New Release Review: Mostly Void, Partially Stars

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By: Joseph Fink; Jeffery Cranor
Website: http://www.welcometonightvale.com/
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Series: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes #1
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Mostly Void, Partially Stars, written by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor, is the first volume in a series of a books featuring episodes from the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Two volumes have been released thus far, the second being titled The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe. A must-have for fans of the podcast, this book contains the complete transcripts of the first 25 episodes of the Welcome to Night Vale along with one of the live shows, Apartments, a particularly excellent episode and one which I wish I’d known about earlier. Before each chapter is a small section by one of the creators or a member of the cast talking about that specific episode or the show in general, and some wonderful illustrations by Jessica Hayworth.

Review: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor

welcome-to-night-vale-by-joseph-fink-and-jeffrey-cranor Welcome to Night Vale
By: Joseph Fink; Jeffery Cranor
Website: http://www.welcometonightvale.com/
Release Date: Oct 20, 2015
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Series: set in the same universe as the Welcome to Night Vale podcast
Award: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Science Fiction (2015)
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Have you ever listened to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast? Heard of it? Well, this is Welcome to Night Vale the book, written by the podcast’s creators Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor. It doesn’t follow the podcast’s narrator, Cecil Palmer, but two different characters, at least one of whom (I’m pretty sure as I didn’t go back and re-listen to 4+ years of the podcast before writing this) was mentioned offhand in an early episode of the show.

I was a little worried at first that the book would feel different from the podcast. It’s a different medium, of course, and it isn’t told from the familiar viewpoint of Cecil Palmer.

But should I have worried?