Wednesday, May 30, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 72: Eso Si Que Es

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I was listening to some Gordon Lightfoot earlier, and I suddenly realized that, to the best of my knowledge, nobody's ever made PMV of The Pony Man.  Normally I let the non-fanfiction portion of the pony fandom do its thing without my commentary, but somebody needs to step up to the plate here; we don't need more hip-hop and dubstep stuff!  Give us some Lightfoot!  While we're talking folk music, I wouldn't mind seeing an Alice's Restaurant PMV, either.

After the break, my review of WTFHIW's Eso Si Que Es.

Monday, May 28, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 71: Common Sky

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Breaking up the run of happy Luna stories, we have a shipping Luna story!  I hope you all like S1 interpretations of the ruler of the night, because this week is going to be very Luna-centric.

My review of Syrinkitty's Common Sky, after the break.

Friday, May 25, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 70: Tonight I Shall Be Laughter

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I seem to be hitting a lot of incomplete/ongoing fics at this point.  I'm going to continue to review stuff that's obviously complete while letting the rest wait until it's well and truly done with, but if people are wondering why stuff like Binkie Pie and Frigid Winds and Burning Hearts aren't popping up here, it's because they're still being written.  Someday!

After the break, my review of Cloud Wander's Tonight I Shall Be Laughter.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 69: It's Always Sunny in Fillydelphia

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After much cajoling from my sister, I'm set to give Legend of Korra a look this weekend.  I never watched Avatar, but she assures me that I don't need to have done so.  We'll see; I'm not usually a fan of starting anywhere but at the beginning when it comes to entertainment consumption.  But hey, it's worth a shot.  Right?

After the break, my review of Bobcat's It's Always Sunny in Fillydelphia and its sequel, Semper Fidelis.

Monday, May 21, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 68: Off the Edge of the Map

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Okay, back to review writing.  My thumb's still pretty stiff, but everything else is in working order, and I can type with nine digits just fine.  Thanks for the well-wishes and snark (seriously, who gets hurt bowling?  Oh yeah, this guy).

Below the break, my review of Daetrin's Off the Edge of the Map.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I suffered a freak bowling injury yesterday, and still can't type with my left hand.  Nothing serious, but I'm postponing my next review until Monday.  By then it should be better, and I don't think I could handle typing an entire review one-handed.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 67: The Old Stories

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It's apparently that time of year: the bunny population in my neighborhood has doubled in the past week.  Not that I'm complaining too much; I like seeing wild rabbits in the morning and evening, and they're a lot cuter than the ones in the pet store if you ask me.

On the other hand, it's been years since anything from the garden has made it more than a quarter-inch out of the dirt before being devoured.  The price I pay for living with lagomorphs, I guess.

After the break, my review of Thanqol's The Old Stories.

Monday, May 14, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 66: Macintosh

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The Tour of California started on Sunday!  Ah, one of the few chances the average American has to watch professional cycling on live television (plus you don't have to get up early for an entire month to do so, unlike with the Tour de France).  On the downside, it means I'll be spending several hours a day parked in front of the TV for the next week, but that's a small price to pay for televised cycling.

After the break, my review of TotalOverflow's Macintosh.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Star Ratings: Why I Bother With Them at All

If you've ever visited this site, you've probably noticed those nifty star ratings I put towards the end of each 6-star review (if you haven't, you may want to get your eyes checked).  Let me let you all in on a little secret: I really dislike giving star ratings to stories.  But despite that, I have no intention of stopping.  If you're interested in finding out why I hate them and why I use them anyway, read below the break.

And if you aren't interested in that, don't fret; reviews (complete with star ratings) continue on Monday.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 65: A Day for Spike and Twilight

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Just a friendly bit of advice (a bit of advice I seem to forget every few months): make sure you have something to eat before volunteering at a food bank-type organization.  Carting around meals on an empty stomach for several hours is no fun at all.

Jetfire's A Day for Spike and Twilight, below the break.

Monday, May 7, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 64: The Dread Chitin

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Over the weekend, this site passed 50,000 pageviews.  That's about 49,900 more than I honestly expected when I first started up.  Moreover, 50,000 has been sort of an unspoken goal of mine for a couple of months now; in addition to being a nice, round figure, it's the minimum number of words to a novel!  I don't know why that makes it a more relevant number to me, but it does.  Anyway, thank you all for helping me achieve one of my aspirations for the blog, no matter how arbitrary!

Below the break, my review of Karazor's The Dread Chitin.

Friday, May 4, 2012

6-Star Reviews Part 63: The Thessalonica Legacy

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Just thought I'd share: in a rare concession to modern convenience, I recently bought (okay, was given as a gift) an e-reader.  As such, this is the first story I've ever reviewed which I didn't read off a computer screen!  I have to say, it is a lot easier on the eyes; I can't look at a backlit screen for more than an hour or so without taking a break, but I had no such troubles this time out.  Hopefully, this'll let me read and review a bit faster!

After the break, Dashukta's The Thessalonica Legacy.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

For a Change, Let's Talk About Actual Books

First, an update: The Thessalonica Legacy is very long, and I'm still working my way through it.  Moreover, Wednesday and Thursday are both going to be full days for me, so I doubt I'll have much time for reading then.  At this point I still expect to be able to post a review on Friday, but it will probably be sometime in the late afternoon/evening, rather than going up right at midnight like usual (all times US central).  If that expectation changes, I'll throw up another post to let you all know.

But for now, I thought it might be fun to tell you what I read when I'm not going over fanfics!  So I grabbed all the books I'm actively reading at the moment (I'm one of those people who's totally incapable of not being halfway through several books at any given moment), and below the break I'll give each a quick summary and a recommendation.  Then you can all judge me on my literary taste.  Here we go: