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Space Opera
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over-the-top science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne Valente has galaxies competing for glory in a universe-wide musical contestwhere 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 inventedsomething 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 Galactivisionpart 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 destinythey must sing. A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies 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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deargeekplace
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Cue the music. #SciFiMonth

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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
Pickpick

Liked this one but failed to find it funny. More heartbreaking than funny.

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phatsallylee
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Panpan

Just finished. Hate to say it but I really didn't care for this book. Some have compared it to hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. I can see that but i still wouldn't recommend it. 👎

LibrarianRyan I bailed so hard on this book I just couldn‘t get into it. 2mo
Catsandbooks I like the pumpkin! 2mo
Come-read-with-me @phatsallylee Love the pumpkin! 2mo
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phatsallylee @Catsandbooks and @Come-read-with-me thanks! I didn't realize how many pumpkins I've accumulated until i started decorating my house this week! My pictures are going to be full of them! 2mo
phatsallylee @LibrarianRyan I've got to get better at bailing. Too many good books out there and not enough time! 2mo
Soubhiville I didn‘t care for this book either. 2mo
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rwmg
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Bailedbailed

I read the first chapter. She's trying far too hard to be the next Douglas Adams and I couldn't face 300 pages of it.

shanaqui I'm so glad to see other people feeling that way! 2mo
rwmg @shanaqui It's a pity because the concept sounded fun 2mo
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phatsallylee
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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So close to finishing this one! Happy Friday! #weekendreading

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phatsallylee
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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So far I'm not loving this book. The words are just words and are failing to create an image/world for me to enter. I'm not calling the #dnf yet but so far 🌟.

Soubhiville I read the whole thing, but didn‘t care for it. Good luck, I hope you like it better. 3mo
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AiBBot
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Pickpick

If you hate to laugh and think humanity is great, do NOT read this #hugo2019 nominated book. If you want a story about Galactic music concert reality show being the only way to save Earth that is full of humanity-depreciating jokes and brilliantly diverse aliens, read this book. The photo is of the Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne. Thank you Catherynne M Valente....Thank you.

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Leniverse
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente

"Aquatic species have a notoriously tough time handling the usual technological transition from ruining their own planets to ruining whole solar systems. While mammals, insects, and enlightened lichen can zip about as long as they take along a few houseplants to micromanage the air cycle, the unlucky space whales of this universe have to sort out how to get a ship overburdened with the absurd weight of a personal ocean into high orbit. ⤵️

Leniverse No matter the magnitude of science's triumph over nature, it will always be much easier to get a helium balloon to fly than a water balloon." 4mo
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IndoorDame
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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The #bookfairies all arrived at my house today with surprise litsy love packages from @OriginalCyn620 AND @Soubhiville filed with these gems and I'm so excited! Thank you both!!
#litsylove

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! Happy reading! 📚❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Woohoo 🙌🏻 has 📚❤️ 4mo
Soubhiville Yay! Enjoy! 4mo
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kwmg40
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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I've only been able to read 4 hours and 40 minutes so far for the #24B4Monday readathon, but I did finish my last book from the 2019 Hugo Best Novel shortlist. This one is a lot of fun, in the style of Douglas Adams.

#hugo2019
@jb72 @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Sounds interesting, still a good time. 👏👏👏 5mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

When I read the blurb for this book, I expected a fun, over-the-top, absurd, & silly story. And that‘s what this is. I laughed throughout this book! Simply put, it‘s a wild, fantastical ride! A singing competition held in space determines which species lives or dies. Eurovision meets Hitchhiker‘s Guide To The Galaxy.
#booked2019 #bookgiftedtoyou #popsugarreadingchallenge

LapReader Love that composition. 5mo
Cinfhen It was silly fun but somewhere along the way the silly stopped being fun for me. Glad u liked it 😊 5mo
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Carolyn11215
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Finished. Two more to go so that I can vote for #hugo2019 best novel. I liked this one...but feel like I‘d need to read a few more times to get everything out of it.

