Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Ponyfic Roundup 124: Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC

As I type this, Ukraine are doing spectacularly well at the Paralympics. They're third in the medal table, within touching distance of Great Britain. I have no idea why this should be; it can't only be down to the absence of Russia. Anyway, on to ponyfic. This week there's the usual mixed bag, though I made sure there was a little Scootalove in there after the most recent episode. I am planning on doing another RNG-generated edition of PR in the reasonably near future, but for now I'll stick to trying to keep my RiL list under 500! (It's at 487 right now.)

Maybe by JohnPerry
I'd Kiss Her by Fire Gazer the Alchemist
Flight by Secret_Shadows
How to Preen Your Chicken by Drakkinth
The Moony Maiden by Dubs Rewatcher

★: 0 | ★★: 1 | ★★★: 3 | ★★★★: 1 | ★★★★★: 0

Maybe by JohnPerry
Drama; 8k words; Jun 2013; Teen
Some ponies never change. Prince Blueblood is one of them.
The early life of Princess Celestia's nephew, and how it's entangled with that of a filly in his school class, however much Blueblood himself would rather it wasn't. The title gives away part of the resolution, which is a small shame, but it's far from being all the story. The author brings in some pretty dark sides to Blueblood's character, not all of which are dwelt on. Bad Penny (the filly) herself is a bit irritating, but written that way deliberately. It's a really interesting character study of Young Blueblood, and a few quibbles aside (Cadance singing "At the Gala" in-story? Meh) I enjoyed it despite its central character! ★★★★

I'd Kiss Her by Fire Gazer the Alchemist
Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity and Twilight
Comedy/Romance/Slice of Life; 13k words; Mar 2015; Teen
Applejack was having a pretty good day, and then she was forced to make out with Twilight.
The sequel to I'd Do Her (PR 123), this continues the story of the dares between AJ and Dash. Rainbow is mostly represented as pretty stupid, which may put you off if you're a big RD fan. As the tags suggest, unlike the first story this one does bring in some actual shipping. I could have done without "twenty percent sure-er" and Applejack's Ah-speak, but it's a surprisingly fun read for the most part. As with its predecessor, though, a [Sex] tag might have been an idea. ★★★

Flight by Secret_Shadows
Rainbow Dash
Slice of Life; 1k words; Aug 2012; Everyone
An elegant story about Flight involving Rainbow Dash.
An old first-person Dashfic that does show its age sometimes ("Celestia's sun") and which has some odd ideas about comma use, but which has some really rather evocative imagery to make up for it. I'm not totally convinced that flying over the Everfree would be peaceful, but still. The author hasn't published anything for years; this has enough about it that I'm sorry for it. ★★★

How to Preen Your Chicken by Drakkith
Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo
Slice of Life; 3k words; Jul 2013; Everyone
After a long day of flight practice with Scootaloo, Rainbow Dash teaches the filly a little about preening.
Fluffy, d'aww-y Scootalove, pure and simple. Scoots is an orphan here, which feels very old-fandom now, and it's not as if the ending is hard to see coming. Nevertheless, if you're in the mood for a simple, short and warm-hearted story about Best Filly, this is probably one for you. Horrible title notwithstanding. :P ★★★

The Moony Maiden by Dubs Rewatcher
Celestia, Luna, Twilight, Spike and OC
Comedy/Random; 4k words; Jan 2012; Teen
Celestia finds out that Luna has been publishing stories under the name "Moony Maiden."
This is a very old story, and it does read like it at times: Luna has an abacus called Abby, there are references to socks and that thankfully now-almost-forgotten magnet meme, and Twilight's basement from "Feeling Pinkie Keen" makes an appearance. If you're undemanding, though, and don't mind a rather off-model Celestia and references to leather-bound books, it's mildly amusing most of the way through. There is one brief appearance by a character you wouldn't expect in a 2012 fic, too. Nothing special, but it passes the time. ★★

Next time on Ponyfic Roundup: Twilight attempts to determine Pinkie Pie's true nature.

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