Robots vs. Fairies by Dominik Parisien

Robots vs. Fairies

A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or 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 anthology that pitches genre against genre, science fiction against fant...

Details Robots vs. Fairies

TitleRobots vs. Fairies
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherSaga Press
GenreFantasy, Short Stories, Science Fiction, Anthologies, Fiction

Reviews Robots vs. Fairies

  • Melanie
    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 ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Conclusion? Fairies are better.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 hu...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    When I first picked up Robots vs. Fairies, I almost expected the stories to be about literal wars between the two, so I was very surprised to find that it was actually a collection of alternating stories from authors who had chosen "team robot" or "team fairy". It was such a fun and unique idea, but I found that most of the stories were kinda "meh" for me.→ Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire - ★★★★★ ←The collection opened on su...
  • Lindsay
    A brilliant anthology from some of the biggest names in speculative fiction at the moment. It's at times funny, often introspective and thought-provoking with a clever framing mechanism of each author talking about whether they're Team Fairy or Team Robot and why. Highly recommended.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 th...
  • Veronique
    I was pleasantly surprised by this anthology and enjoyed all the stories (some more than others) apart from one. The theme of putting Robots against Fairies works very well and even more so because some of the authors pushed the boundaries between these two to the point that they altogether disappeared. All the various interpretations were also compelling, from a librarian in love with a living book to the nature of mourning and true horror.
  • Lata
    What a wonderful collection of stories with a fun premise! Some adventure, some sadness, some humour, and a few really touching moments.
  • Aleksandra
    The mathematically calculated rating is 3.52, but my heart says 4 stars because the anthology was AWESOME!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...
  • Robyn
    This was a great collection of short stories on what turned out to be a great theme! Something for everyone here - highly recommended.
  • Caitlin
    “We always 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. And so, we have prepared a guide to assist our fellow humans in embracing their inevitable overlords.”This anthology collects ...
  • Sara Saif
    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 stor...
  • Coolcurry
    After The Starlit Wood, I had high expectations for any anthology edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Thankfully, Robots vs. Fairies lived up to those expectations.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 th...
  • Izzy
    Build Me a Wonderland, by Seanan McGuire: ★★★★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: ★★★.5Sound and Fury, by Mary Robinette Kowal: ★★★The Bookcase Expedition, by Jeffrey Ford: ★★.5Work Shadow/...
  • Suncerae
    A themed anthology of 18 new stories from a group of fantastic authors, each of whom chooses a side—Team Robots or Team Fairies. Ultimately, it’s a throw down between the science fiction and fantasy genres, using the symbols of robots and fairies, respectively. The introduction greets our robot overlords (unless those tricksy fairies are the ultimate victor) and debuts this collection of stories as evidence of their greatness. Robots vs. Fair...
  • Jennifer Lee Rossman
    Scalzi. Gailey. McGuire.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.
  • Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
    3/5Date Reviewed: 23 December 2017This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.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 anthologies are my thing, but I wo...
  • Ruth
    I will admit that I have a bias towards fairies when comparing them to robots. I mean. They're fairies. C'mon. The fae. The Seelie court. Goblins and pixies and brownies, oh my! But, I did try to go into this trial with an open mind. And I have to say, the fairies won.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...
  • Rachel
    YES. Yes, yes, yes. I started out firmly #TEAMROBOT but this collection managed to sway me fae-ward. My damn TBR pile of new authors to check out has tripled AND I've got the Starlit Wood sitting right here. This collection has everything: Shakespearean crossovers, paranormal Westerns, inverted fairytales (Peter Pan, Pinocchio), and K-pop sexbots. Favorite favorites:Bread and Milk and Salt- Sarah Gaileya fairy story that scared the bejesus out of...
  • Andrew Hiller
    The great thing about anthologies is that they offer the reader a chance to discover a new author to explore more deeply... and Robots vs. Fairies achieves that. The big names may be the ones that grab your eye... Valente is here telling a wonderfully oddball story of a pro wrestling tournament match between histories most famous faeries vs the world's greatest thinking machines. Sesean Maguire takes us to a Disneyland where the attractions are a...
