Largehearted Boy: Big Heart, Lots of Year’s Best Lists

25 comments on “Largehearted Boy: Big Heart, Lots of Year’s Best Lists

  1. What I really want is a list that collates all those lists into a much smaller list of things that appear on everyone’s list. Then, I want a list of all the things that only appeared once among all the lists.

    And a pony. I’ve always wanted a pony.

  2. Felix Gilman says:

    you may not have a pony, but you may have a list of ponies

    1. Rainbow Star
    2. Dobbin
    3. Chestnut
    4. Prancer/Sweetheart II (tie)

  3. Felix Gilman says:

    list of pony lists

    1. mine
    2. theirs

  4. Your lists are elitist. The people are a better measure of what the center of pony lists should be! Let Google Search Results Reveal the List of Pony Lists! Not this hoity-toity list of your editorial selection.

    The people have spoken.

  5. Felix Gilman says:

    list of pony listers

    1. me
    2. the people

  6. Felix Gilman says:

    it is true that I only put Dobbin on the list for the sake of controversy and because I want to look edgy, but I think that’s as valid as any other method of pony-selection

  7. If you were really interested in being edgy, you’d have included Donner. He may be Santa’s reindeer, and a cannibal, but that’s what pony lists really need.

  8. Felix Gilman says:

    but this is a list of US-based ponies

  9. Felix Gilman says:

    anyway who says Rainbow Star isn’t a cannibal? not the Spotsylvania County Dep’t of Animal Control, that’s for sure

  10. i step out for just a couple of hours, and all pony hell breaks loose…

  11. Felix Gilman says:

    what is your favorite pony of 2010 Jeff

  12. Felix Gilman says:

    it doesn’t have to be a cannibal necessarily if that’s not what you look for in a pony

  13. that question is so deep and wide it’s going to take some intense thought.

  14. Your assertion that Alaska is not part of the US is a clear sign of your UK elitism, Gilman! In Alaska, ponies have horns and teeth!

  15. btw–i’m really sorry that you guys got toy soldiers instead of plastic ponies when you were kids. it’s obviously left permanent scars.

  16. Jess Nevins says:

    All these so-called “pony” posts should be called “phony,” since they ignore the backbreaking work that underpaid lower class minions have to do to maintain the ponies in their petit-bourgeois stables.

    I’m sick of all the pony posts. I’m going to write a long blog post about how awful posts about ponies are. That’ll show all of you!

    (Um, wait, I’m in some pony anthologies. Never mind!)

  17. jeff vandermeer says:

    oh man don’t go cooking the pony thread. :(

  18. ponynaut says:

    no harshy pony squee!

  19. Larry says:

    Hrmm…so J.M. and Felix are going to co-found ponypunk, right? And Ann and Jeff will be co-editing an anthology of it a few years later, no? I wish the future were now.

    I just wonder which fictional pony would win in a fight, though.

  20. Tero says:

    “Cooking the pony thread” sounds interesting. Recipes!

  21. Larry says:

    I’m just now waiting with bated breath for pony slash to be produced now that J.M. has linked to the seminal ponypunk stories.

  22. “…Apples questioned the meaning of his life after the disappearance of Balletrina. It seemed like all the other ponies had found a way to move on. Rainbow and Tutu, Balletrina’s sisters, galloped after the butterflies as if Balletrina was still right there with them, and Donner the mysterious Alaskan pony with large horns continued to watch the skies and, for what, no one knew. In fact, the village of Shetland continued on, brushing each other’s hair and eating sparkled frosted hay, as if nothing bad had happened. Not Apples. Apples knew that Balletrina would not have left him like that, when they were planning a sleepover in Chestnut’s disco barnyard. Balletrina loved disco. Apples sniffed around the purple carrot field where Balletrina had last been seen. The search parties had started here, but found nothing of note. They had wandered the fields around the carrot patch, searching for clues, but none were found. Apples realized something very important. In all the searches for Balletrina, no one had bothered to pull up one of the giant, purple carrots and dive into the shimmering darkness, searching Mr. Gumtum’s Gopher Holes for clues. Everyone had accepted Mr. Gumtum’s assertion, that Balletrina had never gone down into his hole. Apples wondered if anyone had bothered to check. Apples grabbed a carrot by it’s leafy, pink stalk and pulled and pulled and pulled.

    Donner saw this, from his watch tower. He whinnied mightily to see if Apples needed any help. Donner could cantor through the sky whenever he wanted because he had magic hooves. He never told anyone how he could also carry eight-million times his own weight in toys and magic carrots. He considered a moment helping Apples, but then decided not to. Donner had already eaten Mr. Gumtum, and there was no lust for pony flesh. Besides, Apples had too much glitter to taste any good…”

  23. Larry says:

    I have now seen most everything pony that a man can see and live. Am I Enlightened now and fit to go to Pony Nirvana?

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