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Late Returns: A Touching Tale About a Librarian and his Time Traveling Bookmobile

Late Returns by Joe Hill

Late Returns by Joe Hill

I’m reading a very long book and typically I break up the long (and often slow burn) reads with short tales. This time around I returned to the anthology Full Throttle. This time it’s a fantasy tale called Late Returns by Joe Hill and here is my review,

Late Returns follows a down on his luck truck driver who returns to his home town to clean up his parent’s estate after their death. There he takes the job as a librarian and takes the responsibility of driving the bookmobile. He soon learns there’s something magical about it. If someone at anyone point in the past had an overdue book, the bookmobile will travel to that person in that point in the past (Often randomly) to collect the book. It’s shocking at first, but as he gets used to the time travel as he begins to wonder if he could change the past.

The good? It’s an incredibly unique idea. And there is something very real about theses human interactions that were so sweet and it has such a touching ending.

The bad? This story is not much. It’s a short cute tale, but nothing amazing. But it’s a really nice uplifting read.

Overall, this is a fine little read. If you find it, give it a read. It’s worth your time. I don’t know if its worth seeking out though. It is just okay.

2 ½ smoothies out of five.

Overall Rating: A Touching Rale about a Librarian and his Time Traveling Bookmobile.

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Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 18, 2020:

Interesting theme. Would try to go through it.