Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Edited by: Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Authors: Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Kathleen Duey, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Maureen Johnson, Margo Lanagan, Garth Nix, Naomi Novic, Diana Peterfreund, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld,
Release Date: September 21st, 2010
Synopsis from Goodreads:
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
Well, I think that it goes without saying that I've never read anything quite like this! It was highly entertaining. I thought that the little notes from the editors before each story, explaining their thoughts and giving a little backstory, were a nice touch. And funny. As it usually goes with anthologies, there were stories that I loved (Libba Bray's Prom Night) and ones that I didn't (Margo Lanagan's A Thousand Flowers).
The stories ranged from dark to funny, to darkly funny. Starting each story was like opening a present. I think that some of them are going to stick with me for a while. There are a couple rather disturbing ones in there. And the ones that I found most disturbing were unicorn stories. Surprising, I know. One of my favorites was Meg Cabot's Princess Prettypants, a unicorn story. It was really funny, and lightened the mood. I was surprised by how much I loved Carrie Ryan's zombie story, as I wasn't a fan of The Forest of Hands and Teeth.
I think that I enjoyed more zombie stories than unicorn stories. But that's probably because more authors that I like are team zombie. Now, I've tried, I really have, but I simply cannot figure out which team I'm on! Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Maybe I should try for Team Zombie Unicorn? I'd read a book about those! Wouldn't you?
Basically, if you like any of these authors, this book is worth a shot. Since I don't see how I could use my regular rating system in this situation, I'm just going to use stars: 4 stars!
Cover Comments: This is possibly the most awesome cover EVER. The inside is great too!