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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Spunk Goblin Press (March 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929798
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

The Poniworld Chronicles
MachoPoni: A Prance With Death
Mein Poni-Kampf: A Biography of the Leader of the Nazi Ponies
My Brootal Poni: A Very Butch Poni Tale
Dust in Your Eyes: An Erotic Poni Tale
Mötley Hüerd, the Pony Glam Metal Band
Dust on the Wind: Journey to Redemption
Octopony

About the Author

Lotus Rose is also the author of SinEaster and Faerie Brace-Face. He writes about young characters in strange situations. At times dark, silly, or bawdy, his writing owes much to such influences as Alice in Wonderland and Roald Dahl, and explores themes like disillusionment, and the corruption of innocence. If his books were movies, they'd likely be directed by Tim Burton. He often writes in a style that is a more edgy, "grown-up" version of children's literature interspersed with his poetry and songs.

Here's a short poem he wrote:

O, shall I be like the lotus,
And bring you dark dreams and soft sighs?
Or shall I be like the rose is,
Sweet-scented and tempting your eyes?

For the unending sleep can seduce you,
To the world behind unseeing eyes.
And the beauty that beckons, then cuts you,
Is also the cruelest of lies.

More About the Author

Please visit my website at loteyrose.com

Lotus Rose writes delightfully weird tales about young characters in strange situations. At times dark, silly, or bawdy, his writing owes much to such influences as Alice in Wonderland and Roald Dahl, Piers Anthony and Douglas Adams, and explores themes like disillusionment, and the corruption of innocence. If his books were movies, they'd likely be directed by Tim Burton. He often writes in a style that is a more edgy, "grown-up" version of children's literature interspersed with his poetry and songs.

Here's a short poem he wrote:

O, shall I be like the lotus,
And bring you dark dreams and soft sighs?
Or shall I be like the rose is,
Sweet-scented and tempting your eyes?

For the unending sleep can seduce you,
To the world behind unseeing eyes.
And the beauty that beckons, then cuts you,
Is also the cruelest of lies.

Lotus currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Customer Reviews

It is a dark comedy and soooo funny!
AimeeKay
At first I felt I didn't really "get" this, then I realized that there wasn't really much to get.
morehumanthanhuman
It'll make your library(or kindle) 20% cooler!
Steven R. Shroyer

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By morehumanthanhuman on September 27, 2011
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At first I felt I didn't really "get" this, then I realized that there wasn't really much to get. This is a take on 80s cartoons. The content and language are targeted towards adults, but the plot and characters are predictable and transparent enough for an elementary schooler. The author was clearly going for something dark, but the overall effect is just silly.

Maybe I'm just not part of the right subculture to appreciate this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Meridian on July 6, 2011
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Machoponi is about to go on a quest...to save the one he loves, Dust. In a world where My Little Pony meets the world of the undead and Cuddlebears (spin off of Care Bears) are covered in porcupine quills, Machoponi must cross the Jagged Line into the Dark Kingdom. It is widely known that once a pastel poni crosses this line, few ever return. Will he be able to rescue Dust? Will he make it back to the Pastel Kingdom? Who is this Chill-Aid Man filled with blood, and why does he hold such a strong resemblance to the Cool-Aid Man? These questions and more will be answered in Machoponi.

The parody of popular 80s cartoon nostalgia made this a fun read. The Chill-Aid Man was great. What I didn't like was the character of Dust. She is totally unlikeable from beginning to end. This was a problem for me because she was Machoponi's entire motivation for going into the Dark Kingdom and risking his life, and I kept thinking, "What's the point???"

Overall, I liked the book. One warning though...this book is not for children. Great fun for those that grew up in the 80s and want to revisit their childhood with an evil twist.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christy Leigh Stewart on July 16, 2010
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The book is adorable and I just love the illustrations (there should have been more!) but I've got to be a little hard on it. Since the book is advertised as a Bizarro version of My Little Pony, I was hoping for a little more relevance to the MLP universe, or satire of it, at least. It seemed like the author thought it would be a funny idea and shrugged off having never seen the show/read the original books.

Not to save myself from seeming like too much of a geek or anything, but I have one more complaint; the plot should have been tighter or the scenes should have been punchier. One or the other if not both.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2013
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I can't take reading this book seriously...maybe as a comic, but not an entire book. I think the "humor" to this book is just not for me, or some people. It's probably one of those books that you either like the genre or you don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 10, 2013
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Lotus Rose, MachoPoni: A Prance with Death (Spunk Goblin Press, 2010)

Lotus Rose (for the record, the author is male; I didn't catch that until I got to the “About the Author” bit) opens the PoniWorld Chronicles series (as of this writing, 5Dec2013, there are six PoniWorld books available) with MachoPoni: A Prance with Death. Now, there are odd books. If you've had any brushes with the bizarro movement, you are well aware of this, and there are all sort of weird psychedelic artifacts from the sixties and all that just awaiting your reading pleasure. And then there are the really weird books, the true chronicles of what-the-[censored for Amazon consumption]ery most often found in the “new age” section of your local bookstore, self-published awful poetry, Birth Control Is Sinful in the Christian Marriages, and the stuff that even the local porn merchant keeps under the counter because he can't stand to look at it—the literary equivalents of Sharknado or The Room.

And then there is MachoPoni.

What. In. The. Flying. Hell.

“And so, brain freeze lobotomy,
Offends like a smiling enemy.
The betrayer's acts, they bring such pain,
But roofies swipe it from the brain.”
(from “The Legend of Machoponi, Part the Second”)

Among the terrifying poetry and retooled song lyrics (the PoniWorld version of Run-DMC's “It's Tricky”, credited of course to Run-P.O.Knee, is especially hilarious, or especially nauseating depending on your point of view), there is in fact a novel here. The plot: Macho and his pals live in Pastel Kingdom, the southern half of PoniWorld, where everything is bright and rainbow-y. He has a rival, Clint, and the two of them are currently at odds over Dust, Macho's childhood friend/crush and Clint's current squeeze.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AimeeKay on April 17, 2013
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This is not your kid sister's MLP! I originally picked it up on a whim, at first not sure if it was a parody or not. I'm really glad I picked it up. It is a dark comedy and soooo funny! I think having grown up with the original shows that are poked fun at in the book made it that much funnier. It was a fun, if twisted, check that VERY twisted, romp down memory lane.
I'm not sure if someone not familiar with the cultural references would find it as amusing as I did. Most of the fun is seeing how twisted the author gets. I also would have liked to see more of the artwork. Only two or three pictures were included besides the cover art. I'm not saying turn it into a picture book, but it would have been fun to see more.
As I said above the books humor is quite dark and there are also some rather disturbing parts. This isn't a little kid's book and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 18. But overall I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read more of the authors work.
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