Going to be light on content for a couple of days. Today I’m leaving for a trip over to way-to-hot Florida. So not going to be doing any posts over on FimFiction, which is nice timing since I just did the 40th post there and was thinking of taking a break from that anyway. Oh, and yesterday while loading up on stories to read while away I noticed that FimFiction now guesses at how long it will take you to read through one of your bookshelves. Right under the search/filter bit. Apparently my to-read list is approximately 7 million words and it guesses it will take me 2 weeks and 4 days to read through it. Wonder if that counts time for eating and/or sleeping.

Stories I cover today:

  • Kicking Back by Loganberry
  • Out and About in the Equestrian Kingdom by Midnightshadow

Kicking Back by Loganberry

Another story from the bottom of the to-read list sorted by reviews. Hmmm… Pretty good, but I was expecting something even more absurd. Dangers of having too high expectations I suppose. Basically it wasn’t absurd enough to stop me from trying to apply logic to the story. Like, if you are trying to avoid your reputation as something of a loose mare, why would you put up posters saying ‘lets have fun together’? Still, a fun little story and I give extra points to any story that has a who’s on first joke.

Out and About in the Equestrian Kingdom by Midnightshadow

Same basic genre as Friendship is Optimal. Ponyc-themed singularity story, sort of anyway. This is a lot more singularity happened that has some ponies mixed in. This could have been a original story, but it would have lost some of the nuances if the pony bits were removed. Some cool concepts in here, as any good post-singularity story should have. Not explored as much as I would have liked, but they can’t all be The Quantum Thief. The ending was also a bit too much deus ex machina. Seemed a bit rushed. The story could easily have been twice as long and it would have benefited from a little more world building and character setting both before and during the big events of the plot. I’d guess that the author had a pretty good idea what the end was all about, but except for the very broad strokes I didn’t get much from the story about it. Things a bit too muddled to really understand any of the details about the big finale. Still, there was enough to wrap up the story and have a satisfying ending. So if you like transhumanism and/or post-singularity stuff you should give this a read.


Posted by on December 7, 2014 in Books 2014, Ponies, Reviews


3 responses to “Pony Stories 290

  1. Present Perfect

    December 7, 2014 at 9:54 am


  2. Logan

    December 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks! I think that’s a very fair review. 🙂 Not sure why you had such high expectations of this particular story, since it was written as a one-note joke, really. Mind you, Kicking Back was never intended to be completely absurd, hence the lack of a [Random] tag. It is, to a small extent at least (though only a small extent) an outlet for my genuine irritation that the fandom seems to be determined to give Cloud Kicker her Winningverse persona and nothing else.

    if you are trying to avoid your reputation as something of a loose mare, why would you put up posters saying ‘lets have fun together’?

    Because CK genuinely sees that as an innocent phrase. Either she’s pretty unworldly (which some of her dealings with Buck would suggest) or she’s simply frazzled by everything that’s gone on. It’s not the best part of the story, I admit, and I could probably have thought of a cleverer form of words.

    • Griffin

      December 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      High expectations? Nah, just expected it to be longer for the most part. Don’t really know why.


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