You’ve seen a lot of reviews of this one the past week and I’m not exactly sure why all of us decided to read this one at the same time. I picked mine up from the library on a whim, after hearing a couple of bloggers express how much they loved it.
I love Audrey Niffenegger. Like many people, Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my favorite books. Beyond the fact that it is a lovely book, it is also one of the first books that my boyfriend recommended to me. It marks the beginning of our relationship and will forever hold a special place in my heart. While Her Fearful Symmetry left me somewhat disappointed and conflicted, I enjoyed reading it and I absolutely loved parts of it. I’ve also read The Three Incestuous Sisters, Niffenegger’s other comic, and I enjoyed that one as well, though I didn’t really have a strong reaction to it either way. The Night Bookmobile produced a reaction in me similar to Her Fearful Symmetry – there were parts that I loved, but others that left me feeling somewhat cold toward the book.
For one, the concept behind this comic is perfect. The idea that each person has their own library with each book they have read and started to read stored in a vehicle of sorts. Alexandra, after fighting with her boyfriend and walking alone at night to clear her head, encounters her library and quickly becomes obsessed with it. Secondly, the art is lovely and adds to the mystery and fantasy of the story. It was short and sweet, with a memorable conclusion.
But a significant part of that conclusion really upset me, not because of what happened, but because of how abrupt it was. Of course, I do not want to spoil anything, so I’m being purposefully vague. It is a shocking turn of events that I honestly found difficult to understand. I really wanted to love this book unreservedly, because the idea is so bookish and wonderful, but I just couldn’t.
I don’t necessarily want to deter anyone from reading this comic. It really is wonderful for most of the time. Apparently it is a part of a series that Niffenegger will be continuing in the future and I sincerely hope that as a whole the series is as lovely as the majority of The Night Bookmobile was.
So go read this!: now | tomorrow | next week | next month | next year | when you’ve exhausted your TBR
1330V, Bart’s Bookshelves, The Written World, nomadreader, Reader’s Corner, Words and Peace and Stuff As Dreams Are Made On all feature posts about The Night Bookmobile. Did you? Leave a link in the comments and I’ll include it in this list.