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  • Saturday
    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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  • 2 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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  • 6 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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  • 9 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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  • 11 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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  • 13 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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  • 16 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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  • 18 weeks
    SA Round 134

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


    Matthew trotted around the compound, very very lost. He was looking for a specific room, Room 4476. There was no 4476. There was Room 4475, a stairway to Tartarus, and then Room 4477.

    This was an issue. Room 4476 was where he had to turn in reviews. Where if he didn’t… well, he didn’t even want to think about that outcome.

    It was at this moment that Cynewulf came around the corner. And when Matthew decided to stop poorly narrating everything, and swap into dialogue.


    “Hey, hey Cyne!” he shouted to her.

    “Yeah? What’s up?” she asked.

    “Any idea where Room 4476 is?”

    “Uhh… yeah. It’s eight floors down. Didn’t you pay attention to the directions?”

    “Well… no… but I thought I could just follow the numbering!” Matthew cried.

    “Well, you better get down there. And soon. Ferret looks about ready to start choppin’ heads.”

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  • 20 weeks
    SA Round 133

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


    The sound of Intern’s dragging feet echoed in the empty hallways of the Seattle’s Angels campus. Why PaulAsaran asked for his office to be in the most remote part of the compound was anyone’s guess. After nearly an hour of scouring rooms, he finally came upon one that looked promising, if only because of the glow under the door. He would finally get the help he needed. Reviewing for SA two sessions in a row was nothing short of brutal, but Red had been positive Paul could back him up.

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  • 22 weeks
    SA Reviews #132

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


    The Seattle’s Angels found themselves crowded in a classroom, each sitting at a desk with a pencil and notebook set on top. At the head of the class, standing on top of a teacher’s desk with a ruler in paw, was Ferret.

    Matthew looked around, then raised his hand. “Didn’t we do this plot thread a few weeks ago?”

    Ferret’s stare bored into him, making him shrink back. “This is different. It seems that even after years of experience, some of you are still getting reviews in late. A week late!”

    “I don’t think I’ve ever been late,” Intern piped in.

    Ferret stomped on a switch. A wooden hammer fell on Intern’s head. He slumped over his desk, a red welt forming where the hammer had landed.

    “Anyone else have something cute they want to say?” Ferret gazed over the crowd as if daring anyone to talk back.

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Nov
10th
2018

Story Reviews » SA Reviews: Round 140 · 5:56pm November 10th

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.”

Paul shook his head. “The moment I do anything beyond staying put and watching over these reviews, the moment something will happen that will push us back and miss the deadline. I will NOT jeopardize the deadline.”

“Jeez, miss a few dates and now everyone’s a stickler for the rules.” Intern stood up and stretched, several joints popping in protest. He reached into his pants pocket and pulled out a rectangular device. “Let’s just skip ahead a bit, why don’t we?”

He pressed down on the fast forward button.

ROUND 140


When Adagio turned up shortly after the Battle of the Bands with apparently no memory of ever being a siren, Sunset wasn’t convinced right away. But since then, she and the former siren have grown very close and carved out new lives for themselves. They’re stable, and happy with each other.

Until Adagio starts remembering.


Don’t you just hate it when you have a good thing going and then the past comes back to bite you in the butt? That’s what Sunset and Adagio have to deal with in this drama of sins best left forgotten.

What’s interesting here is the take on Sunset herself. She comes from a place where she knows that the past can be hurtful and hold you back. She’s moved on and tries not to let her past define her. However, not being allowed to remember the past can be just as destructive. How are we supposed to grow if we can’t learn from our mistakes?

It’s a fascinating look in how nature and nurture collide and poor Adagio is caught in the crosshairs. Her struggle of processing all that’s happening to her along with her feelings for Sunset war with each other throughout.

And you’ll just have to check it out to find out how she manages it all.

Ouch.

NaiadSagaIotaOar strikes again with their (presumed) OTP, but this times not all is bright and shiny in SunDagio Land. The story leans on a lot of heavy themes, most notably that sometimes what we think is the ‘right thing’ is being done for all the wrong reasons. Sunset’s desperate efforts to protect what she’s found in Adagio are heart wrenching, especially as you know as she’s doing them that she’s making serious mistakes. The biggest tragedy of this story, at least to me, is the understanding that despite everything, Sunset really hasn’t changed as much as everyone thinks.

This is a powerful tale about a house of cards finally collapsing. If you’re one for sadfics, this will definitely be for you.



STORY 2
Effigy of Anarchy, by SaltyJustice

In the dead of winter, Flitter fails to return from an evening out in Trottingham. Convinced that she's more than just 'lost' and without any clue what to do, Cloudchaser calls upon the only pony she knows who could possibly help: Her old friend, Silent Rivers.

It is not long before events spiral out of her control, and she questions the allegiances she thought were solid mere days before.


This one hooked me early on and didn’t let go until the final page. Equal parts thriller, horror, and mystery, this was a delight to get through. Not only that, it prominently features pegasi, a criminally underutilized race in our fiction. This is something that stories like these corrects in glorious fashion.

Our leads are Cloudchaser (another underutilized character) and Silent River, who set off to find a kidnapped Flitter. This event kicks off a growing plot that escalates higher and higher, forcing Cloudchaser to do things she never considered doing in hopes of putting things right.

