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  • 6 days
    Revenant Wings' "Reconstruction" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story assembles a unique look at Starlight's aftereffects.


    Reconstruction
    [Drama] [Sad] [Slice of Life] • 6,378 words

    The former equalized ponies struggle to reconstruct their town after Starlight Glimmer's defeat, and Double Diamond struggles to reconstruct his own identity after being freed from Starlight's equalization brainwashing.

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    2 comments · 1,597 views
  • 1 week
    Lost + Found Features: "Decisions" / "The Unicorn and the Crow" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    From time to time, despite our best efforts, we don't have a feature ready to post come Friday—but that doesn't mean we can't recommend some reading material! We keep track of the stories which passed our approval process but whose authors have proven impossible to contact. We'd like to give these stories their time in the spotlight too, so read on for two RCL-approved tales for your reading pleasure.


    Decisions
    By hester1
    [Sad][Slice of Life] • 2,818 words

    A server waits on six ponies in a restaurant. The diners have drinking contests and discuss social responsibility. The clock ticks ever on and on.

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    0 comments · 1,542 views
  • 2 weeks
    California's Camp Fire [Royal Canterlot Library special interview]

    Today's feature asks us to put the brakes on for just a minute.

    With the arrival of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we hit the downhill portion of the holiday season: a month of rushing around that will see us all careening out the other side smack dab into the new year. We often take holidays off to encourage our readers to catch up (with friends and families, and on features from our archives), but this year, instead we would like to bring the focus on people who could use some help — those who found themselves in the path of the Camp Fire, which recently swept through the foothills of northern California.

    Horizon, who I'm guessing needs no introduction around here, works with a Search & Rescue unit in the Sierra Nevada mountains near the fire, and was called in to the town of Paradise to help comb through the rubble.  We've asked him to discuss his experiences, as well as ways to help those affected by the fire.  Read on for his photos and commentary.

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    36 comments · 2,750 views
  • 3 weeks
    Starscribe's "The Last Pony on Earth" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The last stop for today's story is the RCL spotlight.


    The Last Pony on Earth
    [Adventure] [Mystery] [Human] • 102,429 words

    Until yesterday, my life was no different than anybody's. Go to work, pay the bills, sleep. Today, I woke up to a world without humans. The streets are empty, the power grid is running down, and not another soul is in sight. That might not be the worst thing, if I wasn't also a pony.

    Where is everyone? Why is this happening to me?

    Will l stay sane long enough to starve?

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    15 comments · 2,603 views
  • 4 weeks
    Tangerine Blast's "Under Layers of Dirt and Worry" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story worries.


    Under Layers of Dirt and Worry
    [Drama][Slice of Life] • 3,598 words

    It had been a long day of saving the world, and the usually perky pony wanted nothing more than to collapse into bed.

    Unfortunately, somepony's waiting at Sugarcube Corner.

    Pinkie was fine. She just needed to sleep.

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    8 comments · 1,865 views
  • 5 weeks
    Antiquarian's "The Tab" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We hope you plan to pick up today's story.


    The Tab
    [Comedy] [Sad] [Slice of Life] [Alternate Universe] • 4,092 words

    Years have passed since the Crystal War ended. Twilight Sparkle visits an old haunt to spend some time catching up with her friends. Then comes the question of who picks up the tab.

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    3 comments · 1,894 views
  • 6 weeks
    alt-tap's "An Ordinary Day" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is no ordinary tale.


    An Ordinary Day
    [Slice of Life] • 5,436 words

    Fluttershy lives a happy life. Every day is special. All of her friends are lovely ponies.

    Today is a day just like any other; she wakes in the morning, does her chores, sees her friends, takes a nap and sees more of her friends before an evening of relaxation.

    Just an ordinary, wonderful day.

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    4 comments · 2,321 views
  • 7 weeks
    Muramasa's "The Thief and the Princess" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Don't let today's story slip past you unnoticed.


    The Thief and the Princess
    [Slice of Life][Thriller] • 3,252 words

    In the dead of night, a thief breaks into the royal palace in Canterlot to steal Celestia's crown. She successfully sneaks through the palace and enters the room where this prize possession is kept, with not a soul the wiser.

    Well, save for a certain Princess.

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    2 comments · 2,124 views
  • 8 weeks
    Cherax's "Sundowner Season" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    It's always a good season to read today's story.


    Sundowner Season
    [Drama] [Sad] • 21,493 words

    With a heavy heart and an empty journal, Rarity heads north.

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    2 comments · 1,502 views
  • 9 weeks
    Summer Dancer's "Sandbox" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story doesn't play around when it comes to adorable-yet-poignant pony portrayals.


    Sandbox
    [Slice of Life] • 3,045 words

    When trying to focus on her studies, Sunset Shimmer is stuck watching an annoying little filly who just won't let her study.

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    10 comments · 2,289 views
Sep
28th
2018

Author Interview » Lost + Found Features: "Conversations with Eternity" / "Chuckling Over My Cheery-O's" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 12:57pm September 28th

Occasionally, exemplary stories earn our approval for a feature — but the author opts out of our interview, or we're unable to complete the interview process despite repeated effort.  We'd like to see these great stories get their time in the spotlight too, so today we're presenting a pair of RCL-approved tales for your reading pleasure.


