Night Vale is a small desert town where all the conspiracy theories you've ever heard are actually true. 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.
©2015 Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
Being an avid listener of the podcast I was coming at the bit to hear this, however it was a let down. I think the combination of a relatively dull plot and the format in which it was presented just didn't capture the charm of Welcome to Nightvale. I thought having the narration done by Cecil Baldwin would be the icing on the cake, but having him read as an outsider to the story, rather than as a key character, just made this Nightvale feel even more disconnected from the podcast. Still worth a listen, but don't get your hopes up about the quality
"For the fans really"
If you already love Nightvale then you will love this as a hugely extended episode. If you don't already love Nightvale then you will be confused and possibly angry. It's very, very surreal and does assume your previous knowledge and acceptance of, for instance, faceless old women who secretly live in your home, dog parks, sentient houses, and angels (who don't exist).
It's funny and weird and charming and disturbing as ever. If you're not already fully immersed in the world of Nightvale I would suggest you go and listen to a few of the podcasts and, if you like them, listen to all of them and then listen to this. If you dislike the first episode of Nightvale, then stop listening imediately and do not buy this book.
To be honest, the plot of the story is almost irrelevant to the world building and atmosphere so it loses a star from me.
Cecil Baldwin is obviously brilliant and no one else would be an acceptable narrator.
Oh, and Steve Carlsberg isn't such a bad guy, whatever Cecil says.
"Good, but slow at times."
A good story if you're into Night Vale as a show, but it does take quite a while to get going. Once it found a decent pace I was hooked.
"Goodnight, Nigh Vale, goodnight"
i have relistened to a lot of parts, because this was my go to sleep guide. Cecil's voice is amazingly soothing. The story was much more than I thought, and exactly what i dreamed it to be. TL;DR Mandatory for thoso who listen to the podcast
"Welcome to Nightvale the book"
If you love the podcast, you'll love this. I will say that it is not the best place to get started with nightvale but it does try to get newcomers up to speed.
Perfect for long time fans like me, or newcomers. Only down side was it was over too soon.
"Everything you'd expect from Night Vale."
Loved this book so much. Cecil's performance makes it feel just like the podcast. Recommended
if you're a fan of the podcast and you're still wondering who the man in the tan jacket is and what he wants then you need this book
"Widens the town of Night Vale"
Look, you're listening to this book because you love WTNV. So you will like this book. I got completely sucked in by the mystery and fell in love with the main characters who we haven't heard much about before. Some of the descriptions of motherhood especially will make you well up with tears. Narrated beautifully of course.
"Delightfully creepy home away from home"
A perfect splash to widen the pool of Nightvale stories. It gives you everything the podcast delivers but at a completely accessible level for those not already listening. A great story expanding on many of the denizens of that undefinable town in the middle of nowhere. A good reward and starting point, highly recommended.
"Bonkers, Scary and incredibly witty"
Having been a massive fan of the podcast for a while I was apprehensive at first at how the world of Night Vale could be translated into a novel, turns out my concerns weren't justified!
To those who do listen to the podcast it's fantastic to get a different perspective on this strange conspiracy filled town where time does not work. Where in the podcast you are always seeing the city from Cecil's point of view, in the novel you actually feel part of it, seeing people go through their everyday lives and not always questioning the strange things happening around them.
For those new to the world of Night Vale it will be a 'culture shock' at first to hear some of the bizarre things that are described in the novel, but you'll soon feel at home.
It's incredibly witty, bizarre but also had a lot of heart, which is what Night Vale seems to be about at the end of the day. Read it/listen to it now!
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