Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

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

Title: Zombies vs. Unicorns
Editors: Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Series: No, thank gods.
Genre: Anthology, fantasy, YA, WTF?
Setting: Everything from mythical kingdoms to small towns, from courtly days to post-apocalypse.
Reason for Reading: For me personally, hearing the title was a reason to read it.
Finished In: Days
Pages: 415
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: A zombie faces a unicorn, as though they will soon do battle. There is a "vs." between them. So the title isn't actually written on the cover, which is neat.
First line: "Since the dawn of time one question has dominated all others: Zombies or Unicorns? Well, okay, maybe not since the dawn of time, but definitely since February 2007."
Favorite stories: "The Highest Justice" by Garth Nix, "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn" by Diana Peterfrund, and "Princess Prettypants" by Meg Cabot (yes, the one who wrote _Princess Diaries_),
Themes: Most of the protagonists in these stories are teenage girls. The reason for that I leave as an exercise for the reader. Zombies and unicorns are naturally recurring motifs.
Best part: I liked that some of the unicorn stories were very creepy.
Worst part: The editorial back and forth sniping in the introductions to each story got old fast.
Imaginary Theme Song: Living Dead Girl, vs The Unicorn Song from the Shel Silverstein poem.
Grade: C+. Interesting, funny, and creepy, but I don't think I'll need to read it again.
Recommended for: Anyone intrigued by the title.
Related Reads: Umm... I'm a little stumped on this one. I'll have to think about it.
Tags: books 2011, fiction
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