Second, I've taken some old bits of flash-fiction and short-form writing, and compiled them into a single collection. If you want to see ten tiny stories from me, check out Bantam Tales, which includes my story from the above event along with various other bric-a-brac I've produced over the past few years.
Now, with that all out of the way, let's dive into some mini-reviews! Below the break, as always.
The Terribly Taxing Tribulations of Twilight Sparkle, by Blueshift
Zero-ish spoiler summary: It's tax season in Ponyville, and Twilight takes her responsibilities as a taxpaying citizen very seriously--unlike some ponies.
A few thoughts: If you've ever read any of Blueshift's comedies before, you know what to expect here: sheer ridiculousness from start to finish, with an admirable willingness to place the joke ahead of any plot coherence, characterization, or anything else that stands in its way. The introduction of this one felt a little weak to me; the entire first scene could have been cut without losing much of anything. Once this one got rolling, though, it was stupid fun, plain and simple.
Recommendation: Who doesn't like stupid fun? I like stupid fun! Anyone looking for something quick and goofy, and who doesn't mind a slightly slow start and a distinctly British sense of whimsy should give this a look.
Riddle of the Ages, by Phil Srobeighn
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Twilight tries to solve a Laffy Taffy riddle.
A few thoughts: This is one of those "joke's in the
Recommendation: Do you know why these kind of stories keep getting featured? Because people like them. Look, you all know who you are (sometimes, I'm one of you), and if you're looking for something short and solid which faithfully delivers exactly what it promises, this will tickle that bone.
Trixie Lulamoon, Prodigy, by Akumokagetsu
Zero-ish spoiler summary: A young Trixie sets out to prove her genius by solving a Rubick's Cube.
A few thoughts: Hey, another "joke's in the
Recommendation: This, too, delivers what it promises. If you don't mind mixing a bit of character-building with your joke concepts, this might be worth a look.
Void, by Jorofarie
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Luna floats through the emptiness of the universe until, somewhen, she finds a friend...
A few thoughts: This story blends epic scope with personal, relatable conflict and desires in a way I found very appealing. The way the story makes use of time, and manages to establish scope despite its brevity, is very impressive. However, there is a certain amount of buy-in required of the reader: the Celestia and Luna in this story bare little resemblance to the ones in the show for most of the fic's length, and while that's addressed, it's still essentially something one needs to accept as the entry price for reading.
Recommendation: I highly enjoyed this story, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a grand-scale tale of creation and kinship.