Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Night Night in November

Night Night
a virtual book event
November 1-6, 2013


Join me for a week of books that involve...

night ~ sleep ~ dream


AND, for those who are having trouble getting to sleep...

--~ Book Giveaway ~--

Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

WIN a copy of this book!

Open to all.

Offer ends: October 31, 2013

TO DO: ONE of the following...

VISIT the author, Robin and tell me something you found of interest there.


ADD this book to your Goodreads Want To Read list.


Tweet about this giveaway.

2. TELL me what you did in comments.
AND, leave your email (if I don't already have it)


Contest has ended - winner is here


~~~ NIGHT NIGHT schedule ~~~


  1. I found she is bold to do a Sherlock Holmes for the modern age in "Annabel Scheme".


  2. I added it to my TBR list!


  3. Another excellent choice. I've added it on GoodReads: Thanks! carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  4. Hi Velvet! :D What A cool giveaway! I heard only good things about this book and really look forward to reading it. Fingers crossed! >_<
    I added it on my goodreads.
    Thank you for this chance! :D

  5. Robin is creative and talented. Went to Michigan State. Love to read this novel. Added it to Gr. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Added to GR: Mary Preston


  7. Goodreads!


  8. I tweeted :D

  9. I added on GoodReads:

    e-mail is pencilsmear (at)

  10. This book looks amazing! I tweeted about the giveaway!


  11. Tweeted:

    Thanks for the giveaway~
    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

    lilianxcheng AT

  12. Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore has been on my wishlist since it's release, it's already added to my goodreads TBR but after browsing the Robin's blog, I found out he's very passionate about pushing against linguistic and social borders and making content available on a wider scope. Thank you!


  13. Addded to goodreads!

  14. I liked that she loves most a story that not every reader praises but still recognizes some flaws: The Writer and the Witch.

    joanapatriciadias (gmail)

  15. Added on GRs as Kristia Miltiadou and tweeted:
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  16. I found out she is a media inventor... And what a media inventor is!


  17. She posts some of her short stories on the site, which is great for us readers!


  18. I liked to read the short story that gave origin to this book.
    It is rather nice of the author to keep that story alive knowing people will compare the book to it, as a first draft rather than an independent work.
    Rather bold I think, in a way.

    agcestrela AT


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