ChasingOm I‘ve got REVENANT GUN and SPINNING SILVER left. I just got SS from the library, so I‘m close! 5mo
Carolyn11215 @ChasingOm have you read the first two in the revenant series? Trying to decide whether I have to read them first to give Revenant Gun a fair shake. 5mo
ChasingOm I haven‘t, and that‘s why I haven‘t gotten to that one yet. 😂 Also, I‘m not sure the premise really interests me, although reading through the Hugos has surprised me with some great reads that I wouldn‘t have picked up otherwise. 5mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I‘m about 100 pages in and I can see how this would not be a lot of people‘s cup of tea. I, however, am laughing my a** off! #saturdaymood

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Carolyn11215
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One of my favorite first sentences in a very long time! 4th out of 6 books I need to complete to vote in #hugo2019

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Dogearedcopy
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Panpan

? This just wasn‘t my cup of tea at all:
Absurdist comedy á la Douglas Adams that just wore on you; long/boring exposition (hours and hours of rambling on and on about nothing that mattered in the end,) not enough action, and a narrator that sounded so pretentious that he sounded like a *parody* of a British narrator (He just earned a spot on my “NO List!)

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Dogearedcopy
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🎧 This is an absurdist comedy about an intergalactic Eurovision-type competition in which the prize for not coming in last means that your planet and sentient species gets to live...

A third of the way in, I‘m committed to the audiobook (narrated by Heath Miller,) but the “cleverness” and slow plot drive are wearing on me a bit.

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imyril
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
Panpan

I knew going in that I don‘t enjoy Eurovision and I no longer enjoy Douglas Adams, so this was going to be a tough pitch. Hats off to Valente for imagination and prose powers - but ultimately, not my thing. I enjoyed the first third but by midway the over the top writing and emphasis on glam galaxy building over plot or character exhausted my interest and my patience.

...but if I loved Eurovision and comic SF? Genius, surely.

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hannahx
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"Is that really it?" Dess interrupted halfway through. "We just sing better than one beastie and we get to live?"
"Yes. Does it seem barbaric to you? Sixty-seven percent of your population used that word."
"No, it makes sense to me. It's perfect."
"Why?"
Decibel shrugged. "Life is stupid and beautiful in that way."

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imyril
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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...I‘m not loving this book, but I could love this philosophy. Shine on, baby.

shanaqui God, I loathed this book. 6mo
imyril @shanaqui I‘m finding it easier to read than Radiance, but I think it‘ll end up as a Palimpsest: about three quarters through I‘ll realise I‘ve lost track of who is who, what they want and why I should care because the nuance all got drowned in the torrent of adjectives 6mo
shanaqui I've been known to enjoy Valente's other books -- I think I quite liked Radiance, actually -- but this one. No. 6mo
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ChasingOm
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Pickpick

This book was absurd in the best possible way. I tried to read it twice before getting the audiobook from Libby - that was DEFINITELY the way to go for me. I didn‘t get as caught up in the words and was able to appreciate the feel of the book - a weird, crazy romp from London to the edge of the galaxy, with descriptions of alien biology, home worlds, and artistic proclivities spelled out in funktastic descriptions. My 2nd audiobook for #BFC.🤘🏻

ChasingOm As for #BookFitnessChallenge itself — I fell off the wagon during the Memorial Day weekend because of mental health stuff, but I recharged my FitBit yesterday and am trying to get my mojo back! 6mo
BookwormAHN You can do it 🌸 6mo
wanderinglynn You got this! 🙌🏻 The important thing is you haven‘t quit. 6mo
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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I've been looking forward to this for ages. It was a little too frenetic/insubstantial for me right now. Real life is so crazy-busy at the moment, I don't need that in my entertainment, too. Right now, I just need nice/fluffy/kind/easy/pleasant/light. It reminded me a bit of the frenetic The Everything Box, by Richard Kadrey [maybe also of The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett (but not as good)]. The cover is pretty, though. 😉

Ashley_Nicoletto I have a long plane ride to Hawaii coming up and I was thinking about downloading this one for the flight (along with multiple others). 6mo
Larkken @Ashley_Nicoletto I loved it! But I think it benefit from skimming (so, eyebook form?)... Frenetic is a great word for it @JoyBlue 😂 6mo
JoyBlue @Ashley_Nicoletto Ooh—happy reading & have a great time in Hawaii! 6mo
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KtheBookwyrm
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
Bailedbailed

Unfortunately, I got about halfway through this and figured out it just wasn‘t for me. Too much nonsense, not enough story.

