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
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult, Cultural, Russia, Retellings, Magical Realism, Space

Reviews Space Opera

  • 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...
  • j
    Does what it says on the tin.
  • 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...
  • Karin
    Once in a set of twin blue moons, the publisher's pitch of a book is actually right on the spot and true. This really IS Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision, and though I would've thrown Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in there as well, as a reader who symbiotes with H2G2, is entirely done with Eurovision, and loves Catherynne M Valente, this was the perfect book. I read a pre-copyedited bound manuscript and there were some...
  • Amy
    Thank you to Edelweiss for the eARC. I received no money, gifts, or glitter for this review. I'm but a humble librarian.This is such a fun, quirky, and funny book. I enjoyed the alien descriptions, and I totally cheered for poor Dess and Oort. But I wish Mira had been more of a character. And the ending was a little too fast. All in all, fun book!
  • Amber Brown
    What a ride. How is it even possible for one human being to have so many ideas in their brain? I am astounded. I literally shared entire passages with other people, and not nearly all the ones I wanted to.
  • Megan Lyons
    This was completely bonkers. It was just very strange. It did have some things going for it; it was funny and quirky and had some interesting social commentary. There were tons of great quotes, but overall, it felt choppy and disjointed. It sort of alternated between the story of the band, The Absolute Zeros and their struggle to save planet earth, and anecdotes and stories about the universe and beings that inhibited it. These anecdotes, in and ...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Um excuse me, read that summary and tell me you don't think this whole book sounds like a lot of fun? This cover is amazing and I love it. I actually am never going to give away my galley. UNLESS I see the hard cover in stores and then I'm going to swoon, and then buy this.Space Opera grabs you from the first page. It is humoro...
  • Bethany
    This book had me at the description "Eurovision in Space." It was a fun read. :)Thanks to Edelweiss for the review copy.