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First serialised in the Guardian, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a young woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing mobile library that happens to stock every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and her most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. Over time, her search turns into an obsession as she longs toFirst serialised in the Guardian, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a young woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing mobile library that happens to stock every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and her most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. Over time, her search turns into an obsession as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and her memories....

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The Night Bookmobile Reviews

  • Jean
    2018-10-25 08:59

    "What would you sacrifice to sit in that comfy chair with perfect light for an afternoon in eternity, reading the perfect book, forever?"The Night Bookmobile is the first graphic novel of Audrey Niffenegger, who also wrote the bestseller, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003) and Her Fearful Symmetry (2009). The description "graphic novel" is possibly rather grand, as this is much more of a short story length. In fact it actually started life as a short story, which presumably allowed more opportunity for use of imaginative language and descriptions. Audrey Niffenegger then adapted her story into this piece which was serialised by "The Guardian" newspaper. The author says that is is the first installment of a larger work, to be called "The Library."The story was directly inspired by H.G. Wells's short story, "The Door in the Wall" and also has its origins in dreams which the author had in her childhood. It contains echoes of many famous dream-like fantasy stories, and in this is quite a satisfying haunting tale.The "feel" of this graphic novel is slightly surreal and off-kilter, but the Artwork unfortunately does little to enhance this effect. Niffenegger produced the whole work, but although her Artwork is competent, it does not have a "wow" factor. If on the other hand she had used her linguistic skills in a more versatile format than the fairly short bursts of a graphic novel, this story has the potential to feel quite magical.The protagonist, Alexandra Jones, a lonely and troubled young woman, only really feels comfortable in her dark fantasy world. This is the cue for her fantasy world to turn real. And, of course, to not be as freely accessible as her heart would desire, so that she constantly yearns for it. What makes this story a new one is that the fantasy world is a travelling mobile library, which only exists at night, and only to her eyes. It has an enigmatic "guardian", Mr. Openshaw, who seems to know an awful lot about her already. And the books in it? Well, there's something unique about them too."I explored the farthest recesses of my collection. Each spine was an encapsulated memory, each book represented hours, days of pleasure, of immersion in words."Of course she becomes obsessed with the fantasy world, which intrudes in her life, influencing her major decisions and becoming more real to her than the "real world". Is it symbolic? Does she learn lessons from it? Who knows. But the disturbing ending is most unexpected, and I am not sure it really works. Niffenegger says that The Night Bookmobile is,A story about the claims that books place on their readers, the imbalance between our inner and outer lives, a cautionary tale about the seductions of the written word.

