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The Compulsive Reader: Zombies vs. Unicorns, Edited by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black

Monday, November 15, 2010

Zombies vs. Unicorns, Edited by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black

Vampires, fairies, and werewolves become sadly lackluster the minute you crack open the Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology, edited by the most esteemed YA authors Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black, zombie and unicorn advocates respectively. The book begins with an introduction that chronicles the genesis of this project, complete with many humorous jabs and the two editors drawing the proverbial line in the sand between the sides and their accompanying authors. The seriousness in which each editor presents her own argument is quite entertaining (though Larbalestier tends to be a little less mature about her assertation of zombie superiority).

There really is something for everyone in this collection of stories as well, outside of your preferences of zombies or unicorns. This absolutely stellar cast of authors has written very diverse and intelligent stories; everything from witty to serious and thought-provoking to just plain fun is included. Some favorites include Meg Cabot's hilarious and modern 'Princess Prettypants', Carrie Ryan's 'Bougainvillea', set in the same world as her novels The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves, 'Purity Test' by Naomi Novick, about a very reluctant heroine and a rather cynical unicorn, and Maureen Johnson's funny yet chilling 'The Children of the Revolution'. It's hard to choose sides with such great stories, and even harder to pick a favorite among them, but thankfully there is no shortage of great entertainment among these pages, and it is guaranteed to be a great conversation starter. This is such an excellent concept that I wouldn't be opposed to another anthology along the same lines, hopefully with stories from the editors themselves.

Cover Comments: I absolutely love this entire package! The epic battle scene is fantastic, and the simple silhouettes are a great look, especially considering how they don't necessarily buy into the stereotypical look of each creature. It's a very eye-catching book, both inside and out.

ARC provided by publisher.

4 comments:

Annette said...

I was compiling a book order today for my library, and this one came up on a list I had. I decided to pass, some good reviews, some bad. I don't have a lot of short story readers, my budget got cut, blah, blah, blah. Now, I think I'll have to put it on the order! Nice review. Very timely for me! Thanks.

Lauren said...

This looks cute...think I'll have to read it, with that cast. Pre-read, I'm on the unicorn side, myself

Willa said...

Great blog you have here! I have just made a reference to you in my new review of Crescendo :-)

johium said...

I am not a big reader anthology, because there are usually just as many stories as I do not like, like I do and it is easy to put between the stories. As far as I can remember, I loved every story in Zombies vs. unicorns.
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