Robots vs. Fairies
Rampaging robots! Tricksy fairies! Facing off for the first time in an epic genre death match!
People love pitting two awesome things against each other. Robots vs. Fairies is an ...more
ARC provided by Saga Press in exchange for an honest review.
“We knew this day would come. We tried to warn the others. It was obvious either the sharp rate of our technological advancement would lead to the robot singularity claiming lordship over all, or that the fairies would finally grow tired of our reckless destruction of the natural world and take it back from us.”
First off, this anthology has the best introduction I’ve ever read in maybe any book ever! It is actual perfection ...more
Let me explain. Not to offend our possible future robot overlords, but robots lack the gorgeous imagery or the delightful villainy of fairies. Come on, what's a story without some morally grey leads who delight in their evil nature? But it's not just about the fairies; it's about how my robot vs. fairy preferences reflect the type of stories I enjoy. I prefer my fantasy grounded in truth, grounded in the cores of humanity. I prefer Seanan McGuire's vision of fairie ...more
→ Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire - ★★★★★ ←
The collection opened on such a strong note, as this was tied with one later story for my f ...more
A few standouts for me:
"Murmured Under the Moon" by Tim Pratt - This story features a heroic human librarian working for the Fae to keep their library (and to save the kingdom in the end). The books that would be pre ...more
Lots of the authors here rode the Robots vs Fairies line by incorporating both, but there's also plenty who've chosen their side - the variety of stories is a big part of the success of this book. There was really only one story I wouldn't read again, Jim C Hines' take on Peter Pan, a ...more
Strong beginning and great variety of different stories! I love the concept of the anthology and that it gave an opportunity for many amazing authors create these amazing stories.
My favorites stories are written by Seanan McGuire, Ken Liu, Tim Pratt, Madeline Ashby, Alyssa Wong and Catherynne M. Valente.
Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire - 4 stars! Great concept: fairies & elf pretend t ...more
I read selectively here, picking stories others here have liked, plus other favorite writers. Mixed bag, but the Pratt and McGuire stories are *wonderful*.
“Build Me a Wonderland” by Seanan McGuire. I can’t say much about this one without giving too much away, but it’s always a good clue to a good anthology, when the first story is a winner. This one, about a Disney World analog with an unexpected twist, is really, really good. 4+ sta ...more
Only 3 tales here were below 3-star level for me. I'm not usually a fan of fantasy fairies, but when you mix 'em up with robots, things can get interesting :)
Overall an entertaining fantasy/SciFi mashup, although I was disappointed there weren't more robot fae (or fae bots). Some of the funny tales were a bit over-the-top, but were balanced out by the more somber ones.
RECOMMENDED? Yes. Read this, unless yo ...more
This anthology collects 18 stories with each author picking either the robots ...more
My particular favourites were Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire, Murmured Under the Moon by Tim Pratt, and A Fall Counts Anywhere by Catherynne M Valente.
I’m a McGuire fan girl, so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed her story. It reminded me of her last novel of the Incryptid series, featuring an amusement park as it does. Ms. McGuire seems to be a fan of the ...more
As far as the title and cover goes, this is, without a doubt, the coolest book I've ever read. The content, however, is a mixed bag.
These are eighteen stories that I read over the course of four days. Very few of them were good, a lot of them were incredibly confusing and a couple were just about lame. After each story there's an author's note describing whether they are Team Fairy or Team Robot. It's a tie.
Yeah, Kaijus are basically several stories tall fairies, okay?
BUILD ME A WONDERLAND: 3.5/ ...more
Quality Time, by Ken Liu: ★★★
Murmured Under the Moon, by Tim Pratt: ★★
The Blue Fairy’s Manifesto, by Annalee Newitz: ★★★
Bread and Milk and Salt, by Sarah Gailey: ★★★★★
Ironheart, by Jonathan Mayberry: ★★
Just Another Love Song, by Kat Howard: ★★★.5
Sound and Fury, by Mary Robinette Kowal: ★★★
The Bookcase Expedition, by Jeffrey Ford: ★★.5
Work Shadow/Shadow Work, by Madeline Ashby: ★★★.5
Second to the Left, and Straight On, by Jim C. Hines: ★★★★
The Buried ...more
In this anthology, authors are asked whether they’re Team Robot or Team Fairy. Each writes a story involving robots or fairies (or occasionally both) and then provides a brief explanation of their choice. Overall, it’s a pretty strong collection of stories, and I enjoyed the combative framing device. It’s probably no surprise ...more
• Quality Time – 3/5 this one engaged me more than the last. I liked the young man going further than his limits, although I was confused about the language they were speaking.
• Murmured Under the Moon – very unique concept of living books. 4/5
• The Blue Fairy’s Manifesto – 3/5 Interesting exploration of consent, although it didn’t incorporate Pinocchio as expected
• Bread and Milk and Salt – 3.5/5. I loved the twisted relat ...more
I am not the sort of the fan w ...more
No, it's not my dream author dinner party, it's three of the greatest speculative fiction writers alive today, and they're all in one amazing book with a ton of other great writers.
Admittedly, I skipped a few stories that just didn't grab me, but that's the great thing about anthologies: there's something for everyone and abslutely I loved so many of the stories in this book.
Date Reviewed: 23 December 2017
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I have never read anthology before, so this is the first time I attempted to read and review one. All I can say it is completely different from what I normally read, but it is always nice to be out of your boundaries every once in a while. I wouldn’t say anth ...more
The best story in the entire anthology was "Bread and Salt and Milk" by Sarah Gailey. This is the story of one faery's encounter with a young boy, and their reocurring meetings over the year. This is not a Tinkerbell, though Tink g ...more
His work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Humber Literary Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Quill & Quire, Uncanny Magazine, Strange Hori ...more