May 27, 2018

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Robots vs. Fairies by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe | SLJ Review

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redstarPARISIEN, Dominik & Navah Wolfe, eds. Robots vs. Fairies. 384p. S. & S./Saga. Jan. 2018. Tr $27.99. ISBN 9781481462365; pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781481462358.

This compendium of 18 short stories pit robots against fairies in order to determine which are the supreme beings in the universe. The supporters of Team Robot and Team Fairy ensure that whichever species becomes the new overlords, humans will have the means to understand how to best relate to them through this humorously styled guidebook. There is a retelling of Pinocchio and the Pied Piper, a hilarious conversation among three robots, and more. The anthology comes together well, using clever wordplay and balancing humor with tragedy, and the sinister with the silly, while delighting readers, who must ultimately decide to be on Team Robot or Team Fairy. Particular standouts include John Scalzi’s, Seanan McGuire’s, and Kat Howard’s contributions. VERDICT A fabulous addition to short story collections.–Kristen Rademacher, Marist High School, Chicago

This review was published in the School Library Journal May 2018 issue.

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