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Welcome to Night Vale ➿ [Download] ➽ Welcome to Night Vale By Joseph Fink ➵ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 t 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 Welcome to MOBI :Ê ways in which we all struggle to find ourselvesno matter where we liveLocated 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 convergeNineteen 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 unravelsNight 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 itDiane'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 futuresif they can ever find it.


10 thoughts on “Welcome to Night Vale

  1. Patrick Patrick says:

    Here's the short version This book is a marvel and a wonder You should try it Here's the medium version Seriously Try it It might be a little outside your usual reading habits but it's not thick of cumbersome at all It's delightfully clear and strange and unlike anything else I've ever read And I've read a lotI even liked it enough to give it a blurb As a fan of Welcome to Night Vale Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink have delighted me with stories that are clever twisted beautiful strange wonderful and sweet This book does all of that and I think this might be the best book I’ve read in yearsI don't say things like that lightly Here's the long version First off I'm going to assume that if you're a fan of the Welcome to Nightvale show Craynor and Fink's twice monthly podcast then you've already bought this bookIf you haven't You should It's everything you love about the show and so much besidesFor the rest of you who aren't yet convinced here's some reasons you should pick it upIt's amazingly well writtenI know what I'm talking about here It's a clear and easy read Good setting Good Character Tension Plus the rarest of all writing elements humor What's they stick the ending Which is a huge deal as you know Few things are worse than a good book with a flop of an ending It's delightfully differentIf you're like me you tend to do most of your reading in a familiar genre or two And if you follow me here on goodreads those stomping grounds are at least partly if not mostly in fantasyAnd that's fine Everyone has a couple favorite flavors of fiction they like the most But it's healthy to try new stuff This book will give you a chance to try something different without leaving the realm of the fantastic behind entirely The language is lovely If you're a language person there's a lot that will please you in this book Do you like Tom Stoppard? Odds are you'll like this Did you like Slow Regard? I'm guessing there's something for you here Not because this book is written in anything resembling Auri's odd ornate off kilter phrasing But because this book has an odd off kilterness all its own that is marvelous to read And honestly this book is much less vocabulous than Slow Regard Which is to its credit in my opinion Also if you're an aspiring writer you should read this book Then you should resist the urge to do something similar yourself You can't Now I'm not saying you're not as good as Fink and Craynor Though let's be honest here you're probably not what I'm saying is that they've found their own wonderfully left of center phraseology They've spent time developing it polishing the craft of it and it's absolutely beautiful So don't try to play their game You can't do that any than you can wear their skins Again trust me Instead just read their book appreciate how cool it is to see folks writing something their whole own goddamn way Then work toward finding what your way is Do that instead It's playful and strangeThere is a sense of play here that's rare in novels The story and the world of Night Vale is dangerous and dark but the playfulness of the storytelling keeps things from being gritty and oppressive in the way that a lot of modern fiction and fantasy in particular seems to be There's genuine humor here This book made me laugh But there's than that too language itself is I'm tempted to call it whimsical but that gives the impression that it's silly That's not it at all It's simply Let me explain it this way The other day I was talking to a friend who compared this book to Douglas Adams And while that comparison never would have occurred to me I completely understood where he was coming from The styles aren't the same The voice and tone of the books are utterly different But Adams would sometimes through a little narrative flourish into his books for no purpose other than the fact that he found it amusing It's one of the best things about his books They're a series of lovely digressions You'll find similar treasure in this book Okay I'm done If this hasn't convinced you then nothing will Highly recommended Absolutely worth your time on so many levels PS While you'll probably get out of it if you've listened to the Podcast I'm also of the firm you can also pick this book up by itself


  2. Darth J Darth J says:

    DNF page 187Weirdness with a side of monotonyLet me start off by saying NO I did not listen to the podcast first and NO I have no interest in them So please stop telling me I have to hear it to appreciate it Also please stop talking to me about Serial too the only one I care about is Cinnamon Toast CrunchWhile the strangeness of the town was charming at first it became cloyingly distracting to have every other sentence punctuated with some supernatural weirdness In fact stripped of all the craziness there isn't really a story here I got 187 pages in and still hadn't found an interesting plot to followMaybe that's the commentary; that there is no point and things are really weird but we have to accept the weirdness in everyday life? Bah I doubt it's as deep as that I feel like this was inspired by the Sims but not the Sims 4 because they couldn't even include a new life state in Get Together shakes angry fist at EA Games because it's a simulation of a tedious life with some supernatural stuff thrown in so it's fun at first but then really boring to continue with