The highlight of the story though is Silent River, an enigma from Cloudchaser’s school days. She’s a for hire investigator, however her motives don’t always seem to match up with Cloudchaser’s goals. And the more we learn of her, the more uneasy it is to be around her. Cloudchaser does what all ponies do and tries to be a good friend, but Silent River strains those bonds to the very limit.

Unfortunately, the rules state we can’t link to this mature rated story. A search for the title should be enough. And you should, because it’s worth it.

I read and reviewed this once already back in September. It was such a solid and memorable story that I didn’t have to read it again to know what I wanted to say here. But I still did, because it’s a solid and memorable story. A mystery, an adventure, the dark underbelly of Equestria, the character growth of Chaser, a study of the value of emotions, a dramatic final confrontation. This story has so much going for it.

And it only just managed to get enough attention to make its upvote/downvote ratio public. That this story still doesn’t have more than 200 views is a crime against literature. I have never seen a more undeservedly unknown story.

Don’t let the fact it’s rated as Mature deceive you. Frankly, I think it should have been rated Teen. Perhaps the author was just playing it safe? Whatever the case, while it can be violent and ponies do die, I’ve seen far worse. ...okay, that doesn’t say much, because I’ve read some pretty horrid stuff, but still! If you’re uncomfortable having to turn off your mature filter just so you can read this story, I assure you it’s worth it.


Apple Bloom wants to learn more about her parents' life story after their marriage, and Volume 138 of the Apple family history provides the answers. But not the ones she wanted.


Family matters are rough. They hit close to home (literally) and it can be hard to talk about the things we’d rather forget. The pain can be too much to remember, even as we try to recall all the good things that are worth preserving. The Apple family knows this all too well and it’s time for the youngest member to learn it too.

Apple Bloom asks the question all the other members of her family were dreading. What were her parents like after they married? She knows the history before and now she wants to know what came after. Her older siblings and granny decide to tell her and with it comes some harsh realities of the world.

It ain’t all bad news though. Sprinkled in are times that she was a part of even if she doesn’t remember them. And they were good times. Those are the parts worth keeping.

So take a look and see how one author’s interpretation of Bright Mac and Pear Butter’s closing story could have gone. Perhaps it’ll give some closure on the whole Apple family history for you too.

Well, that was a tearjerker.

While the topic of this story isn’t new, Pony Thunder works it to great effect. Here we get to see the part of Bright Mac and Pear Butter’s lives that was too mature for children’s television, and particularly how that affects Apple Bloom. I didn’t expect this to hit me as hard as it did, but… well, here we are.

A sad, but ultimately uplifting, tale about a pair of ponies we all wish we could have known better.


Valley Fern is some songwriter. He likes to hide behind a pseudonym, so he may as well be a nobody when you happen to meet him. He's a little disagreeable, but he loves life.

In an attempt to escape the darker parts of that life, he just moved into Ponyville last week. On a day like any other — it's a little chilly for Summer — he meets a lady named Rarity. Before he introduces himself, she knows his name. Before he goes about his business, she's one step ahead of him.

Had they met before?


Oi. Talking about stories like these is always a minefield because there’s so much I could talk about that would give too much away. So let’s see if I can tip-toe around the explodey parts.

Valley Fern seems like your typical pony. He has a talent that he’s very good at but now he’s ready to settle down a bit and relax. What better place to go than unassuming Ponyville? Well, if he had read the brochure he might have had second thoughts. Especially when this odd broad starts talking to him as though she’s known him for quite some time.

I love the way the story plays out as Fern slowly learns more and more about the situation he’s caught up in. This also is a great character defining piece for Rarity, who’s patience with dealing with Fern knows no bounds. She’s perfect here and I want you all to go read this to find out why.

So yeah, go do that!

Ah, I have fond memories of this story. Much of it centers around cranky old Fern trying to figure out why this mare Rarity, who he’s never met before in his life, seems to know everything about him. Clues are seeded everywhere so that we are always aware that something is wrong with this scenario. The conclusion is a wonderful Rarity moment.

And I’m always approving of good Rarity moments.

Another great story from one of FIMFiction’s more underappreciated authors, it deserves all the featuring it can get.


Intern hit play, putting time and space back at its original speed. “There. We’re finished. And look, nothing bad happened.”

An explosion could be heard somewhere off in the distance.

Paul narrowed his eyes. “You just jinxed it.”

Intern waved him off as he headed for the door. “Whatever. Our part’s done. Let the next posters deal with it.”


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Comments ( 6 )

Snowybee is an extremely underrated author. despaiiiiiir

FTL

Violet Blues... dang, I remember when I first read that one and the story drew tears so easily. I did not know if I should thank or curse Snowybee for writing as well as they did.

I will not say why so as to avoid giving too much away but real life can be so very similar.

All of Salty's stories look amazing!

PresentPerfect
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Oh boy, Violet Blues was rough. D: Like, emotionally.

The only story I felt like adding to my inexcusably long list of unread SA-reviewed fics is Effigy of Anarchy. Naturally, it's the only link on this page that doesn't work.

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