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Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
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Space Opera (edition 2018)

by Catherynne M. Valente (Author)

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"Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny. They must 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 by the remnants of civilization. Something to cheer up everyone who was left. Something to celebrate having escaped total annihilation by the skin of one's teeth, if indeed one has skin. Or teeth. Something to bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, understanding, and the most powerful of all social bonds: excluding others. Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for Galactivision--part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part, a very large, but very subtle part, continuation of the wars of the past. Thus, a fragile peace has held. This year, a bizarre and unsightly species has looked up from its muddy planet-bound cradle and noticed the enormous universe blaring on around it: humanity. Where they expected to one day reach out into space and discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of grave aliens, they have found glitter. And lipstick. And pyrotechnics. And electric guitars. A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock"--… (more)
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Title:Space Opera
Authors:Catherynne M. Valente (Author)
Info:Gallery / Saga Press (2018), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Tags:humor, space, space travel

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Seriously, just brilliant. The world needs this book! ( )
  slmr4242 | Jan 16, 2020 |
Subtitle: How Brexit Nearly Led to the Destruction of the Human Race ( )
  being_b | Jan 8, 2020 |
I had high hopes for Space Opera. The early part of the book was a wonderful smash-up of Hitchhiker's Guide and Eurovision or American Idol. Decibel Jones sounded like the perfect character to interact with the new aliens and try to save the Earth. And really, I enjoyed many parts of the book. The first encounter Earth has with an alien is wonderfully done, and I really enjoyed how "The Roadrunner" (as Decibel Jones calls the strange alien) handled the interactions and inevitable questions from the ordinary to the powerful. That was one of the highlights of the story. And the strange and quiet "alien" aliens are all wonderfully done and break many a Hollywood mold for what an alien is thought to be. But in the end a couple of things brought down my enjoyment. While Catherynne Valente has some wonderful word-play and can spin off humorous metaphors and some good satire, some of her metaphors and similes just went on longer than they should have. I also did not enjoy the ending. I mean, it ends as one might expect when a band from Earth must fight in an inter-galactic singing competition, but the action of how this was accomplished was too Deus Ex Machina for my liking. Catherynne had painted our hero into a corner, and the way they were freed was a cheat. (I mean, even the characters in the story knew it was a cheat - and maybe that's the point Catherynne was going for?) But I am not a fan of the fictional equivalent of a "Get Out of Jail Free" card when it comes to story resolution. I want to see the main character grow, overcome a challenge, or do something witty to win the day.

Overall Space Opera was enjoyable, and has enough good bits, humor, and satire to make it worth while to pick up and read, but don't expect a lot of character growth. ( )
1 vote GeoffHabiger | Jan 1, 2020 |
The concept of this book is good. I was hoping for something similar to Hitchhiker's Galaxy, and initially it seemed that hope would be fulfilled. However, the story soon became bogged down by the effort to be weird and irreverent. It seemed like the author kept trying to see is she could set a new record for combining disparate concepts into a single phrase on each page. Unfortunately, she pretty much succeeded to the point where the story itself was lost, at least until the last 30 pages or so. ( )
1 vote grandpahobo | Sep 26, 2019 |
As a novella or shorter, this would have worked. But as a novel, it felt like hard work - and remember what they say about visitors - "fish and visitors stink after 3 days". Basically, a washed-up rock star and what's left of his band have to put on the performance of their lives in the galactic version of the Eurovision Song Contest - and not come last otherwise humanity will be exterminated. It felt like far too much effort and the sub-Douglas Adams writing style felt too contrived. I found it hard to keep all the aliens straight.

Hitich-hikers Guide meets Eurovision. You have been warned.
  Maddz | Aug 31, 2019 |
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IN SPACE EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOU SINGA 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 civilizations gather for Galactivision - 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 everyone is forced to compete.This 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 sing.A one-hit-wonder band of human musicians, dancers and roadies from London - Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes - 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.
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