I have never heard the podcast Welcome to Night Vale; I just bought this book based on hearing an interview with the authors on NPR and then seeing it in the bookstore. I really enjoyed the parts about the imaginary town of Night Vale itself and “the voice of Night Vale” sections, which are probably most similar to the podcast. Night Vale is a delightfully weird place, and I liked spending time there. The plot got too convoluted toward the end, though. I thought there was a touch of trying too hard. The standout scene in my memory is a bizarre and scary tour through the local library. That alone made the book worth reading.