The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe

The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a collection of episodes from Season Two of their hit podcast, featuring a foreword by the authors, behind-the-scenes commentary, and original illustrations.In June of 2012, the creators of Welcome to Night Vale began airin...

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Title:The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe
Author:Joseph Fink
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The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe Reviews

  • Craig

    I hope the other volumes get released...it's so much easier to read these than to listen to them. I don't know why that is...maybe my mind wanders? Maybe I feel like it's less time consuming to read than listen? All I know for sure is that my fear of spiders is justified in NIGHT VALE.

  • Lia Ung

    I'm so in love with Night Vale, and the people, and the stories, and the actors, and the writing, and the weirdness, and the humor, and the evil, and the drama, and the everything. Love it.

  • Baker St Shelves

    Any fan of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast should read these books. The secret origins of the show are finally made public and all the brilliant scripts that start from the beginning all the way up to the Strexcorp saga. Even if you're not a fan, this is one of the better ways to get caught up quickly. However I still HIGHLY recommend listening to to podcast, which is getting close to 100 episodes! Worth the time! Only the first two seasons are covered in this book, but I'm sure the rest will

    Any fan of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast should read these books. The secret origins of the show are finally made public and all the brilliant scripts that start from the beginning all the way up to the Strexcorp saga. Even if you're not a fan, this is one of the better ways to get caught up quickly. However I still HIGHLY recommend listening to to podcast, which is getting close to 100 episodes! Worth the time! Only the first two seasons are covered in this book, but I'm sure the rest will be released soon.

  • Alex Telander

    For perhaps the first time in history a couple of books have been created, written and brought together for every single conceivable type of fan, but you’ll have to read to the end of this review to find out exactly how. I am talking of Mostly Void, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe that collect all the episodes for season one (the former) and season two (the latter) of one of the most popular podcast shows in history. I am talking, of course, about Welcome to Night Val

    For perhaps the first time in history a couple of books have been created, written and brought together for every single conceivable type of fan, but you’ll have to read to the end of this review to find out exactly how. I am talking of Mostly Void, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe that collect all the episodes for season one (the former) and season two (the latter) of one of the most popular podcast shows in history. I am talking, of course, about Welcome to Night Vale, which features an astonishing number of followers and avid listeners, a bestselling novel (with the same title as the show), and a cast that seems to be continually on tour playing to sold-out shows across the globe, while still recording new episodes and releasing them every two weeks.

    The last book I had that collected all the episodes for an entire season was for The X-Files, but as addictive as those books were each time they came out before the airing of the new season, the Welcome to Night Vale collections are just as addictive and perhaps more important, for they feature more material. In addition to the complete scripts for every episode of the season, there is bonus material, such as some awesome illustrations that sometimes relate to the current episode being read and sometimes not. The reader can choose to study the image and forget about the haunting soullessness of say the Glow Cloud (ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD!) and lose themselves in the detail of the shocking artwork, or perhaps be terrified by the graphic detail of the illustrations that they immediately go back to reading the script.

    Mostly Void, Partially Stars features an introduction by bestselling author and awesome tech-nerd (Boing Boing) Cory Doctorow. A contents list for each episode, providing handy referencing. As well as the script for the live show “Condos.” The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe features an introduction by author and Night Vale contributor Maureen Johnson, as well as the bonus script to the live show “The Debate.” Both volumes feature a piece from the creator of all the awesome music for Welcome to Night Vale, Disparition, as well as all the artists featured on “the weather” segment of the podcast. The other really awesome thing about both books is that they feature intros to each episode. The majority are written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, while others are written by Cecil Baldwin (the voice of Night Vale) and many of the other cast members, guest stars and guest writers for the podcast. The intros provide a back story, a history and/or an insight into a specific episode, or just an entertaining anecdote.

    Good you’ve made it this far. So if you’re reading this it means you are familiar in some way to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and you may be wondering (though if you’ve read this review fully I don’t really see how) how these books will benefit you. Well, you will likely satisfy one of the categories listed below which each, in turn, explain why you need these crucial Night Vale volumes.

    1) You’re a die hard fan of Welcome to Night Vale: You’ve listened to every episode multiple times, you’ve been to many live shows, and you know everything there is to know about the characters. But sometimes you don’t have the option of listening to a particular episode or remembering a particular phrase from the middle of an obscure episode. These books are the tools to accomplish this. You can find that episode and read that phrase in an instant!