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KtheBookwyrm
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The shortest of my library books, I‘m going to see how this one goes. It sounds absolutely outrageous and fun.

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KCorter
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Bailedbailed

I am so conflicted.

I adore Catherynne Valente. She is one of my do-not-read-reviews-just-immediately-begin-the-book authors. Her style and verbiage and aesthetic are totally my thing.

BUT. I just can't with this book right now. Yes, I am in a reading slump. Yes, I am having trouble with focus. But no, this is too much. The prose is just too pleased with itself. This is so Douglas Adams that I miss what I loved most about Catherynne Valente.

silentrequiem I'm struggling with this book right now too. I'd actually say she out-Douglas Adams Douglas Adams. 7mo
KCorter @silentrequiem Exactly! It is absurd, but not in a palatable way. 7mo
silentrequiem @KCorter Valente is very hit or miss for me. She's such a style chameleon. But for some reason she's an insta-buy or read.for me too. 7mo
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Soubhiville I didn‘t like this one at all. 7mo
Evaine I tried last year and had to bail. I agree with you that the prose is too pleased with itself. It became quite tiresome rather quickly. I was disappointed. 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly I completely agree. Normally I love Valente, but I skimmed about half this book. 7mo
readinginthedark Oh no! I was excited for a new one from her! 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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#bookhaul 🎉🎉

I spent my Amazon gift card gift from @TheSpineView this week! Space Opera is definitely a #blamelitsy purchase, and the Haunted House create-a-story kit has been on my list for a while, as a fun family activity to do during my recovery period. When I saw it at a super-low price, I grabbed it! Thanks again, @TheSpineView !!

TheReadingMermaid I so love your tea cup! 💖🍵💖 8mo
ShyBookOwl Great pic! Space Opera is on my TBR 👍🏼 8mo
TheSpineView You are welcome! Happy reading! 💜📚 8mo
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4thhouseontheleft @TheReadingMermaid Thanks! It was an antique store find! @ShyBookOwl Thanks! @TheSpineView 💙💙💙 8mo
MoonWitch94 I have been looking at that Beltane book! 8mo
Leftcoastzen Love the Beltane book ! 8mo
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LeenReads
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Panpan

Loved the premise of this book, but i found it to be overly verbose. Sentences are monster-long with detailed passages that are imaginative, a bit psychedelic and definitely meandering. i stopped and started this book multiple times. But since i hate to DNF a book, finally powered through. Not really my cup of tea, though i can see the appeal for those who can appreciate the frenetic and tangential pace of this story.

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OriginalCyn620
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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Some books that are #outofthisworld! #springintoreading

ShyBookOwl Space Opera is up for the best novel Hugo. I'd like to read it before winners are announced! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have a question? Can you email me? 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 I emailed you back!!! 8mo
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hermyknee
Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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I wanted to share all the gorgeous stars. I adore these bookmarks, this book sleeve, and the magnets! It‘s all just so perfect. @Chrissyreadit I can‘t put into words how much this exchange of both books and friendship has meant to me. Thank you 💙
#SFFS 4/4 #SciFiFantasySwap @Avanders

Chrissyreadit @hermyknee DITTO!!!!! 8mo
Avanders 😍😍 8mo
BethM That‘s all gorgeous! 8mo
wanderinglynn Wow! That‘s awesome! 😍 8mo
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hermyknee
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Chrissy, I can‘t thank you enough for this package!!! From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Your thoughtfulness is incredible. I am going to start reading immediately! I think I‘ll start with Hitchhiker‘s Guide, or maybe Written in Red?! I could use a great escape right about now. Get ready for some close-ups!
#SFFS 1/4 #ScienceFictionFantasySwap

Chrissyreadit So glad!!! I loved picking everything out ! I hope you like Red Rising and Written in Red (I did not realize I had a mini red theme in there)- I cant wait to see your reviews. I loved this swap @Avanders 8mo
Avanders 🧬🦄♥️👏🏽👏🏽 8mo
ravenlee I love Anne Bishop‘s Others series! 8mo
wanderinglynn I ❤️❤️❤️ the Others series by Anne Bishop. And HHGTTG is one of my all time faves! 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wonderful gifts! 8mo
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Cinfhen
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Panpan

WTF did I listen to?? I LOVED the narrator he made this bat shit crazy book a total blast but the story was wayyyyy too bonkers for me. Listened on audio during my 9.5 hour flight, I may have dozed off for awhile. #Pop19 #SetInSpace 👽🎵🚀 It‘s still a Pan for me though. #StarScrooge ( are you happy @Reviewsbylola ?!??!)