  • Bridget Mckinney
    Robots vs. Fairies is my first reading disappointment of 2018. I loved Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe’s first anthology, 2016’s The Starlit Wood, so I was very hyped for this one when it was announced. Unfortunately, Robots vs. Fairies is a bit of a sophomore slump for the editing pair, with a theme that feels more questionable the farther one reads into the collection, stories that largely feel a little too written to spec, and not enough ...
  • Pablo Rodríguez Pérez
    4.25/5Una gran antología con un nivel medio altísimo. Solo un par de relatos no me han gustado. Me falta ESE relato excelente por el que poder decir: «aunque sólo sea por este relato, leete el libro» pero lo he disfrutado mucho; desde el prologo, que es estupendo y muy divertido, hasta el broche final que pone Catherynne Valente y que es el relato perfecto para cerrar.Mis relatos favoritos:«Bread and milk and salt», de Sarah Gailey«Second...
  • USOM
    I have been loving this anthology spree I've been on. If you haven't seen it over the holidays, I've been reviewing anthologies about Asian SFF, caregivers, powerful women, and this stunning anthology to end my spree. If you love robots, OR fairies, you need this anthology. I rarely keep anthologies around to re-read, but this is making a permanent home on my shelf. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from ...
  • Marzie
    I received a Digital Review Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The premise of this anthology is declared in its title. Packed full of work by authors I love, we have short stories and novelette length works by Seanan McGuire, Catherynne Valente, Max Gladstone, Mary Robinette Kowal and many others. Anyone who follows my reviews knows why this anthology, edited by the Hugo, Locus, and Nebula-lauded team of Navah Wolfe and Dominik Pa...
  • Simone
    ”Robots Vs. Fairies” edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe [4/5] An anthology about Robots and Fairies fighting each other? Not so much. Most of the stories deal with one of the two only. So the title of this anthology might be a bit misleading. Each of the short stories has one of them in the centre. I think I like robots more...I began reading this on vacation and I thought I would like the robot stories much more than I would like the f...
  • Lauren loves llamas
    Rather than a bunch of stories pitting the title characters against each other, most of the stories in this anthology are either Team Fairy or Team Robot. I haven’t read most of these authors before, and since I usually read anthologies to find new authors, I’m pretty pleased with the large selection of authors. Here’s a few quick mini-reviews for each of the 18 (!!) stories, some with quotes if any particular lines jumped out at me.“We...
  • Alex Can Read
    Review to come.4.5 starsDominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe edited and collected one of my favorite anthologies to date, The Starlit Wood so when I saw they were releasing another anthology together I just couldn’t wait – especially once I saw the title: Robots vs Fairies. I thought to myself, “Oh, this is gonna be goood!” and oh, was I right. Many of the stories are poignant and thoughtful. Many of them left me with things to sit and mental...
  • Stephanie
    I received this copy from a Goodreads sponsored giveaway. I decided to write a review (a line or few) for each story in this collection. Overall it was very enjoyable. There are some gems I know I'll return to (because already I can't stop thinking about them) and some that I've already mostly forgotten. Build Me a Wonderland (McGuire) reminded me of Westworld! 3 starsQuality Time (Liu) felt like part of a whole. The main character has potential ...
  • Kathleen Townsend
    4 out of 5 stars on Looking Glass Reads.This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Anthologies are some of my favorite books to read, and Robots vs. Fairies may very well be my favorite anthology to date. Edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, this anthology is divided into stories featuring either robots or fairies, and sometimes both of them together. Every story is different in tone. No two share the same wor...
  • Arbys Mom
    I checked this out of the library because I was only sure I wanted to read the story by John Scalzi. In fact, his was disappointing, and sort of lame. I did enjoy some of the other stories. I’m more into robots than fairies, but the first half of the book, both types were pretty good. But I ended up skipping over the last few stories, or rather, skimming through them, as they just weren’t my thing.
  • Searska GreyRaven
    Loved this one. There were a few stories in here that didn't resonate with me, but the majority of them did. ^_^
  • Mary Wright
    Just a bunch of fun stories, but some of them to cause some philosophical thought about what it means to be human/sentient. All of the stories are enjoyable and the book ended too soon.