Title: The Night Bookmobile
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts; First Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
Rating: 1 out of 5
I was excited when I saw a graphic novel written by Audrey Niffenegger at the library, so I immediately checked it out. Unfortunately I was really disappointed with the book. The graphics were normal, not bad , but nothing to talk about either.
The Night Bookmobile is about a young woman who finds a night bookmobile when roaming the streets one night after having a fight with her husband. She is surprised to find all the books that she has ever read in her life in the bookmobile. I wont tell you what happened because it’s a small book and it would probably spoil it for you. But suffice to say that I didn’t like what happened after that.
It’s one thing to love books, even to be passionate about them but I found this to be too much. I believe everything is good in moderation, until it doesn’t overtake the other aspects of your life. The blurb by Neil Gaiman on the back cover of the book says “a cautionary fantasia for anyone who has ever loved books“. Even though I’m obviously a book lover this doesn’t really ring true for me. Also, I felt it was too short a book to connect with any of the characters, I finished it in less than half an hour.
In short, there is nothing that I really liked about this book except the concept of stumbling across a library that will hold all the books you’ve ever read in your life. I feel like I should have liked this book but maybe I missed something. It definitely wasn’t for me.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it?
Well darn, I was hoping to see that this book is wonderful. 😦
I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while. Perhaps I’ll pass on it. Thank you for your honest review.
Sounds like a book that had a lot of potential. Sorry it turned out to be a disappointment.
Aww…I was hoping that this book would be good. Still I may want to read it at some point.
I have no idea… I haven’t read it before and now after your review I probably would never read it.
Sorry to hear this didn’t work for you. I’m thinking I’ll try to borrow it from the library, I’m really not sure how much I’ll enjoy this. Thanks for being honest though!
I remember seeing a few reviews of this when it first came out, but nothing since then. I love the concept, but it sounds a little weak, story-wise.