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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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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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