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Zombies vs. Unicorns Hardcover – September 21, 2010
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The Highest Justice by Garth Nix - haven't read any Nix books before. This one has a unicorn and a zombie, so maybe its best that it starts the collection. I liked it, not spectacular but still a good one.
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson - half-zombie boy falls for boy who has his own killer secrets; I liked this one, it drew me in and although the zombie-mind is not a happy one, I found myself rooting for them.
Purity test by Naomi Novik - Loved this one, very funny. A unicorn needs a virgin to help it on its quest to save baby unicorns, although capable warrior virgins are hard to find.
Bougainvillea by Carrie Ryan - set in the world of Forest of Hands and Teeth, although with different characters. I can't say that I liked the main character, but she felt very real (which was probably the unsettling part). I liked the end.
A Thousand Flowers by Margo Lanagan - for me the most disturbing, about what happens after the unicorn and virgin meet up. Not sure how I feel about this one. The prose was well done, but the subject matter if you thought about it too much was icky.
The Children of the Revolution by Maureen Johnson - this one was all right, taking its cues from entertainment gossip; a student on the vacation from hell finds herself caring for the children of a famous, mysterious celebrity. But something isn't quite right with those kids...Read more ›
The stories just fell way, way short of my expectations. Not everyone can write a good short story. Short story writing takes a different kind of talent than some of these trilogy writers possess, sorry to say. Very few of the stories were even decent. They were, for the most part, lackluster stories. Which is so sad when the topic is Zombies or Unicorns!
Carrie Ryan's story was one of the better of the set. However, her story was simply an extension of her "Forest of Hands and Teeth" series. She wrote a short story into that framework.
Scott Westfeld's story was another one of the better stories. (Though it left much to be desired.)
Diana Peterfreund's story (The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn) was probably the best story of the whole book. Even in short story form, it told a complete story. (A story you found yourself wishing there was a whole book of to enjoy!)
I'll admit, even if someone had told me how bad the book was, I couldn't have resisted buying it anyway. You're probably like that, too. So go ahead and lower your expectations way, way down before you buy the book. Lower them to the ground, maybe a little below ground. Now that your expectations are so low, you'll likely enjoy the book. My expectations were way too high to enjoy it.
Parental blurb (since this is a young adult book): Gore!Read more ›
Now if you are an adult & you get a kick out of stories like this then by all means this is something worth having. If you are getting this for your kids, then I guess you should use your parental discretion to decide what you feel is appropriate for your kids. If you don't have a problem with any of the above mentioned, then fine. For those who do, now you know.
I gave this 3 stars because there were some pretty entertaining short stories in this collection. Besides I was pretty much hooked at the title! Some were fun & silly. Some were dark, but still fun for the most part. It is nice that unlike some short story collections, these are just that - short stories. They are not parts of a much bigger story that might leave you a little in the dark trying to get a grasp on the characters.
Bottom line, entertaining listen for adults & worth having if you can get a good price on it.
I also have to say I am Team Zombie! :D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of My favorite reads during High School! Happy to add it to my never ending expanding Library!Published 2 months ago by RoseBunni
I really liked the concept behind this: writers were either on team unicorn or team zombie and wrote a story based on their favorite. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matilda
This is the best collection of stories about unicorns and zombies ever. Epic Win!Published 6 months ago by Jenifer M. Delia
"The Care and Feeding of Your Killer Baby Unicorn" is the only story worth reading and even that was a bit rushed at the end.Published 7 months ago by BlaiddDrwg
Why I Read This: It's a book about zombies & unicorns, who woudn't want to read it?
Stories: I really enjoyed reading all of the stories - some more than others - but... Read more
Reading Zombies vs. Unicorns taught me that short stories and I don't get along. At all. Or maybe reading too many short stories in a row is bad for my mental health. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jessica B.
Good book didn't have cover or protection when packaged minor scratches on cover sleeve.Published 17 months ago by bobby wardrop