Read This Now: The Index
What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!
I 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.