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review 2018-06-16 22:30
Space Opera
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision!!!  Cool concept, right?  

 

I agree that it's a cool concept, but I can't say that I found Space Opera quite as amazeballs as some of the other reviews I've seen here at BookLikes.  Like most Saturday Night Live skits, I felt like Space Opera had one good joke that it tried to milk for just too long,

 

Perhaps the trouble is partly that I read Space Opera as an audiobook, and as such found the asides on the asides on the asides just a bit hard to follow. Or perhaps it's just that Catherynne M. Valente put a lot of energy into a writing style that I don't enjoy much (I'd previously looked at The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making  but it didn't grab my interest and Six-Gun Snow White didn't quite work for me either).

 

 

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text 2018-06-11 15:21
I have to stop
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Ana Juan,Catherynne M. Valente

Last night I read an additional 10 pages before falling asleep. ASLEEP! Woke up 2 hours later. A lost 2 hours. All because of this boring book! So I created a new shelf and removed it from my reading stack to Temp Stop. Maybe, someday ... Don't judge the book by me however,  many people like it. I'm sorry, I don't find it imaginative; It's just too screwy. My previous note (it's written by Spin a Dial) stands. 

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text 2018-06-10 18:25
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Ana Juan,Catherynne M. Valente

 Wow I read 20 pages and this is crazy so far. I moved this up on my reading schedule because so many raved about it but . ... It reminds me of someone spinning a dial when they need to introduce something in their story. Let's see ... I need something to ride on ,, Spin the Dial ... Oh, a leopard, that's good ... Now I need ... 

So far i do Not Like it. Imaginative? I think not. Spin the Dial.  If it does not improve tonight I set it aside.

 

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review 2018-06-08 20:19
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente - My Thoughts
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

I tried, folks, I really tried hard!  I bought this book because everyone recommended it.  All the book blogs, all the SFF authors and even some of the authors in other genres that I follow.  I loved the idea of it.  And then it got picked up for a movie treatment.  It had to be good, right?

Well.. not for me. 

I made it 1/3rd of the way through.  Nothing happened.  Nothing except a lot of clever writing that in it's overabundance drowned out any delight in the humour I could find.  I'm not made for this type of writing, for this type of book.  It's Douglas Adams-like for sure and certain and I assume that fans of his work - and they are legion - will enjoy this book immensely.  I tried so hard to enjoy it, but I couldn't.

So, for me DNF, but that's my fault and not the book's.  :)

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review 2018-06-02 17:03
Review: Space Opera
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

File under "Appreciated More Than Enjoyed." 

 

The tag line for this is epic and perhaps I set my expectations too high. I expected the long asides, they're the glue that holds together the nonsense ride of a plot in HHGTTG. I liked the referenced, and recycled, but not quite stolen whole cloth versions of the babblefish and infinite improbability drive. I expected the spectacle of Eurovision as illustrated through wildly different alien species. I did not expect the talking cat, but I did like the talking cat. 

 

I also didn't expect that, after publishing The Refrigerator Monologues, a book dedicated to the female characters of comics who died to provide motivation for male comic book heroes, Valente would center the character motivations of her two male protagonists on the death of a woman and build the narrative around her absence. I thought Trillian got the short end of the stick in Adam's comedy, but at least she was there.

 

I have other complaints, that the asides are a little too long and the end a little rushed. Mostly, though, I think they all boil down to the same issue: If this had been a novelette instead of a novel length work, I'd probably have loved it. This is just too long for as little as happens, and I had too much time to think about what I didn't like while waiting for anything to happen.

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