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From the authors of the New York Times best-selling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the international podcast of the same name comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.
Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different worldviews as they are faced with the congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.
©2017 Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Justice on 10-30-17

Love Nightvale but..

The book is just okay. The story is entertaining, but doesn't really hold my attention. The writers and Cecil and the rest of the cast do an amazing job with the podcast, but for some reason it doesn't quite hold up in book format.

That being said, I did enjoy hearing more about the scientists and Josh updates and the Church of the Smiling God.

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By Kryptography on 11-12-17

Long time fan of Nightvale, but this was bad

False, IMO lazy equivalency between science and religion.

This is a very bad time to pat religion and religious people on the head and say "see, science is just as bad, it does bad stuff too, and faith in science and faith in religion are basically the same." They really are not. In a world in which a large and dangerous number of people are embracing horrible old nationalist elements and listening to "religious" leaders who are guiding them to homophobia, nationalism and racism, telling people that there's no reason to trust science is IMO not a good idea.

We need to demand more, and the only way to get there is to embrace reason and not provide support for the argument that science is "just as bad" or dangerous.

Yes, yes I know that Nightvale isn't set in reality but when the show and the books work, they work as metaphor. Carlos is clearly the stand-in for reason and science here, and making him the "real bad guy" of the book is just grossly irresponsible and IMO not a good or reasonable metaphor in the current climate.

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