Conversations with Eternity
By Sunchaser
[Adventure] [Alternate Universe] • 6,078 words

Far off to the west of Equestria lay The Eternal Lands, an immense expanse of desert that holds at its heart a precious jewel: the city of Gallopfree, sprung up around a peculiar bit of water known as the Well of Eternity.

Prodded by a little whimsical intuition, Princess Luna finds herself walking those winding streets of her ancient past, and holding conference with the enigmatic Steward of the Well...

FROM THE CURATORS: Some premises — such as modern Luna coming to grips with her past — have been covered so thoroughly that it's difficult to make a story about them stand out. This, however, turned our heads with its rich and rewarding details.  "The prose is marvelous, dense yet economical," Present Perfect said.  "The actual conversation, pep talk if you will, is fantastic, putting this leaps and bounds ahead of numerous other 'Luna dealing with having been Nightmare Moon' stories."  Former curator Chris' nomination lauded the care which went into its construction: "The fic shows us her emotional reactions, leaving us to place their sources for ourselves.  A quick, inattentive reading here might result in the reader thinking Luna's actions are abrupt and unbelievable, but in fact those actions are hints that paint a much larger picture of both her, and the world at large."  It quickly qualified for a feature amid reactions like AugieDog's: "It's always nice to see visions of Celestia and Luna's lives before they came to Equestria, and this one's very nicely realized."

It wasn't just the character work singled out for praise.  "Sunchaser does a commendable job with the setting, too," Chris said, prompting Present Perfect to agree: "Gallopfree is rendered in full detail, not just in terms of imagery, but also history."  And the themes added a great deal of power, too: "I quite like the idea that breaking just allows for a stronger reassembly," AugieDog said.  "It give the last line all kinds of weight."



Chuckling Over My Cheery-O's
By chrumsum
[Comedy] • 4,419 words

Pinkie Pie's simple morning ritual threatens to shatter her very perception of reality, life, and choice in breakfast cereal.

FROM THE CURATORS: It's very rare for love-it-or-hate-it stories to make it through our voting process — so when they do, it's a sign that they get the most crucial things right.  "This story contains everything anyone could ever want from a 'Pinkie has an existential crisis' fic and even more," AugieDog said in his nomination.  "Unlike any other Pinkie Angst story I can think of, this one pulls other ponies into the miasma, and seeing Rainbow Dash succumb to the atmosphere of uncertain dread that Pinkie is exuding is a pleasure in and of itself."  The entire cast was repeatedly complimented: "Something about the characters kind of hearkens back to the 'good old days' of the early seasons for me," RBDash47 said, while FanOfMostEverything quipped: "It's delightful seeing Pinkie spiral deep into her own navel, or possibly the aftertaste-ridden grainy ring of a Cheery-o ... there's excellent use of every character involved, and a great way to come up for breath at the end."

What divided us was the contrast between tone and content.  "It is incredibly overwritten, to the point of being distracting," Soge said, spurring several spirited defenses such as Horizon's: "To me that artificial melodrama enhances the absurdity, giving it the edge it needs to be genuinely funny."  RBDash47 agreed: "A couple lines, like 'Tears blossomed along her cheeks. “It’s only as evil as we are,” she whispered', made me laugh out loud."  In the end, it was that comedy which put it over the top: "This was a great little romp," Horizon said, "too over-the-top to take seriously and yet too serious to feel unmoored."

[Note: Present Perfect recused himself from nomination and voting for this story.]

Read more features right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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Comments ( 9 )

Ah yes, Conversations With Eternity. I once suggested it to Seattle's Angels and it's been on the top of my favourites list for ages... it has aged well, one of a kind.

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I need to reread it. I think it was reviewed by one of the big reviewers a while ago, because I found and read it, but don’t remember almost anything about it.

I'll add both these to my RiL list, I think, though the second one seems a very Marmite* fic -- it wouldn't surprise me if I loved it, but it also wouldn't startle me too much if I ended up taking Soge's view. I shall (eventually) see! As for Conversations with Eternity, I'm going to find "Gallopfree" a bit of a weird choice if there isn't some sort of Doctor Who vibe going on. Again, though. I shall see.

* This stuff. It's generally considered the classic "love it or hate it" food in Britain. (I like it.)

One of the last RCL posts lead me astray- I hated the story on it and thought it was shite. These look good though.

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Ah. I felt less strongly about it than I thought I did, but I still didn't like it very much and didn't think it really deserved/earned an RCL.
It was Twilight Sparkle Was Shot.

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As you can see from this post, not even the six of us all agree on our features! That’s why we put the voting/scoring system in place that we use — different stories work for different people for different reasons, and fall flat for different audiences, so we use that consensus process to present a wide range of features whose quality works for the most people possible. Sometimes, that means we feature things against your tastes (or ours!), but we hope we’re doing a good job on the whole. :twilightsheepish:

Feel free to drop by our recommendation thread and offer us suggestions if you’d like to see more stories to your tastes! Historically, about a quarter of our features have started with recommendations.

I'm glad you suggested these. I read them both and liked them, each for different reasons.

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