Space Opera

Space Opera

Book - 2018
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The fate of humankind and the Earth hang in the balance as galaxies compete for glory in a universe-wide musical contest-- rife with glitter, lipstick and electric guitars--where you must sing to survive.
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481497497
1481497499
Branch Call Number: F VALENTE
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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bulbatiff
Aug 13, 2019

Couldn't finish. Just not for me. Too much work to dissect every sentence.

RomanceAddict Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "'Space Opera' is not a book to read all at once. It is a book to savor. You should read one chapter at a time and bask in the afterglow. I have a chronic illness that causes me to spend a lot of time in the bathroom, so when I say that this was a perfect, incandescent, practically glowing bathroom book, I mean it, unironically, as the highest praise. If it can punctuate the last week I had with moments of glitter, light, and delight, then this book can do anything. But I would no sooner advise you to read it in one go than I’d advise you to chug an entire bottle of straight absinthe. At least, not if you are planning to operate heavy machinery."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/space-opera-by-catherynne-m-valente/

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AnnaGrainne
Nov 07, 2018

Completely ridiculous and amazing. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ziggy Stardust, Doctor Who, and Eurovision had a baby and it had really cool aliens in it.

JessicaGma Oct 18, 2018

I feel the other two commenters (SCL_Justin and Jessica_erbacher) have captured my feelings about the book: fantastic premise, great commentary, good jokes but perhaps too much "muchness". I barely registered that the story had ended....

SCL_Justin Jul 10, 2018

I loved this book about glamorous hasbeen rockstars singing to prove to the galaxy that humanity isn't just meat. Valente's style is rollicking and funny in a way I sometimes find exhausting, but works so incredibly well here. My favourite thing about the plot is that humanity can't be trusted to save themselves by sending what they think is the best musician we've got because our taste is terrible. We don't even appreciate Yoko Ono!

The universe she's created holds together much more coherently than the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy universe, and I think this is one of the first books I've read that's similar to Douglas Adams' masterpiece that I actually really liked. Great, light, funny, but also about what it means to be sentient. Highly recommended.

Video review here: https://youtu.be/8mS_qnY1528

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jessica_ebacher
May 09, 2018

Funny, charming, and wistful in the typical Valente style; I love the inspiration of a Eurovision style competition to prove your sentience to the rest of the universe, and all the weirdness that went along with it. I couldn't quite give it 5 stars, though. While I love her vivid descriptiveness, it felt like she was trying entirely too hard this time around, piling on an avalanche of adjectives for each and every character and setting and concept. I guess it's fitting with the "too much of everything" glam rock aesthetic of the book, but it gets a tiring after a while. Still, I think fans of her other works will enjoy it.

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