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  • 3 weeks
    SA Reviews #121

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    The room was lit by faint orange candlelight, barely enough to see by, but the sole occupant didn’t mind. In fact, he prefered the dim glow as it added to the mystique and allure of his persona. Words and phrases came to him more easily in this atmosphere, not to mention that it had a soothing effect on his mind. Everything in place, Ebon Quill raised the quill that was his namesake and dipped it into an inkwell. He held the quill to a piece of parchment, hands poised to write the first word.

    The door to his room burst open and a bright light flicked on.

    “Ack!” Ebon Quill’s first word became a jagged line across the paper. Fuming, he scrunched up the ruined parchment into a wad and tossed it into a nearby waste bin.

    “Jeez, man, how do you even see?” Intern asked as he crossed the room where Ebon Quill sat.

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  • 5 weeks
    SA Reviews #120

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    “So, uh, Paul?”

    “Yeah, Matthew?”

    “Why are you in my office?” Matthew shook his head. “Better yet, why are you hanging from the ceiling in my office?”

    “Oh, you know,” Paul started, “I don’t have anyone else to hang out with.”

    Matthew raised his right eyebrow. “Really?” he asked. “Puns?”

    “Not quite. There’s a method to my acting.”

    “Oh? Care to share?” Matthew asked.

    “Eh, not really,” Paul replied. “I’m putting these in at the perfect times. It’s all in the setupl, ya know?”

    “W-what?”

    “I was also sent by Ferret to wait for you to finish coming home. We got reviews to do.”

    Matthew sighed “Ugh, fine. What d’ya got?”

    ROUND 120

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  • 7 weeks
    SA Reviews #119

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    “So it’s us two this time, huh?”

    “Eyup.”

    “Amazing how much we can get done, even with our compound getting destroyed.”

    “Sure is.”

    “This is what, the third time?”

    “Dunno. Lost count.”

    “Think we’ll make it in time?”

    “It’s gonna be close, that’s for sure.”

    “How much further?”

    “Just a little more… there!”

    Corejo stepped back and admired his work. A giant bronze sculpture of Seattle stood tall against the sky as Intern nudged it into place with a swarm of remote controlled drones. The statue sat in place in front of the compound entrance, an opened book resting in the crook of its arm and a pen held high in the other.

    Dusting off his hands, even though he did none of the work, Corejo turned to Intern with a nod. “Great. Now that that’s done, back to the reviews.”

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  • 9 weeks
    SA Reviews #118

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    “Hey, Matthew, watcha doin?” asked Chris, walking into their shared broom closet office.

    “Oh, not much. Just hiding from Fer… you know who.” Matthew shivered as he spoke.

    “What’d you do this time?” Chris asked.

    “I forgot to clean the bathroom.”

    “Ooh, Class five offense. Yikes.”

    Matthew nodded. “Anyway, what do you need from here?”

    “Me? Oh, I just got assigned to do reviews with you as punishment.”

    Matthew raised an eyebrow. “Your punishment or mine?”

    “Both,” Chris said, putting a stack of papers on the table. “I cut off Arch’s beard.”

    ROUND #118

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  • 13 weeks
    SA Reviews #116

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    Sitting on a rock surrounded by debris, Intern typed away furiously on a laptop lying on his lap. Being so engrossed in his work, he failed to see a figure march up to him. The figure cleared his throat, but didn’t get a response. Next, the figure lightly tapped Intern on the shoulder but still didn’t get a reaction.

    The figure finally settled on slapping Intern on the back of his head.

    “Hey!” Intern squawked indignantly. “I’m trying to work here.” Looking up, he found a man he didn’t recognize staring impatiently down at him. The man was dressed in a finely pressed suit and carried a briefcase. “Can I help you?”

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  • 15 weeks
    SA Reviews #115

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    Corejo stepped into Ferret’s office, hands clasping a manila folder behind his back.  “You wanted to see me?”

    Ferret sat at her desk beneath the light of a single overhead lamp.  She wore a see-through green visor and worked hell on a roller-print calculator.  The chu-chug of the calculator filled the air as it spit out what were probably forged tax return numbers.  Hard times were upon us now that the movie sucked away most of our reader base.

    She rolled her stogie from one side of her mouth to the other.  She didn’t bother looking up.  “Your reviews.  Don’t forget, I need them by tomorrow.”

    “You called me down here to remind me to do my reviews on time?”  Corejo smirked, taking slow, meaningful strides toward her desk.  He flopped a manila folder on her desk.