  3. isabelle isabelle says:

    Dear God thank you You too Glow Cloud


  4. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    I will be writing have been writing or have already written depending on when you see this Time is strange here on GR a review of Welcome to Night Vale But untilwhenafter I do or until you return from whatever time stream you are in to read this or move ahead into another one I can offer one definite bit of advice Listen to a few of the Night Vale podcasts If they float your boat or lacking water elevate you at least several inches off the ground for a period of about twenty minutes you will love this book Proceed directly to the beginning of the actual review NOT ENCHANTED?If you find the podcasts uninteresting really did you touch one of the pink flamingos? Something is wrong OK Ok I know there are some folks who will not be enchanted by the Night Vale podcasts This book is probably not for you But if you go to the local library you are sure to find something to your liking Hurry go now You might want to stop by and visit the dog park on your way Be sure to say hi to the friendly figures in the hoods Y’all take care now and return directly to the section titled “Not Enchanted?” ACTUAL REVIEW It is a friendly desert community where the sun is hot the moon is beautiful and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep Whew I’m so glad we got rid of those people A Cecil Baldwin sandwich with the authors in the role of breadIn July 2013 Welcome to Night Vale became the most downloaded podcast on iTunes It all began in 2012 a twice a month podcast that is Lake Wobegon by way of David Lynch Lovecraft told in the form of a community radio newscast It was started completely as a hobby” Fink begins when asked about how the podcast has gotten to this point “Y’know my friends and I it was just something we enjoyed doing Our entire goal when we started it was that maybe someday there’d be a few people who weren’t friends or family listening to it We certainly had no goals beyond that other than to enjoy making it” from interview in The ArcadeIt is read by Cecil Baldwin who shares a first name with his fictional manifestation Cecil Palmer the radio broadcaster The podcast is weird creepy fun rich with non seuiturs and reasons to be afraid many reasons Cecil’s steady tones make it seem practically normal I've always been fascinated by conspiracy theories And also to a lesser extent fascinated by the Southwest desert Fascinating things probably happen there on a regular basis So I came up with this idea of a town in that desert where all conspiracy theories were real From Jackie Lyden’s 2013 NPR interview with the authorsAnd whether it was a result of a desire for expression in a new medium an action taken in compliance with an order from one of the hooded figures in the dog park or an angel in old woman Josie’s house Fink and Craynor have committed their world to print We as readers seem to have a soft spot for this genre I don’t know if there is a name for the type that this fits into storytelling wise but if there is a short term for “A small town where something isoff” this book would fit in there uite nicely I know it is far from wonderful but I hereby nominate the word “Oddsville” for the genre capital of the great state of Unease All in favor? There is a rich tradition of such writing Rod Serling was a fan of this trope in his Twilight Zone writing Where is Everybody? Monsters are Due on Maple Street People Are Alike All Over Stephen King has made a career in them Derry Castle Rock Jerusalem’s Lotad infinitum TV has mined this heavy lode as well In addition to Twilight Zone Outer Limits X files and god knows how many there are some recent shows that indulge including Wayward Pines the town of Hope in The Leftovers Haven Eureka Royston Vasey from The League of Gentlemen Small towns it would appear are in our literary and certainly in our entertainment DNA So the something off small town of Night Vale should feel familiar Of course this one is a bit unusual than your typical Oddsville offering being rather flamboyant in its strangeness to the point of silliness at times As for the story Jackie Fierro has been 19 for many many years like some of us? She runs the town pawn shop and will accept pretty much anything A mysterious man in a tan jacket gives her a slip of paper with “KING CITY” written on it Every time she tries to get rid of the thing or even to put it down it keeps coming back to her which as you might imagine is alarming So she goes in search of tan jacket man but no one in town can seem to recall seeing him HmmmDiane Crayton is a single mom to a shape shifting fifteen year old son what parent of a teenager cannot relate? Of late she has been seeing Josh’s long absent Y chromosome source all over town Josh has been showing an interest in tracking down his father despite Diane’s attempts to dissuade him Diane and Jackie’s uests and Josh’s too lead them in a direction that is as obvious as an MC Escher roadmap Does an endpoint even exist?Diane and Jackie are certainly likeable sorts and their tale is intriguing with plenty of challenges to face and mysteries to solve but the real deal with Welcome to Night Vale consists of three things location location location Fink and Cranor are trying to re create in book form the delightfully weird experience of their podcast world The story seems secondary The atmosphere is rich with intense strangeness I found most of it delightful a dry delivery masking outrageousness Sometimes they try too hard generating eye rolling that has been made mandatory by the City Council You really really do not want to fight city hall here particularly on days when human sacrifice is on the calendar But it is good weird fun most of the time The authors must have had some bad experiences with librarians in their youth Literary comeuppance is had The locale includes among other things roads that lead nowhere mysterious lights floating above the town black helicopters yes those black helicopters a faceless old woman who lives unseen in someone’s house a sentient house a diner waitress who struggles with fruit bearing tree branches growing from her body car salesmen who offer howlingly good deals a woman who keeps reliving her life in a perpetual loop a sentient patch of haze angels named Erika people who exist but when you try to recall them you can’t Wait what was I talking about? I just bet that if someone opens a nightclub in NV they name it Studio 51 The list goes on plenty to keep your brain engaged and your funny bone tickled When you partake of the Night Vale Kool Aid you will be joining a horde that has sprung up in impressive numbers There are fan sites galore with artwork fan fiction and a host of ways in which what remains of your consciousness can be further shaved and fed to the glow cloud I have included some links to those in the usual placeYou have never read anything like this before Unless of course you are in a time loop and are living your life over and over and over This means you Sheila Yes I know you have read this book many times all for the first time OK happy? But for the rest of usFink and Cranor’s sense of humor is definitely not for everyone But if you check your kitchen cabinets and find that your supply of weird is running a little low I suggest heading over to Night Vale They are running a special and you won’t want to miss out PS – volumes are planned Be sure to keep up with your local community newscast for further detailsReview Posted – 11615Published – 102015EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s well to Night Vale’s main Twitter and FB pagesYou can download individual podcasts hereInterviews Early Influences The Arcade Stephen Colbert appearance including a reading of the Community Calendar Jackie Lyden’s NPR interview with the authors Welcome to Night Vale Watch out for the tarantulasSome fan sites The Shape from Grove Park Fuck Yeah Night Vale A Softer Night ValeA Night Vale WikiThe actual Wikipedia entry for Night ValeA fun vid from the Idea Channel that links Night Vale to HP Lovecraft How Does Night Vale Confront Us With the Unknown?


