Mostly Void, Partially Stars

Mostly Void, Partially Stars

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 One of their hit podcast, featuring an introduction by the authors, behind-the-scenes commentary, and original illustrations.In June of 2012, the creators of Welcome to Night Vale began...

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  • Abby

    Honestly, a written format of the Night Vale podcasts seemed pretty dull before I picked it up. They're definitely meant to be listened to, not to be read. But I found myself enjoying getting to relive every moment. There's also fantastic bonus content before each episode with a short dialogue from the creators and contributors. Interesting and fun all around. I can even hear Cecil's voice with the narration.

  • Stacee

    This is perfect for anyone who has just found the podcast {like me!} as well as anyone who has been a long time listener.

    I loved getting the brief commentary chapters before each episode and the illustrations were and added bonus.

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

  • Jessica Healy

    Instead of a review, just imagine me grinning. Manically. Until it seems like I should really stop grinning now. Until you're kind of uncomfortable. Until you back away slowly.

  • Tim

    Hey you. Yeah, you there. The one whose eyes happened to come across this review… are you a Welcome to Night Vale fan? If not, go away. This book isn’t for you! This is a Night Vale book for Night Vale people! No, I don’t care that Joseph Fink, one of the writers of Night Vale, says in his introduction that the book is for you even if you’re not already a fan. It’s not. Go away.

    I’ll wait.

    *Looks around carefully.* Are all the non-fans gone? Good. The meeting is next Thursday, on the thirteenth mi

    Hey you. Yeah, you there. The one whose eyes happened to come across this review… are you a Welcome to Night Vale fan? If not, go away. This book isn’t for you! This is a Night Vale book for Night Vale people! No, I don’t care that Joseph Fink, one of the writers of Night Vale, says in his introduction that the book is for you even if you’re not already a fan. It’s not. Go away.

    I’ll wait.

    *Looks around carefully.* Are all the non-fans gone? Good. The meeting is next Thursday, on the thirteenth minute of the thirteenth hour. It will last precisely thirteen seconds, then all will be known.

    Oh dear, there seems to be some non-fans still reading. That won’t do. That won’t do at all.

    *Sends a guard to escort them to the library*

    __________________

    So yeah, in terms of the book, it’s great. As it says on the cover/description, the book contains written transcripts of the first year of the show. It also contains introductions by one of the people involved (usually one of the writers, sometimes voice actors) that offer a lot of interesting information in regards to the creation of the episode.

    It also features the script for the live show “Condos” which is a nice bonus.

    Now some non-fans may be saying, “But wait, you can listen to almost all of this book for free! Did you just pay money for some introductions and a few bonuses?” To which I respond, “Why are you still here? Didn’t the librarians devour your soul yet?”

    Another, kinder, response could be as follows: Are you afraid of the inevitable apocalypse that will shut down the Internet, or destroy technology, thus making it where you can never enjoy Night Vale again? Then this book is for you.

  • Sraah

    I listened to the podcast while reading and the explanations and introductions before each episode were a lot of fun to read, made it even better. Welcome To Night Vale is a special thing.

  • Shannon

    5/5

    Considering this isn't an actual "novel," just transcription of the first year of Welcome to Night Vale podcasts (which I already knew I loved), this was a very easy 5/5 read. One of my favorite parts of the book were the informational asides that preceded each episode. I am a huge sucker for documentaries and "behind the scenes" shows (I mean, growing up I was huge into VH1's 'Pop Up Video', MTV's 'Making the Video', and any docu-series I could watch), so I was ALL about this. As always, the

    5/5

    Considering this isn't an actual "novel," just transcription of the first year of Welcome to Night Vale podcasts (which I already knew I loved), this was a very easy 5/5 read. One of my favorite parts of the book were the informational asides that preceded each episode. I am a huge sucker for documentaries and "behind the scenes" shows (I mean, growing up I was huge into VH1's 'Pop Up Video', MTV's 'Making the Video', and any docu-series I could watch), so I was ALL about this. As always, the charm in Night Vale is its absurdity, its complete lack of grounding in our reality, but also its pointed sentimentality, and its honesty. At the core of this weird ass series, there lies a beating heart.....one that may or may not have been freshly harvested from your postal worker.

  • Melki

    Perhaps you're familiar with the odd goings-on in this scientifically interesting town. If not, first listen to the strange disembodied voices coming from your preferred listening device, and

    read this book. I tried reading these podcast scripts aloud in my best James Earl Jones voice, but it is just not the same as

    to Cecil Baldwin describing

    Perhaps you're familiar with the odd goings-on in this scientifically interesting town. If not, first listen to the strange disembodied voices coming from your preferred listening device, and

    read this book. I tried reading these podcast scripts aloud in my best James Earl Jones voice, but it is just not the same as

    to Cecil Baldwin describing the Glow Cloud, the horribly racist Apache Tracker, and the vast underground city to be found in the pin retrieval area of the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex.

