EDITORS =JUSTINE LARBALESTIER & HOLLY BLACK
GENRE =FANTASY, HORROR, SUPERNATURAL
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 10 AND UP
What an intriguing collection of stories from some very popular and talented authors. The tone of the book is immediately established in the hilarious introduction where the two editors continue what has obviously been a long running battle between them about the superiority of zombies or unicorns. Each story has its own mini intro where Justine and Holly continue to joust over the merits or otherwise of the upcomig story (depending on whether the author is on their team!) Perhaps it is to be expected that the zombie stories are often quite gory – but many are also thought provoking (Scott Westerfold) or sad (Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare) or incredibly moving (Alaya Dawn Johnson). Perhaps the surprise is the humour that underlies so many of the unicorn stories, from the farting unicorn (Meg Cabot!!) to the hilarious twist in Naomi Novik’s tale. Whilst many of the authors will be familiar to readers of fantasy, horror or vampire novels (Cassandra Clare and Libba Bray) and whilst it is great to see Aussie’s in the mix (Garth Nix and Margo Lanagan) it is also terrific to find less familiar authors in this collection (Kathleen Duey, Naomi Novik and Alaya Dawn Johnson).
Sure to delight fans of supernatural fiction, however, the frequent coarse language and sexual themes may make this collection more appropriate for more mature readers.
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Recommended (dma) ****