  5. Kitty Kitty says:

    I know I know a two star rating for THE Welcome to Night Vale novelOh the humanityAnd before we begin yes I actually DO have the book This isn't just some attempt on my part to spit on dreams and fart on hopes for the fun of itOk so I've been a fan of WtNV for awhile now I like it it makes my drive to and from work pleasant I look foreword to new episodes and I was excited about the new book coming out Having now finished it however may I just say Meh?The first problem is that it's written largely in Cecil's voice without Cecil being present What I mean by that is that there's pages and pages and PAGES of meandering hesitant descriptions that back up and rewrite themselves and while this makes sense listening to Cecil while he's fumbling to describe whatever image it is he's looking at it does not make for great or easy reading I felt like I was slogging uphill the entire time internally screaming GET ON WITH IT every time we hit another rambling mess of words It's boring frustrating mind numbing reading I honestly believe the only way this book is going to be semi enjoyable is in the audiobook format It just doesn't work to do the same voice as the show in a printed version like this for so many pagesAnd oh god are there a lot of pages for what it is they're trying to sayAnother gripe I have is the characters While there are some fun parts here and a few uestions are answered and a few new ones brought up about some of the citizens of Night Vale honestly I just didn't care that much about them or their plight It would be like writing an X man novel about Slipstream instead of Wolverine It's not like I'm against spending time with someone we haven't seen before but when you can't even make these characters likable or intriguing it becomes tedious and frustrating The I think about it the perplexed I am that there isn't Cecil in this novel I mean ok ok I get it WtNV has a whole host of supposedly interesting characters out there But you know what? I really don't care about them that much The reason for it is primarily being that we never spend time with them I care about Cecil and Dana as characters because I know them I know their voices I know their likes I know their hobbies and their families and their favorite youtube videos I don't know these people and after reading a whole book about them I'm still left feeling cold Seriously There were so many other interesting stories this could have contained Like what happened to Cecil's missing brother? Dana's first few months as an intern What Old Woman Josie was doing when she was hanging out with the angels But no we get these people instead Honestly I forgot half of what happened as soon as I finished itAt the end of the day it won't matter a bit though There's already hoards of fangirls and fanboys giving this all the stars they can and I'm sure to some people this book could just be the words A CUCKOO IS CALLINGover and over again and they'd still say it was the best damn WtNV novel they've ever read Actually that does sound like the best damn WtNV I could ever read 25 stars


