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Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010)

por Holly Black (Editor), Justine Larbalestier (Editor)

Outros autores: Libba Bray (Contribuidor), Meg Cabot (Contribuidor), Cassandra Clare (Contribuidor), Kathleen Duey (Contribuidor), Alaya Johnson (Contribuidor)7 mais, Maureen Johnson (Contribuidor), Margo Lanagan (Contribuidor), Garth Nix (Contribuidor), Naomi Novik (Contribuidor), Diana Peterfreund (Contribuidor), Carrie Ryan (Contribuidor), Scott Westerfeld (Contribuidor)

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Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.
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So, look at the dates--I devoured this book. Precisely for the reasons I picked it up in the first place...the fabulous premise, and the spectacular lineup of authors.

I didn't love every story, of course, but I don't think I've ever loved every story in any anthology. I liked them all, though, and I did love some of them. That's a tricky enough task, though, and enough to get it five stars from me.

I especially enjoyed the running debate between editors Holly Black and Justine Larbelestier as they defended their respective teams (Team Unicorn and Team Zombie, respecectively) in the introduction to each story. I think this book must have been as much fun to put together as it was to read. ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
I'll be honest. I think unicorns are pretty dumb. I came into this firmly on Team Zombie.

The Highest Justice: Features both zombies and unicorns, so I'm unsure why this was marked for Team Unicorn. It was pretty standard fantasy fare - no surprises at all but not unpleasant. Solid 'meh.'

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Loved this gay zombie romance. It felt like what Meyer wanted Twilight to be and fell short of. Some similarities to Warm Bodies or Breathers.

Purity Test: I love Novik's work, but this felt too short. Wasn't wowed.

Bougainvillea: Flavorful, action-packed zombie story with a strong female lead. Really captures the zombies as a force of nature or natural disaster exacerbated by man, yet uncontrollable by man.

A Thousand Flowers: I both really like and really hate this. Its one of the more effective unicorn stories, with a dreamy, melancholy tone. I applaud Lanagan for being willing to go into taboo areas like bestiality and push the envelope for a unicorn story (zombie fiction has never had a problem doing this), and I appreciate the attempt to use different perspectives and voices. However, I don't think the different perspectives were well-utilized, and each switch was a disjointed, distracting experience.

Children of the Revolution: Children of the Corn meets Dawn of the Dead. Really fun.

The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn: Interesting take on unicorns. This felt more like the start of a series than a self-contained story - the ending is sudden and not 100% satisfying. Some things strained my suspension of disbelief, like keeping a large, destructive animal in a family garage for an extended period of time without family members noticing.

Inoculata: Teenagers are Stupid: A Short Story. The seeds in here are great, the themes are wonderful, but it just fails to explore them in a meaningful or effective way.

Princess Prettypants: This story was the equivalent of Inoculata, but for Team Unicorn. Teens being assholes to eat other, ultimately solving their problems using a unicorn that farts constantly. All the characters are assholes and don't speak like teenagers...or human beings in general.

Cold Hands: Absolutely boring, bland story with a female lead that does precious little to further the story. Lacks any real zombie flavor. The worldbuilding is not just weak, its fucking lazy and inconsistent. I didn't expect much from Clare and she still managed to disappoint me.

The Third Virgin: By this point I was worried that all the good stories were pushed to the beginning of the anthology. I was wrong! This was one was one of my favorite unicorn stories. Its dark, and its brooding. Its basically Interview With The Vampire meets The Last Unicorn. It would probably work just as well as a straight-up vampire story, but I was really happy with this one.

Prom Night: Super creepy. Kids trying desperately to not only stay alive, but maintain some shred of normalcy in the face of disaster and death.

The intros, consistent of banter between the two editors, were weird. Sometimes I found them interesting or funny, but most of the time it just seemed way, way too "try hard" and fell flat.

Overall: Its a mixed bag like literally every anthology out there. While there were some duds, I was surprised at the variety in styles and takes on the subject matter, particularly for the unicorn stories. Even the bad stories had some interesting ideas in them, and were mostly dull rather than, say, painful. And, honestly, its effective at encouraging people to branch out. As I said, I am a zombie fan and I don't think I've ever deliberately sought out stories with unicorns. I've definitely done targeted searches for zombie lit. But this book let me expand my horizons a little. I'm happy to put this in the "would recommend" pile. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
It was ok. I only really enjoyed about half of the stories. Cassandra Clare's and Meg Cabot's were the best. There also was one story that I enjoyed but it ended really suddenly and with no real conclusion which I hated. The best parts were the banter between Holly and Justine in the introduction and at the beginning of each chapter. If I had to choose I think I'd have to say the zombies won! ( )
  KeriLynneD | Jul 3, 2020 |
I don't normally read short story collections, but I'm so glad I took a chance on this. So many of these stories were awesome and the contrary between Zombies and unicorns was fascinating! ( )
  avonar | May 27, 2020 |
A friend lent this book to me years back (actually, I should check if it was lent or given...) Anyway, it's a light quick read and the stories are entertaining and pretty even throughout. They switch back and forth between stories about zombies and stories about unicorns. Not all the unicorns are nice...in fact, most aren't. Not all the zombies are just out to eat brains (most are though). I think the only real shortcoming was the conversations between Black and Larblestier cheering on zombie or unicorn to introduce each story. Their shtick just didn't add anything and in the cases where a story coming up was particularly dark, their joking about cheering for their respective "team" set the wrong mood before wading in. ( )
  Sean191 | Dec 16, 2018 |
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Black, HollyEditorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Larbalestier, JustineEditorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Bray, LibbaContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Cabot, MegContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Clare, CassandraContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Duey, KathleenContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Johnson, AlayaContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Johnson, MaureenContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Lanagan, MargoContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Nix, GarthContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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