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  • 1 week
    SA Reviews: Round 144

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


    “I don’t get paid enough for this.”

    “Last I heard, you don’t get paid at all.”

    “My point exactly.”

    Cynewulf huffed and reached a little higher. Her high heels perched precariously on Intern’s shoulders, the Seattle’s Angle strained to unscrew a bolt from a metal panel. Intern clenched his teeth, threatening to wear down his molars. A small silver screw dropped past his face.

    “Got one. Three to go.”

    Intern bit back a curse. “Speaking of things that come in fours, did you get your reviews in yet?”

    “Ugh, not now. I need to concentrate.” Another bolt came loose and fell.

    “Why didn’t you just get a ladder? Why use me?”

    Even though he couldn’t see it, Intern could feel the smirk as Cynewulf said, “As if you don’t already know.” A third screw came tumbling down.

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  • 3 weeks
    SA Reviews: Round 143

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


    The Endless Labyrinths of the SA Compound are host to a lot of strange things. Monsters, ghosts, office cubicles that go on for a mile, strip malls. And of course, the omnipresent Reviews, which must be places in the Questing Box which appears randomly to haunt you like that skull from Diaries of Spaceport Janitor. It also sometimes goes NYEH in your face like that skull.


    NYEH said the Box.


    “Um.” Heartshine nervously fussed with her mane. “Um, uh. Shouldn’t we, ah, do the thing? You know? The reviewing? The thing with the words?”


    Inside of the changing booth, Cynewulf was incredibly busy. A skirt went flying like a beleagured parachute over the top of the door and fell like an awkwardly shaped leaf down in front of poor Heartshine.


    “BUSY!” Cynewulf yelled, not really needing to yell but deciding to.

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  • 5 weeks
    SA Reviews: Round 142

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


    Heartshine stared at the doorknob that sat on the door labelled ‘custodian’. Cyne had asked for her help in decorating the facility for Hearth’s Warming, and, in her enthusiasm to pitch in, Heartshine had forgotten one minor detail about the facility that occasionally made it difficult to get around the vast complex.

    Doorknobs were not made for pony hooves. Or mouths, for that matter.

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  • 7 weeks
    SA Reviews: Round 141

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


    Matthew would have jumped at his door slamming open, but big bangs were practically an hourly occurrence at the SA compound. He looked up to find PaulAsaran in his door. The man’s eye was twitching and his sweating was not what someone might call pleasant. He’d only ever seen Paul like this when they were late, which they clearly were not.

    Matthew ventured to ask, “Is there a problem?”

    “I’m reading a bunch of big stories all at once.” Paul’s twitching was starting to alternate from eye to eye. “I haven’t written a review in over a week. Please tell me the next SA blog has an opening.”

    Matthew smiled in relief and raised a collection of papers. “Why, yes! I have the stories right—” Paul snatched the papers from his hand, sat down on the floor, and began pouring over the material. Literally. “—here?”

    ROUND 141

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  • 10 weeks
    SA Reviews: Round 140

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


    PaulAsaran sat in his office, Intern seated across from him. A stack of completed review papers lay between them on Paul’s desk. The two stared at the pile as though expecting it to get up and walk on its own at any moment.

    Given the things the two had already experienced working for the Angels, that possibility wasn’t being ruled out.

    “So… we going to just sit here and wait until it’s time to hand these in?”

    Paul flicked his gaze briefly from the reviews to Intern, then right back again. “If that’s what it takes.”

    Groaning and pinching his nose, Intern said, “You know, we could be doing anything else. Hang gliding, playing games, getting outside, explore the terminal. Not all review posts are eventful.”

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  • 11 weeks
    SA Reviews: Round 139

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


    Cyne swallowed nervously as the nurse talked on.


    She hated needles, but it was just one of the many hoops one jumped through in staying healthy. Besides, the place felt so calm, and finding a clinic in the non-euclidian sacred geometry of the vast SA compound had been so difficult and taken so long--

    Wait.


    How had she found this place? Where was this? When did she arrive?


    Before any questions or further insight into the baffling nature of the endless labyrinths the Seattle’s Angel’s inhabit could be answered, Chris burst through the wall.


    “Come with me if you want to live!” he bellowed at a sputtering Cyne.


    “Wait, what?”

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  • 14 weeks
    SA Reviews Round 138

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


    “Here’s the cafeteria, there’s the offices, down there’s the jet propulsion lab—”

    “Question!”

    Intern jerked from the sudden squeak coming from the light green pegasus pony standing next to him. “Yeah?”

    “Why do you have a jet propulsion lab?”

    Intern stared at the newest member of the Angels, Heartshine, as though unable to process the question. “Why wouldn’t we have a jet propulsion lab?”

    Heartshine giggled. “Good point. Carry on!”

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  • 16 weeks
    Seattle's Angels Round 137

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    “Um… watcha doing?” asked Matthew. “And why am I tied to a chair?”

    Archonix looked at him and smiled. “Don’t you get it? It’s a conspiracy! All of it!”

    “Uhh… ok. Mind explaining?”

    “You don’t believe me do you?” Arch screamed at the ceiling. “They’ve already gotten to you! It’s too late, I’m the only one left.”

    “Yeah, ok…” Matthew looked around the room. “Mind having a breakdown later? We gotta get some reviews done…”

    ROUND 137

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  • 18 weeks
    Seattle's Angels Round 136

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


    Matthew poked his head into Cynewulf’s room. “Hey, you guys done yet? You and Corejo are late.”

    “Yeah, we know,” Cynewulf said over her shoulder. She and Corejo sat hunched over some metal contraption beside Cyne’s couch. Whatever it was, there was a “DANGER: FLAMMABLE” sign on it, and a pair of tubes ran to what looked like giant vacuum cleaners on their backs.

    “Wwwwhat are you guys doing?” Matt took a tentative step back.

    Cynewulf and Corejo gave him big grins and snapped down welding visors in unison.

    “Science!” they said.

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  • 21 weeks
    Seattle's Angels Round 135

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


    Ebon Quill, braving the outside of his normal atmospheric room, walked with a purpose through the compound halls, a manilla folder tucked under one arm. Deciding to write reviews early had been a brilliant idea; not only did he save time to get back to proper writing but it also cut down on how much time he had to deal with the other Angels. Now, all he had to do was find Intern, hand in his work, then retreat back to his wonderfully gloomy abode.

    His master plan neared fruition as he turned a corner and found his target. Intern stood in the middle of the hall, both arms raised up towards the ceiling. Ebon Quill strode up to him, eyeing his peculiar stance. “I know I’m going to regret asking this, but what are you doing?”

    “Waiting to ascend,” Intern answered, his gaze locked on the ceiling above.

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Feb
13th
2018

Story Reviews » SA Reviews #122 · 12:31am Feb 13th, 2018

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
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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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Comments ( 6 )
PresentPerfect
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Ah yes, How to Train Your Pegasus wasn't bad. :)

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

Awww, you guys. Thanks!

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

4795836
Hey, I always remember good stories that have covers I took way too long to do! :)

4796068, 4796090
Both of you totally deserved it.

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