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  • 17 weeks
    SA Reviews #114

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    Intern burst open a door, startling the Angels gathered inside sitting next to a poker table, and causing many to drop their cards.

    “Hey, I was about to win that hand!” Cynewulf yelled.

    Intern ignored her. He cast a quick glance over their confused and concerned faces, scowled, then slammed the door shut. He stomped towards the next door and threw it open much the same way he did the first. Long past the point of caring, Intern once again looked over everybody inside the room. At last, sitting towards the back in a darkened corner, he found his target.

    Waltzing in and brushing past anyone in his way, Intern loomed over the figure that was furiously scribbling away on a piece of paper.

    Intern reached over and flicked the on switch for the light.

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  • 19 weeks
    SA Reviews #113

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    "What's that in your mouth?"

    "It's a pipe," said Cyne, and jabbed the briary thing at Archonix from her comfortable chair by the fire, that flickered low and dark, and smoked more than a thoughtful philosopher at three in the morning when the rain is scattering drops in careful patterns across dust-rimed windows.

    Archonix raised his eyebrows. "And it comes with all that prose for free, does it?"

    Cyne clomped her teeth around the pipe and glared at Archonix. "You smoke one as well, you donkey."

    "Only when I'm trying to write reviews," said Archonix. "And that's discrimination that is."

    Cyne didn't answer, preferring to stare into the fire and to think long thoughts, something entirely alien to Archonix on the best of days. They sighed in unison.

    ROUND 113

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  • 21 weeks
    SA Reviews #112

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    The low-lying fog obscured the two ponies’ hooves as they tramped through the ancient graveyard. Luna’s moon hung in the early autumn air, burning a sickly yellow.

    “I hate graveyards, Ferret,” Intern said as he tightened his rucksack. He spluttered as he walked through a dangling cobweb.

    Ferret chuckled, and hopped over some brambles. “Watch where you step, you never know when—”

    There was a click underhoof, and a grasping griffon claw burst from the loam beneath the pair. Intern leapt back, cursing. Ferret laughed, and plucked the padded foam prop from its spring.

    “Why are we even here, Ferret? That new kid, Novel-whoever, is pretty good. This is a waste of our time.”

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  • 23 weeks
    SA Reviews #111

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    “You do the honors.” Ferret’s eyes glittered in the darkness of the ancient laboratory. The ancient portal glowed with unholy violet energy, illuminating only the barest hints of her figure and the shaking person beside her.

    “Me?” Chris protested, stepping back from the portal and glancing at the giant hourglass festooned with twinkling geodes, flashing bulbs and enough copper wire to build a Faraday cage. “I’m not touching that thing! It looks like something Lovecraft and Jules Verne made on a bet! A very drunk bet!”

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Feb
13th
2018

Story Reviews » SA Reviews #122 · 12:31am February 13th

Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


Paul paced about the thing laughably referred to as his office. He could get about four steps down before having to make a turn, and that’s assuming his line of motion was just right. He glanced at his clock, grumbled some phrase unfit for the world wide web, and continued his pacing.

“Hey, Paul!” The door swung open. Since this was the smallest office in the history of offices, that resulted in the door smacking Paul in the face. With a hand over his bleeding nose, he turned his glare upon the visitor, one Novel-Idea.

“You were supposed to be here hours ago.” Except it came out something like “Ou er spsed here hrgo” due to the current state of his nose.

Novel shrugged. “Blame T.O.M. We gonna do those reviews or what?”

Paul stared incredulously. “Ou evn’t dn urrs?”

“Not yet, nope.”

Paul looked to the clock, then back at Novel. There might have been tears in his eyes. “I ate tis jeeorb.”

ROUND 122


Hearts and Hooves Day was a whirlwind, especially for Cheerilee and Big Macintosh. They remained friends in wake of the fiasco that almost ended in hasty marriage, and Cheerilee never gave their friendship any further thought. They were just friends, nothing more.

However, when she learns of Big Mac and Marble Pie's fling over the Hearth's Warming holiday, Cheerilee begins to dwell upon her friendship with Big Mac. Could there have been something more to their relationship that she hadn't realized before?

After all, hindsight is 20/20.


Ah, love potions. How annoying they are, amiright? This story focuses on Cheerilee who, upon learning of Big Mac’s rumored crush on one Marble Pie, begins to feel the first hints of jealousy. The first thing I noticed about it is that it doesn’t dive directly into the problem. Hindsight gradually builds up the issue, starting out seemingly unrelated to the central point. Then, abruptly, you realize you’ve gone from glancing at the shore to being neck-deep in water. This is reflected in Cheerilee’s reaction to the situation wonderfully.

