Monday, July 24, 2017

Stellar Catchphrase Forever

Waste of Space by Gina Damico

Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“Meanwhile, the middle of the New Mexican desert is witnessing an altogether different type of erection.”

“According to the laws of astrophysics, everyone has to shut the hell up.”


“Emily Dickinson says that hope is the thing with feathers. But I think hope is the thing with a doorway.”

“Catchphrase forever!”

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This book took a little bit to sync with me but when it did, I couldn’t stop reading, it just kind of draws you into its orbit.  Gina Damico’s books are a must read for me because they are often bizarre but brilliant in a uniquely unexpected way.

The setup and style of the book reminded me a lot of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (another awesome book that takes a look at tropes/satirizes the reality TV shows and politics of the world.)  

Throughout the book you know something really big/really bad happened. You just don’t know what exactly. This book very entertainingly shows you how they all got to this point and how this crazy reality stunt idea imploded. I know it’s a satire of reality shows/culture but parts of it do feel pretty darn believable especially in the world we live in today. I mean just look at the memes and catchphrases like “catchphrase forever” something like that could totally happen.  

These ten contestants check off all the reality show cliche boxes and are a blast to read about. The whole casting process is insane I mean just look at Matt and Kaoru and how everyone is cast one way or another. Nico and Bacardi are my favorite personality wise and because of how the book ends.

Their adventures aboard the Laika ship make for really great reality TV. Plus you will be kept guessing about what’s real and what exactly is happening. Just when you think nothing Science Fiction-y is going to happen then WAM you’re in for quite the intriguing surprise.

The ending is stupendous and will make you wonder what would happen to these characters and their futures.


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    - El

    1. Thanks :)

      Sure, I'll check out your blog too.


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