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Currently Reading: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

I started listening to the podcast of Welcome to Night Vale a couple of years back and I’ll admit that I’m not fully caught up with it. And I also went to see their live show last year when they came to Dublin. I accepted early on that I may never quite get it coz it’s essentially random and not meant to make sense, but somehow I find it enjoyable. This wasn’t the book I intended to read next, but it’s well overdue.

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

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 anythinNovelg 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.

My Thoughts So Far

I’ve only just started reading it so I can’t comment too much but it took just a few pages to get my head around the randomness of it all so that’s a good sign. I’m delighted to see we get snippets of Cecil’s radio show, which is the theme of the podcast so hopefully it’ll be an enjoyable read.

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I have a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Journalism. I love to write, especially about mental health and animals. I like to use my blog as an outlet for new things I discover in these areas and experiences I have.

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