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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

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


    “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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Apr
16th
2018

Story Reviews » SA Reviews #126 · 1:51am Apr 16th, 2018

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


A loud thump announced the arrival of Novel Idea into the dreaded dungeons of the Seattle’s Angel’s complex. To his surprise, the place had been completely redecorated. To his horror, he instantly recognized the new motif.

Detention?!” he cried. “I’ve never been in detention in my life!”

He turned to glare at the slide he’d been just dropped down. Corejo stood above, looking imperious—or at least trying to, it was Corejo after all.

“You can’t do this to me! I’ll do my freaky time magic thing again!”

“School’s in session. All of it.” Corejo winked—he actually winked—and pulled a level straight out of the Acme Budget Villain Catalogue. The portal closed with a resounding snap.

He grumbled to himself and stomped over to the desk with his name on it and plopped down.

“At least it’s quiet,” said a voice from beside him.

Novel yelped and jumped straight out of his chair, which had the unfortunate side effect of making him bang his knees on the underside of his desk. He then proceeded to tumble over the desk, send it flying over his head and eventually end up in a small prison of furniture.

“There’s only one way out, you know,” said the shadow about him.

Novel tried to push the furniture off, to no avail. “Let me take a wild stab in the dark here… reviews?”

Cynewulf stepped into the light, a pen in one hand, a stack of paper in the other.

“Was there ever any doubt?”

“Wait! First I want to know! What are you in for?” Novel demanded.

Her eye twitched. “I’m not sure that’s important.”

Novel frowned and leaned in. “Well, I was just curious, but now I’m doubly so.”

Cyne grumbled and then looked around the room before shrugging.

“I… so, you know this place is pretty big, right? Well, I got… lost. Very lost.”

“You got lost in the inescapable dungeon. Which is inescapable by virtue of its lack of entrance that isn’t, say, a portal.”

She shrugged again, her face flushed. “Look, weirder things have happened. Who did we even hire to do security, anyway? Who puts portals everywhere? Who—“

There was a loud ringing, and then a voice over an unseen intercom. “Ten minutes until dismissal~”

The trapped angels blinked at each other. One started to speak, and then the other, and then both at once.

“Dismissal?” Novel adjusted his glasses and bit his lip.

“Was that Ferret? No, it doesn’t matter. It’s probably something stupid. But let’s hurry up, shall we?”

ROUND 126


There is a ghost haunting the corridors of Ponyville's newest dwelling, the princess's Castle of Friendship. It is a ghost without voice, or hoof, or spectral limb to cast strange shadows upon crystalline walls.

But it's not the ghost of a pony. It's not a person at all.


This is one heck of a unique story. Not only do we see the quiet return of the much-beloved (and much-missed) Golden Oaks Library in a truly unique way, but we also get an entirely unexpected end and a vision into what may lay beyond Equestria.

And I don’t mean physically.

I love the concept of the “spirit” of the Golden Oaks haunting a building as only another building could. We get a sort of “Room of Requirement” vibe, but that’s not doing it justice. It’s far more complicated than that. I’ll admit to being a bit hesitant about the portrayal of one character in particular toward the end, but the sheer, sweeping eerie beauty of this piece is more than enough to overshadow that

I have an opinion, one nursed quietly but openly, but not yet ready to be truly held.

I think all stories come back to loss.

To lose something is to at once progress unwillingly beyond and to regress to a point of uncertainty. We have learned object permanence, and with it gained the prejudice that things must remain if we want them.

This is a story about a lot of things. But they are all loss. I recommend it highly.


A relaxing Saturday afternoon doesn't go quite to plan for Minuette, as she finds herself unexpectedly involved in a quest to track down a young filly's lost imaginary friend.

It's all cool, though. Minuette has got oodles of experience in finding imaginary friends.

Or replacing them.


You may die of cute from this. You’ve been warned!!!

I adore Minuette. This story made me adore her even more. Minuette’s handling of a filly’s woes is so amazing. She never breaks from her constant attempt at cheering up a dear little filly (who ends up befriending everypony’s favorite digging paleontologist filly!) as they hunt for the lost an imaginary friend.

I know, this is a story about putting away “childish things” and moving on with your life. I know it’s about how scary that can be and how a friend can really help that happen. I know it’s about the fact that it’s okay to keep those cherished memories in a safe place.

...but I just wanna see Minuette scrambling around in bushes hunting lost imaginary friends with two adorable little fillies for hours on end. Squee! So cute!

I never had an imaginary friend, but the concept has always delighted me. Lonely child that I was and am, the prospect of companionship of like minds seemed ideal.

