Welcome to Night Vale

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Harper Perennial, $19.99 (416p) ISBN 978-0-06-235142-5
Fink and Cranor, co-creators of the popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast, successfully expand the mythology of their strange desert town. The novel follows Diane Crayton, whose shapeshifting son’s absentee father has just come back to town, and Jackie Fierro, who’s been the 19-year-old proprietor of Night Vale’s pawnshop for the last several decades. After peculiar, half-remembered encounters with a man in a tan jacket, both women keep coming back to the same phrase: King City. Diane and Jackie have to work together to peel back the mysteries surrounding King City while trying to protect their loved ones. Though the book meanders a bit in the middle, the end is satisfying, with a surprising origin story for one of the characters. Fans will find it refreshing to see Night Vale from different perspectives and to meet characters who have only been mentioned before in passing, but knowledge of the podcast isn’t required to follow the story. This unusual experiment in format-shifting works surprisingly well. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 04/27/2015
Release date: 10/01/2015
Genre: Fiction
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Compact Disc - 978-0-06-256226-5
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