Space Opera

Space Opera

IN SPACE EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOU SING A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding. Once every cycle, the civiliza IN SPACE EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOU SING A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended t...

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Title:Space Opera
Author:Catherynne M. Valente
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:Space Opera
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Space Opera Reviews

  • Jenne
    Mar 16, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

  • Lulu
    May 11, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

    Not an objective rating - this was just so very much fun and somehow tailored to my exact personal tastes. Recommended if you love Eurovision, recommended if you just love lushly written, hilarious, intense stories. ...

    3.5, rounded up. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I liked the writing style - that quirky, tongue-in-cheek humour. I absolutely see why it has drawn so many comparisons to Hitchhiker's. It felt that way to me too. And Eurovision in space? That's a killer conce...

  • Rachel (rachandbooks)
    May 15, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

    Not an objective rating - this was just so very much fun and somehow tailored to my exact personal tastes. Recommended if you love Eurovision, recommended if you just love lushly written, hilarious, intense stories. ...

    3.5, rounded up. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I liked the writing style - that quirky, tongue-in-cheek humour. I absolutely see why it has drawn so many comparisons to Hitchhiker's. It felt that way to me too. And Eurovision in space? That's a killer conce...

    'How else are you supposed to deal with people who like terrible things? Hit them with a shovel till they stop, that's how. That should be the thirtieth Unkillable Fact, I tell you what.' TEARY FEELSPLOSION AND ALL THE GRINNING. Space Opera is definitely the most bizarre and bats...

    "Life is beautiful and life is stupid." Ohhhhh Cat Valente, how I adore your writing. This is the fourth book by her I've read and I've adored ALL of them. I understand that she writes niche things, but I love it. Who would have thought that a book about Eurovision in space would be...

  • Andrea
    Mar 21, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

    Not an objective rating - this was just so very much fun and somehow tailored to my exact personal tastes. Recommended if you love Eurovision, recommended if you just love lushly written, hilarious, intense stories. ...

    3.5, rounded up. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I liked the writing style - that quirky, tongue-in-cheek humour. I absolutely see why it has drawn so many comparisons to Hitchhiker's. It felt that way to me too. And Eurovision in space? That's a killer conce...

    'How else are you supposed to deal with people who like terrible things? Hit them with a shovel till they stop, that's how. That should be the thirtieth Unkillable Fact, I tell you what.' TEARY FEELSPLOSION AND ALL THE GRINNING. Space Opera is definitely the most bizarre and bats...

    "Life is beautiful and life is stupid." Ohhhhh Cat Valente, how I adore your writing. This is the fourth book by her I've read and I've adored ALL of them. I understand that she writes niche things, but I love it. Who would have thought that a book about Eurovision in space would be...

    really confused me when the deathless companion's entry on goodreads was changed to this, which sounds amazing and is still a must-read, but i don't get how the two were merged rather than making a new entry and getting the shelved one removed...? ...

    Does what it says on the tin. ...

    Sentient beings of the universe(s) had an all-out war over sentience. To resolve the question, the remaining aliens created a grand prix competition in which the object is to sing your sentience out and just not come in last place (or it's all over for your race = certain annihilation)...

    If you are into Douglas Adams type of humour and can stomach very obvious self-flagellating commentary on humanity, then you'll love this one. I thought the author had a very good way with words, but the rest of her artistry was a complete disconnect for me. I've been meaning to try Va...

  • Tatiana
    Apr 14, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

  • Ran
    May 03, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

    Not an objective rating - this was just so very much fun and somehow tailored to my exact personal tastes. Recommended if you love Eurovision, recommended if you just love lushly written, hilarious, intense stories. ...

    3.5, rounded up. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I liked the writing style - that quirky, tongue-in-cheek humour. I absolutely see why it has drawn so many comparisons to Hitchhiker's. It felt that way to me too. And Eurovision in space? That's a killer conce...

    'How else are you supposed to deal with people who like terrible things? Hit them with a shovel till they stop, that's how. That should be the thirtieth Unkillable Fact, I tell you what.' TEARY FEELSPLOSION AND ALL THE GRINNING. Space Opera is definitely the most bizarre and bats...

    "Life is beautiful and life is stupid." Ohhhhh Cat Valente, how I adore your writing. This is the fourth book by her I've read and I've adored ALL of them. I understand that she writes niche things, but I love it. Who would have thought that a book about Eurovision in space would be...

    really confused me when the deathless companion's entry on goodreads was changed to this, which sounds amazing and is still a must-read, but i don't get how the two were merged rather than making a new entry and getting the shelved one removed...? ...

    Does what it says on the tin. ...

