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It Devours! / Joseph Fink.

By: Fink, Joseph.
Contributor(s): Cranor, Jeffrey.
Material type: materialTypeLabelSoundPublisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2017Edition: Unabridged.Description: 8 audio discs (540 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.Content type: spoken word Media type: audio Carrier type: audio discISBN: 9780062476104; 0062476106.Subject(s): Humor | Fantasy | Sci-FiGenre/Form: Audiobooks. | Fiction.Online resources: View cover art Summary: 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 world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.
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From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 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 world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.

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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 world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Listeners of Welcome to Night Vale will enjoy the familiarity of actor Baldwin, who provides the voice of the podcast, in the audio edition of Fink and Cranor's second standalone novel based on the podcast. The book opens as scientist Nilanjana Sikdar starts to investigate the source of a rumbling in the desert town of Night Vale. Nilanjana suspects that the creepy Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God has something to do with the bizarre noise even as she starts to develop an attraction to Darryl Ramirez, a member of the church. As the rumbling gets louder, buildings are destroyed and people start disappearing. Baldwin continues to be a clean, crisp narrator for the Night Vale universe, but he doesn't differentiate much between many of the main characters, who in the podcast are voiced by other actors. Furthermore, the production misses an opportunity-the rumbling that is so central to the plot is only spoken of, rather than heard on the audio track. Nevertheless, the quirky story of Night Vale as told in Baldwin's friendly voice is enough to carry the audiobook for new listeners or fans of the podcast. A Harper Perennial hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

From the creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast (and the novel that shares its name) comes this very clever horror-mystery-sf tale. Nilanjana works for Carlos, a scientist in Night Vale; science, art, computer ownership, and other matters of sociocultural life are tightly controlled by the draconian city council, so being a scientist or, in Nilanjana's case, a scientist's assistant is a bit of a dicey career choice. Even dicier is Nilanjana's latest assignment: to find out what's up with some mysterious goings-on in the desert. Could the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, a religious group that could be more than that, somehow be involved? With a gripping mystery, a very smartly built world (a place similar to our own world but at the same time distinctly other), and a cast of offbeat characters, this novel is a welcome addition to any library's sf shelf. Familiarity with the podcast, or with the previous novel, is helpful but certainly not required.--Pitt, David Copyright 2017 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A scientist and a man of faith must find common ground to save a friendly desert community in the American Southwest.Just kiddingof course we're back in the weird town of Night Vale, where all the conspiracies you've ever heard of are true. For interlopers who haven't yet experienced Welcome to Night Vale, it started as a podcast mimicking a bizarre community radio broadcast, later became a live touring production, and lives on in a first novel by Fink and Cranor (Welcome to Night Vale, 2015, etc.). This sequel will be a delight for fans but also features a funny but nuanced story about the chasm between faith and science. Our lead character is Nilanjana Sikdar, a levelheaded scientist from Indiana who has come to work with head scientist Carlos, husband to Cecil Palmer, the voice of Night Vale. But strange things start happening when first Larry Leroy's house and later Big Rico's Pizza fall into giant sinkholes. On the trail of a suspect known as "the Wordsmith," Nilanjana meets Darryl Ramirez, a good-natured proselytizer for the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, a faith that believes redemption comes from being devoured by...something. The book includes whimsical pamphlets designed by Jessica Hayworth explaining the faith. While the new story is light on our friend Cecilwhose romance with Carlos is quietly breathtakingreaders spend more time with Carlos, whose story answers some lingering questions about this strange otherworld. As the Smiling God grows more dangerous, the fundamental conflict between Darryl's faith and Nilanjana's science threatens to tear the town asunder. With cameos from minor characters and the same fanciful sense of humor, the authors deliver not only a love letter to fans, but also a compelling drama that shows people coming together in a world that feels like it's coming apartwhich isn't the worst message to broadcast these days. A confident supernatural comedy from writers who can turn from laughter to tears on a dime. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.