Teen Book Club

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Zombies vs. Unicorns by Justine Larbalestier vs. Holly Black (2 reviews)

Hope,     15  
Holly Black vs. Justine Larabalestier  
Zombies vs. Unicorns  
Margaret K. McElderry Books    2010
        I really liked the cover art for this book! It was fun and colorful, and really got the point across!   If a tree falls and there is no one to hear it, does it make a sound? What is the sound of one hand clapping? Which make better fiction, zombies or unicorns?  Zombies vs. Unicorns is a collection of short stories meant to answer these questions...well, the last one anyway. Holly Black heads up team Unicorn, and Justine Larbalestier is leader for team Zombie. With contributions from numerous authors including Garth Nix, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare, Diana Peterfrued, Carrie Ryan, and Libba Bray, anyone is sure to find a story they like. Overall, this was an entertaining and fun collection; even though I personally did not like a few of the stories, I loved others. I would recommend this collection for older teens, whether they be Team Unicorn, Team Zombie, or completely neutral.   
Rating: 4 Better than most


Andrea F., 17 
Justine Larbalestier vs. Holly Black 
Zombies vs. Unicorns     
    It’s the latest question in the fantasy world after Pirates vs. Ninjas has become threadbare from much handling: Who’s better? Zombies or Unicorns? Some of the best fantasy and sci fi writers attempted to resolve this question by forming two teams, Zombies or Unicorns, each individual attempting to write the most kickass zombie or unicorn short story ever. Garth Nix, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, and Holly Black are just a few of the writers who participated in this contest. I have never been involved in the debate before as both zombies and unicorns creep me out for different reasons, so I came willing to be converted by this book. However what I forget is that everyone has vastly different ideas of what zombies or unicorns are actually like. Are zombies like George Romero’s vision, an unstoppable force that any hope against defeating them is false and foolish like Carrie Ryan’s story “Bougainvillea” supports? Or are they really just guys who happen to eat people but want desperately to fall in love like in Alaya Dawn Johnson ‘s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”? Is Meg Cabot correct in her story “Princess Prettypants” that unicorns are defenders of justice and virgins and fart rainbows that smell like lilacs when fed the wrong food? Or has Diana Peterfreund discovered the greatest cover up in history, that unicorns are really man-eating monsters that smell like the foulest pits of hell mixed with a sewage plant in her story “The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn”? It doesn’t matter if you hate zombies or unicorns, or even both, if you like any kind of fantasy you will find at least one story that you like in this book for each supernatural being.

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