    Plus the weather forecasts really suck in written form.

    But, for fans of the show, this is a treat - a chance to revisit your favorite episodes, and linger over sentences that made you laugh (or shiver) the first time you heard them. All the transcribed podcasts from the first year are here, along with commentary by the writers, plus the script of

    , the first live Night Vale show.

  • Al Koycheva

    I'm not sure how to describe this book, but that's okay as the universe it is set in probably wouldn't want me to. A collection of the transcripts of WTNV, a podcast with surreal, absurd, and at times grim and uncomfortable sense of humour (one where you laugh out loud while thinking 'oh god'), and some behind-the-scenes bits. However, reading the scripts is not enough - you have to listen to the actual podcast for the weird atmosphere to truly engulf you, chew you for a bit and then if you're l

    I'm not sure how to describe this book, but that's okay as the universe it is set in probably wouldn't want me to. A collection of the transcripts of WTNV, a podcast with surreal, absurd, and at times grim and uncomfortable sense of humour (one where you laugh out loud while thinking 'oh god'), and some behind-the-scenes bits. However, reading the scripts is not enough - you have to listen to the actual podcast for the weird atmosphere to truly engulf you, chew you for a bit and then if you're lucky, spit you out.

    I wondered what section to quote as 99% of the book is quotable, but I particularly liked this passage towards the end:

  • Angela

    This is the most I have ever debated with myself on a book rating, and in the end I took a coward’s way out and chose the middle option. This is a 5-star book. This is a 1-star book. I really do not know what to do with it.

    On one hand: The entire first year of Welcome to Night Vale is contained in these pages. WtNV is a phenomenal podcast about a very strange desert town where every conspiracy theory ever is just another normal day. I once saw it described as “Lovecraft, Stephen King and Neil Ga

    This is the most I have ever debated with myself on a book rating, and in the end I took a coward’s way out and chose the middle option. This is a 5-star book. This is a 1-star book. I really do not know what to do with it.

    On one hand: The entire first year of Welcome to Night Vale is contained in these pages. WtNV is a phenomenal podcast about a very strange desert town where every conspiracy theory ever is just another normal day. I once saw it described as “Lovecraft, Stephen King and Neil Gaiman create a SIMS town, then just leave it alone for a few years and let it evolve as it will.” That’s Night Vale. It’s weird and it’s touching and it’s glorious and it’s creepy and it is never, ever boring.

    On the other hand: This book is a script collection, and though all the basic content is here, it is missing out on the lifeblood of Night Vale: the rich, soothing, voice of its narrator, community radio host Cecil Palmer. Cecil, voiced by Cecil Baldwin, is the heart and soul of Night Vale, and I absolutely cannot recommend *reading* these scripts as an introduction to the series. You have to hear it. You *have* to. And without Cecil along to guide us through our yearlong journey, one of the most vital components of the Night Vale experience is absent.

    On one hand: It’s a script book! All the Night Vale scripts from year one are in one place for quick and easy reference! It’s searchable! Huzzah!

    On the other hand: It’s a script book. There is very little new content being offered here. It’s searchable, but that’s about all it really has to offer. Yes, there are illustrations, one per episode in most cases, but, to be completely honest, most of Night Vale’s merch artists don’t do a lot for my personal tastes. Yes, there is an introduction prior to each script, but there’s not a lot of insight into the creative process, just some train of thought stuff you can take or leave.

    And this part gets another paragraph because, honestly, this is my biggest gripe with the book. I wanted more content. I wanted thoughtful creator commentary and annotations and footnotes and running observations about the entire creative process that went into making WtNV the success that it is. I wanted to *know* things. New things. Fun things. Potentially dangerous things. And in this regard, the small previews before each episode were an abyssal disappointment. Give me something new. Something interesting. Something I can’t already get on the podcast. Give me a reason to devote my already-at-capacity shelf space to you, book.

    On one hand: There’s no weather! Now, for those not in the loop, Night Vale’s “weather” forecast is a song inserted in the final third of each episode. The musical contributions range from quirky, to powerful, to

    . You will love the weather. You will hate it. You will be confused by it. You will spend entirely too long trying to analyze its deeper meaning. Like Cecil’s voice, the weather is an essential component of the full Night Vale experience, and its absence here (the song title and artist are given, along with a wink/wink nudge/nudge to go look it up if you want to) is very noticeable and detracts from the overall immersion.