    2) You’re kind of a fan of the show but haven’t heard everything: So you missed a few episodes here and there, especially in the first couple of seasons. No problem. Just start with Mostly Void, Partially Stars and you can find those “lost episodes” and read them in less than five minutes and get all caught up.

    3) This is the first time you’re hearing of Welcome to Night Vale: Firstly, welcome. You’ve made the right choice. Secondly, you now have the option of listening to many many hours of this awesome show, but that takes a lot of time you might not have, especially if you heard the Night Vale cast is coming to a city near you next week and your friend just bought you a ticket and you need to get caught up fast! Well, these two volumes can be digested in record time and then you’ll have a fruitful lexicon for seasons one and two of the show. However, I’d recommend listening to the first episode or two, no, not to boost their download numbers, Night Vale has already broken a lot of records in that regard, but to acclimate yourself to the show and to familiarize you with the deep, baritonally-comforting emanances of the shows narrator, one Cecil Palmer. After that you’ll be able to read each episode from the book with his wondrous voice solidly fixed in your head, equal to a narration by Morgan Freeman or Sir David Attenborough. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonder that is Welcome to Night Vale.

    Originally written on September 5, 2016 ©Alex C. Telander.

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  • Stacee

    This was just as fun as the first one.

    The commentary chapters before the episode give a fun insight to what was happening at the time it aired. I loved that the various writers and cast members got to contribute.

    For me, WTNV will always be best when listening to Cecil's voice, but these were a unique and different way to view the story.

    **Huge thanks to Harper Perennial for sending me the arcs**

  • Sraah

    i love welcome to night vale. i love these characters.

  • Stephanie

    I like season 1, but I love when they start doing big story arcs in season 2.

    Tamika Flynn= life goals

  • Garvie D. Soren

    "We must be the heroes we look for in others. We must no longer speak in code, but in action."

    This one was just as good as the first, and I enjoyed this just as much as I did the first time around. Night Vale is one of those stories that suffer from 'just one more' syndrome, and can have you still up and reading at four in the morning, wondering just what these guys are doing to make this series so addictive.

    This was the arc that got me hooked on the whole series, and it doesn't disappoint in t

    "We must be the heroes we look for in others. We must no longer speak in code, but in action."

    This one was just as good as the first, and I enjoyed this just as much as I did the first time around. Night Vale is one of those stories that suffer from 'just one more' syndrome, and can have you still up and reading at four in the morning, wondering just what these guys are doing to make this series so addictive.

    This was the arc that got me hooked on the whole series, and it doesn't disappoint in text form. It's powerful, inspirational, hilarious, creepy and has secured itself as one of my favourites.

    I have to give them credit also for making the Cassettes the most terrifying thing I have read, no matter how many times I try to figure it out. Congratulations.

  • Kayleigh Cantrell

    This book is just a physical copy of Night Vale, which means it's everything I love about Welcome to Night Vale without some of the existential dread.

  • Melki

    I think I enjoyed this collection more than the last one, though I'm not sure if it's that the writing is more polished, or if the stories are just more to my taste. I really enjoyed the segments about the mayoral race between The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home, and Hiram McDaniels, who is literally a five-headed dragon. This book also includes two of my favori

    I think I enjoyed this collection more than the last one, though I'm not sure if it's that the writing is more polished, or if the stories are just more to my taste. I really enjoyed the segments about the mayoral race between The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home, and Hiram McDaniels, who is literally a five-headed dragon. This book also includes two of my favorite bits EVER. (No surprise - they both concern libraries.):

    And, the Night Vale Public Library's Summer Reading Program which is predictably a bit . . . unpredictable, starting with the enticing posters that advertise -

    and

    . Before long, over a hundred children are

    Imagine the relief when the kids emerge

    and

    from the library, led by twelve-year-old Tamika Flynn who is clutching

    . No one knows what

    went on inside, but I'm guessing the kids rebelled when they learned the "prizes" for completing their reading lists were only crappy used Happy Meal toys, and not the large stuffed animals they had been expecting.

    That's what happened at our library this summer, anyway. I was lucky to escape with

    head (and most of my digits.)

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