Friday, November 1, 2013

Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

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Published: 2012
Publisher: Picador
Genre: Metaphysical
Hardback: 304 pages
Rating: 4

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The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store.

Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.


My two-bits:
strange goings-on
The bookstore in this story is set in San Francisco which triggers the automatic-like-mode and turned out to be fitting for this mysterious book with book geek moments. Modern day technology and book publishing are woven into the story as well.


* part of event: Night Night


  1. Awesome review. I have had my eye on this one for some time now.....

  2. I heard only good things about this book. Can't wait to read it!

  3. I think this is already published in portuguese, so I will probably pick it up translated.
    But it does seem like a great book!

  4. I've heard so many awesome things about Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore, it sounds so whimsy and like the perfect escape book. I love books about books.


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