Thursday, July 15, 2010
Book Review: The Poison Eaters
TITLE: The Poison Eaters and Other Stories
PART IN SERIES: standalone
AUTHOR: Holly Black
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: Short stories, urban fantasy
PREMISE: A short story collection from Holly Black featuring a girl about to become a vampire, a boy facing down an evil latin club, characters from Tithe and many other stories.
MY REVIEW: Short story collections are a little tough for me to review. I don't read many of them, I mostly picked this one up because...well it's Holly Black. This collection is a gathering of stories she's written for other anthologies as well as new ones she's done. They range from downright creepy tales, to short random things that you're not sure what the deal is exactly, to everything in between. But it all has Black's trademark style: humor mixed with darkness and just utterly interesting ideas.
I'll go over my favorites though. My favorites are the Tithe one naturally. I loved Tithe and it was a treat to see Corny and Roiban again, if only briefly, and even more fun because they actually interacted which they didn't do much of in the Tithe Trilogy. It was quite entertaining to tell the truth, even if the story didn't have much point. My other two favorites was the first one The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and In Vodka Veritas. The others were just mildly interesting but not much to them.
If you don't mind quick stories and love Holly Black's writing, this book is for you. However, if like me, you tend to crave longer tales...you may not be too into this.
WHO SHOULD READ: Holly Black fans, those who don't mind short stories
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five fairy wings
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