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Pony Stories 522

More scheduled ponyfic review content! Um, should put something else here. The Fallout 4 stuff is actually tomorrow’s entire post so can’t use that. Been rereading stuff, but none of it really stuck. Still behind on a couple of episodes of the actual show. Though I did have to watch the feud one with my mom based on the name of the episode alone. Anyway, I’ve got nothing. Three ponyfic reviews below the break.

  • The Sacrifice of the Knight Bolo by Georg
  • Hot Chocolate by Portmeirion
  • And a Dark Wind Blows by RazedRainbow

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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews

 

Pony Stories 521

That moment when the depression and lack of activity hits the low point where I actually get frustrated enough to start doing things? The trip there sucks, but that moment itself is nice. So writing up a whole bunch of posts and scheduling them to get back on the posting every day wagon. Gotta keep up the quantity after all, it’s my main selling strength.

Been rereading some of Estee’s stories, asd I do from home to time. Estee is one of the author’s I read for comfort fiction. Stories I already know, but still like to read from time to time. Bookplayer is another. Funny thing is that my favorite stories don’t get put on that list. It takes a certain mix of fluffy and quality. Anyway, ended up reading some random comments and ran across the comment that her pony universe was really depressing. What? It baffles me that anyone would call it depressing. I mean there are depressing bits, but in general it tends towards optimistic in my mind. Just pony mixed with some of the less positive bits of our world.Then again, as I’ve mentioned, my personal measure of dark and or depressing is easy out of whack. Heck, during my last rewatch of Invader Zim that show was striking me as light parody of the real world rather than a twisted Nightmare version. Friendship is Optimal is depressing, Fallout: Equestria is depressing. Estee’s version of pony is just not perfect.

Nope, no Estee stories reviewed today. Been holding onto that comment for a while and it goes here just to fill the intro bits with non-me stuff.

  • Induction of the Innocent by FanOfMostEverything
  • Consequences and Confessions by Nightroad

Induction of the Innocent by FanOfMostEverything

Pretty sure I read the write off story this is the expanded version of. Either that or a very very similar story. Either way it has been long enough I’ve forgotten the details. Enjoyed this quite a bit. Had a pinch of Twilight history if her having had to put up with political suitors as Princess Celestia’s personal student. Even had a really neat pinch of worldbuilding about what Unicorns did attractive that I am so stealing. Not to mention think up analogues for the other pony tribes.

Consequences and Confessions by Nightroad

Writing is rough, but not eye-gouging bad. Which I suppose is faint praise. Dialogue in particular needs editing. Most of the time a new speaker doesn’t get a line break. So one character will speak, then some prose, then the other character’s reply all in the same paragraph with no real indication of the speaker switching. However the big thing that bothered me was tone. For the first part if the story it was pretty much fluffy show tone. Then the mother who confronts Twilight attacks her physically, then goes into a fairly gory description of her daughter’s death by timberwolves. It was jarring to say the least.  Then Twilight runs into the Everfree forest to have a completely ridiculous breakdown. Which is about where I stopped reading. The writing actually got worse. So, not recommended. Hopefully this’d author has continued to practice since this story came out. This story is a perfect example of why show don’t tell is pushed at new authors so hard.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews

 

Pony Stories 520

So, added to my internet browser security addons and once again got a lesson in how complicated websites are. This time I learn just how interconnected everything on the web is. One of the addons I added was something that prevents a site from connecting to other sites while loading. This pretty much breaks the internet. Not just places that post image pictures or has Facebook buttons, though those are everywhere. It showed me that most websites are built in tech/software from other websites and instead of doing it themselves, they just refer over to where that part comes from. So blocking that means nothing shows up right. In too of everything else I’ve got, it takes me nearly a full minute to get a website to display and function correctly when I first visit it. Have o set all the permissions for everything I want to work. On the p!ys side, I’m about as safe and untracked as an be.
Which I promptly ruin by using this tablet to browse and read ponyfic on, which has none if that stuff because I haven’t figured out how (or even if) you can install addons to the mobile version of Chrome. Still, showed me that my trouble with images on fimfiction not displaying has to do with my security settings and not connection or website troubles.

  • Showing My Love by Jake R
  • Daring Do and the Weapon of the Ancients by FanOfMostEverything
  • Twilight Sparkle Eventually Solves a Conundrum by Lapis-Lazuli and Inky J

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Posted by on November 28, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews

 

Pony Stories 519

Hopefully, hopefully I’ll get to a more regular posting schedule once again sometime this week. Until then, have this for now. In non-pony news I gave in and got Fallout 4 and been playing it a decent amount. Fun enough if you enjoy that sort of thing. Which I in general do, so I’m having fun. Even got some mods on it at the moment. Just a few tiny things, and adding greenery. Still haven’t made it through the main plot and since I’m trying to be all immersive roleplaying playthrough I haven’t been exploring nearly as much as I should. Hoping that it won’t be another you win the main plot and can’t go and explore like Fallout 3 was originally. Either way, going to spend a lot of time poking around. Maybe even go the settlement mini-game they obviously put a lot of work into that I’ve been utterly ignoring.

Now for today’s ponyfic reviews. Which are all of really really old stories gotten from the far end of my read later bookshelf.

  • “Loyalty” Begins With an L by shortskirtsandexplosion
  • Nopony Needs to Know by shortskirtsandexplosions
  • A Cold Morning In September by Aqua Fortis

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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews

 

Pony Stories 518

About that Hearth’s Warming Eve episode. I’m currently two or three episodes behind, so I’m gonna talk about one I’ve seen. Something that occurred to me was the big important boulder. Boulder is the name of Maud’s pet rock. Named after the big important rock at the farm? That’s either Maud having a lot of optimism for a rock, or the rock having grand plans for what it’s going to do. Only two short-ish reviews of two short ponyfics today. Still struggling with sleep and depression and trying to convince my brain that yes, staying up late is as usual ruining my mood and energy. Hopefully will be reading a bit more soon. Still considering tackling all completed books of Austeroth back to back as a week-long reading project.

Plus I bet I’ve got enough backed up review posts from other people to push the big master review list right over 10,000 links. Probably should knock that off the to-do list as well.

  • The Equestrian Intelligence Agency by Admiral Biscuit
  • The Shadow Went Down to Ponyville by VioletHeart3899

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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in Ponies, Reading 2015, Reviews