More pony reviews. Probably more tomorrow as well, if you can believe that. Plus I have high hopes for even more productivity tomorrow now that I’ve got a proper sit-down computer setup again. The standing desk just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
- The Art of Eclipse Engineering by Pineta
- Protect by Lord Destrustor
- Duet in the Folk Style by Pascoite
Another one of his stories that needs to be turned into a little five minute short animation. The scene of Celestia and Luna orbiting around Cheerliee on the classroom to demonstrate the phases of the moon would be wonderful. This isn’t quite as well written as the others, but was still quite enjoyable. Not to mention I always like sweet royal sister bonding moments. This has that, plus characterizes both of them extremely well in the short amount of space allowed for character development.
Fairly good. Pretty good for a second person perspective story, especially. I do have to wonder about some of the details of it through. A magic golem for protecting ponies? Sounds cool, but it doesn’t actually have anything useful built in. I mean the village it defends actually builds it a weapon to use. Being strong and tough and tireless is great for, say, construction work, but its actually less useful for combat. Just seems a unicorn that could create one of those could figure out how to put at least one basic spell, or even just sharp wings to use as weapons. Make it a proper golem alicorn instead of a big metal unicorn. Still, even with the conceptual plot holes, I enjoyed this one.
I went into this story braced for the sad tag. Then pretty much the whole story, except one or two bits, was happy and upward so I figured the sad tag was just mislabeled. Then it totally earned it. Not in a horrible way, and not out of the blue either. Just a bit gut wrenching for me near the end. Though the epilogue has a upward hopeful tone to it. Still, the ending chapter was honestly hard for me to read. Story filled me with all the emotion and then zapped all of it in the final bits. So, would highly recommend this story as I do pretty much all of the ones that get a strong emotional reaction from me. It happens so rarely after all. Makes a big change from all the fluffy shippyfics I’ve been churning through lately. This one is romance instead of shipping, in my opinion? Though it spends a minimal amount of time building the relationship up.
On a completely different point, the use of synesthesia always reminds me of a hilarious moment in an anime I watched a while back. It wasn’t supposed to be funny, the show is a serious action piece, but it was just so silly. The main character hacks an electronic door with her hyper-synesthesia.