  • Joanna
    2018-10-30 10:07

    According to Neil Gaiman's blurb on the back, Niffenegger's "The Night Bookmobile" is "a love letter...to the things we have read, and to the readers that we are." He goes on to describe it as "a cautionary fantasia for anyone who has ever loved books." I consider this review as a cautionary tale for anyone tempted to take that description at its word.A more accurate description would be that The Night Bookmobile is a sometimes charming, sometimes creepy short story written and illustrated by the woman who wrote "The Time Traveler's Wife." If this were not by Audrey Niffenegger, I doubt that it would have seen publication, much less garnered even a fraction of the critical attention that it has received. The plot and the story are exceptionally brief, yet contain holes wide enough to drive a magical Winnebago through. The general idea seems to be that each reader in the world has a personalized Night Bookmobile, reading hours dusk till dawn, which contains every book we have ever read (as well as notes, signs, cereal boxes, etc). A nice idea, certainly. The main character, Alexandra, stumbles across her Night Bookmobile on the streets of Chicago one night, after a fight with her boyfriend. She becomes entranced and obsessed with finding it again, analogizing it to finding and then losing the perfect lover. She articulates her absorption and fascination with the words "I had seen myself, a portrait of myself as a reader." On her second visit, she waxes rhapsodic about "the same way that perfume captures the essence of a flower, these shelves of books were a distillation of my life." At this point, she expresses her desire to not leave the bookmobile, to stay on in the world of books that she has read over the course of her life. The librarian, Mr. Openshaw, declines her request but suggests that she could become a librarian out in the real world. She takes his suggestion, and eventually becomes a director of a branch of the Chicago Public Library system. While her character is convincingly established as a person who prefers books to people and/or social interaction, one of the main things that I don't accept about her is the way that she is presented as an avid reader who nonetheless longs to spend all of her time in a magical bookmobile that contains only books she has already read. What avid reader, what true lover of books, would willingly resign themselves to only the collection of books that they have already finished? I am very big on rereading, but no attention or thought seems given to the idea that she would have to be willing to forgo the reading any new books. Ever. At all. It would mean resigning all unexpected plot twists, all page turning suspense, all the joy of discovering a new favorite, of savoring new characters and situations. Is she an avid reader, or is she just a not-very-forward-thinking stick? And, although she frequently reminisces about reading Nancy Drew under the covers with a flashlight, or "A Distant Mirror" in a coffee shop while waiting for a blind date - she glosses right over the fact that staying in the bookmobile would cut off all these worldly experiences, including her frequent night walking rambles across the city. She would have to stay sequestered away in the crowded stacks of the Night Bookmobile reading a bunch of books that she has already read. This makes no sense. And it is not fantastical so much as it is depressing.After her third visit to the bookmobile, for no reason in particular, she seems to decide that what she needs to do to get to work in the bookmobile is to kill herself. Which she then does, and then succeeds in getting her wish, in a manner of speaking. It turns out that only living people can be readers, so her whole collection of books is decommissioned and she will now have to be the personal librarian for a kid named Sarah, who has only just learned to read "Goodnight, Moon." There is also a giant scene of heaven as a library, which seems a little strange, considering out pseudo-heroine works in a library. Is heaven just a library without patrons? But without patrons, there would be no library. Lame.Also, if (as explained by Mr. Openshaw) each Night Bookmobile has only one patron, why - in spite of her frequent searching for it - was Alexandra only able to find her Night Bookmobile once every nine years or so? What is it about the Night Bookmobile that makes it more compelling than say, your own personal bookshelves? I can see that it would be exciting to have it contain books that you'd forgotten reading, but if you forgot them, are they not - by nature - forgettable? And for all her raptures about all the books it contained - does she love every book she's ever read? Wouldn't it be kind of a drag to also see books that you hated, outdated text books, and cook books (where do you cook in the Night Bookmobile? Do they have a hot plate or something in the back?) along with all your beloved favorites? It's not like she lives in the world of Fahrenheit 451 where books have to be memorized or they could be lost - she has access to all these books all the time.It could be that I am too grudging in my ability to engage in the willful suspension of disbelief for this story. But I feel like these flaws go to the heart of the character who is supposed to be at the heart of the story. If you don't believe in her, you don't believe in the story itself. And as a careful reader, and a thinking reader, I don't.Niffenegger both wrote and illustrated the novel, and the pictures, like the text, are passable but not extraordinary. The layout was sometimes convoluted, to the point that it interrupted the narrative flow as I had to try and distinguish which panel, exactly, I was supposed to read next. And the drawings are so flat, so devoid of life or action or humor. I mean, really what this woman does is stand around in front of bookshelves, and sit around and read. Imagine looking at a bunch of pictures of someone sitting around reading. It's not very interesting, is it? The Bookmobile appears once outside of Wrigley Field, I think, just so the author gets to draw Wrigley Field. That's nice and all, I like Wrigley Field, but that is the general sense of how tangential the drawings are to the thrust of the story. A good graphic novel uses the illustrations to reveal something about the world of the story. It makes wry jokes or commentary, it highlights things that would otherwise be in the background. There is none of that here. And the Night Bookmobile is not drawn in a way that makes it seem welcoming or warm. Mostly it seems sort of crowded and claustrophobic. (Does the Night Bookmobile even have chairs to sit down in? They are never drawn in. Do you just stand and read, or crouch on the floor between the aisles? How uncomfortable.)Unlike Alexandra, I did not become bewitched by the spell of the Night Bookmobile. In fact, I am actually eager to return it to the library.

  • Autumn
    2018-10-23 06:54

    I definitely expected something better here. I have no idea what the author wants me to come away with here. It's like the protagonist loved rediscovering all the books, magazines, periodicals, etc. she had ever read, but then later felt she had wasted all of her time reading, and thought of everything she had "given up" for reading. I, however, didn't see that at all, since she got a career and joy out of her passion for books, and found joy in her ever-expanding library. Weird and confusing ending. It made no sense to me, especially when the Librarian told her something like the dead don't read, yet he himself is always seen with a newspaper. And I don't understand how the protagonist is satisfied and smiling at the end. It was disappointing and I didn't understand what kind of message was supposed to be here. Even after reading the afterword and her acknowledgements, I had no idea what the author wanted me to get from this. I didn't see it as a "cautionary tale" about the "seductions of the written word." I saw the story of an avid reader who stumbles across a book mobile one night, is inspired to read more and become a librarian, then, for some reason, falls apart. I don't understand why she sees the book mobile now or why it appears when it does (that's never explained), and I don't see the purpose for it. Does it want to show her all the wonderful books she's read and have her expand it, or . . . what? Because no one ever tells her NOT to read.I did not see the point of this. Ugh. Good thing this was short and a library book, so I can return it.

