Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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. She can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City before she herself unravels.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. 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.
Publisher: London, Orbit,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780356504841
0356504840
Characteristics: 401 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cranor, Jeffrey 1975-,- Author
Alternative Title: Welcome to Night Vale (Podcast)

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LoganLib_Kirra Jun 27, 2017

The creators of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale come to paper with the brilliant, fast-paced story about two women and their inter-joining goals on their search for truth and answers in Night Vale. This book manages to just as creepy and interesting as the podcast while also expanding on the town with new perspectives and answers to the burning questions viewers have about The Man in the Tan Jacket. I really enjoyed this book and it was a wonderful glimpse into the always mysterious town and their very odd ways. King City.

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rugolin
May 15, 2017

I know that people that really love the podcast series which the book is inspired by will really get into this novelization. I must be the exception as trying to read this was unbelievably hard work and much of the prose is clever for the sake of being clever without it going anywhere. I guess I just don't get what the authors were going after.

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BLAIR NIELSON
Feb 17, 2017

This book is a great mystery book. A dumb thing to do while reading this book is to compare it to reality. It would make no sense whatsoever. The best thing you could do is forget everything you know (Apart from the English language) and read with a new fresh mind.

DBRL_JulieC Dec 19, 2016

"All hail the mighty glow cloud!" Welcome to Night Vale is a book based off the popular podcast with the premise of what if all conspiracy theories are true in this town. All the favorite characters, from the angels Erica (who officially don’t exist) to the hooded figures in the dog park, are present in this enjoyable read.

In the book we get to follow two of Night Vales citizens, pawn shop owner and forever 19 year-old Jackie Fierro, and Diane Crayton, mother to a shape-shifting teenager, as they try to solve the mystery of the Man in the Tan Jacket and the mysterious words that keep cropping up around town, "King City."

As a Night Vale podcast listener, I truly enjoyed this book. It did take a while to get fully invested in the story as the writers spent more time than they should visiting characters from the podcast that didn't need to be in the book; however, once they stuck to the books plot I couldn't put it down! True to their podcast, the authors create a fabulously weird plot and characters that will amuse and entertain anyone who enjoys a combination of Sci-Fi, conspiracy theories, and small town narratives.

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missreadingrobyn
Nov 25, 2016

If your reading this book without first having listened to the podcast I can't imagine what your experience is going to be. The characterization and world building of Night Vale is so strong and immersive that I had very high expectations. I ended up really loving how much the writing challenged me as a reader. The characters were interesting and the plot was unique to the Night Vale world.

CMLReads_Kristin Sep 14, 2016

Fans of the podcast will appreciate this extended visit to the surreal world of Night Vale. Cecil does read the audio. While the storyline is designed to be accessible to the uninitiated, newbies may not find this the best entry point to Night Vale.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 22, 2016

I would like to see Night Vale in the Autumn when the leaves are changing. So this book is based on a very popular podcast. I'm still not quite sure what a podcast is. I imagine those pods from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," but I don't think that's accurate. Anywho, this is about a strange little town called Night Vale. Cool nerds like John Darnielle (Mountain Goats), Wil Wheaton, and Cory Doctorow like this, but I couldn't really get into it. Maybe I'm the wrong audience. I'm sure we'll see a movie of this soon.

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kimturcotte
Jun 08, 2016

I love this book deeply, its funny and i think for those who have issues with their parents can relate to the struggle of the characters. Though i would listen to the podcast before reading the book.

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cag05999
May 21, 2016

The weirdest of the weird. I loved the nightvale podcast and this book is amazing in being able to carry across the story. I love that I can basically read the entire book in Cecil's voice!

KateHillier May 20, 2016

Welcome to Night Vale, where a glow cloud chairs the PTA (ALL HAIL), librarians are terrifying hell beasts, wheat and wheat byproducts are illegal, and those hooded figures you see are definitely not there. If you're familiar with the podcast, taking the form of a community radio show, you're looking at a similar fare but through the eyes of a Night Vale civilian or two and not just Cecil telling you about it. If you're never heard the podcast that's okay too, you can be up to date or not up to date at all and enjoy this.

The descriptions are weird and wonderful. It is absurd and glorious. From eternally 19 year old Jackie's pawn shop (she will always offer you 11 dollars, no matter what it is), to Diane's job (that company that does databases and things but no one knows why or what for) and vanishing coworker (who no one seems to remember existing), to Diane's shape shifting son, Josh, you can find a little bit of something to relate to no matter how weird the circumstances.

It's a warped and weird little town, one you'd love to visit even though death is always uncomfortably close - or at least it seems closer here than anywhere else.

Whether you're a podcast fan or not check this out if you're a Twilight Zone fan. Or just a fan of the mildly horrifying.

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Jun 08, 2016

"Only one in five spiders actualy seek higher education, the rest usualy sit around spinning webs and eating smaller insects."

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Dec 01, 2015

"She thought she might throw up. If not right then, later. At some point in her life she would. It was a statistical thing"

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kimturcotte
Jun 08, 2016

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.
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. Credit: goodreads.com

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