Zombies vs. Unicorns ed. by Holly Black

Zombies Vs. UnicornsZombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I hadn’t realized I liked story anthologies so much before discovering this one! I hadn’t read anything by the two editors before I picked it up, but I’d read a few things from some of the contributors- Scott Westerfield and Meg Cabot, mostly. I loved the funny argumentative intros before each one. And I loved that no two stories were alike, and that the tones shifted from serious to the hilarious.

My favorite unicorn story was probably “Princess Prettypants” by Meg Cabot or “The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn,” and my favorite zombie one was probably “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Alaya Dawn Johnson. But I liked all of them, for a myriad of different reasons, and couldn’t really put my finger on what I thought was the strongest or the best. Which is the sign of an excellently put-together anthology, I suppose!

As to the big question: am I team zombie or team unicorn?

Uh…I might have to think about this one.

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Book Reviews: The Poison Eaters

The Poison Eaters: and Other StoriesThe Poison Eaters: and Other Stories by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh lordy. I read this one backstage during my last production, and thank goodness these were short stories, otherwise I might’ve missed a cue.

Each story is an effortlessly blazing little pass through a vastly different world, and I love that. I enjoyed all of them, but I have to say that my favorite one was “The Coat of Stars.” It began as such an average little story, and then turned into what could only be described as a classic fairy tale. I thought the most beautiful story in the collection.

“Going Ironside” and “The Land of Heart’s Desire” were a little lost on me- I felt like I needed to know more about Holly Black’s other stories to understand it. But I did enjoy the others, especially “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and the titular story, because they made me think.

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