|Zombies vs Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier|
It's a common debate nowadays, vampires or werewolves, and so I found a comparison of two difference mythical creatures, zombies and unicorns, a welcome read. Probably because I love unicorns and fully support Holly Black's Team Unicorn in this head to head story competition.
Justine Larbalestier however is rooting for Team Zombie.
Each team leader sent out feelers to YA authors (Cassandra Claire, Scott Westerfeld, Meg Cabot, Libba Bray, Garth Nix, the names go on) and received six stories each on their respective creature. The two editors then siced the stories on each other, with commentary between them shedding light on the history of the myths and why one is better than the other.
And despite being a firm Team Unicron member, I have to say the opposition made some good points.
Each story is unique in themes, setting, characters. You have killer unicorns and those who who have dainty sparkly hooves. Similarly, you have reformed zombies as well as mindless brain eaters. I'd like to say I have favorites, but I can't. Each story is well written and has stuck with me. I think of one, and it leads straight to another in my mind. After having been trucking through old school SF for awhile and a historical romance I really should have finished months ago, this was a great refresher for my reading self.
And on top of that, I want to send a copy of this to at least five different people because this book begs to be shared.