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Good Reads Challenge Book Review: Welcome to Nightvale

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“Fear is a reasonable response to life”– Welcome to Nightvale by Joseph Fink

What’s up, friends? and how are you? What a week it’s been. I hope you’re doing well, enjoying Summer, not that it’s blistering hot, staying hydrated, and checking in with friends and family.

I’m always playing catch-up with book reviews. I’m sure I read this a while ago, but that’s neither here nor there, and so it goes.

The Review

Title | Welcome to Nightvale
| Joseph Fink
Pages | 401
Published  | October 2015
Genre | Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery
GR Rating | 3.83
Purchase | Amazon


From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast 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.

My Rating (3.75)

Talk about one of the strangest, weirdest novels I’ve read this year. Nightvale fits that bill. It’s like Season 2 of Twin Peaks, where it got weird for me, and it was hard to figure out what was happening.

Nightvale is a place (somewhere) where Aliens, Angels, and ghosts live, along with every Government conspiracy you can imagine. Some of this was quite funny, and because this book was an audiobook, I gather it was trying to tell me something …isn’t that ironic. (But I know there is a podcast for this)

from Welcome to Nightvale
““Remember that misuse of language can lead to miscommunication, and that miscommunication leads to everything that has ever happened in the whole of the world.””

Two-woman Jackie Ferro, who owns a pawn shop and has perpetually been 19 years old for as long as she can remember, and Diane Crayton, Treasurer of the town’s PTA and a single mom to Josh, who’s 16 and a shapeshifter. (Psst….) It took me a while to figure this out, but he’s different every time you see him in the story.

Since his body is going through all the changes of a normal teenager, he’s starting to ask questions about his biological father, with whom Diane is estranged. The mystery starts when a strange man in a tan trench coat is leaving messages around town about a place called King City. A place that no one can and doesn’t exist on any map.

from Welcome to Nightvale
“People are beautiful when they do beautiful things.”

Through strange events, Jackie and Diane grow closer with one common goal. To find out about “The Man In The Tan Coat” and why the note he gave Jackie, which reads “King City,” will not leave her hand. King City would hold the keys to the strange occurrences around town, the mysteries that unfold, and what connection he has to Jackie, Diane, and Josh.

from Welcome to Nightvale
“She was angry, which is the more productive cousin of fear.”

Did this story go completely over my head? Yes. Was it entertaining? Yes, because I’m a weirdo, and I invite all the weirdos to read this because like attracts like.  I listened to the audiobook version, which was a plus.

My Good Reads Progress

Currently, I haven’t started any new books.  I’m giving myself a short break, and then I’ll start Plain, Bad Heroins, which has been on my TBR list for at least 2 years.

What books are you anticipating reading this Fall?  Share them in the comments.

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