  • Hamid
    2018-11-10 07:57

    خیلی خوب بود..مرسی از Tanaz به خاطر معرفی...با صدای فاطمه معتمدآریا دلچسب‌تر هم بود

  • Crystal
    2018-11-21 09:17

    Always up for a good urban legend

  • Tannaz P
    2018-11-21 14:04

    کتابخانه ی سیار شبانهداستانی که به صورت صوتی و با صدای فاطمه معتمد آریا 4 بار در یک روز گوش کردمچقد این کتاب خوبه چقد این داستان شیرینه حتماً گیرش بیارید و گوش کنید من خیلی خیلی ازش خوشم اومد اضافه‌ش می کنم به فیووریت‌هاماینکه ماشینی باشه که توش کتابهایی که میخونی به اسمت ثبت بشه و یک کتابدار حواسش بهت باشه جالبه هر جور بخوام بگم از داستان اسپویل محسوب میشه پس ریویو رو خاتمه می دم

  • Nanette Bulebosh
    2018-11-18 13:19

    What if there were a place that housed all the books you've ever read, from the picture books of your preschool years to the pile on your nightstand right now? What if that place were a mysterious bookmobile with rock music blaring loudly from its speakers and an enigmatic driver who knows more about you than you know yourself? What if that bookmobile only came around at night, and only every few years when you least expect it? The narrator of this intriguing graphic novel, Alexandra, becomes obsessed with tracking down the bookmobile. She longs for it in a way she can't understand. She loses her boyfriend to this obsession. She changes careers (becoming a librarian, of course). And she continues to read at every opportunity. The bookmobile's collection responds accordingly, so that by the time she reaches middle age, the shelves are cramped full.Alexandra's dramatic decision at the end is unsettling, but not surprising. She is now in a position to help other book lovers recapture those golden moments from their own reading memories.The book was published in 2010, after being serialized in the London newspaper, The Guardian. It's one of several "visual books" Niffenegger has produced. She is most famous for the novels "The Time Traveler's Life" and "Her Fearful Symmetry," but clearly art is a passion. Among the courses she teaches at Columbia College in Chicago is a writing course that explores "text-image relationships." "The Night Bookmobile" takes only ten minutes to read, but it manages to pack a punch. Niffenegger made me think about how books have influenced me throughout my life. Like looking at old photos or finding a long-lost item, paging through books I've already read enables me to re-discover what I loved about them. Reading them again also provides insight into the person I was when I first read them, as though I were stealing a glimpse of myself through a window. As Alexandra puts it, "In the same way that perfume captures the essence of a flower, these shelves of books were a distillation of my life."

  • Bella
    2018-11-11 10:09

    I picked this one up because it's about a library and I saw the nice blurb by Neil Gaiman on back. Unfortunately I didn't find it at all to be a story "perfectly told". The Night Bookmobile is the first of a larger work being titled The Library, as explained by the author in the "after words". Because of this I feel it's possible that my understanding of the story is in fact out of context until I read the completed book. But since it is published here as a single book, I also find it fair to review it based on itself alone. About the length of a child's picture book, the story follows a woman named Alexandra from a random night in her early adult life when she comes across a mysterious and almost magical-seeming bookmobile. She becomes obsessed with it's existence, its strange librarian Mr. Openshaw, and with finding it again when she realizes its visits are inconsistent. However the story never really makes sense. We never find out why Alexandra gives up so much of her daily life to pursue this bookmobile, or share enough time with her to fully connect. Even so, I could have accepted all of that vague plot and thought the book strange but intriguing had the ending not included her choice at the end to commit suicide just to become a night bookmobile librarian herself. The wtf moment of that was just too insane for me. It seemed like a weak attempt to be deep without sufficient storyline and as if it glorified books over life itself at that point. On the flip side I did like the idea of everyone's life being quietly documented through the books they've read, all by librarians on the other side so to speak. Exploring the concept of books as also having the ability to become a channel for checking out of present life and losing oneself in fantasy also made sense as the darker side of loneliness and using reading to live vicariously instead. But overall I still felt this book went dark without any logic or relatable context.