And that’s what I like the most about this story. It’s delightful interpretation of Cheerilee as she wades through her own feelings is quite the treat. At no point does the story hurry us into the solution or give obvious answers. Instead, Big Mac and Cheerilee struggle just to admit the problem exists, much less talk about it, and when they do talk about it it hardly rolls along with the smooth logic of your typical romance.

Combine this with some pleasant recurring elements of the narrative, such as Cheerilee’s regular internal arguments, her battle with the ever-present Chocolate Overload cake, and a few pointed criticisms of the show. The end result is a feel-good romance with great pacing and solid characterizations. Give it a read and add some warm fuzzies to your winter.

Considering how they’ve canonized Sugar Belle and Big Mac, this is an especially interesting story. A simple rumor makes Cheerilee start to wonder about her feelings regarding Big Mac after “the love poison” incident. What follows is a classic result of someone stuck in their own head as they fight against the need for closure versus the fear of confrontation.

The best aspect of this story is how it takes the love poison seriously. While it was mainly just a gag, the implications of them almost getting married are fully realized in this story. In fact, there’s a moment of horror when somepony implies just how far it could have gone.

This story handles what was essentially a Valentine’s Day gag and takes it seriously, something I definitely respect. It takes the time to explore a real dilemma for both Cheerilee and Big Mac, a dilemma that they may not be able to overcome.

Come in for something cute, stay for the deeper thoughts (and maybe a bit more cute).


Everypony on Rarity’s ship is in love with someone impossible. Some earn their fortune and go back to claim their love. Others find love along the way, or outgrow their crush and move on.

Rarity? She’s in love with the sky.


Rarity is desperately in love with a married stallion. Since he’s unavailable, her reaction is to…

...buy an airship and become a pirate? Excuse me while I “What?”

As silly as the premise sounds, Hap somehow manages to make it work. That alone should indicate how good the story is. Told half in flashbacks, Ship of Fools filled me with a steady, bittersweet sadness as we are shown Rarity’s growing infatuation with the perfect stallion she will never be able to attain. Flashbacks and I usually don’t see eye-to-eye, but every now and then we agree to tolerate one another. On very rare occasions, we even have cordial relations. This is one of those occasions.

My only regret with this story is that we never got to see the moment when Rarity snapped and decided that the pirate life was for her. That would have been an interesting scene. But ignoring that, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I wish I could see more.

I’m a sucker for romances. I’m a sucker for airships. This one’s a no-brainer… but starts with the most bizarre concept ever. Rarity as a fashion pirate! She actually goes around, boards over airships, redoes the crew’s outfits and occasionally steals a crewmember or two for special training… and that’s it.

What on earth would possess Rarity to do something this insane?

One of the most poignant and powerful reasons around: to stop herself from falling to temptation. I won’t ruin what that temptation is. It was a slow reveal for me. But let’s say that Rarity’s concepts are honorable… if unique.

While the setting strange, the underlying concept beneath is resonates enormously. Because the truth of the matter is… we can’t always get what we want.

And when that happens, become a sky pirate.



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STORY 3
Edited Details, by ILurvTrixie

Daring Do is underway in another big tale! The legendary artifact is in her hooves, and her enemies are right on her tail!

But then everything changes. Things are wrong, but... in all the right ways?

What happens when an action hero finds a peaceful rest stop outside their story?


To be honest, this is not the kind of story I would normally recommend. But its weaknesses in writing it more than makes up for in plot. The story stars a ‘fake’ Daring Do who came into being when A.K. Yearling attempted, and failed, to nab an ancient tor artifact from a jungle temple (because where else are these things going to be?). From there we get a whirlwind romance between Daring and Fluttershy and a villain that gives even Discord pause.

What’s that? Boos for OP villains? Normally I’d kinda-sorta agree, except this villain’s OP is used effectively in my opinion, and it’s balanced out by some distinct character flaws. The result is a fun final conflict with some creative solutions.

The best part, though, is how self-aware this story is. It makes mistakes that, normally, I would consider critical blunders, only to immediately turn around and point out its own error. It even finds ways to expand upon this idea by pointing out the exact same errors in the events of the show from time to time. Villain appears and is defeated within the last fifth of the story? Yeah, we’ve seen that.

This story has enough smart to it to negate my displeasure with its many grammar-related mistakes. Provided you’re not allergic to such things, definitely give it some attention.