  6. Lin Lin says:

    All right I'm going to be honestIt's not actually that good?It pains me to say it you know? I love the podcast oodles I attended the live show which was amazing I was very excited to get my hands on an ARC and got to reading it right awayAnd let me tell you it was hard fuckin work to get through It took me a while to figure out why that was but I got it there's nobody for the reader to identify with The very premise of Night Vale is that weird things happen but everyone goes on like it's business as usual In a twenty minute podcast it works and it's hysterical In a 400 page novel it falls incredibly incredibly flat It's 400 pages of weirdness and 400 pages of people reacting apathetically to it Just once I'd have liked someone to acknowledge that things weren't as they should be Just once I'd have liked someone to have an emotional response to something It's intensely difficult for the reader to connect to what's happening on the page when the characters don't seem to connect to anything at allIt's just weird happenstance after weird happenstance nihilistic philosophy after nihilistic philosophy and it's too much It's exhausting I wanted to like it very much but alas


  7. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I have no idea what I just read but I want the book 😂🤣Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐺🐾🎃👻


  8. Melki Melki says:

    Who am I kidding Unless this turns out to be a manual on how to abuse puppies and small children OF COURSE I'm going to give it five starsMore to come in October Update 1020 445 pmWhen my UPS heartthrob FINALLY arrives with my preordered copy I'm waiting at the end of the driveway He already thinks I'm nuts but I may have gone too far this timeAnd now I'm reading 1023 DoneOkay to be honest I was hoping for of a traveltourist guide along the lines of Discovering Scarfolk BUT the novel turned out to be just as uirky and involving as the podcast Cecil and Carlos are here as well Old Woman Josie the Angels and John Peters you know the farmer? Familiar landmarks include Big Rico's Pizza and the lights over the Arby's No not those lights The other ones And the library is still a place to be feared and avoidedIf you're unfamiliar with the show some references may leave you scratching your head Don't look it may be Catharine's tarantula but if you like the strange and unusual you may find yourself right at home in Night Vale But for god's sake Stay out of the dog park If you have lots of free time on your hands and want to get addicted to the podcast listen up here


  9. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    What the fuck just happened? This book is a whole lot of things; it is weird and completely perplexing; it is hilarious and confusing; it is cynical and brilliant But most importantly it is impossible to put down Nothing makes any sense So I had to reach ending and fast to discover what the fuck was actually going on But this doesn’t necessarily mean the novel was good It had moments of greatness real greatness though when you stand back and look at its entirety it’s just a little bit vague Everything is subverted to the point of death It’s covered with layers of meaning that are uite frankly a little hard to grasp It left me with many uestions I’m not entirely sure what the novel was trying to portray At points the government are compared to children and the populace are associated with self centeredness People only see what they want to see and what they expect to see in life They forget people and the interactions they have which suggests the world is full of narrow minded people But for all the critiue the novel possesses no alternative to what it perceives as problems And here is where the problem resides What is this novel trying to say? What is this “thing” that is constantly sought by people? Initially it appears that the characters are seeking their identity in this bizarre world; they are searching for a mysterious man that can neither be seen nor remembered His only distinct feature is a tan coat I have no idea what the point of any of it was Was he suggestive of the meaning of life a need for answers that we will never attain? I don’t think the writers were that clever I’m not entirely sure what this was getting at It felt pointless for the sake of pointless and when I finished reading I incredibly dissatisfied with it It was just wella little bit weird Am I missing something?I have no idea what to make of it Is it nonsensical or secretly brilliant? Certainly I enjoyed parts of it but as a whole it was one big mess Or is that the point? It terms of lasting impression this is a story I’d rather forget that I read In terms of plot resolution this was completely lacking In terms of actual plot it was lacking It terms of character development it was lacking It was lacking everything conventional But again perhaps that’s the point Either way it was very uncomfortable to read in parts Honestly after the first one hundred pages or so I may as well have put this thing down Everything it tried to say it said very early on It never gave me any answers The rest felt like filler material I don’t think this needed to be half so long This would have been better as a short story perhaps or even a series of short stories because this had no overall plot drive I think I’m going to try and forget about his book Not an author I'd ever try again


