The Buying of Lot 37

The Buying of Lot 37

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novels It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a collection of episodes from Season Three of their hit podcast, featuring an introduction by the authors, a foreword by Dessa, behind-the-scenes commentary, and original illustrations.In June of 2012, the...

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  • Michael Cook

    In case it isn't clear, I love 

    . I love the novels, I love the live shows, I love the podcast, and I love these script books, too. I always have trouble focusing on audio-only stories, so I find that having the scripts for podcasts such as 

    really helps me follow the podcast and understand all that is going on within it. Add to these extremely useful scripts a bunch of illustrations and a whole lot of behind the scenes tidbits, and you've got a collectio

    In case it isn't clear, I love 

    . I love the novels, I love the live shows, I love the podcast, and I love these script books, too. I always have trouble focusing on audio-only stories, so I find that having the scripts for podcasts such as 

    really helps me follow the podcast and understand all that is going on within it. Add to these extremely useful scripts a bunch of illustrations and a whole lot of behind the scenes tidbits, and you've got a collection of published scripts that any

    fan would love. This proved true for the first two volumes of script books and it absolutely proves true for this new set, too.

    In

    , Cecil deals with the stress put on his relationship with Carlos by Carlos being trapped in a desert otherworld and the fear and anger that comes from being used against his will to repeatedly save Mayor Dana Cardinal. Who bought Lot 37 and is controlling Cecil? Who keeps attacking the mayor? When will Carlos come home? 

    So, for me, season three is one of those seasons that starts off slow, but once it gains momentum, it travels like an unstoppable freight train. The first half of the season, or so, consist mainly of stand-alone episodes. There's a reference or two to the ongoing plotline (and as I've picked up on in this re-read, quite a few hints for things that will happen in the 

    novel; The Man in the Tan Jacket makes appearances throughout the season where he's trying to show people where he's from and tries to give Cecil a piece of paper with something written on it) scattered throughout those first several episodes, but for the most part they're pretty stand-alone.

    That's not to say they're bad episodes, though! On the contrary, one of my favorite episodes of the entire podcast happens early on in the season. 

    is this experimental episode that consists of three monologues from different characters, and I adore it. I wish it was longer than the 20-some minutes it is. I just found that expanded look at the universe of Night Vale to be so interesting and exciting. Season 4 later does something similar with 

    , and I hope that Fink and Cranor continue doing these episodes from time to time. It's a nice way to learn more about other citizens in Night Vale, and it also kinda breaks up the monotony of the format of the show. It's a good format, but you gotta change it up a bit here and there so the audience appreciates just how good the regular format is.

    As for this season's overall arc, it's interesting. Probably the most introspective of all the Night Vale arcs thus far. I particularly like how Cecil struggles with his love for his town and his love for Carlos and all the things that he's dealing with throughout the season. For the first two seasons, Cecil's pretty much been the strong constant throughout everything, so seeing him vulnerable like this and questioning things he believes in makes for interesting drama. I appreciated the mostly positive depiction of long distance relationships that they do with Cecil and Carlos in this episode. Sure, most people in long distance relationships aren't living in two different realities, but still. That's what Night Vale does best; it takes a relatable concept and tangles it up in fantastical elements. So, yeah, Carlos is trapped in a desert otherworld, but the audience can empathize with the very realistic struggles he and Cecil have to go through in order to make their relationship work with these new constraints.

    The finale itself is really strong. In particular, the bit where Carlos explains to Cecil that "Night Vale" is just a name for the place where all of Cecil's loved ones are. So wherever those loved ones are is where Cecil's home is. Yeah, it's basically a take on the "home is where the heart is" cliche, but it's true. Very rarely is home a set of walls; it's a place where you feel safe and supported and loved. And that's the point of this season. Cecil and Carlos both have to learn where their home is, and by the end of the season, they've learned it.

    As for the whole business with Lot 37 and Hiram McDaniels and the Faceless Old Woman's campaign to kill Dana, that's almost a subplot to the Cecil/Carlos storyline. Much of what happens in the Lot 37 storyline impacts the Cecil/Carlos one, but the more interesting and impactful story is the Cecil/Carlos one. That being said, I did love the twist on who bought Lot 37. It was a fun twist I didn't see coming on my first listen, but when I read it here, again, I was able to pick up on the clues that were left throughout the season. It's always fun when you have the answer to a whodunnit to be able to go back and spot the clues that would've led you to that answer had you noticed them in the first place.