    Sentient beings of the universe(s) had an all-out war over sentience. To resolve the question, the remaining aliens created a grand prix competition in which the object is to sing your sentience out and just not come in last place (or it's all over for your race = certain annihilation)...

  • GrilledCheeseSamurai
    Apr 15, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

    Not an objective rating - this was just so very much fun and somehow tailored to my exact personal tastes. Recommended if you love Eurovision, recommended if you just love lushly written, hilarious, intense stories. ...

    3.5, rounded up. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I liked the writing style - that quirky, tongue-in-cheek humour. I absolutely see why it has drawn so many comparisons to Hitchhiker's. It felt that way to me too. And Eurovision in space? That's a killer conce...

    'How else are you supposed to deal with people who like terrible things? Hit them with a shovel till they stop, that's how. That should be the thirtieth Unkillable Fact, I tell you what.' TEARY FEELSPLOSION AND ALL THE GRINNING. Space Opera is definitely the most bizarre and bats...

    "Life is beautiful and life is stupid." Ohhhhh Cat Valente, how I adore your writing. This is the fourth book by her I've read and I've adored ALL of them. I understand that she writes niche things, but I love it. Who would have thought that a book about Eurovision in space would be...

    really confused me when the deathless companion's entry on goodreads was changed to this, which sounds amazing and is still a must-read, but i don't get how the two were merged rather than making a new entry and getting the shelved one removed...? ...

    Does what it says on the tin. ...

    Sentient beings of the universe(s) had an all-out war over sentience. To resolve the question, the remaining aliens created a grand prix competition in which the object is to sing your sentience out and just not come in last place (or it's all over for your race = certain annihilation)...

    If you are into Douglas Adams type of humour and can stomach very obvious self-flagellating commentary on humanity, then you'll love this one. I thought the author had a very good way with words, but the rest of her artistry was a complete disconnect for me. I've been meaning to try Va...

    Whoa. Catherynne M. Valente...you have stolen my heart. No review here. This book is FANTASTIC and completely blew me outta the water. Favorite book of the year (thus far). Read it. See for yourself. ...

  • j
    Jan 17, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

    Not an objective rating - this was just so very much fun and somehow tailored to my exact personal tastes. Recommended if you love Eurovision, recommended if you just love lushly written, hilarious, intense stories. ...

    3.5, rounded up. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I liked the writing style - that quirky, tongue-in-cheek humour. I absolutely see why it has drawn so many comparisons to Hitchhiker's. It felt that way to me too. And Eurovision in space? That's a killer conce...

    'How else are you supposed to deal with people who like terrible things? Hit them with a shovel till they stop, that's how. That should be the thirtieth Unkillable Fact, I tell you what.' TEARY FEELSPLOSION AND ALL THE GRINNING. Space Opera is definitely the most bizarre and bats...

    "Life is beautiful and life is stupid." Ohhhhh Cat Valente, how I adore your writing. This is the fourth book by her I've read and I've adored ALL of them. I understand that she writes niche things, but I love it. Who would have thought that a book about Eurovision in space would be...

    really confused me when the deathless companion's entry on goodreads was changed to this, which sounds amazing and is still a must-read, but i don't get how the two were merged rather than making a new entry and getting the shelved one removed...? ...

    Does what it says on the tin. ...

  • David
    Jun 30, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

  • Trish
    Apr 12, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

  • Vivian
    May 03, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

  • Bradley
    Apr 12, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Apr 29, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

  • valentina
    Nov 07, 2013

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

    Not an objective rating - this was just so very much fun and somehow tailored to my exact personal tastes. Recommended if you love Eurovision, recommended if you just love lushly written, hilarious, intense stories. ...

    3.5, rounded up. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I liked the writing style - that quirky, tongue-in-cheek humour. I absolutely see why it has drawn so many comparisons to Hitchhiker's. It felt that way to me too. And Eurovision in space? That's a killer conce...

    'How else are you supposed to deal with people who like terrible things? Hit them with a shovel till they stop, that's how. That should be the thirtieth Unkillable Fact, I tell you what.' TEARY FEELSPLOSION AND ALL THE GRINNING. Space Opera is definitely the most bizarre and bats...

    "Life is beautiful and life is stupid." Ohhhhh Cat Valente, how I adore your writing. This is the fourth book by her I've read and I've adored ALL of them. I understand that she writes niche things, but I love it. Who would have thought that a book about Eurovision in space would be...

    really confused me when the deathless companion's entry on goodreads was changed to this, which sounds amazing and is still a must-read, but i don't get how the two were merged rather than making a new entry and getting the shelved one removed...? ...

  • Sana
    Apr 29, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

    Not an objective rating - this was just so very much fun and somehow tailored to my exact personal tastes. Recommended if you love Eurovision, recommended if you just love lushly written, hilarious, intense stories. ...

