Book Review #1: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale book cover
Welcome to Night Vale book cover (source: welcometonightvale.com)

This review is for the audiobook version of Welcome to Night Vale, read by Cecil Baldwin.

Title: Welcome to Night Vale – A Novel
Written by: Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Published by: Harper Perennial
Year: 2015

A man in a tan jacket carrying a deer-skin suitcase leaves pieces of paper accross Night Vale. Written is only this: “King City.” One you have the paper in your hand, you can’t  let go of it, no matter what you do. Most citizens of Night Vale are used to unexplainable things such as this happening. It is a fun phenomenon in the desert city were mountains don’t exist and the most dangerous thing is a librarian. When the man in the tan jacket leaves a piece of paper with the city’s pawn shop owner, her life is changed forever. Unable to continue with her job, she starts the investigation into “King City” and the Man in the Tan Jacket.

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Comic Books: A New World

I can tell you this: I enjoy reading comic books. And also: this is a very recent development. How did this happen? What started my fascination with American comic heroes?

I remember well how I got into Japanese comics, a.k.a. manga. They were my starting point into fandom.

I was 9 years old and my mother bought me the first volume of Sailor Moon on our way home from school. She never knew what consequences that little act of kindness would have (we had little money, so giving me something without it being my birthday or Christmas was a big deal). In the days and years to come, she would come to regret giving me that little book. She still jokes about it whenever I talk about one of my many fandoms. That one volume started a manga craze, and with it, my addiction to all sorts of media entertainment. Additionally to reading almost every manga that was being published, I watched a lot of anime and some American animation on TV and later online.

Sailor Moon example page
Sailor Moon appears! (Bishôjo Senshi Sailor Moon by Takeuchi Naoko, Vol. 1; source: mangareader.net)

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