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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Welcome to Night Vale
Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp
Title: Welcome to Night Vale (Night Vale #1)
Author: Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
Published Date: October 20th 2015
Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Valepodcast 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.
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.
Having never listened to, or being at all familiar with the podcast, I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this book but as I am always up for something a little different when a copy just landed on my doorstep who was I to ignore it.
This book is strange! I am not sure if it would have been any less strange had I listened to the podcast prior, but I very much doubt it.
The writing style took me a little while to get used to, but after a while I was sucked into the strangeness that this presents. Things are you what you envision them to be and yet at the same time they are not there at all. That concept alone would make for some interesting reading, but throw in the rest of the weirdness and you actually end up with a very unique, and definitely remarkable book.
I don’t think this would be for everyone. In fact I can probably guarantee that the crazy style alone would put people off, but if you can get past that, and you like things a little more on the strange side then I would say give this a chance. I am certainly glad that I did!
4 real stars (in my mind anyway) from me.
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