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Space Opera by Cathrynne M. ValenteI hadn't finished reading the first sentence of Space Opera before I knew I would love it, and it only got better from there. Hitchhiker's Guide meets Eurovision seemed like an impossible order, but Valente more than delivered.

Valente is a true wordsmith, making paragraph-long sentences seem effortless, and bringing forth images I'd never considered and won't soon forget. I found myself sending entire pages to my friends, and I can't stop telling people about it. Sometimes silly and often strange, Space Opera was fascinating and wonderful the entire way through

Space Opera by Cathrynne M. Valente ($19.99*, Saga Press), recommended by Quail Ridge Books , Raleigh, NC.