Happy St. Patrick's Day! Go out and enjoy your terrible, terrible green beer if you must; just try not to throw up on me, if you please. Or if you're not the over-imbibing type, do like me and make yourself some corned beef and soda bread. Okay, so I'll have a beer or two with that as well... but at least it won't be green beer.
Either way, check below the break for a couple of short reviews, one of which is even seasonal.
Lyra and the Little People, by Not_A_Hat
Zero-ish spoiler summary: On the day they first meet, Lyra tells Bon-Bon her cutie mark story--a story a little heavier on mythological tricksters than the average pony's.
A few thoughts: If you've ever read Darby O'Gill and the Little People, the inspiration for this story will be obvious, but the author does just enough with this plot to make it feel setting-appropriate. The just-so nature of the humans (yes, they're humans) and the strange rules which govern them feel at home in Equestria, and there's a nice contrast between the narrative tone of Lyra's story (as told by her) and the framing around it. My only real complaint is that, at it's core, it is a story I've read before... but it's one I enjoyed before, too, and it's been gussied up just enough to make it feel... if not original, then at least "sufficiently so."
Recommendation: Fans of fey stylings and folklore should definitely give this a go, especially if they have fond memories of Darby O'Gill.
Withywindle, by psychosis
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Fluttershy goes into the Whitetail Woods to meet an old friend (and an old willow) from back when the woods were known as the Old Forest.
A few thoughts: The author plays coy with who Fluttershy's meeting, so I will as well... but if you recognize the title, you already know. Anyway, I read this story specifically because I have a particular and excessive fondness for that character, and although this fic is really just a Fluttershy scenelet, it did scratch that itch. Unfortunately, writing is a big letdown; misspelled words, telly narration, repetitive phrasing, and more make this story feel more tedious than it really is.
Recommendation: If you get the title reference and are as intrigued by it as I was, then this might be worth a few minutes--it's barely 1000 words, so it's a small enough investment in any event. But if you're looking for strong construction or a significant plot, this fic isn't what you're seeking.