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Hold your ground but do not be unkind. (Ponyphonic, "Shy Heart") He/him. Ponyfic Roundup reviews every Wednesday.

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  • Thursday
    To (some of) UK PonyCon!

    Yes, I'm off to Nottingham tomorrow. Sadly for a variety of reasons, not least the continuing financial fallout of that car accident in June, I can only attend the Saturday daytime (until about 6pm) portion of the convention this year -- but that's much better than nothing! This year's guests of honour are Kelly Sheridan and Elley-Ray Hennessy, and while matching last year (Actual Fluttershy,

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  • 6 weeks
    Fics I reviewed in July 2023

    Rather more reviews from me in July than there had been in June. We start off with the final part of the "Arboreal Yearnings Contest" results and follow up with three "mixed bag" editions. I'm very happy to say that there's a five-star story in this month's batch -- feeling able to award a top score is always a wonderful experience. As usual, please click on the underlined header to each section

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  • 8 weeks
    Group rules are there for a reason

    This is a bit of a whinge, but I wonder sometimes whether some people bother to read group rules any more. The Underappreciated Story Society has a clear, short set of rules. One of these is "No New Stories", which is then defined as meaning fics in their first week. As of my

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  • 8 weeks
    Fics I reviewed in June 2023

    For a small variety of reasons, not least my spending a week away on holiday, there were only three editions of Ponyfic Roundup in June. Indeed, one of those was a single-fic Spotlight, so this will be a rather shorter post than sometimes. The other Roundups were the first two parts of my reviews of "Arboreal Yearnings" contest stories. As usual, please click the underlined intro to each

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  • 13 weeks
    Fics I reviewed in May 2023

    For reasons relating to with my last blog post and various things connected with that, I have been almost permanently tired over the last few weeks. One of the upshots of that is that I've been concentrating on things I need to do, to the detriment of some things I don't. One of those is this monthly update, but I am managing to get this out (just!) before the end of the month, so I'm

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Fics I reviewed in February 2023 · 6:54pm March 14th

Once again, here's a run-down of the stories I reviewed last month in Ponyfic Roundup on Louder Yay. To comply with Fimfiction rules, Mature-rated fics are not directly linked; instead, for those I've linked the author's username instead. Such fics are listed with [M] after their titles. To read the actual reviews, click the underlined link above each story list.

Ponyfic Roundup 427 contains reviews of:
Braiding by Admiral Biscuit ★★★★
Thunderstorm and the Four Winds by Carabas ★★★
Lick [M] by HoofBitingActionOverload ★★★
Applejack Shy by HareTrinity ★★
Anypony for Doomsday? by PsychoKrusk ★★★★

Ponyfic Roundup 428 contains reviews of:
This is How a Unicorn Talks by Pineta ★★★
The Room of Stars by Word Worthy ★★★
Radiowaves by mushroompone ★★★★
A Tale Told by Foehn ★★★
True Ascension by Rainedash ★★

Ponyfic Roundup 429: There is no Ponyfic Roundup 429

Ponyfic Roundup 430 contains reviews of:
Three Wishes: The Cutie Mark Crusaders Before They Changed The World by Xepher (Spotlight review) ★★★

Ponyfic Roundup 431 contains reviews of:
Âme Câline by The Cloptimist ★★★
Gone Fishin' by Present Perfect ★★★
Velvet Missteps by PhycoKrusk ★★★
Dark and Deep by arcum42 ★★★★
Supersedure by Zontan ★★★★

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Comments ( 5 )

I find it far funnier then I should that you actually not only preserved the numbering discrepancy, but the blog explaining it, with a link and all. Mad stuff without the context that most folks won't be bothered to click on to get! :rainbowwild:

Anyway, five 4-star fics, nine 3-star ones, and two 2-star ones. Not a bad roundup, given you consider two stars to be the mark of an average fic. The fact that five-star ratings are really rare for you, and one-star ratings are even rarer, makes it very hard to wean any statistical takeaway from reviews spread almost fully across just three ratings. But it was a good month for you, I think, even if there wasn't a five-star review in sight.

Not a problem next month will face, we know that for a fact already… :ajsmug:

Hay, I just give people the opportunity to click. If they're foalish enough not to do so, they get everything they deserve! :rainbowwild:

five-star ratings are really rare for you, and one-star ratings are even rarer

In fact, I've given substantially more one-star ratings than five-stars over the years. However, there haven't been very many recently, as I've had a run of fics that are, at worst, time-passers.

Not a problem next month will face

Spoilers! :raritywink: But seriously, yes, it'll be good to break out the ol' red ink (so to speak) again.

Does anybody else find it weird that FiMFic rules don't allow inking to content that they, themselves host? I can understand restricting linking to external sites with mature content, particularly images, but doesn't the No Mature setting prevent users from seeing even linked content anyway?

Anyway, despite not being in the know, I am now excited for next month!

I believe the reason given is that if you set "Show Mature" to off, links to M-rated fics still show up, but embeds to them don't. Whether that's a sensible reason or not is another matter...

Anyway, despite not being in the know, I am now excited for next month!

I think Mike meant next month here, so this month on Louder Yay. That being so, you've already seen the next five-star fic. Whether there'll be any more before March is out, well, at this point who knows? I'd love it if there were!

Gotcha! Yeah, I need more five-star fics in my life!

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