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Summary

Night Vale is a small desert town where all the conspiracy theories you've ever heard are actually true. 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. She can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City before she herself unravels.

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. 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.

©2015 Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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For the fans really

If you already love Nightvale then you will love this as a hugely extended episode. If you don't already love Nightvale then you will be confused and possibly angry. It's very, very surreal and does assume your previous knowledge and acceptance of, for instance, faceless old women who secretly live in your home, dog parks, sentient houses, and angels (who don't exist).

It's funny and weird and charming and disturbing as ever. If you're not already fully immersed in the world of Nightvale I would suggest you go and listen to a few of the podcasts and, if you like them, listen to all of them and then listen to this. If you dislike the first episode of Nightvale, then stop listening imediately and do not buy this book.

To be honest, the plot of the story is almost irrelevant to the world building and atmosphere so it loses a star from me.

Cecil Baldwin is obviously brilliant and no one else would be an acceptable narrator.

Oh, and Steve Carlsberg isn't such a bad guy, whatever Cecil says.

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Good, but slow at times.

A good story if you're into Night Vale as a show, but it does take quite a while to get going. Once it found a decent pace I was hooked.

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Goodnight, Nigh Vale, goodnight

i have relistened to a lot of parts, because this was my go to sleep guide. Cecil's voice is amazingly soothing. The story was much more than I thought, and exactly what i dreamed it to be. TL;DR Mandatory for thoso who listen to the podcast

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Welcome to Nightvale the book

If you love the podcast, you'll love this. I will say that it is not the best place to get started with nightvale but it does try to get newcomers up to speed.

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Brilliant

Already a fan of the podcast, loved Cecil, loved the story. Good references for those already fans but stand alone story that means you don't need to know anything about nightvale to enjoy it.

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great listen even if you don't know night vale

great fun. great performances. not recommended for listening while driving at night as its a bit soporific in places

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Mostly void partially stars

The sheriffs secret police recommends you do not enter the library to obtain this book.

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Hypnotising and beautiful

Sleepy and beautiful and bizzare and wonderful. At times I wanted it to end and when it ended I wish it would go on forever

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Perfectly Night Vale

Beautifully written and magnificently narrated. Non-stop wonderful weirdness, just as you'd expect from Night Vale Presents.

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Less entertaining than the podcast

Night vale was a very entertaining pod cast. Consumed in short episodes with musical interludes it was enjoyable.

Unfortunately it doesn’t work so well as a novel.

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  • Nightvale's librarian
  • 17-03-16

fell in love

My understanding of the town grows deep, my love for the people also grows deep. I feel bad for the tarantula, but that is besides the point.

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I really wanted to like this

Being an avid listener of the podcast I was coming at the bit to hear this, however it was a let down. I think the combination of a relatively dull plot and the format in which it was presented just didn't capture the charm of Welcome to Nightvale. I thought having the narration done by Cecil Baldwin would be the icing on the cake, but having him read as an outsider to the story, rather than as a key character, just made this Nightvale feel even more disconnected from the podcast. Still worth a listen, but don't get your hopes up about the quality

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