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MachoPoni: A Prance with Death Paperback – March 27, 2009
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From the Author
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
How the Alien Pony Princess Fell in Love
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Maybe I'm just not part of the right subculture to appreciate this.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So dramatic which fits my reading needs,the characters Machoponi and Dust seriously loved each other the last words were so sadPublished 25 days ago by pinkrainbowgirl1106
This book wants to be an adult take on a children's TV show, but at best it manages preteen level. All in all it was an amusing, fast read. I doubt I'd ever reread it.Published 13 months ago by KG
I chose this rating because I don't cry and this made me almost cry at the end. My favorite part was when he got scammed at the dance off.Published 14 months ago by William bannister
Best book ever but it's gory but very detailed I love it and am hoping on get all of the sequelsPublished 18 months ago by Gia
Did u get this idea for my little pony? That's what it seams like what you did. And the book is awesome! Oh and it seems like you used an idea from the care bears?Published 21 months ago by Sugar Heart, or real name kailey
I enjoyed reading this book but only to an extent
I admire the writing style it is very bold, but it also seems as if the book was written for a preteen or child. Read more
well why does that have to be so sad? I wish dust would cross over to the pastel side!! sad 5 stars!!Published 23 months ago by Samara Williams