The Book Stops Here (Mobile Library Mystery #3)
Disgruntled, disheveled, fish-out-of-water mobile librarian Israel Armstrong is finally going home to London, rattling along with his irascible companion Ted Carson in their rust bucket book van en route to the Mobile Meet. The annual library convention gives Israel the opportunity to catch up with his family, eat paprika chicken and baklava, and drink good coffee. But th...more
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In this installment, Israel and Ted are back in England to attend a mobile librarians' conference with their mobile library van. Unfortunately, it gets stolen and sold to Travellers (gypsies). Hilarity ensues!
As an American, I did have to google a few terms like potain and craythur. It really is a fun ...more
Sansom gently but accurately describes what it's like to live in a new city. As he continues to adjust to the move from London to Northern Ireland "Israel still found it hard to believe that he had ended up here in the first plac ...more
The humor in the Mobile Library series ranges from sly satire to all-out moments of farce that remind me of the ...more
I really quite enjoyed the first Mobile Library book I read. That was the one before this ...more
Bookmobile librarian Israel Armstrong has been working in rural Northern Ireland for a few years, and always compares it to the wonderful way things were done in London. He's excited to return for a bookmobile conference and thinks how great everything will be, but finds out that the whole country has changed since he's been gone. And none of it is changed in a good way. Or was it like this before, and he just never noticed ...more
Unlike the first two, I did n ...more
what got me to finally give up on finishing this one was checking out the other reviews here on goodreads. there are others who found the conversation between the main characters annoying. i don't want to say that this book is written poorly or to diss the author in any way. i j ...more
Il primo episodio della saga mi era piaciuto moltissimo. Il secondo era pessimo. Questa è la terza delle avventure di Israel Armstrong, biblioecario ebreo, vegetariano ed estremamente sfigato, e devo dire che un po' si ritrovano l'ironia e la suspence del primo romanzo. Non mi è dispiaciuto, e la trama era più originale e meno scontata rispetto al secondo episodio, senza trascurare un pizzico di riflessione su cosa significhi tornare a "casa" dopo mesi che si è via.
Bravo Sansom, stavolta mi hai ...more
Since I am an American, Jewish, vegetarian, bookmobile librarian who is working in the U.S., I found this book to be really funny.
Ian Sansom has clearly either worked as a librarian or knows a librarian because he "understands the territory"!!!
I am not certain if a non-librarian would enjoy this book, but it would be worth "giving it a try" in my opin ...more
This is the only book in the series that I've read and I did not have any problem figuring out what was going on.
Matt and Beuhner, my wish is for you two to read at least the first book and to eventually get hooked so you have to read them all against your will.
"Mobile librarians are of course some of the finest, most open-, broad-, and community-minded individuals in the world-they're basically social workers on wheels, with a penchant for Penguin Classics."
I read it because it was already on my shelf, but it cemented my choice to not read this series any longer. This one was not nearly as enjoyable as the other two (although exchanges between Ted and Israel are still funny). Maybe it was taking them out of Tumdrum.... I just found it slow and tiring, especially Israel's mom and the side story of Gloria. It took too long for Israel to figure that out, and I wanted to shake him.