07 April, 2016

Welcome to Night Vale : a novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

If you're familiar with the wildly popular podcast of the same name, check out this book!
Written by the podcast's creators, Welcome to Night Vale is told through the viewpoints of Jackie Fiero and Diane Crayton, both Night Vale citizens. 

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women — nineteen-year-old pawn shop owner Jackie Fiero and PTA treasurer Diane Crayton — and their two mysteries, will converge. 

The characters are wonderfully real and with a conversational writing style, it sometimes feels like they're sitting opposite you in a coffee shop, recounting the whole surreal tale. Though there is an abundance of the bizarre, the grotesque, and the supernatural, the authors manage to inject humour into their writing so it never seems overwhelming.

I really enjoyed this book. Already being a fan of the podcast, it was pretty cool to see a few of the characters explored more. Those new to the world of Night Vale will, in this book, find a compellingly written mystery that will raise goosebumps while seasoned fans will also enjoy the references to the podcast peppered into the story.

Night Vale is strange and dark and playful. Enter if you dare.

Title: Welcome to Night Vale : a novel   

Author: Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor 

Recommended by Sucheta R, Grey Lynn Library

Sucheta R is based in Grey Lynn Library. When she doesn't read, she has an overflowing shelf full of books and an ever-growing to-be-read pile. When she does read, it’s two or three books at the same time: a few chapters here, a few chapters there and a few more somewhere else. Sucheta likes dystopian sci-fi, contemporary fantasy, satire, young adult and the occasional classic.

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