    On the other hand: There’s no weather! Come on, you know you usually give it a little bit to hook you then skip over it anyway.

    So, with all that said, I shall stand firm on my decision to split the difference between my two opinions and settle on 2.5 stars, rounded down since, in Goodreads terms, 2 stars is “It was ok.” And, ultimately, that’s what this book was. Okay. Not good. Not great. Not terrible. Not even “Neat!” Just...okay. And I'm not rating the podcast (which is a solid 5-Star experience, seriously, go listen to it now). I have to keep that in mind. I am rating the book.

    I won’t be picking up installment 2 of the Night Vale scripts, and, to be frank, I’m glad the copy I read of this installment is a loaner.

    This is the first time I’ve really been disappointed with a component of the Night Vale experience, and that is the most disappointing part of all.

  • Amy (Other Amy)

    *Review under construction*

    My obsession, let me share it with you! They are releasing the scripts for the episodes as books, so now I have a place to park some notes on the first two seasons of WTNV's community radio broadcast. Right now I'm just pulling together the episode descriptions, with the intent to add links to the weather and put in the proverb for each episode (often my own favorite part of the show). Once the book is out, I will add comments on the extras, and begin my relisten of th

    *Review under construction*

    My obsession, let me share it with you! They are releasing the scripts for the episodes as books, so now I have a place to park some notes on the first two seasons of WTNV's community radio broadcast. Right now I'm just pulling together the episode descriptions, with the intent to add links to the weather and put in the proverb for each episode (often my own favorite part of the show). Once the book is out, I will add comments on the extras, and begin my relisten of the first two seasons of WTNV, at which point I'll add a few other notes on the episodes themselves. That's the plan, anyway. The books are scheduled for release September 6, 2016. In the meantime, you can listen to the podcast wherever you like to obtain podcasts, or

    .

    1. Pilot: A new dog park opens in Night Vale. Carlos, a scientist, visits and discovers some interesting things. Seismic things. Plus, a helpful guide to surveillance helicopter-spotting.

    Weather: "These and More Than These" by Joseph Fink

    Proverb:

    2. Glow Cloud: A mysterious, glowing cloud makes its way across Night Vale. Plus, new Boy Scouts hierarchy, community events calendar, and a PTA bake sale for a great cause!

    Weather: "The Bus is Late" by Satellite High

    Proverb:

    3. Station Management: It's contract renewal time with Station Management, and negotiations get tricky. Plus, a new city litter initiative, books stop working, and a creeping fear comes to town!

    Weather: "Bill & Annie" by Chuck Brodsky

    Proverb:

    4. PTA Meeting: Last night's PTA meeting accidentally opens a rift in spacetime, and Night Vale faces the consequences. Plus, changes afoot at the Night Vale Daily Journal, controversy at Radon Canyon, and our annual high school football preview!

    Weather: "Closer" by The Tiny

    Proverb:

    5. The Shape in Grove Park: A protest against the removal of the Shape In Grove Park That No One Acknowledges Or Speaks About. Plus, changes to the school curriculum, a growing tarantula problem in town, and musical auditions!

    Weather: "Jerusalem" by Dan Bern

    Proverb:

    6. The Drawbridge: The city faces extensive delays in the revitalization of the Old Town Drawbridge. Plus, time for another pledge drive, changes afoot at the Night Vale Daily Journal, and good news for radio controlled airplane hobbyists!

    Weather: "Aye" by Dio

    Proverb:

    7. History Week: Learn about the storied history of Night Vale during this special week's celebration. Plus, psychological assaults on tourists, highway construction announcements, and metal detectors in schools!

    Weather: "Despite What You've Been Told" by Two Gallants

    Proverb:

    8. The Lights in Radon Canyon: Mysterious lights and sounds are coming from Radon Canyon. Plus, tips on how to win the town lottery, our newest (incorporeal) School Board member, and the Abandoned Mine Shaft finally gets HBO!

    Weather: "This Too Shall Pass" by Danny Schmidt

    Proverb:

    9. PYRAMID: A large, philosophical pyramid appears in town, announcing several messages, but is it what it seems? Plus, best practices for regular skin-checks, an update on the levitating cat, and whatever happened to that vile barber?

    Weather: "Last Song" by Jason Webley

    Proverb:

    10. Feral Dogs: A roving pack of feral dogs terrorizes Night Vale. Plus, a new installment of Community Health Tips, the Fireperson Appreciation Parade, and free admission day at the Museum of Forbidden Technologies!

