Welcome back to the What Are You Reading? Series! If you have no idea what’s going on feel free to take a look at the introductory post. If you just want to catch up, here is last month’s post! Don’t forget at the end of the post to let me know your own thoughts and interpretations of the book. [Please note that if you haven’t commented before I recommend reading the Commenting Guidelines.]
And today’s book is……. *Drum roll*
Welcome to Night Vale
Author: Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor
Genre: Comic/Dark Fantasy
Originally Published: 2015
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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.
All hail the mighty Glow Cloud.
I was so excited to read this book when I first heard about it. I love the podcast and the whole idea behind this desert world, and just like other fans have become a little obsessed.
On the other hand, I was very concerned. I was worried that the allure of the Night Vale podcasts would not translate well to paper, a problem I often see in novels based off of tv series. Luckily this wasn’t the case with Night Vale. Sure you aren’t going to have Cecil narrate it, but he does pop in from time to time.
It was great that we finally got to see Night Vale through the eyes of some of it’s people as well as to see and feel more of Night Vale than we ever have before, and I was in no way dissatisfied with it.
The plot itself was really interesting because instead of fighting the “big bad” like we’ve seen in the podcast, we were dealing with something a little closer to home with these characters. Something personal. This allowed us to get to know them and connect even more to the town. Also they didn’t leave us without a few plot twists that I couldn’t see coming but explained so much about them.
I loved this book. I’ve connected with the characters, setting, and especially its humor. If you were to ask me if I would read this again, chances are that my reply would be this:
Is Hiram McDaniels a literal five-headed dragon?
Yes. . . the answer is yes.