Ah ha! I just remembered what I was going to write in one of these at the beginning of me preparing and scheduling the posts for my vacation. I’ve been re-reading a few stories from a series I liked and now have to add it to the pile of mainstream fiction that ponyfic has ruined for me. So much exposition and setup. Just get to the good parts! Doesn’t help that the author is one that did a bit too much exposition for my tastes even when I was first reading them. You’d think that by book 15 of a series he’d start assuming the readers knew some of the basic stuff. Nope. At least he stopped putting in the explanation of his FTL travel in every single book. Of course, he only stopped that like around book 8 or 9.
Stories reviewed after the break:
- Sprinkles by Corejo
- I Missed You by LightningBass94
- Drinking Alone, Except with Two by AcreuBall
Going to another comedy right after the previous story might not have been a good idea. This still made me chuckle and I enjoyed it, but I suspect I would have enjoyed it even more if not for the comparison with the last story I read. Simple, but comedic. Nothing surprising. Just Twilight trying to cook and messing up by being too precise and pedantic.
Sweet moment of Rainbow Dash and Twilight sparkle shipping. Another one that feels like a small scene of a larger story. Though it doesn’t feel incomplete like a lot I make that comment about. This one simply managed to imply a context going both forward and backward from the scene on the page.
I liked it. A little contrived and/or melodramatic in some places. Can’t really avoid that when the story is basically just a conversation and one pony involved is Rarity I guess. A pretty good setup for Spike and Rarity starting a relationship, so if you are on the fence about that particular pairing you might give this a shot. If you strongly dislike that pairing this story probably won’t change your mind.