    Weather: "i Know This" by Rachel Kann

    Proverb:

    11. Wheat and Wheat By-Products: An important announcement from the Night Vale Council for Commerce to regularly consume wheat & wheat by-products. Plus, the dangers of discount bloodstones, property taxes going up, and changes afoot in our health insurance policies!

    Weather: "Cigarette Burns Forever" by Adam Green

    Proverb:

    12. The Candidate: The search for a dangerous fugitive finally comes to an end, but he's gaining some unexpected popularity. Plus, what to do about those noisy sunsets, City Council rejects "breath entitlements," and more issues with Santa Claus at the Night Vale Mall.

    Weather: "Of a Friday Night" by Anais Mitchell

    Proverb:

    13. A Story About You: You listen to a podcast. You check the episode description to see what is in store this time. It is a different kind of description than you are used to. You suspect the episode will be a different kind of episode than you are used to. You listen.

    Weather: "You Don't Know" by Mount Moon

    Proverb:

    14. The Man in the Tan Jacket: A stranger comes to town with a briefcase and an unmemorable face. Plus, controversy with the Daily Journal, another segment of Children's Fun Fact Science Corner, and new security footage from the bowling alley.

    Weather: "Movement 1: Invocation of the Duke" by daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra

    Proverb:

    15. Street Cleaning Day: Today is Street Cleaning Day, and the street cleaners will soon be upon us. Remain calm, and run away screaming. Plus, new music trends from Dark Owl Records, the crackdown on wheat & wheat by-product speakeasies, and we take a look at clouds.

    Weather: "A Little Irony" by Tom Milsom

    Proverb:

    16. The Phone Call: Cecil receives a cryptic phone call from someone who is very close. Plus, a new business plan at the Daily Journal, an important list from the Sheriff's Secret Police, and improvements at the public library.

    Weather: "Those Days Are Gone and My Heart is Breaking" by Barton Carroll

    Proverb:

    17. Valentine: Emergency crews are on hand to help cleanup the aftermath of the worst Valentine's Days in recent memories. Plus, important schedule changes at the Night Vale Airport, the City Council votes to choose an official town language, and updates on the Post Office.

    Weather: "Neptune's Jewels" by Mystic

    Proverb:

    18. The Traveler: A traveler arrives in Night Vale. What does he want? Why has Jerry's Tacos returned? Plus, the mayor calls an emergency press conference, another round of corrections, and a look at the community calendar.

    Weather: "Jews for Jesus Blues" by Clem Snide

    Proverb:

    19A. The Sandstorm: A dangerous sandstorm threatens Night Vale. Plus, baseball opening day, a look at financial news, and Cecil finds himself in a strange new place.

    Weather: "Eliezer's Waltz" by Larry Cardozo and Ron Fink, performed by Disparition

    Proverb:

    19B. The Sandstorm: A dangerous sandstorm threatens Desert Bluffs. Plus, baseball opening day, a look at financial news, and Kevin finds himself in a strange new place.

    Weather: "Eliezer's Waltz" by Larry Cardozo and Ron Fink, performed by The Ventura Klezmer Band

    Proverb:

    20. Poetry Week: It's Poetry Week in Night Vale and folks get a look at a place that should never be seen. Plus, strange new billboards about town and renovations completed at the Night Vale Zoo.

    Weather: "Get Me Home" by Robin Aigner

    Proverb:

    21. A Memory of Europe: Springtime brings with it pleasant memories of a long ago trip to Europe. Plus, exciting news about the end of the world and important information about spiders.

    Weather: "Sni Bong" by Dengue Fever

    Proverb:

    22. The Whispering Forest: A beautiful and alluring forest suddenly appears just outside of town. Plus, school closings, a dream journal mandate, and a moon exhibit at the Children's Science Museum.

    Weather: "Winifred" by Seth Boyer

    Proverb:

    23. Eternal Scouts: Two Night Vale Boy Scouts become the first to ever achieve the rank of Eternal Scout. Plus, an update on the floating cat, changes in who gets to die, and a recruitment drive for a vague yet menacing government agency.

    Weather: "Too Much Time" by John Vanderslice

    Proverb:

    24. The Mayor: The Mayor has gone missing. Plus, Night Vale Community Theater presents Once on this Island, the return of Children's Fun Fact Science Corner, and an update on the Apache Tracker.

    Weather: "Biblical Violence" by Hella

    Proverb:

    Live Show: Condos

    Weather: "Double Feature" by Satellite High or "Remember Us" by Gabriel Royal

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