Okay, pretty sure the big master list is all caught up. At least for everyone I’m keeping track of at the moment. Assuming none of you other reviewers puts out a review today. Last day of the year, time to think ahead. I’m thinking that I’ll try to be a little more ambitious with the blog. Managed to do daily updates for a while now, which has actually been a nice boost to my self-confidence. So time to see if I can do daily updates with actual structure. Not to mention try to do daily updates of my old stuff over on FimFiction as well.
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Stories reviewed below the break:
- Prelude To Change by Goldfur
- Change of Life by Goldfur
- Conversations in a Canterlot Café by Goldfur
- Lamppost by Lapis-Lazuli and Inky J
- The Changeling Trials by PastCat
- Fluttershy Looks For Mr. Turkey by Ephraim Blue
- Edited By by TheBandBrony
- This Fragment of Life by Loganberry
Typical Changeling fic. I kind of liked it, but it was average at best. It’s technically a prequel to the next story, but it’s really just chapter 1. I wouldn’t read the next one without starting with this one.
As mentioned, the previous story is basically chapter 1 of this one. Read that one first. As for this one… It had the odd distinction of the writing getting worse as the story went on. I quite enjoyed the first third or so. It was nice fluffy slice-of-life with a changeling in hiding sort of thing. Sweet stuff. A bit on the simple side, but slice of life gets away with that easier than most genres. Then our two leads proclaim love to each other and, well, either an editor stopped working or the author just started rushing through things, or something. The writing quality goes downhill and things get really tell-y and abbreviated. Also has the problem in that a lot of the dialogue just doesn’t quite sound like how people actually talk with each other. Time just flies by and we go from falling in love to wedding to foals pretty much bam, bam, bam. Even though the in-story time is over months. Hopefully the next story in the series is better. Oh, and it takes place in the same version of MLP that A Novel Tale described. Which I didn’t know going in and has little to no effect on things, but I think is cool because I liked that story. Though there isn’t all that much connecting the two. This one did have one or two neat worldbuilding bits though. Ponies having magic fields on their hooves to hold and manipulate things. Twilight using a interesting way to heal a damaged pegasus wing and broken unicorn horn. Neat little details like that.
My kingdom for a scene with natural dialogue in it! I was hoping this would be a neat little slice of life involving post-invasion Canterlot and changelings. Pretty much just ponies rambling at length about changelings at each other. I gave up halfway through even though the characters and the general setup seemed neat. Just couldn’t stand the writing any longer. Edit: Well, I gave it another try and finished it. I’m still wishing for natural dialogue. I don’t think there was a single scene that didn’t make me think that the characters were all reading from a script they were all holding.
A good try at Lovecraftian horror, but the format gives it too much distance. The viewpoint is just too matter-of-fact to feel the emotional impact of things. Even so, I did get one moment of creepy feeling so it was at least a partial success.
I didn’t finish this one because the writing was just too rough to ignore. Lots of telling, not nearly enough showing, and a general lack of flow. It was mostly just statements in a row, or so it felt most of the time. It did have Celestia snapping in annoyance at someone, which is a nice break from her usual warm unflappable portrayal. Also had a “What in the name of Faust?” comment, so if that bothers you, there’s your warning. Also mentions night unicorns as a counterpart to bat ponies, but doesn’t make them interesting at all. At least for the one example we encounter in the part of the story I read.
If you saw the cover image and read the description you don’t need to read the story. It’s just that one joke.
Different cover on the ebook than appears on the FIMFiction story page. That has nothing to do with the story, just an odd observation. As for the story itself, it’s about writing, writers, and editing. Reads a bit like the author venting, but most authors will probably get a ‘yep that is how it is’ feel from it. As a story, eh, not really that good.
I’m a bit baffled. Not a badly written story, if a bit overwrought. I’m not sure if the end was supposed to be comedy or not. So… wha?