  • Lacey Louwagie
    2018-11-13 08:54

    Our library director urged everyone to read this book, so I read it during a slow time at the library. Although it's technically a graphic novel, the way the story is laid out is more like a picture book, with large chunks of expository text that are not integrated into the artwork. At first this was kind of a turn-off to me, and I didn't think the layout with it looked that great a lot of the time. But the story, about a woman who gets obsessed with finding a mysterious night bookmobile that contains every book she's ever read, is compelling to anyone for whom books have defined their life. She sacrifices her relationship and other things to this obsession, begging the bookmobile librarian to hire her. He refuses every time.I'm not going to give away the ending, but I will say that this is another book in which the protagonist must choose between living her "real world" life and living in her head. The ending has an interesting twist, but I don't really like its message or the conclusion the author came to about which "world" she'd rather live in. But I realized that personally disagreeing with the outcome wasn't a reason to discount what is a well-written and thought-provoking story.

  • Eva
    2018-11-21 10:58

    This graphic novel is AWESOME! Of course, I both work in a library and am an avid reader, so I may be biased. [return]Niffenegger's main character, Alexandra runs across the title bookmobile during a late night/early morning walk. When she enters the bookmobile, its shelves are crammed with books she has read. The librarian, Mr. Openshaw, then tells her that it is "her" bookmobile, and it carries only what she has read. Very cool![return]She is ushered out of the bookmobile as dawn approaches. She spends time looking for the bookmobile and does not see it for another nine years. It has grown with her reading and this time she asks if she can stay. The answer is no, but it spurs her to become a "regular librarian." She continues working and reading and twelve years later, she is Director of her library. She also runs into the Night Bookmobile one last time. Her desire to work there has not changed. [return]The story is beautifully laid out, touching on the passion for books that many who work in the field have, the obsession of gaining our desires and the sacrifice that being a Reader is. [return]The pictures aren't great but they do add a lovely visual to the story. I recommend this to all Readers and ask you:[return]What's in your Night Bookmobile?

  • Marianne
    2018-10-26 07:17

    The Night Bookmobile is the third graphic novel by the best-selling author of The Time-Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. It is a short story which has been beautifully illustrated by Niffenegger and tells the story of Alexandra who, wandering the streets of Chicago after an argument with her boyfriend late one night, comes across the night bookmobile. When she accepts the librarian’s invitation to browse, she finds that, to her amazement, it contains every book she has ever read. When the bookmobile leaves at dawn, finding it again becomes an obsession for Alexandra. This is a haunting tale brought to life by Niffenegger’s evocative full-colour pen-and-ink work. Enchanting and beautiful.Addit: this novel has had several incarnations. It started out as a short story published in Zoetrope All Story, then was serialised in cartoon form for the London Guardian’s Review, then became a hardback graphic novel, and now is the first chapter of a book-in-progress, The Library. Alexandra and the librarian, Mr Openshaw also appear in another short story, Requiem for a Bookshop, also a chapter of The Library.

  • Melanti
    2018-10-30 10:55

    The premise reminded me, very vaguely, of something that Charles de Lint might have written. There's a definite charm to the idea - a roving bookmobile that shows up only when you're not expecting it and contains everything you've ever read - right down to the backs of cereal boxes! What avid reader wouldn't want to browse around a collection like that? I know I smile when I encounter an old favorite in a place I don't expect it to be.But the premise was about all I truly enjoyed. The drawings were just okay; they looked like they were done by an advanced amateur - which, since they were done by the author, I guess is correct. I think the subject would have been better suited by something a lot glossier and darker, with flashes of bright light when the bookmobile shows up - something more like the Polar Express, perhaps.As far as the protagonist, who in their right mind would want to spend eternity in a library that ONLY contained what they've already read? I love re-reading old favorites, but to never again read something new? That would take all of the joy out of it.What I got out of the book is that you should read for yourself - for the sheer pleasure and joy of the books themselves - and not read to please or impress others.The author's intended message is to beware of reading too much and living too little. Maybe I'm biased since I read constantly (I can't remember the last time I went anywhere without SOMETHING to read with me) but that's a premise I just can't wholly agree with. And while I usually like dark endings, this one seemed pointless for me, probably because I don't agree with the premise it was meant to support.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-09 05:58

    I was loving it, then it got morbid (which really isn't all that surprising for Audrey Niffenegger). But I still really liked it.

