Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Book Review: Welcome to Night Vale
Book 1 in the Night Vale series
AUTHOR: Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
PUBLISHED: October 2015
PREMISE: Set in the world of the popular Night Vale podcast, this book follows two people in Night Vale as they try to uncover a mystery about the mysterious "King City".
MY REVIEW: I have fallen in love with Night Vale podcast. If you have no idea what it is I'll...try to explain it. Basically it tells the story of a strange town called Night Vale via a nightly radio show. It seems strange, I know, but just give it a listen. It gets pretty addicting pretty fast. They just recently started a spin-off podcast called Alice Isn't Dead. You can start listening to it here if you want too: http://podbay.fm/show/536258179
If you haven't listened to the podcast...this book will likely not make much sense to you. It's written matter of factly and assumes the reader knows Night Vale. I don't mind that, but if you were hoping to use this book as a way to check out what Night Vale even is, If you were hoping to read a book featuring Cecil, the radio show host, you're also out of luck. This book follows two side characters instead. It does however give you a more visual glimpse of Night Vale then the radio show does. Plus random characters make an appearance, such as Old Woman Josie.
Plotwise....it suits Night Vale. I'm not sure the randomness of this book would suit any series that wasn't Night Vale. It is enjoyable. For Night Vale fans, I highly recommend it. If you haven't discovered Night Vale, I would suggest trying the podcast first and then trying the book if you like the podcast.
WHO SHOULD READ: Welcome to Night Vale fans, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fans, Terry Pratchett fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five weird towns