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text 2017-09-19 22:09
Reading progress update: I've listened 211 out of 722 minutes.
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Dylan Marron,Jeffrey Cranor,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

Now I'm wondering whether this is some kind of Night Vale bodysnatchers story. Nobody but Diane remembers that Evan (one of her coworkers) existed, and another one of Diane's coworkers is having noticeable memory problems. Meanwhile, Jackie's entire past seems to be some kind of artificial construct, but I'm not sure whether that's the problem or whether the problem is that she's starting to become aware of it and isn't supposed to be.

 

Supposedly this audiobook has five narrators, but it's just been Cecil Baldwin this entire time. I like his voice, but it's weird hearing him voice Carlos.

 

I'm still not sure how I feel about this, but at this point I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wasn't already a fan of the podcast, which is a little sad since I remember the authors saying something about having written it so that newcomers could enjoy it too.

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text 2017-09-18 19:54
Reading progress update: I've listened 124 out of 722 minutes.
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Dylan Marron,Jeffrey Cranor,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

"'The search for truth takes us to dangerous places,' said Old Woman Josie. 'Often it takes us to that most dangerous place: the library. You know who said that? No? George Washington did. Minutes before librarians ate him.'"

 

Ooh, I hope there's going to be a scene inside the public library.

 

At the moment, it looks like this book might be about the origins of the Man in the Tan Jacket, although I'm still not sure how Diane (the employee in my previous post) and Josh (Diane's shapeshifting son) are involved. Maybe the Man in the Tan Jacket is

Josh's father?

(spoiler show)
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text 2017-09-18 17:31
Reading progress update: I've listened 104 out of 722 minutes.
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Dylan Marron,Jeffrey Cranor,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

(If just reading about spiders freaks you out, skip this post.)

 

A nerve-wracking employee-boss conversation, not so much for the topic (although that's pretty weird), as for what's going on around them as they're talking. The employee knows that there's a tarantula walking around on her boss and assumes it's a pet, because that's a perfectly normal sort of pet for a Night Vale resident to bring to work. I mean, consider Night Vale cats. And apparently Night Vale goldfish eat mice on a daily basis. Anyway, the boss is unaware of the tarantula and is, in fact, deathly afraid of spiders. The employee actually asks her boss about the spider's name at one point, but the boss thinks she's referring to a picture of her son. She never does find out about the spider that spent nearly the entire meeting touching her (::shudder::).

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text 2017-09-16 00:11
Reading progress update: I've listened 86 out of 722 minutes.
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Dylan Marron,Jeffrey Cranor,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

Aside from the lack of weather reports and very limited amount of Cecil Palmer (although lots of Cecil Baldwin, the actor who voices him and who has done all the book's narration so far), this is very much like listening to a Welcome to Night Vale podcast. I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing.

 

While I'm used to the strangeness of the podcast, I was expecting the book to be structured a little more like a regular SFF novel. Audio was probably the best way to go with this - I keep wondering how long I'd last if I were reading the paper version.

 

It's been interesting so far, although occasionally difficult to follow when it starts going into detail on things that could happen or might have happened. It's easy to lose track of what's happening in the present.

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text 2017-09-15 19:02
Reading progress update: I've listened to 1 out of 722 minutes.
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Dylan Marron,Jeffrey Cranor,Cecil Baldwin,Retta Andresen,Joseph Fink,Harper Audio,Dan Bittner,Therese Plummer

I've had this in paper and audio format ever since it came out, but I dragged my feet on it because I couldn't decide whether to start with the paper book or the audio. Looks like I've finally decided: I'm going with the audio. I only listen to audiobooks while at work, so if I really get into the story I could always continue on with my paper copy at home.

 

This might work for Halloween Bingo, but it's tough to know for sure until I've listened to it. I know that the Night Vale world in general has lots of things that could qualify it for various squares.

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