92. September 2020 - Space Opera by Catherynne Valente


The September book is Space Opera by Catherynne Valente.

Life is beautiful, and life is stupid.

This is a comedy book about the Eurovision Song Contest in Space, told in a style similar to Douglas Adams. It started as a bet to write a novel about Eurovision, but ended up as something (I think) more than that. The "plot" is that humanity has discovered the galactic civilisation, but will be wiped out unless a washed-up glam rock band can finish somewhere other than last in the Metagalactic Grand Prix. Hijinks ensue.

From reviews, people seem to find the first 50-odd pages difficult, but it improves after that.


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