  • Drew Constance
    2018-10-27 07:07

    Thoughts:I miss the good old days of reading picture books and after recently throwing away the old censor that told me I am too old to read them, I decided that I was going to enjoy a book for being a book and forget about these thoughts or challenges that ask me to read one over 100 pages or it doesn’t count as reading a book. When I popped into the library yesterday with my partner I came upon a treasure of a picture book. Now called graphic novels or stories that are written for adults, The Night Book Mobile is a serial that ran in the newspapers transformed into a book that can be enjoyed in its entirety and enjoy it I did.The story itself has dark undertones that make the book definitely for an adult audience, but the concept is one that can be loved and understood by anyone who loves books. I am an addict and proud so when reading about Alexandra and her journey through reading and through finding the Night Bookmobile I had that sort of excited and almost thrilling high as I devoured the story and its beautiful pictures in less than half an hour. I mean, who wouldn’t love to escape to a place where all the books you have ever read in your life are all in one place? Who wouldn’t love to sit there, sipping tea and travel down memory lane, from the picture books to the intense thrillers to even your own journals written as a child through to adulthood? Count me in.But there was a catch, and that catch had me feeling anguish for Alexander and I was seriously in a panic; which to me is what makes the ending of this book and her reality even more sensational to read. The artwork was simplistic, not overdone but still enjoyable. Not the greatest, but I still loved looking at it and I would certainly recommend this book to all avid book readers as it would be the perfect gift and the perfect addition to any Night Bookmobile of anyone’s imagination. However with an ending like that, even though I did enjoy it I have to say it might have cost it a star.I am giving this one:★★★★Free mugs of tea from Dusk till Dawn

  • Merrill
    2018-11-21 05:55

    I was really looking forward to reading this. I loved Niffenegger's earlier works (Time Traveler's Wife is one of only 3 books I've ever read more than once), so when I heard the concept for this graphic novel, I was ecstatic. But I have to admit I was flummoxed by the ending, and although I had been enjoying it up to that point, the strange turn of events at the end just ruined the entire experience for me.This book has been described in various forums as a cautionary tale about what happens when reading becomes an obsession that eclipses all else. I've known for a while that I have a bit of that obsession within me. My to-read list grows exponentially by the day. I'm a librarian who set a personal goal of reading one book a week in 2010. I am never without a book close at hand, in case I can steal a few minutes here and there to read a couple of pages. So, I could really relate to the main character in the story.I thought she dealt with her love of reading in a very sensible way, and I would NOT categorize it as an obsession at all. She went to library school and advanced through the ranks to become a library director. Voila! She has reached the pinnacle of her career surrounded by the books and library she loves! Next page, she commits suicide so she can be with her books for all eternity. Whaaatttt?I didn't classify her lifetime of reading as an "obsession" at all. Am I blind to it? Perhaps. My husband read it too and said the obsession was pretty clear. (Subtle hint? Perhaps.) Nonetheless, her suicide made absolutely no sense to me and I wish Niffenegger had just ended the book a few pages earlier. The idea of a bookmobile containing all the titles you've personally read in your lifetime is such a beautiful concept, and I hated to see it all ruined by senseless tragedy in the end. But judge for youself.Five stars up to the point where she kills herself. One star thereafter. Average: 3 stars.

  • Harris
    2018-11-04 07:14

    This, I feel, is a fundamentally sad work. While a beautiful story that appeals to most of my gut interests; libraries, books, a hidden fantastic side to reality, it reaches conclusions that I find questionable at best. I am not sure exactly what the message is here. However, the way Niffenegger explores this battle between the idealized world of literature and the inner mind and the disappointments of everyday life, is still very compelling to me. In particular, I enjoyed the grounding of the work in the city of Chicago, which grants the story a dose of realism to its whimsical melancholy (I admit I Google Street viewed the intersection of Ravenswood and Belle Plaine after reading to see what it was like).The graphic novel follows the story of Alexandra, a lonely Chicagoan who pines away after coming across the mysterious Night Bookmobile and its intriguing librarian, Mr. Openshaw, which contains a complete catalog of everything Alexandra has ever read. For someone like Alexandra (or I), this would be a treasure trove of self-reflection, illustrating much of what made you who you are. Returning to the bookmobile periodically over the years, the desire to recapture her reading past causes the introspective and obsessed Lexy to focus her energies on becoming a librarian, a director of a prominent library in fact, in the “real” world. However, even this does not sate her obsession and she sacrifices much, too much, to follow it. As someone who, in the past, has also considered the possibility of a literal “heaven as a type of library,” this is a seductive idea, but what good are the reflections and thoughtfulness of books without everyday life to counterbalance them? In any case, the story is definitely thought provoking.

