Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Space Opera

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 planet Earth.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 i...

Details Space Opera

TitleSpace Opera
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherSaga Press
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor

Reviews Space Opera

  • Trish
    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 improbably forms of FTL transportation) and after a horrible intergalactic war, every sentient species has agreed on a form of contest with which to entertain but also combat one another. And it is...
  • Bradley
    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 Guide, but in a lot of ways, it's better. And worse. The sheer amount of delightful rock-and-roll trivia and snark made me think of Rob Reid's Year Zero, but this was bette...
  • Veronique
    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 humouristic, tongue-in-cheek, tone and I don’t do well with that style. I still read it, enjoyed it to a certain extent, smiled a few times, recognised the writing skill, but ...
  • Lindsay
    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 the Sentience Wars interstellar civilization has implemented the Metagalactic Grand Prix song contest which all prospective sentient species must compete in and not co...
  • Jenne
    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 baroque sort of globules growing fractally off the side of it. It was magical and also a bit distu...
  • Lata
    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 adore her work when I listen to it as I really like her wordplay. I was concerned reading reviews for this book as people kept making glowing comments and reference...
  • Emily
    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. EVERYTHING in this book feel inventive and fun and silly and gravely serious all at the same time.We flip between two stories, so to speak. One is the story of Decibal Jon...
  • Vivian
    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 the Grand Prix, a song competition. Humans are out to prove their sentience. Sounds easy? Not so fast, grasshopper. The descriptions of all the species and their peccadillos w...
  • G33z3r
    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 non-sequiters. (Certainly the Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy, to which the promotional material boldly refers, had its share of such digressions & the absurd, but A...
  • Lena
    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 Refrigerator Monologues.As far as the subject matter, if you liked The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet you’ll like this: hard agenda covered in soft confectionary science fiction.D...
  • Charlie Anders
    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 found the story of a washed up pop group trying to save the world quite moving and sweet, and just lovely.
  • Ran
    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 like Hitchhiker's Guide, Eurovision ( ... American Idol & The Voice doesn't really fit the bill, here, in terms of representation of a nation), or This is ...
  • j
    Does what it says on the tin.
  • Robyn
    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.
  • Sana
    '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 batshit crazy book I've ever read and I loved every minute of it. Humor combined with social commentary (the objective of which is to way more than just roast but I love that i...
  • Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
    Whoa. Catherynne M. 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.
  • Jessica
    A madcap, glam rock space explosion! I saw a professional review that said it read like Douglas Adams had written it after breaking up with David Bowie, even though he's still in love with Bowie . . . and yes, that's accurate. If you like Douglas Adams, you will definitely like this. It's not necessary for you to like the Eurovision song contest, but you should probably look it up if you don't know what it is. (Just like, in general.)
  • Glory
    Для начала - с "Бессмертным" Валенте у меня не сложилось от слова "совсем". Точнее меня впечатлила авторская фантазия, впечатлил стиль и... авторский ум, наверное. Но я совершенно не приняла историю. Не приняла бэдээсэмные напевы в русских сказках, г...
  • Andrea
    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 Valente's writing for so long, but as of right now I feel like I'm not the audience she writes for. The earnest, pink-cheeked liberal arts student maybe, but not the ...
  • Darcy
    Have you ever really wanted to like a book? That is how I was with this one. I mean look at that cover, it's so pretty, makes me want to dance around my living room. Then the book was recommend by Ilona Andrews on their blog. I've read other books they recommended and liked them, plus I love their other books, so how could I go wrong with this book????I read for a half hour at lunch today, then another when the network went down at work and there...
  • Robin Bonne
    4.5 Stars. A delightful book with lots of wit. Reminiscent of Douglas Adams’ humor. The alien species were interesting and imaginative.
  • Princess
    This book is all absurd, snarky glam rock. Plot doesn't really happen in here. But it's so wildly ridiculous that you can enjoy the ride.