LibrarianRyan If you finished it, you did better than I. I made it 2 hours on the audio. 9mo
GripLitGrl Love your photo 👍 9mo
Reviewsbylola Thank god, tell us how you really feel! 😆😆 9mo
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Cinfhen
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This book is intergalactic cray-cray but the audio narrator is flat out hilarious 😂I‘ve been listening on/off the past few days. Using for #Pop19 #SetInSpace

KarenUK That is probably the prompt I was dreading most.... I may have to steal that idea! 😊👍 9mo
BarbaraBB I dread this prompt too but I‘ve got your 9mo
Carolyn11215 I love Catherynne Valente‘s Fairyland series!!! I have Space Opera on my Kindle and really need to get to it! @BarbaraBB , I adored that Becky Chambers book. Have to grab the next book in that (?) trilogy (?) (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen @Carolyn11215 @KarenUK @BarbaraBB not sure if I would like this book in print but as an audio, it‘s really over the top funny. I‘m not even sure what‘s going on but it‘s not stopping me from being entertained 9mo
GatheringBooks had a love-hate relationship with valente‘s fairyland series. i thought the author too intrusive, but have yet to read her other titles. :) 9mo
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OriginalCyn620
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This is the best #rainbowstack I could manage! #literaryluck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my favorites in the middle 💚💚💚 9mo
CherylSwafford Nice rainbow 🌈 9mo
tammysue Great job 🌈 9mo
vkois88 Love ittttt 9mo
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shanaqui
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Panpan

Just nooot my thing -- the humour is too directly taken from Douglas Adams, and Valente's usual exuberance of language is not kept under any bounds.

Then again, I don't enjoy Eurovision either, so I may just be entirely the wrong audience.

llwheeler I want to read this even though I strongly suspect it's not for me either... I ❤ eurovision but am quite meh on Hitchhiker's and the 2 Valente books I've tried so far 9mo
shanaqui @llwheeler Yeah, I would say this is unlikely to be for you. I DO enjoy some of Valente's work, but... not this one, at all. 9mo
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lorannen
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Panpan

I think perhaps Valente's work just isn't for me (though Radiance is the only other book of hers I've read). The prose was very... intense in tone, and it felt exhausting to read. I enjoyed a couple of scenes, but the plot felt beside the point sometimes. I appreciate what she was trying to do, but the execution was overall not enjoyable. As I said to a friend: "like if reading Douglas Adams were instead a dental procedure."

Heatherfeather Hahaha! I think I got one chapter into one of her books and couldn't go any further. I felt like it was more about how fancy she could make the prose as opposed to how well she could tell a good story. 9mo
lorannen @Heatherfeather Exactly! I like a well-written paragraph as much as any reader, I think, but the whole thing needs to hang together. I stuck it out (almost) until the very end, because it was a book club pick. Definitely wouldn't have made it that far otherwise. I had similar issues with Radiance, where the prose seemed more the point than the story being told. 9mo
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danimgill
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to like this so badly! I loved her Refrigerator Monologues, I always liked Hitchhiker‘s Guide, and Eurovision in space sounded like a dream pitch. But this was just.... totally overwritten, boring, and a little full of itself. I would‘ve loved the basic boiled down essence of this as a short story but as a novel it‘s just Too Much, and not in a good way.

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tealwish
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Bailedbailed

Really, it's not you. It's me. If it weren't for this reading slump I am in, maybe I would find your endless world-building ingenious or witty! But after 4 hours of this audio book, nothing really has happened, and I am giving up...

Soubhiville Yeah I didn‘t like this one either. 10mo
tealwish @Soubhiville It felt forced. Like she was trying too hard to be like Hitchhiker's Guide! 10mo
Soubhiville I agree. There were some funny parts, but it mostly felt overdone. 10mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

Listened to this on audiobook. The narration was great, but the story/characters just meh.