  • Kasey Jueds
    2018-10-28 08:01

    I'm in the middle of listening to Her Fearful Symmetry, and am loving it, and also just found The Night Bookmobile on the graphic novel shelf at the library. There's so much here in this little book... which, like one reviewer said, is more of a graphic short story than a graphic novel. But... like all amazing short stories... it is packed full, rich, deep, and somehow enormous. Of course it appeals to me as a book lover--that whole idea of a library containing every book you've ever read, your entire life history as a reader. And I love the way Niffenegger treats the idea of reading itself--as something essential, joyful, but also something that can maybe, at times, keep us closed off, away from real life. Alexandra, the heroine, adores books, and she is a lovable, sympathetic character, but there is a deep sadness about her and her reading life as well as a joy, and her story is somewhat creepy as well as magical. It's this odd, alive mixture of feelings and emotions that I'm loving about Her Fearful Symmetry, and that makes me want to read more of Niffenegger's work.I liked, but didn't adore, the illustrations, which is why I gave this four stars instead of five--I'm not great at critiquing visual art, so I can just say that the pictures didn't really move me the way I'd hoped, except for one of Alexandra reading at a coffee shop and another of her reading in the bathtub, which I adored, and which made me want to dive right into the drawing, to be her at that moment, in that place in time.

  • Dawn
    2018-11-17 07:54

    WOW. Imaginative and moving and wonderful and creepy. I always imagined that our individual bibliographies were unique identifiers, like our fingerprints. Audrey Niffenegger depicts them as personal bookmobiles. I hope mine looks like the Partridge Family bus, and that orange drink is served instead of tea.One of the most emotional moments in short narrative is when Alexandra contemplates all that she "had given up for reading." This line reminds avid readers that there are important differences not just in the material that we read, but in our motives for spending so much of our time involved in books. Niffenegger's protagonist reads for escape. I read to inform and enhance the moment in which I'm living. I guess that's why we're on radically different journeys to that vast Central Reading Room in the sky. If I have any regrets about the time I've spent living with books, it's that I've squandered so much prime reading time in short-lived efforts to organize my reading materials and list my reads and reviews. (Ahem...I still luv ya, Goodreads!) On the other hand, it cracks me up to find old books with stamps and marks proving that I graciously allowed my brother to "check out" books and records from the collection in my bedroom. They are all due for return the same day they were borrowed.I felt ridiculously proud that I've read almost every title mentioned or illustrated in this book...especially Alexandra's juvenile fiction shelf.

  • Carrie
    2018-11-18 12:12

    So just because Audrey Niffenegger wrote it, I'm supposed to like it? Sorry. I haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife yet, and now I'm certainly not going to. This book presents itself as a children's book, which it is absolutely not. Also, the illustrations are horrible. They are just not good. They are very, very bad. The story itself is superficial. Whatever point Niffenegger is trying to make here is inconsequential when one has to contemplate how such bad drawings actually made their way into print. There's a surprise twist ending, and afterwards, there's an epilogue about how awesome the author is because she used to have dreams about this very topic, and isn't that so very special and amazing? The one good thing about this book is that it only took me ten minutes to read. One star for that.

  • Rita Meade
    2018-10-31 07:08

    This book was a dark surprise. Being painfully insecure for a lot of my youth, I found refuge in books and often identified more with their characters than I did with real kids my age. (Thank God we all grow out of that phase, right? Right??) Subsequently, I completely understood the irrational yearning the protagonist felt about rediscovering all the books she's ever read in her life - I imagine it would be like reuniting with old friends. And, as my student loan bills illustrate, I could also relate to her near-obsessive desire to become a librarian. But the events that unfold in this story would test even MY literary dedication. Deliciously creepy.

  • Katie
    2018-10-22 07:12

    Meh. I picked this up on a whim from the library and read it in my car while I was waiting for a storm to pass. I had quickly glanced at some goodreads reviews prior to reading this, so I was expecting a lot more.

