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Space Opera eBook õ Hardcover ↠ randarenewables È The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over the top science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne M Valente in which sentient species compete for glory in a galactic musical contest—where the stakes are as high as the fate of planeThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over the top science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne M Valente in which sentient species compete for glory in a galactic musical contest where the stakes are as high as the fate of planet EarthA 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 bri 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 amusingly gonzo kickoff the subseuent two thirds of the book is the most epic filler of all time – a plotless pile of twisty worded tangents about everything on Earth the author can think of packed with in jokes and puns and double entendres and tonal shifts from slapstick to droll to burlesue to self deprecating to farcical and my god it’s way exhausting than funny and I’m not kidding it goes on FOREVER before anything resembling a story returns and it almost gets good again until it contrives a flimsy solution to the main problem then cuts off mid climax and goes straight to the denouement I normally like Valente’s writing; how she managed to write a novel without a single interesting character and stretch about 5000 words of story into 80000 words is admittedly an impressive feat and also completely mystifying and frustrating and disappointing

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Eryone is forced to competeThis year though humankind has discovered the enormous universe And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy gunships wormholes and stoic councils of aliens they have instead found glitter lipstick and electric guitars Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny they must singA band of human musicians dancers and roadies have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock 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 Gro had actually made the bottle itself grow There were all these baroue sort of globules growing fractally off the side of it It was magical and also a bit disturbing This book reminded me of my miraculous Miracle Gro bottle except that it was like if you took a Douglas Adams novel and spilled some David Bowie on it use your imagination and left it in a dark cupboard for an astronomical time unit or several this is what you would get I would say any random five or ten pages of this book is uite enjoyable but taken all together I’m not sure it really adds up to anything

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Space OperaNg the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace unity and understandingOnce every cycle the civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix part gladiatorial contest part beauty pageant part concert extravaganza and part continuation of the wars of the past Instead of competing in orbital combat the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song dance or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show The stakes are high for this new game and ev If I were to give this book a one word review it would beOverwrittenThis book in my opinion tries WAY too hard What it tries way too hard to do I am not uite sure but I was starting to get a headache trying to keep up with all the stuff it was throwing my way It seemed like every sentence had to have a punchline Every description came with a built in footnote story It was delivered under what seemed like the influence of 1000 energy drinks The fact that the content was so out there and bizarre did not helpIn reading some other reviews I see several mentions of this book trying to be like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – and that is exactly right But it takes the spirit and delivery of that book and raises it to the millionth degree All I felt with every sentence was the author winking at me and saying “Goodness me aren’t I creative and witty?”I do give it some props for creativity It is a very uniue and original concept and the author spent a lot of time fleshing out the details While this came out as stream of consciousness drivel it still had some pretty interesting ideasI am not uite sure who I recommend it to If you like the works of Douglas Adams you may like this or be appalled at the attempt to be like Adams If you like your sci fi straight forward this is not for you If you like your comedy extremely outlandish and have the patience to deal with hundreds of pages of non sensical dialogue this might just be the book for you