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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).
I read 4 books and finished 1 audiobook during April. With one exception they were all part of a series. My favorite was the book I'd saved for Dewey's Readathon and then devoured in an afternoon and evening.
Lake Silence returns to the wonderful world of The Others created by Anne Bishop. Like every other review I’ve read, I’d like to acknowledge up front that Lake Silence introduces new characters and that the denizens of the Lakeside Courtyard who we grew to love are NOT featured (Well there are a few phone calls to consult with folks from the 5-book sequence that starts with Written in Red, but they are incidental and don’t really add much to the story). Aside from the bad-guys being a bit too obviously set up to take a fall, it was an enjoyable story. I loved being back in this world where if you’re not good you will get eaten. I’m very curious to see if Ms. Bishop tries to sustain a multi-book arc featuring the new characters and the hamlet of Sproing, or if currently unnamed Book #7 moves to a different place and new folks.
A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire is the 2nd installment in the October Daye series. It’s a solid, “fae in California” urban fantasy, but Verity and friends in Ms. McGuire’s InCryptid series are more appealing and inventive. I am unlikely to continue the series since there are only so many pages that fit into a year.
Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Standalone book reaction post. Likely to continue the series
Cast In Secret by Michelle Sagara is book 3 in the Chronicles of Elantra Series. Fantasy by the yard, but sometimes that’s what you want for a comfort read. Love the multi-species world. Planning to continue the series.
Dune by Frank Herbert, audiobook read by Orlagh Cassidy, Scott Brick, Euan Morton, and others.
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain
Dune is a classic of SF. I remember being wowed by Dune and enthralled by the Bene Gesserit when I first read it (college age I think). However, as I mentioned previously, my worldview has changed and Dune now sounds misogynist and dated. I remember the sequels as being horrid and don’t intend to continue rereading the series.
On the non-fiction front
And that was my month.