Spoiler Alert: While The Night Bookmobile isn’t necessarily part of a series, this review is not spoiler free. To comment on the story I have found I cannot avoid spoilers. For those who are wondering, and would like to avoid spoilers, I loved The Night Bookmobile and would recommend it to those who love books, libraries, and graphic novels.
I’m a woman of science. While I have researched different religions and belief systems, I find myself firmly believing our bodies will decompose once we die and our ‘souls’ are the by-product of our body’s lively machinations; a construct wherein a soul will die out once our bodies give up the ghost, so to speak.
Naturally this belief leads to not believing an afterlife exists. The Night Bookmobile has made me want to believe in an afterlife. At the moment I am not excited about the prospect of death, but if an afterlife existed and it was the chance to become a librarian in The Library for the Night Bookmobile then I would be too excited for words. I’d have excitement about life and an excitement for death too, which would be sooner rather than later because I would probably hyperventilate over the prospect.
Excitement and wished for reality aside; The Night Bookmobile perplexed me. While I love the idea of a bookmobile collecting your written and read life, I think Lexi spends a detrimental amount of time focused on The Night Bookmobile. So much so her partner leaves her and she eventually kills herself. To make matters worse, when she finally becomes what she had been pursuing, the end result is she can’t read anymore!
I’m sure another reader would be more focused on how Lexi pissed her life away and then killed herself when The Night Bookmobile’s driver wouldn’t hire her, but I would like to focus on the act of reading for the moment. Imagine, here you are wandering around at night and you happen upon an awesome bus with your life’s read collection to date.
You come back the next night and there’s no bus. You become so obsessed with the bus you begin searching for it and when you can’t find it you begin reading voraciously. You read so voraciously that when you chance upon the bus again, the collection has grown exponentially. It gets to the point where your life’s read collection is beyond visual scope when you first enter the bus for the last time and when you go back home there’s books everywhere.
To a voracious reader I’m sure this sounds awesome. How could you be unhappy with being surrounded by books? Not only that, but The Night Bookmobile has fed your passion for reading so much it has taken over your life! Then you die and end up in a library… where reading is reserved for the living. Heaven and Hell mixed into one!
I’m not sure if it’s Lexi herself or if it’s my perception, but I felt the story was tinged with sadness throughout. Lexi had this wonderful passion for books, but underneath it was a passion for The Night Bookmobile and I think a bit of a daddy complex with the driver. She wanted his approval and to impress him with her reading material. She was willing to die for The Night Bookmobile. Isn’t that heartbreaking?
This leads to my perplexing feelings towards the story. I’m saddened, but have received a happy buzz at the same time! Lexi, to me, represents someone who ambles through life without ever reaching a point of contentment. It takes one thing to finally fulfil her, which she then strives to reach once again until her self-inflicted demise. I loved the concept and want a Night Bookmobile for myself, except with unread material included in the bus and the added bonus of continuing to read once you become a librarian. I love the concept so much I want to find out more about The Night Bookmobile and how the system works.
If you’re a reader, a book collector, and a lover of libraries then you might want to read The Night Bookmobile, especially if you are given to nostalgia and are a fan of graphic novels. It’s a short story, but I think the content makes it an emotionally lasting one. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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On the other hand, there was so much left by the wayside. For all its complexity, and for all its clever connections, Maguire leaves quite a lot unexplained and introduces different elements that don’t really go anywhere or don’t seem as if they are tied to something. It gives you the feeling of a book that will continue on with the story in a sequel, something of which I don’t mind if it’s not overly done, but in this case it feels like there’s about the same amount that gets left unexplained as there is for the explained. On top of that it feels that a lot of the unexplained isn’t leading to a sequel, but is just there for the sake of it, or possibly wasn’t considered important enough. Perhaps they weren’t that important on the whole, but there is enough there for the reader to notice and be left wondering about it afterwards, facts of characters and circumstance that feels they should be tidied up.
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I did have a few problems with it – the technique of characters passing out or being knocked out to awaken to new surroundings isn’t one I like unless it’s done very sparingly and really well. Unfortunately it isn’t done sparingly in Veiled Innocence, but other elements of the story help me get past that and not focus on it.
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As for old fans it’s a nice novella to add to the story and enhance Arlen’s life and world for you without being a necessary read. I think that’s the main thing I like about Brayan’s Gold, besides all the special goodness to it, is that it expands the world Arlen is from without forcing you to read it as part of the overall story.
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It also didn’t help that the story started out particularly frustrating, especially with Simon and the adults that come along. First I feel there are three stages to Simon in the trilogy all the way up to the first 100-150 pages in The Reckoning.
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I should also probably stop going, ‘awww’ every time Derek does something nice with Chloe or interacts with her in a nicer way, even if it’s small. I know that might sound like this, ‘awww they should be together,’ but it’s not. It’s more ‘awww aren’t they adorable youngins.’ I know, that’s terrible, I should be ashamed of myself. If it’s any consolation I’m feeling kind of old now. Yes, I’m going to stop it.
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