    These script books feature some great illustrations from frequent

    artist, Jessica Hayworth. Her art perfectly captures the surreal, cosmic horror that is frequently found in the

    world. She sticks to the motto of never really showing what any of the main characters or locations look like, choosing instead to illustrated some of the horrors that get described in each episodes. Every episode has at least one illustration from Hayworth - though, often, there end up being multiple illustrations per episode. Her illustrations, however, are not the only new material that can be found in these script books. Each episode features an introduction by someone involved with the making of that episode. Whether it's one of the main writers - Joseph Fink or Jeffrey Cranor, a guest writer, or an actor/performer, each episode features insight from someone involved in the creation of it and that insight is just as valuable to fans of the podcast as the scripts themselves will be. I always find it massively interesting hearing from the people who made a work of art what was going through their heads as they made it. Their opinions might not influence my interpretation of their art, but it is always nice to hear from them and these behind the scenes insights are every bit as good as you'd want them to be.

    All in all,

    is a great addition to the growing library of

    books. The scripts contained within the book showcase the massive amount of experimentation that happened within the third year of the podcast, allowing fans old and new access to this wonderful year's worth of stories while providing older fans with lots of new material to sink their teeth into. I love

    and I love these script books and I hope that HarperCollins continues publishing them.

  • Claudia Piña

    Hay algo reconfortante es saber que

    está ahí y siguen saliendo episodios y los personajes siguen evolucionando. Night Vale es algo que la gente suele consumir de manera casi obsesiva al principio pero después se vuelve esa cosa agradable y constante que tiene sentido a pesar de su sinsentido.

    Cuando hay un nuevo episodio, me pongo de buenas. Sé que escucharé algo extraño y divertido y quizá me recuerde que el universo es un misterio y la vida una aventura que no se siente por la cotid

    Hay algo reconfortante es saber que

    está ahí y siguen saliendo episodios y los personajes siguen evolucionando. Night Vale es algo que la gente suele consumir de manera casi obsesiva al principio pero después se vuelve esa cosa agradable y constante que tiene sentido a pesar de su sinsentido.

    Cuando hay un nuevo episodio, me pongo de buenas. Sé que escucharé algo extraño y divertido y quizá me recuerde que el universo es un misterio y la vida una aventura que no se siente por la cotidianeidad. Sé que escucharé música interesante y pensaré que la realidad a veces es más extraña que la ficción.

    Creo que, de todos los libros que han salido de Night Vale y temas asociados, parece poco intuitivo que los mejores sean las transcripciones de lo que ya escuchamos, pero hay algo fascinante en poder descubrir cómo un texto cobra vida en la adaptación y leer los comentarios detrás de esta historia.

    No puedo evitar sentir que aunque el universo de Night Vale es un poco incomprensible, muchas de estas ideas son la clase de cosas que pasan por la mente de uno y las ignoras porque no son normales, pero alguien se puso a escribirlas y cuando las escuchas una parte de ti las reconoce.

  • Stacee

    After reading and loving the first two books, there was no way I was missing this next set.

    The snippets before each chapter are definitely the best parts. I especially loved reading how Joseph and Jeffrey can turn one sentence or even a phrase into an entire episode. Getting to see behind the curtain is fantastic and I’m eager to dive into the next collection.

    **Huge thanks to Harper Perennial for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Amélie

    Night Vale does creepy like no one else. Night Vale also does romance like no one else (and it's beautiful).

    I mean, there's still one volume to finish reading and review, so I better use my compliments sparingly but... I love this so much. It's so well written, so well planned (even when some of that planning is retroactive, it's amazingly done). The sheer poetry of it, of those words that line up perfectly to display the sheer horror of the mundane - and not-so-mundane.

    I wouldn't want to live i

    Night Vale does creepy like no one else. Night Vale also does romance like no one else (and it's beautiful).

    I mean, there's still one volume to finish reading and review, so I better use my compliments sparingly but... I love this so much. It's so well written, so well planned (even when some of that planning is retroactive, it's amazingly done). The sheer poetry of it, of those words that line up perfectly to display the sheer horror of the mundane - and not-so-mundane.

    I wouldn't want to live in Night Vale. But visit it, through Cecil's radio ? Now that's what I call an experience.

  • Donna

    That story arc though! I laughed, I cried, I loathed Kevin, I collapsed under the realization of my fragile existence—it moved me Bob!

