Who's a Good Boy?

Who's a Good Boy?

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 Four of their hit podcast, featuring an introduction by the authors, a foreword by Jonny Sun, behind-the-scenes commentary, and original illustrations.In June of 2012, t...

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Who's a Good Boy? Reviews

  • 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

    , covering episode 71-90 of the podcast, Night Vale faces a threat so terrifying that there seems to be nothing they can do to defeat it: a terribly cute beagle puppy and his army of tall, faceless strangers who only stand and breathe. Hiram McDaniels faces trials for his crimes against Mayor Cardinal, Desert Bluffs and Night Vale become one city, and all of Night Vale is under threat from one cute puppy who may not be all that he seems.

    This season is probably my second favorite season, after season two. The first few episodes of this season are mostly one-offs, leading up to the release of the first Night Vale novel and its accompanying tie-in episode (which was itself a great episode and also great promotion for the novel). But after that episode, the plotline for the season really kicks it into high gear with the introduction of the tall strangers who only stand and breathe and never seem to move, but somehow get closer than you thought they originally were. This concept alone is the stuff of nightmares. The way it's executed and resolved in the season continues to be creepy as hell. As usual, there are some experimental episodes like episode 73:

    , which gives Kevin (the radio host from Desert Bluffs and one of the main antagonists in season two) some much-needed backstory and character development;

    (which furthers the ongoing plotline in a really unique way that I loved); and

    (which primarily focuses on the relationship between a girl and her father who's gone off to fight in the Blood-Space War - a storyline that seems to have become important, again, during this latest season), but much of this season is really focused on advancing the plotline. More than any other season so far, this one really feels like a serial. Things happen in one episode that are often directly followed up in the next episode, and I love it.

    This season deals with some of the fallout from Night Vale Community Radio's insanely high mortality rate for its interns as former interns Maureen and Chad team together to usher in this evil beagle and his deadly plans into existence. I wish more of the season had been dedicated to exploring the fallout of the deaths of all the interns, but I like that the concept was explored at all. Maureen's increased role in the season was also nice, giving her character some development served the show well as it gave another interesting female character to the audience and one who wasn't terribly fond of Cecil, at that. Additionally, this season leans more into horror than last season did. Last season dealt a lot with interpersonal drama and relationship woes between Cecil and Carlos. This season really feels like its goal is to scare the pants off of the audience, and it succeeds. The first part of the two-part finale,

    , is perhaps one of the creepiest and uncomfortable things I've ever listened to. It was the first time that Night Vale had really actually scared me. Kudos to Cecil Baldwin's acting in that episode and Fink and Cranor's writing.

    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 episode. 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. It's scary, interesting, emotional, absurdly funny, and full of good and unique storytelling. The scripts contained within this book showcase the massive amount of experimentation that happened within the fourth 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.

  • Abby

    As a massive fan of Welcome to Night Vale, I always enjoy when these books come out. I can go back the episodes I love in the written format, along with the introductions. Night Vale writers and actors give great tidbits before each episode, providing background information that we didn't get to hear by listening to the show. For anyone who's never listened, I suggest you go right now and give this marvelous gem of a podcast a go. It's certainly changed my life.

  • Stephanie

    That beagle tho

    The Registry of Middle School Crushes is definitely one of my favorite Night Vale episodes.

  • Stacee

    I absolutely love that two volumes get released at the same time. After finishing 3, I wanted more and this one delivered.

    As with all of these books, I am living for the introductions and behind the scenes info we get. There have been mentions of hints placed in earlier episodes that pan out in these episodes and basically, I just want to hole up and binge listen from the beginning.

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

  • Amélie

    I love the evolution Cecil's interactions with Steve... and I love learning more about different residents of Night Vale. The Desert Bluff plot was very interesting and I can't wait to see where it'll lead!

  • Bethany

    I haven't listened to WTNV in a few years but I can still hear Cecil going "

    " so obviously that's burned into my brain forever. If you're a fan of the podcast these episode collections are definitely worth it, especially for the episode introductions.

  • Janatee (Jaclyn B)

    Kate Leth describes the town of Night Vale as "if Stephen King and Neil Gaiman started a game of SIMS and then just left it running forever,” which only begins to encompass the wonderful weirdness of these community-radio broadcasts. For a standalone starter of strangeness, check out “Through the Narrow Place,” containing the existential horror of a local marathon, a sponsorship by “the gut feeling you did something wrong but can’t remember what”, and an advice segment for the mother struggling

    Kate Leth describes the town of Night Vale as "if Stephen King and Neil Gaiman started a game of SIMS and then just left it running forever,” which only begins to encompass the wonderful weirdness of these community-radio broadcasts. For a standalone starter of strangeness, check out “Through the Narrow Place,” containing the existential horror of a local marathon, a sponsorship by “the gut feeling you did something wrong but can’t remember what”, and an advice segment for the mother struggling to support her teenage son’s metamorphosis into a bear.

  • Greg Kerestan

    The necessity of the Night Vale companion books continues to grow as the series becomes increasingly baroque in its plotting and long-form plot arcs. The beagle puppy arc, which closes here, has been percolating since the beginning of season 3, and the plots of the novels are starting to impact the wider narrative too.

    Luckily, reading Fink and Cranor's prose is a delight, even without the audio element. And the behind the scenes stories and testimonials from cast members are always highlights, s

    The necessity of the Night Vale companion books continues to grow as the series becomes increasingly baroque in its plotting and long-form plot arcs. The beagle puppy arc, which closes here, has been percolating since the beginning of season 3, and the plots of the novels are starting to impact the wider narrative too.

    Luckily, reading Fink and Cranor's prose is a delight, even without the audio element. And the behind the scenes stories and testimonials from cast members are always highlights, sharing looks at the human, earthbound world behind these fanciful stories.

  • Kiara

    While not as emotionally gripping as past Night Vale podcast collections, I still found this book to be engaging, funny, and poignant in equal measure. Honestly, I think I just love the world of Night Vale so much that even when the story isn't great, I find myself invested. The characters I have come to love are still awesome, and new characters get more development and time to shine. The relationship between the City Council and Station Management, wasn't what I wanted, but it was what I neede

    While not as emotionally gripping as past Night Vale podcast collections, I still found this book to be engaging, funny, and poignant in equal measure. Honestly, I think I just love the world of Night Vale so much that even when the story isn't great, I find myself invested. The characters I have come to love are still awesome, and new characters get more development and time to shine. The relationship between the City Council and Station Management, wasn't what I wanted, but it was what I needed. Hiram McDaniel's trial was heartrending, and I loved how Chad and other past interns tied into the story. The climax of the season wasn't as thrilling as past finales of Night Vale, but it was interesting nonetheless. I can't wait for the next collection of printed episodes comes out- I know I'll devour them no matter what.

  • Drucilla

    Once again, not much to say. I did like the illustrations more in this volume than than the previous one and it was nice to get some behind-the-scenes info about the

    novel since this episode collection covers the time when the book came out. It was interesting to see how Fink and Cranor approached the book and integrated it with the podcast.

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