I’ve finally decided to begin going through my backlog of books that need reviewing. I’ve got way to many books that I read before blogging and never reviewed, and since I’m in a bit of a slump at the moment, I thought that this would be the perfect time to begin going back and reviewing them all!
I’ll always point out before my reviews when they are from my backlog. The thoughts I mention in these reviews are what I remember from the books. If I re-read these books today, my thoughts may be different. But I’m too lazy to re-read everything!
To the review!
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE …
… a friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while its citizens pretend to sleep.
It’s a town like your town, with a city hall, a bowling alley, a diner, and a radio station reporting all the news that’s allowed to be heard. It might even be more like your town than you’d like to admit.
Yet in this ordinary town where ghosts, aliens and government conspiracies are parts of everyday life, time has no meaning, there is something not quite right, like a pawnshop where the price may be more than money – it may be visions, or dreams, it may be something even more valuable.
In this town, like and yet not like many others, the lives of two women, with two mysteries, are about to converge.
When/Why I Bought It
I bought this back in January 2017 when it was first released. I’d listened to a lot of the Night Vale podcasts with my sister (well, enough to grasp what was going off). I was excited to see a book based on the series so I treated myself, feeling sure I would enjoy it.
I had really mixed feelings for this. I was really excited to start it because of how much I enjoyed listening to the podcast, and I hoped it would be exactly the same as the podcast. And it was, which turned out to be my first problem with it. The format and themes of Welcome to Night Vale are perfect for a podcast, but not so much for a book. I just felt that it didn’t quite work right.
You have to keep an open mind when you’re reading this. Similarly to the podcast, you have to keep an open mind and you can’t take anything literally. To me, that wasn’t so much of a problem and I quite liked the metaphors throughout the book, but I know that for others it makes the storytelling more confusing than it needs to be.
I loved that it had all of the usual characters from the podcast in it. I was half worried with this that it would follow new people and that would have spoilt it for me. The fact that the podcast and the book flow together works nicely and really helped me get into the book.
I felt like the plot needed more though. I think this goes back to what I said about the format of a podcast being wrong for a book. In the Night Vale podcast, you have all of the different characters and forms of entertainment meaning that a major plot isn’t needed so desperately. However, the lack of action in the plot in the book really held it back.
I could see myself enjoying the audiobook of this, but I feel like that would defeat the point. I got it because I liked the idea of a change in format from the podcast, but I found myself wishing I’d gotten the audiobook because it would have flowed better.
I suppose if you usually read more in this sort of genre, you may like this a lot more than I did. I think the major jump in genre also didn’t aid my enjoyment of the book. I’ll let you make your mind up for yourself.
Recommended to: Listeners of the podcast
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