Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ponyfic Roundup 12

Well, I guess I might as well continue doing these. At worst, I can use them to refer to myself... Anyway. it should be fairly clear by now what sort of fics I like, but I will admit to the occasional surprise, Fallout: Equestria being perhaps the most impressive. So, here are another five for anyone who reads this to consider. A bit of a mixed bag this week.

Pick of the fics

They're, There... by FanNotANerd
Twilight and Spike
Comedy/Adventure; 30K words; Jul 2013; Everyone
Twilight's world is turned upside down when she realises that everypony is slowly losing their ability to read. Amusing to start with, but emphasises the Adventure much more later on. Should really have a Celestia tag, plus an OC one; indeed, the OC is a very interesting character. A few typos, ironically. 7.5/10

Other stories

The Enjoyable Morning Of The Sun Bearer by LoneUnicornWriter (author known as Fantasia Archsage at review time)
Celestia
Slice of Life; 1K words; Apr 2014; Everyone 
A collab with Pump It Up. This story does exactly what it says on the tin. It's Slice of Life in its purest form: quite simply, a look at how the Princess of the Sun spends a morning. No battles, deaths, monsters, disasters or nameless terrors. Indeed, nothing startling at all – which is the point. 6.5/10

Love Bunny by Twinkletail
Fluttershy, Twilight, Cadance, Shining Armor and Angel
Romance/Comedy; 4K words; Mar 2014; Everyone 
This gets really mixed reviews (+33/-19) and I can see why. It's potentially a hilarious story in the crackfic mould, but it really isn't as funny as it should be. I was also discomfited by some of Fluttershy's behaviour. The title is a bit of a giveaway as to what happens, too. 5/10

Rocketmare by Rust
Twilight and OC
Sad; 2K words; Apr 2014; Everyone
This story, which is told in the present tense, isn't even clearly a ponyfic until quite a way through. As the title implies, it's sci-fi. We're not really told where the technology came from, but it doesn't matter. Written in under three hours for a contest. A shame about one use of "plot", but otherwise nicely judged and bittersweet. 7/10

The Running of the Leaves by doctor hooves
Mane Six and Granny Smith
Slice of Life; 1K words; Nov 2012; Everyone
This story about, er, guess, has a terrible rating balance (+1/-22) but actually, I don't think it's that appalling. It's certainly not good, and the ending is a real "Er, what?" moment. There are also tons of typos, including ponies' names, and the author seems to delete comments (very rarely a good idea). But honestly, I've read worse. 3/10

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