    3.5, rounded up. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I liked the writing style - that quirky, tongue-in-cheek humour. I absolutely see why it has drawn so many comparisons to Hitchhiker's. It felt that way to me too. And Eurovision in space? That's a killer conce...

    'How else are you supposed to deal with people who like terrible things? Hit them with a shovel till they stop, that's how. That should be the thirtieth Unkillable Fact, I tell you what.' TEARY FEELSPLOSION AND ALL THE GRINNING. Space Opera is definitely the most bizarre and bats...

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    May 08, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

  • Lindsay
    Apr 18, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

  • Veronique
    Apr 24, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

  • Lata
    Apr 16, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

  • Hiba
    Jul 14, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

  • Robyn
    Apr 19, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

    I am a big fan of Catherynne Valente, but she's one of those writers with a very distinctive style that does not always hit the right notes for me. To use what is possibly the most unlikely equivalence of all, I will compare her to Cormac McCarthy ? sometimes his long, run-on punctua...

    Not an objective rating - this was just so very much fun and somehow tailored to my exact personal tastes. Recommended if you love Eurovision, recommended if you just love lushly written, hilarious, intense stories. ...

  • Gary
    May 16, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

  • Lilith Knight
    Mar 09, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

  • Lena
    Apr 10, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Jun 21, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

  • Acqua
    May 15, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...

    This sounds fabulous ! ...

    If you are a mostly adult SFF + YA reader like me, it doesn't matter which books you've read - this will be one of the weirdest you've ever found. It's Eurovision in space, against aliens, and if the humans lose, they will be exterminated. This is the kind of book that doesn't make ...

  • Charlie Anders
    Apr 14, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

  • Emily
    Jan 31, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

  • Maria
    Dec 10, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

  • G33z3r
    Apr 17, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Space Opera is Eurovision in space! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the washed up lead singer of a band notorious for inventing "the entire electro-funk glamgrind genre." ...

    2.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review). It took me nearly two months to read this Eurovision in space/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy mashup, start to finish. My journey began with Anticipation, shifted to Befuddlement and Boredo...

    In the setup for Catherynne M. Valente?s new ?Eurovision in space? novel Space Opera, a has-been, burned-out, Bowie-wannabe rock star called Decibel Jones is inexplicably chosen to sing in an intergalactic competition for humanity?s right to exist. Unfortunately, after the amus...

    Life is beautiful. And life is stupid. Once upon a time on a small, watery, exciteable planet called Earth ... we find out that we are indeed not alone in the universe. On the contrary. The universe is teeming with all kinds of life (including the most improbable forms of FTL transp...

    Life is beautiful. Life is stupid. This book was all kinds of freaking wonderful, packed to the gills with glam and snark and a buttload of heart-wrenching brutal honesty wrapped up with a bow of sex, aliens, and rock and roll. A lot of people are equating this with Hitchhiker's ...

    I?M GETTING HIGH JUST FROM READING THIS BLURB ...

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere. After...

    So, one time I bought a bottle of Miracle-Gro for my houseplants. I used it once or twice and then stuck it in the back of a cupboard and forgot about it. Years later, when I was moving house, I cleared out the cupboard and found the bottle, which had leaked somehow and the Miracle-G...

    3.5* When I heard that Valente was creating a ?Eurovision Song Contest? in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I?d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humourist...

    While I love Catherynne M. Valente's sentences for their cleverness, biting humour and commentary, I find that my reaction to her work really depends on whether I'm listening to it or reading it. I tend to struggle with her long and convoluted senteneces when I read her text, but just ...

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy, the history of a planet, the history of a person is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco...

    As much as I love Valente, I just can?t handle this book. So over the top and so not my thing. I did hate The Hitchhiker?s Guide, so I should have known... ...

    Like being at the best cocktail party--EVER! So funny, clever, over-the-top, philosophical Eurovision/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that had hints of This is Spinal Tap and cameos by: How you ask. Simple. After nearly annihilating the universe, the varying factions created t...

    This book is what comes from combining refined sugar, cocaine, and a word processor. The comma to period ratio was about 100:1. They were frenzied, rabid sentences. Never in this life would I have thought I?d be complaining about the writing from the author of The Refrigerato...

    This is another book that I blurbed, so I'm just expanding on what I already said. This book is SO MUCH FUN. The bountiful silliness, and the space setting, will automatically inspire comparisons to Douglas Adams --- but this is really something different and outrageous, all its own. I...

    Okay, wow. What a book! This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual. The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring....

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/05/12/... The first line of the description for Space Opera likens it to The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, and I think it?s an apt comparison because the influence of Douglas Adams clearly shows (and the auth...

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist no...