  10. Cyna Cyna says:

    Oh my god I’d been looking forward to this release all season you guys I thought FOR SURE this would be a slam dunk NO WAY the Welcome to Night Vale novel would be anything but satisfactory A GRAND FIRE WORKY finale to this season’s Spooktacular slogAnd then it was just kind of okSo the thing about Night Vale as a podcast I love it obviously It’s weird and fun and thoughtful and uirky and weird and sometimes creepy but mostly it’s weird That Night Vale style of nonsensical nonseuitur in your face uirky random storytelling is charming when it’s being delivered aurally in Cecil’s distinctive cadence for 30 minutes twice a month But four hundred and one straight pages of nonsensical nonseuitur uirky random storytelling? Please somebody kill me nowI know I know “What did you expect? That’s literally Night Vale’s whole thing” I know It doesn’t bother me in the show and I didn’t expect I’d have a problem with the book but holy god I got like maybe four chapters in before I sat back and thought “Wow having to sort through all of that affected weirdness to get to the story is really annoying”It’s just a lot of the weirdness doesn’t really have anything to do with furthering the plot Sometimes I guess you could call it world building – a bit redundant for Night Vale fans but maybe helpful in establishing the status uo for people just coming in I would still say that you could do all that while still making it relevant to what’s going on but whateverBut a lot of stuff is justtextual flavor? They’re little asides that have nothing to do with anything recurring interruptions to the flow of the story sometimes explicitly acknowledged as such and I’m sitting there like “WELL IF IT DOESN’T MATTER THEN WHY DID YOU MAKE ME READ IT?”It’s that affected uirk you know? It’s too much all at once like enjoying a cupcake every now and then and then eating an entire cake expecting a similar experience Some things are better in small doses Apparently 30 minutes twice a month is just the right amount of Night Vale for meIn terms of plot the book felt kind of needlessly drawn out Jackie’s thread especially read like a fan servicey tour than an actual storyline as she went from Old Woman Josey to Carlos to Dana to John Peters to Steve Carlsberg for reasons that were often ill defined It took forever for either her or Diane’s plot to actually drum up any forward motion and the first half or so of the book leveled off for me in terms of interest as it spun its wheels in a series of same y wacky encounters I actually got bored With Night ValeOnce Jackie and Diane’s storylines finally began to intersect my interest did pick up again The last half to uarter of the book was much compelling but goddamn did I never expect to be bored by a Night Vale novelWhile the ending itself was interesting in terms of character development and things that were actually happening the explanation for King City Troy and the Man in the Tan Jacket was pretty bullshit Night Vale bullshit you know in that Night Vale is just so casually weird that it’s apparently totally okay to resolve a mystery you’ve been building for four hundred pages by just shrugging and saying “Eh Night Vale” I guess it’s not entirely unexpected but that doesn’t make it any satisfyingThe strongest part of the novel by far were its characters I liked both Jackie and Diane uite a bit Individually and together they were strong and flawed and complicated and tragic and relatable and well developed The arcs here were A far interesting and satisfying in their resolutions than the actual plot and maybe that was the point all alongThere were some nice moments scene to scene certainly some darker ones than I imagined and things that were creepy in concept if not in execution for me The exploration of King City was interesting and tense as was the library seuence It’s the sort of thing I’d love to see on film with audio and visual elements to add to the tensionAnyway the tl;dr is that this book wasn’t bad by any stretch If you’re a fan I’m sure you’ve already got the book and are reading it and are probably enjoying it and that’s great If you’re not a fan and are considering buying it I would say first take like a half an hour out of your day to listen to the first episode of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and then just imagine that for four hundred pages keeping in mind the loud whimsy of the whole thing and the tendency towards deus ex machina to overcome obstacles If that all sounds tolerable to you then you know welcome to Night ValeFor reviews like this check out You'reKillingUs


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