Trying to keep up with the big master review list a bit closer. Which means not letting review posts spend two weeks in my review bookmark folder before getting to them. Going decently well, for the most part. Once again I’m amused at the overlap with reviews between people and the groups they are involved in. Which makes sense, if you think a story is good you will approve it for the review group you are in. The other part is it’s also amusing to see stories popping up in ‘low views’ groups that already have several reviews. Once again showing that the people who like talking about horsewords often have different tastes than the majority of people who just read and enjoy horsewords. Which makes sense, but is interesting to see it demonstrated over and over.
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- To My, Mostly, Faithful Student by StormDancer
- Two Plus Two Equals Five by Estee
- Viva la Vida by Comet Burst
Pretty good Celestia and Twilight back and forth. Not entirely letters, but only enough actual prose to establish context. I thought the first chapter with Princess Celestia writing several different drafts worked well. As usual with stories like this, I don’t agree with all the details in either letter, but overall I thought it was a pretty good back and forth overall. Though, thinking about it, Twilight never did address is of Princess Celestia’s points. At least not directly. Why she didn’t even attempt diplomacy instead of jumping right into violence.
Funny thing, this reminded me that I consider the story Hell Of a Time practically canon. The reminder is in that Cadance figured Twilight would go berserk when Tirek did something to hurt her directly. Which if memory serves was exactly what happened. Anyway, also touched on the fact that Princess Celestia doesn’t solve these problems herself. Now the real reason is because it’s a kids show and she’s not the main character. However, my own personal headcanon is that having to deal with both sides of the day/night cycle takes everything she’s got and she actually can’t do much. Of course this goes against all the cool stories I read that do have her as a demigod, but I can use doublethink on cartoon pony fan fiction if I want.
The story here is kind of bleh. A bit of poking at crazy conspiracy slash internet arguments. The more interesting bits are how it’s mostly a character study of Discord as seen from Fluttershy’s viewpoint. If you like Estee’s style, you should read this. Certainly not the story I’d give to someone to introduce them to it however.
Pretty good. Didn’t grab me or anything, but had a very believable motherly Princess Celestia. Certainly liked it more than I remember liking Past Sins, for what that unfair comparison is worth.