  • Kiara

    Wow. Just when I thought I couldn't love "Welcome to Night Vale" anymore... Season 3 (collected here in book form, along with art and mini-essays by the creators) hit me like a brick of emotion to the face. Everything that I loved from Seasons 1 and 2 was here, but with the addition of more character-building moments that makes this into a solid 5 star read for me. Everything was perfect, from Cecil and Carlos' developing long term-relationship, to the complexities of Hiram McDaniels, to Mayor D

    Wow. Just when I thought I couldn't love "Welcome to Night Vale" anymore... Season 3 (collected here in book form, along with art and mini-essays by the creators) hit me like a brick of emotion to the face. Everything that I loved from Seasons 1 and 2 was here, but with the addition of more character-building moments that makes this into a solid 5 star read for me. Everything was perfect, from Cecil and Carlos' developing long term-relationship, to the complexities of Hiram McDaniels, to Mayor Dana's new rule over the town, to catching up with the ever-tragic Kevin. The final episode of this season was actual perfection (Josie's opera house opening at last! The reveal of who bought Cecil at the auction back in Season 2!), while leaving enough unanswered questions for me to be excited about Season 4. The magic of Night Vale is in how it mixes the humorous and supernatural with deep meditations on humanity, and Season 3 delivered on all of that in spades. An absolutely phenomenal read that left me dying for the next installment!

  • Kelsey

    Not quite as expected...didn't know it'd be a word-for-word transcript of the show. Still, rating it for the show itself, which of course I love. All thing's considered it's great for people who want to revisit the series but don't have that kinda time, or newcomers, or people who can't listen to the podcast in general. And I'm sure diehard fans will like the essays before the episodes,

    Not quite as expected...didn't know it'd be a word-for-word transcript of the show. Still, rating it for the show itself, which of course I love. All thing's considered it's great for people who want to revisit the series but don't have that kinda time, or newcomers, or people who can't listen to the podcast in general. And I'm sure diehard fans will like the essays before the episodes,

  • Nicole

    This book is exactly what it says it is: the transcripts for season 3 of

    . A good read for a fan of the show, though I definitely recommend listening to the podcast so that you can get a good feel for the tone of the season. Each episode has a nice little intro written about it, which sometimes helps explain the episode and sometimes just sounds a little pompous. Regardless, a good read for a fan.

  • Greg Kerestan

    I love the audio podcast with all my heart, but there are some times when it just works better as a book of extended narrative prose/prose-poetry. Volume 3 is one of those times. As Season 3 was when the plots of the podcast's overarching story arc began to intertwine, foreshadowing long before they came to fruition, reading them on a page, physically recognizing certain phrases which one might be lulled to overlook by the podcast's ASMR quality, really pulls everything together. Who knew the Be

    I love the audio podcast with all my heart, but there are some times when it just works better as a book of extended narrative prose/prose-poetry. Volume 3 is one of those times. As Season 3 was when the plots of the podcast's overarching story arc began to intertwine, foreshadowing long before they came to fruition, reading them on a page, physically recognizing certain phrases which one might be lulled to overlook by the podcast's ASMR quality, really pulls everything together. Who knew the Beagle Puppy arc began as early as it did here?

  • Furiously Reading

    The Buying of Lot 37 is a compilation of transcripts from season 3 of Welcome To Nightvale a perennial favorite of the quirky podcasting community. I adore Welcome To Nightvale and have been slowly but surely working through the backlog of episodes. In my opinion and I’m sure I will be in the minority, the book format is not how I want to consume Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor and the rest of the cast’s amazing comedic work. Each chapter is an episode and the words simply fell flat on the page. The

    The Buying of Lot 37 is a compilation of transcripts from season 3 of Welcome To Nightvale a perennial favorite of the quirky podcasting community. I adore Welcome To Nightvale and have been slowly but surely working through the backlog of episodes. In my opinion and I’m sure I will be in the minority, the book format is not how I want to consume Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor and the rest of the cast’s amazing comedic work. Each chapter is an episode and the words simply fell flat on the page. The nuances of the story and of each character’s personality weren’t able to come through even though I am deeply familiar with the show. I can’t imagine what someone would think if they, let’s imagine, on a whim just picked up this book at the library.

    But here’s what I loved. The interviews and all of the tiny tidbits of information sprinkled in before each chapter are sublime. That saved the book for me and left me with an enjoyable experience. After a few full chapters, I ended up just flipping to the beginning of all the rest to read while, sadly, DNFing the rest of the story.

    I can’t wait to get back to the podcast and continue listening.

    This ARC was provided by Edelweiss+ and Harper Perennial

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