aberration: Katara from A:TLA leaned forward, her braid and arm behind her as she directs a whip of water. (there is a war coming)
So the second book I've finished this year is the Welcome to Night Vale novel. I know WTNV has sort of cycled in and out of fannish interest at this point, but with ample time to listen to podcasts while I do chores, I've managed to catch up on it. Though my mom was actually the one to buy this.

I'd wondered how well something like Night Vale, which really can't be constrained by things like consistency or logistics, would work as a novel, rather than the snippet views provided by the podcast. I do think it managed to pull off what it does in the show in this longer form – which is to continue to side-step the need to structure its weirdness by making its unreality a lens on reality. A lot of the Night Vale's attraction in the first place is less about glow clouds and hooded figures, I think, and more about its straightforward acknowledgment of many bizarre truths: how death is both always distant from and very close to us; that time and space aren't real things as we understand them, and that even the way we personally perceive them can vary so much; that the most dangerous things in the world are largely intangible; that our lives may be parts of dystopias, but you often don't call your home a dystopia. It is a little too long, and I found the resolution kind of talky and easy, but overall I felt that it did what it needed to.

I try to avoid spoilers, but there are more details under the cut. )

October 2017


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