  • Ashley Owens
    2018-10-27 08:13

    ...... what the hell did I just read?

  • Lydia
    2018-10-24 06:19

    Okay, so the basic premise is that every person in the world (presumably) has a Bookmobile that is filled with everything they have ever read. The main character in this book finds her Bookmobile one night and becomes obsessed with it. But she doesn't find it again for many years.I'm not quite sure what I was meant to come away from this thinking. It seemed to suggest that getting too involved with reading is bad? That we shouldn't forget to live our real lives by becoming obsessed with fictional worlds. I think. But there was also an element of romanticism to the whole thing. So that was confusing.But maybe it was just that our main character's personality was "flawed". Because was it reading that she actually loved and was obsessed with? If this is the case, why did she so desperately want to be a librarian of a library that was filled only with books she had already read?It's a good idea for a creepy short story. But it kind of felt like a first draft to me.

  • Heather
    2018-10-30 08:56

    **THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS** This book was a MAJOR disappointment for me. I honestly can't believe an author would write such a book - Where a person can be so obsessed with books that she kills herself. To back up, I LOVE Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife - It is one of my all-time favorite books and I highly recommend it. I also enjoyed, but not nearly as much her other novel, The Fearful Symmetry. HOWEVER, I can't believe she wrote The Night Bookmobile AND the book had so much promise at the beginning.It is the first half of the book that I even gave it 2 stars, It had such good promise. I was LOVING the premise of the story - A mysterious bookmobile that only shows up sporadically and when you least expect it from dusk to dawn. This book houses all the materials that the patron has very read, including personal diaries. It was mysterious, fun and she wanted to work at the bookmobile. It was so inspiration and really felt like my own story - she ends up going to library school and being a real librarian, but still seeks the mysterious night bookmobile.THEN the story crashes - she becomes so obsessed she kills herself (she does end a relationship early in book because of obsession, but I was able to forgive that) - THEN, AND only THEN is she able to be the librarian for the Night Bookmobile - see only the decreased can run the bookmobile and they are assigned there own patrons.On top of all this, the graphics are horrible and poorly drawn. The second time she sees the night bookmobile the story states it's in a McDonald's parking lot in Chicago (the fact that it took place in Chicago was kind of cool); however the picture showed it in front of Wrigley Stadium and NO McDee's any where to be found.SO....morals of story - DON'T BECOME SO OBSESSED WITH BOOKS THAT YOU KILL YOURSELF - BOOK OBSESSION CAN OVERCOME YOUR LIFE AND YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING BUT YOUR BOOKS - ACHIEVING ONES GOAL OF BECOMING A LIBRARIAN ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH - YOU MUST BE THE ULTIMATE LIBRARIAN - BOOK LOVERS CAN NOT HOLD RELATIONSHIPS OR JOBS BECAUSE OF THEIR OBSESSION - LET'S TALK ABOUT CRAZY BOOK LADYSorry, Niffenegger - I'm not buying it !!

  • Lora
    2018-11-12 13:50

    This was strange. I knew it was going to be when I picked it up, but it was really strange. And depressing. I can handle depressing books if the story is good or I feel connected to the characters. The main character in this was a freakin' librarian and I STILL didn't feel connected to her.It is a picture book size book, but written and illustrated like a graphic novel. It was extremely short, and that may be the problem here. I needed more time to learn about the character and start to like her. Because, I kinda hated her. She was pathetic and gave librarians a really bad name. We are not all stuck in the world of books constantly and driven by the need to read at all times. Sure, we love books...but they don't prevent us from having friends and loved ones. And they certainly don't push us to COMMIT SUICIDE. What the hell was that, Niffennegger? You made suicide look like a wonderful thing. Look...she kills herself and gets to work in The Library forever! How fun.And your author note, Niffennegger...creepy. You died a lot in your dreams when you were growing up?!? There has got to be something wrong with you.I didn't even like the art in this book. It was rough and flimsy and made all the characters look super cartoonish and like giant smudges. Maybe that was what she was going for though because it really gave the book a super depressing feeling that matched the text.The only think I really enjoyed was the idea of The Library. I'd like to see more stories about that. The idea that there is one library that catalogs and keeps everyone's books that they read throughout their life is fascinating and has great potential.I often like dark and depressing stories, but this just didn't do it for me. I wanted it to be longer so that I could start caring about the characters more. And I wanted to know about The Library. The book just read like is was unfinished.

