Friday, March 30, 2012

Review - The Mailmare

There simply are no words to lead into this story. It's comedy gold staring our favorite similarly-maned pegasus. The review of The Mailmare, after the break! With muffins!



The Story:

Derpy Hooves is being held in a detective agency after some mishap at the Annual Magic User's Convention involving Trixie and Nightmare Moon, and recounts her tale of how it all happened. It all begins after a rough week at work sends her home early with just one letter to deliver. It is from the Princess, addressed to Twilight Sparkle, but has Derpy's street address on the front, so Derpy makes the obvious conclusion: She must be Twilight Sparkle. She decides then that she has to go to the Annual Magic User's Convention as her alter-ego Twilight Sparkle to ruin this dastardly thief's name (don't question, just read the story to find out why this assumption is made). However, as she knows nothing about this mare she apparently is, Derpy goes out to gather information, sneaking into the library belonging to her alter-ego and getting everything she needs for the event. Dressed appropriately and dyed to match her doppelganger, Derpy goes to the convention and finds a partner in her crusade, one Great and Powerful Trixie, and together they enter ready to sabotage Twilight's name.

And unfortunately that is where the story is now, with two more updates upcoming, but I think it will be well worth the wait.


The Characters:

While many beloved characters appear in a peculiar light, the only really main character in the story is Derpy, who is the narrator, protagonist, mastermind, and general all-around hero of the story. This is NOT the same quiet clumsy Derpy normally portrayed, but rather a brilliant if misguided mare with a truly unique thought process and outlook on the world. She's not quite the 'canon' one we've gotten (either before or after modifications) but she is an inspiring character nonetheless.


Execution:

I think I might have noticed a very minor typo somewhere along the line, but I can't tell because I was laughing too hard. This story is written superbly, trotting along at the perfect pace with a practiced comic timing that had me laughing at my computer screen far too loudly for the time of night it was. I'm honestly slightly baffled how it could be this good when the only previous work (in the fandom at least) was a dark, tragic tale, so I may need to read that just to see if this should be one to watch in all their work, but I have high hopes.


Enjoyable?:

I think the last section kind of answers that, but barring my fanboy reaction, I can't think of anyone not liking this story unless they have a particular penchant against first person viewpoints or fun. I laughed out loud, which is a feat when it comes to written media, so that's got to count for something.


In Conclusion:

Great characters, great concept, wonderful execution, perfect timing, a must read story. In fact, if you haven't already read it, what are you still doing here? This is the last section, get a move on! Definitely ~Medicshy Approved!

The Link:

http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/02/story-mailmare.html


And that is all for tonight. Now I regret procrastinating as long as I did on this, but I shall (hopefully, no promises) rectify that for tomorrow's review! Until then, have a wonderful day everypony!

Your ditzy writer,

~Medicshy



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