Stories about characters having to directly interact with the Narrative are pretty wild. It’s strange that it never occured to me to put Daring Do in that situation. I mean, who better? Especially when you have two of them.

Daring Do the Author vs. Daring Do the Adventurer. Personally, I like the Adventurer more. But maybe because I’m a shipper and we have some simply wonderful adorable romance in here. Not only that, but the author wrote every character down pretty much perfectly.

Discord’s the real standout for me. It’s rare to find an author who can pull of Discord just so, but this one does it with room to spare. Not only that, but the author nailed his interactions with character, including a fantastic rivalry with Angel.

If you want a fantastic mix of adorable cute fluffy romance, meta-narrative psychological concepts and an epic adventure (complete with Jumanji reference/borrow), stop what you’re doing and read this right now.


Things haven't been going well for little Snow Bolt. She's always in trouble at school, her father is always yelling at her, and the bullies at school pick on her relentlessly. But just when she thought things couldn't get any worse, she's kidnapped by a dragon, who plans to bake her into a pie. Can Snow Bolt escape from the monster's lair before it's too late?


My first thought upon seeing this story? “C’mon, guys, this thing alone is as long as my regular daily reading!” Then I reminded myself that my own suggestion was even longer and shut up. Then I started reading and… yeah, nevermind. It was worth the lost writing time.

One part cute, one part self-discovery, this is a wonderful story about a miserable filly finding her place in life with the help of a witty (and hungry) dragon and a squirrel. Does that sound strange? Good, because it is, and L3gion pulls it off fantastically. Snow Bolt’s daily efforts to learn to fly amidst the mountains in the dragon style is continuously endearing, combining subtle worldbuilding by way of pegasus flight theory through intuition. Add to that a charming filly who refuses to quit and a dragon that always knows exactly how to lighten the mood (at least for the reader), and you’ve got something really worthwhile.

I have no idea why Celestia had to make a cameo. Rather pointless, that.

But in the all, a great story with enough charm to keep things interesting from beginning to end. Read it, like it, love it.

Who doesn’t love a wonderfully sweet coming of age story? How do you top that classic formula? Simple! Add the fact that the main character, one insanely adorable Snow Bolt, is about to get eaten by a giant red dragon named Scarlet.

This story is cute and fun every step of the way, save for—of course—a rather tragic and painful start point. But, that’s another piece of the coming of age setup! But don’t worry, it gets better from there… even we have the imminent death of the main character hanging over our heads for the entire story.

Sadly, Snow Bolt can’t really fly. Scarlet finds this rather pitiful, so demands she work on it before dinner. And she does, through an ever-increasing (and ever-cuter) series of tests with a serious understanding of aerodynamics. The cumulation of these skills transform a pegasus who can’t fly into something truly spectacular (while still remaining mind-meltingly adorable).

Add a cute animal sidekick in the form of Cheeky the Squirrel (who’s rather cheeky, believe it or not), and you may need to consult a medical professional before diving in. And you’ve got an ending to make anyone cry. (Or maybe just me. It’s not hard to make me cry about stories with kids finding their way… and their parents). It’s fantastic and beautiful and everything this story needed.

Go get some cute!


Paul stared up at the hospital ceiling, his face covered in bandages. He was doing his absolute best not to glare at Novel, who was busy drawing Daring Do and Fluttershy cuddling on a napkin. “Dude, you really should be more careful. The office blows up once a month or something, you should expect the floors to cave in at the worst possible moment. It’s practically a tradition.”

This was met only by a long, silent glare. But then Paul sighed and shrugged. “At least we got the reviews done on time.”

“Oh, no, we gotta do them again.”

A blink. “Wut?”

“Black holes. Happens all the time. Ask Ferret about it.” He slapped Paul on the shoulder with a grin. “Welcome to the club, new guy.”

A twitch of the eyebrow was the only response.


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Ah yes, How to Train Your Pegasus wasn't bad. :)

L3gion #2 · 1 week ago · · ·

WHU :pinkiegasp: Never thought I'd hear from this story again, y'all are too kind. :twilightblush: PP gave it a "Conditional Recommend," if I remember right, which I thought was a lot more fair. :rainbowlaugh:

Hard to go wrong with airships …

*queues some stories up*

Hap
Hap #4 · 1 week ago · · ·

Awww, you guys. Thanks!

Wow, this was a surprise. Thanks for the review, guys!

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Hey, I always remember good stories that have covers I took way too long to do! :)

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Both of you totally deserved it.

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