  • christa
    2018-11-16 10:17

    Audrey Niffenegger has a good thing going on with her lobes. In her graphic novel "The Night Bookmobile" -- which walks like a children's book, but certainly doesn't talk like one, Alexandra goes out for a walk in the streets of Chicago in the middle of the night. She has recently fought with her boyfriend Richard, a ponytailed lover with no time for make believe. She finds a bookmobile blasting Bob Marley and gives the driver a little peek as she walks past.Robert Openshaw greets her, invites her inside. So many books and she's read all of them. Paul Auster and Betty Crocker and, gasp, her own diary from childhood. Openshaw hustles her out the door when the sun comes up.Back home with Richard, she is distracted. He doesn't believe her story. He breaks the fourth wall with a snarky look at the reader and says "See what I have to deal with here?" She continues to spend her nights searching for the bookmobile -- to the point where Richard thinks she is carrying on with another dude. She doesn't quite dispute that. This magical camper and its rock and roll soundtrack get her full attention.She returns to the bookmobile a couple more times, more aisles and more books with each visit, always reluctant to leave and damn-near clawing at Openshaw's pant leg and begging for a job that he can't give her.Like "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Her Fearful Symmetry," Niffenegger has again blurred the lines between natural and supernatural. Her authorial "what ifs" aren't subject to gravity, which is a pleasure to read. Art-wise, she is more grounded in realism. No dreamy swirls or puffs or anything else to suggest that this is fantastical.This book is a totally treat and undoubtedly has readers considering their own night bookmobiles: The Judy Blume and Christopher Pike. "Veganomicon" and issues of Sassy magazine. A barely cracked copy of Joyce Carol Oates' "A Widow's Story," the complete works of Chuck Palahniuk, Japanese crime fiction and even this book.

  • Kris Springer
    2018-10-27 06:58

    Very quick read. Surreal is best word to describe; found it enjoyable & haunting because of the subject matter--life of reading--and becoming consumed by it, which we can. In Niffenegger's "After Words" section, she wrote, "When I began writing The Night Bookmobile, it was a story about a woman's secret life as a reader. As I worked it also became a story about the claims that books place on their readers, the imbalance between our inner and outer lives, a cautionary tale of the seductions of the written word. It became a vision of the afterlife as a library, of heaven as a funky old camper filled with everything you've ever read. What is this heaven? What is it we desire from the hours, weeks, lifetimes we devote to books? What would you sacrifice to sit in that comfy chair with perfect light for an afternoon in eternity, reading the perfect book, forever?"This made me think--what are we giving up now to read--and will we ever know whether the trade (sunlight for reading time, for ex.) is a good one? I usually choose the book but sometimes I don't think it's the wisest choice.

  • Robert
    2018-10-27 06:03

    I found this book interesting, and yet somehow not really satisfying.Interesting because of the idea of the Night Bookmobile (which, beyond being the title, is hard to describe without spoilers, so I won't go further). I think it would be appealing to anybody who's an avid and devoted reader. We love books, we love reading, and we even love reading about books.I think my lack of satisfaction had to do with 2 things:1. The author only mentions in the "After Words" that this is "the first installment of a much larger work." I wish I'd known this going into it. I expected a full story (it being, you know, an entire book), and it feels like an introduction.2. The art is striking, but seems to miss some of the useful conventions of a graphic novel. For example, some of the speech balloonsbreak up the sentences in ways that areawkward, and kind of broke me out of the flow the story.On the other hand, it is an interesting concept, and not a very long book, so I think it's worth a quick read.

  • Joshua
    2018-11-05 12:07

    The artwork is completely unmoving and the story makes no sense. (view spoiler)[ What is the purpose of the bookmobile? What's the point of curating a library of stuff read by a single person if no one ever gets to browse it or learn from it? And how about the wrist cutting scene? What the hell was that? How did she know that she could be a magic librarian if she died? And if she did know that, why commit suicide instead of enjoying being a real librarian while she still lived and then become a magic one when she died naturally? I believe the author's intent was to write a creepy story, but the lack of clarity combined with poor artwork makes it all seem sloppy instead of creepy. (hide spoiler)]

  • Gabie (OwlEyesReviews)
    2018-10-31 11:05

    This little treasure of a book was recommended to me by my librarian at my school. Guys, she's a genius. This book is AMAZING!! I absolutely loved it. I thought I was going to be a little sweet story but it was so much more then that. Beautiful <3