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Welcome to Night Vale

by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor

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Series: Welcome to Night Vale (Novel 1)

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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.

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    Discovering Scarfolk by Richard Littler (catfantastic, Aula)
    Aula: Very similar setting of a very odd town that doesn't seem to exist on any map, filled with odd people and even odder conventions.
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    Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves (Aula)
    Aula: Similarly odd town in America, where weird things happen. The two sister protagonists are younger (mid-teens), there is more of a horror element rather than fantasy, but there's a similar sense of oddness as in the Nightvale books.
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    Oddity by Sarah Cannon (Aula)
    Aula: Same kind of totally-weird-but-normalised town: in this case, zombie rabbits, face-eating spiders, puppets protecting the town, etc. Not an adult novel (reading age 10-12) but worth a read if you like Night Vale's strangeness.
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Atmospherically good, and writing to the standard of the better-written episodes. The plot didn't really start until about halfway through, at the Library, and then it moved along at a good clip.

The resolution fell flat, however---either I didn't get it, or the commentary about Troy as a type of parent was actually just trite and annoying. (Obviously I'm biased toward one of these things.) I preferred Dianne's meditations on parenthood in the first half of the book. ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
Really wanted to like this but it failed to hold my interest for unknown reasons. Will try another time. ( )
  SESchend | Feb 2, 2024 |
I liked it but I didn’t love it. I thought it dragged a little in the middle and sometimes it’s cleverness got in the way of actually enjoying the story. Having said that, I will read the next book and am definitely interested in the podcast. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Typical Night Vale weirdness! I really enjoyed it!
I think any fan of Welcome To Night Vale would enjoy this book. ( )
  Tom.Morrison | Nov 1, 2023 |
This book is wonderfully strange and wonderful, there is nothing like it. It's funny, emotional, insightful and extremely interesting. Nearly every sentence had me reaching for a pen to write it down to remember it better, but then I realised that Joseph Fink had already done that for me.

This might be officially considered blasphemy, but I think I liked the novel even better than the podcast... ( )
  bramboomen | Oct 18, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fink, JosephAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cranor, Jeffreymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldwin, CecilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bittner, DanReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freund, WielandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plummer, ThereseNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wandel, AndreaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, RobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The history of the town of Night Vale is long and complicated, reaching back thousands of years to the earliest indigenous people in the desert. We will cover none of it here.
Pawnshops in Night Vale work like this.
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Fiction. Horror. Science Fiction. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:

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.

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