Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier

Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Versions: hardcover, audio
Received from: publisher

Summary (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?

Team Unicorn: edited by Holly Black: Meg Cabot, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund

Team Zombie: edited by Justine Larbalestier: Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Aleya Dawn Johnson, Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld

I know a lot of people are anxiously awaiting the release date of this book. After all, the premise is amazing and unique and there are so many great authors that take a part in this book. Zombies vs. Unicorns is stuffed with short stories featuring a lot of famous writers to debate which is better: the Zombie or the Unicorn. Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier battle it out at the beginning and before each short story-sharing their opinion. And in the middle are lots of fun, scary, and silly short stories that are either about zombies eating brains, falling in love, unicorns being held captive, trying to steal virginities and powerful horns.

I loved reading most of the short stories, and I most of all loved reading Holly's and Justine's banter which was pretty funny and insightful. Even though I am a Unicorn fan, the zombie stories were a little more interesting and held my attention longer. That being said-Carrie Ryan's story was one of my favorites. It was about zombie pirates and had a very great plot line.

Will I reread it?
Probably not, but I did enjoy it. This book is for any paranormal fan or lover of short stories. And the cover is pretty great if you ask me.


katie said...

Great review. I am anxiously awaiting the release of this because it sounds interesting. =]

Melissa said...

I keep hearing about this one, and I hear it's definitely entertaining. Thanks for the great review :)

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