Welcome to Night Vale - Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale

By Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

  • Release Date: 2015-10-20
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 141 Ratings)
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Description

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves...no matter where we live.

"Hypnotic and darkly funny. . . . Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in."--The Guardian

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked "KING CITY" by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: "KING CITY". It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures...if they can ever find it.

Reviews

  • Surreal And Humorous

    4
    By Prairie_Dog
    "Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel" is a longer form story set in the surreal world first described by the hit 2012 Welcome to Night Vale Podcast. As a podcast listener, I had no trouble slipping into the familiar world of the isolated desert town of Night Vale where eldritch horror is normal, and virtually every conspiracy theory is just a part of everyday life. I think the novel would allow the uninitiated to begin to understand and accept the weirdness of Night Vale and its residents, like the Sheriff's Secret Police who keep order, or the gruesome and ravenous beings known as librarians. The novel's main characters are Jackie, who runs Night Vale's odd pawn shop, and Diane, who is a office worker, and is trying to be a good single mother to her shape-shifting teenaged boy, Josh. These two women find themselves wrapped up in a mystery involving a nearby place known as King City. These women come together to overcome their problems, and eventually become friends, as they work to find out why the mystery of King City has disturbed their lives. The Welcome to Night Vale Community Radio Show, and its beloved host Cecil, makes a appearance in the book as interstitial chapters. These sometimes seem to have plot related information, and sometimes not, but they are always amusing. Throughout the novel the witticism and dry humor that characterize the podcast shine through the text. The novel does advance the Night Vale world-building. The reader gets to visit the interior of City Hall along with the protagonist as they pay a visit to Mayor Dana Cardinal. We also get to experience the grim horrors of the interior of the library as Jackie and Diane undertake a dangerous mission to look up some information. I think "Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel" is a decent weird story on its own, and could be understood by an accepting but uninitiated reader who likes the surreal without it being too serious. If you are already familiar with the podcast, it would be a rich and complementary addition to the lore of this very strange place.
  • Everything the secret police has always told me I wanted

    5
    By Reallynametakers?
    This book was just wonderful. I've been a fan of the podcast for almost two years now but I didn't quite know if it would translate well to a written format. Let me tell you son, it did! It was riveting and it sucked me in. I felt like I was living in the same surrealistic dream Jackie and Diane were. It hit on all the right notes, tied in all the podcast call backs, and over all was just entertaining! Bonus points for adding in pink flamingoes boys.
  • A review

    5
    By That-one-hot-ampora
    After listening to night vale for two years now I was eager for this book and let me tell you it lives up to anyone's expectations. It is perfect . Just as perfect as Carlos's perfect hair. ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD
  • Very good but the podcast is better

    4
    By Keystone72
    This book is just like the podcast, but the humor and cleverness work better listening then reading the words. It isn't until about 80% through the book that you become fluent enough in the language of the book to read engage with the characters.
  • Tired of thinking your own thoughts?

    5
    By Iffinyawanna
    Hello! Are you tired of thinking your own thoughts? Try listening to someone else's thoughts! Hear these thoughts voiced by Cecil Baldwin: Listen to "Welcome to Night Vale." (audio version only - the voice of Cecil in your head is just a bonus when reading the written word.)
  • Welcome to Night Vale

    1
    By Fooled&canived
    This is unbelievably bad writing. And the 50 five star reviews are a sham as most admitted they hadn't even read the book yet! I want my money back. How does Apple even allow this!!
  • As great as expected

    5
    By AshtonJ
    The podcast is so amazing because of the writing. Of course a book with the same writers would be as amazing.
  • A True Nightvale Tale

    5
    By BearPoet5
    Usually, as a fervent listener of the podcast I'm left with more questions than answers when it came to Welcome to Nightvale. My friends and I would discuss theories and possible connections that could make heads or tails of a strange new event or figure. This novel, took that same formula but added one more delicious and satisfying thing. A resolution. Most Podcasts of Nightvale are based on reports that are reported by Cecil after an event occurs. His guess is usually as good as ours when it comes to things. Unfortunately and fortunately for us, Cecil is only there to report as is his passion and career. The method of this drove mystery and intrigue into listeners as they craved more answers but instead received more questions. Of course, the Podcast itself doesn't just act as a report. It's a story. Many stories making a larger story. Arcs of death and disaster laced with anticipation and thought provoking strange mannerisms. Which is why the novel succeeds. It not only provides a more personal and emotional view from the actual people witness to the events of the story, but it follows the same strange formula. What makes Nightvale, Nightvale is not simply explained. It's accepted. I began the novel expecting, well, maybe expecting the podcast and possibly something different as well. I got what I expected and that, actually shocked me. I was confused as Nightvale does well to naturally confuse anyone's rational thought process. Seeing such a normal oddity for Nightvale was quite extraordinary and strange, if you're able to understand by now. This novel was crafted with love and enriched with only a humor and touch that Nightvale can offer to any listener or reader. All you need to do, is to accept it. Then you'll understand. Also, please treat Tarantulas with kindness. They're simple creatures, unlike ourselves.
  • books bad

    5
    By yoshi1361
    aren’t books bad??????!! but i still can’t wait!
  • Welcome to Night Vale

    5
    By Hetalia and Fairy Tail
    The sample already is amazing, I can not WAIT for the whole book. Although, looks like I'll be buying both the hard copy AND the audio book! Cecil as the reader will be perfect of course, almost as perfect as Carlos.

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