8little_paws After hearing that it's got the same plot as a Rick and Morty episode, I can't read this book 😂 10mo
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Cinfhen
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#TimbitTunes #StarBoy I‘m sure this book is going to be total cheese fest but I‘m looking forward To Eurovision in space 🎶🎧💫🌏🌟Making progress on my library hold...It‘s nearly 3 months and I was number 9 now I‘m number 3 on the holds list✨

Cathythoughts Eurovision in Space !!! Sounds really “ out there” ( 🙃🙃🙃) and fun ! Enjoy 10mo
TrishB Definitely not for me! Don‘t like Hitchhikers or Eurovision!! 10mo
Cinfhen I need a book #SetInSpace for #Pop19 and this book should work @TrishB @Cathythoughts 🙏🏻🌟 10mo
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BarbaraBB Lol, sounds fun but I have yo agree with @TrishB I‘m glad you sent me an alternative for #setinspace 😂😘 10mo
Melissa_J I have this one on my Kobo. It sounds fun! 10mo
LibrarianRyan I could not get into this book. I tried a few times. 10mo
Cinfhen My expectations are VERY LOW @BarbaraBB @Melissa_J @LibrarianRyan 10mo
Beachesnbooks I really loved this book! It does have a lot of silliness but also a surprising amount of depth towards the end. 10mo
Cinfhen Im glad to hear that @Beachesnbooks ❣️ 10mo
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thevictoriousone
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Just started this one to annotate and send to my friend Trinity. I was JUST thinking that I wanted a book that felt a bit like a musical wine @everlocalwest recommended this one and I was hooked. I‘m excited to get started and see what Trinity has to say when I send it to her later this month!

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LeenReads
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Now reading...

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lorannen
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The galaxy nearly roasted itself to ashes over the question of which species were and were not sentient... And quite frankly, Mr. Rogers notwithstanding, you're a mess.

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Purrsistently
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"Cue the Music. Cue the Dancers. Cue Tomorrow."
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Purrsistently
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"Not even Clippy"????

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balletbookworm
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Mehso-so

5 stars for style and concept. Eurovision in Space. Yes. It scratches all the HHGTTG itches. Also for including one of the most dunked-on tech things from the 90s (but it‘s a bit of a spoiler, so, sorry).

But man, the digressions into the world-building are uninteresting, the “aliens” almost universally detestable with exceptions of The Roadrunner and the Keshett, and the main characters of Dec and Oort bafflingly uninteresting/weirdly preachy.

balletbookworm It‘s really between so-so and Pan for me. The audiobook production made it at least readable since I just let it play while cooking/driving. 10mo
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Purrsistently
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Di you have enough goodness in the world to let the music play? Do you have soul?

BibliOphelia ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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Purrsistently
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I don't want to spoil the surprise but this hilarious satire just KILLED me with this bit involving Microsoft Word. 😹😹😹😹😹😹Nothing will ever be that funny again, the end.

Beachesnbooks Yesss! Loved that part and loved this book so much 11mo
litterairy I've been wanting to read this one. My kids really enjoyed her Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland series. 10mo
Purrsistently @litterairy it was really great- NOT FOR KIDS though just fyi. :P (I'd put it down as 16+,for sex and british sexual slang that is less acceptable here😹) 10mo
litterairy @Purrsistently Oh, I know it isn't for kids, but that was our introduction to Catherynne Valente. 10mo
Purrsistently @litterairy Ok great- I just don't want to be the reason a wee person comes up and asks "Mom, what's a c*nt?" ??? (edited) 10mo
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LadyBedivere
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Can I just sit here and bathe in this glorious prose all day instead of going to work?

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Thndrstd
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Mehso-so

A book read in 2018:
Valente channels the ghost of Douglas Adams for this romp in which an intergalactic singing contest determines the fate of humanity. The story here is really more of an excuse for an elaborate and sometimes funny exercise involving a lot of strange concepts & aliens. Clearly, she had fun writing it, but with so many tangents & concepts the flow & the story get a bit lost and muddled. Enjoyable but not great.

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kathytrithardt
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I never thought being overstimulated by a book would make me love it so much.

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Abailliekaras
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#bookmail 🙌🏼 can‘t wait for this one! #blameitonlitsy