But I suppose the downside is that the imaginary friend is imaginary. The reality of your disconnect is still firm. This story is about how and why we connect with others, and about how doing so, even if it makes us nervous or anxious, is rewarding. Sometimes getting older is okay.


As day ends and night begins, there is a brief window of time in which the two royal sisters meet on equal terms, neither one firmly in complete control.

In these times of quiet reflection with one another, their minds and their hearts can truly meet most closely. This is when they see each other the most clearly, here in the trading and in the game they play.


I have to admit, this story caught me off-guard. At first, I was going “Why am I reading a story about Tia and Luna playing actual chess, complete with their actual moves?”

However, the deeper you get into the story, the more you realize just how fitting this is for the Royal Sisters. Especially from Luna’s side. I’ll admit, I almost cried a little at a certain point, seeing how apt an analogy this was for their lives.

I love the concept of Celestia the Chessmaster. She still is in this story, but you get the very strong feeling that Luna is a Chessmaster of her own. But any good chessmaster must know that adaptability is key to any game. Both show it, both in the game and in their thoughts.

And for the record, I’m terrible at chess.

I am mediocre at chess. But like many things I’m not very good at, I cannot help but love it.

There is something intimate about chess. I have gotten a better view of people during a game than I could have gained in a dozen conversations. Luna feels the same, apparently.

The story is a game, but the game is also a story. There’s a bit of that iconic chess game in the Seventh Seal here for me as Celestia and Luna’s daily game proceeds. Except it is Luna that is our lonely knight, playing against history and herself, what was and is, and is to come.

It’s not exciting in a flashy way. It is not a tale of high adventure. It is quiet and it is pensive, and above all our dear writer has their eye trained on some important things. And she who knows when to whisper wins.


There are many things Clover would like to be doing today: Studying the unexplained magic that saved the world last night, discussing the new nation she and her friends are founding, even spending time with those friends, enjoying having ponies around who actually like her for once.

Attending a party is not among those things. Interacting with the unicorn nobles who hate her is definitely not among those things. And giving up the ratty mage's robes she's worn for years as she suffered their judgement is absolutely not on the list.

But Princess Platinum is throwing a party, and Clover will be there and presentable, whether she likes it or not.


Even with the changes the show often makes as to who nature of the founding figures of Equestria were (such as Clover being male), this story is still wonderful and a must read for those of you who love to explore the ancient past of Equestria.

More than anything, this shows a brilliant image of Clover as this very Twilight-esque grumpy, antisocial mage who just wants to get her work done and a Princess who may know way more than she’s letting on.

Bookplayer, as always, shows her mastery in all things and it’s a crime this hasn’t gotten the same fame and notice that so many of her other stories have. So go fix that and read it!

There are a lot of stories about Equestria’s beginnings, and even more as more has been revealed in canon. I’ve not read much bookplayer, but this story convinced me that perhaps I should change that.

The dialogue here is spot on and wonderful. The pace of this story hits a sweet spot between swift and engaging, but never once do I feel like there is a lull or a missed note. A story about both events and people in equal measure, bookplayer manages to draw one into their take on the strangeness of living in the shadow of something new.


As the last strokes were completed, the school bell sounded. A flash of magic washed over the terrifying detention hall. Cyne and Novel barely got their hands away in time before magical flames consumed their work in a flash of brilliant green.

Then, on the chalkboard in the front of the room, a tiny nub of chalk began to write. There was no magical aura around it. Perhaps it wasn’t magic at all… maybe some sort of spirit?

Maybe the last reviewer to not finish on time.

They would never find out.

The bit of chalk scrawled out two words.

Good enough

Then, two interdimensional portals appeared above their heads. Eltrich tendrils snaked down and snatched them up like a mother cat carrying her kittens. They were yanked through the terrifying cracks of reality in which the headquarters of the Seattle’s Angels squatted.

Things gibbered and gnashed horrible teeth at them from all sides.

Then they were flung out into some random hallway. They rolled to a stop mere inches from Ferret’s feet.

Slowly, they looked up.

Ferret grinned. “Class dismissed.”


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Comments ( 3 )
Hap

That's a sweep! I'm gonna have to read every one of those.

Just FYI though, the first link is to the chapter, not the story.

I've already read Mitch H's story -- and was impressed, and Ceffyl Dwr's and Wilson's are already on my RiL list. Given the last one is by bookplayer, it's a fair bet I'll be reading the lot at some point. :twilightsmile:

I'm imagining SA's reviewers trapped in a dimension run by Mad Mod.

These stories all sound intriguing, and are probably going to add to my already more-than-bloated backlog of stories to read.

P.S.: Writers shouldn't bemoan imaginary friends. After all, what are any characters but imaginary friends fleshed out in prose?

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