Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hr BookstoreMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel
by Robin Sloan, Fiction (Released October, 2012)
Bottom Line: Read it.
 Clay Jannon’s new job at a bookstore with a mysterious collection of books and clientele leads him to try to solve the mystery of a centuries old secret society.
My Thoughts: This book is about much more than a bookstore – it touches on code breaking, Google (the company), computer capabilities, ancient books and fonts, and incredibly odd people. I am not really interested in any of those things, but loved this book. I think a writer is special if he/she is able to make me love a book about something I’m not interested in (i.e. Michael Lewis’ Moneyball – I couldn’t care less about baseball) and Sloan does that here. This book is wonderfully quirky with a weird concoction of ancient and futuristic mixed in with hints of Dan Brown. And, the writing style is catchy and modern. I have no clue how Sloan ever came up with a plot like this and made it remotely believable, but my hats off to him. This one is going on my Book Club Recommendations and Page Turners lists.

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  1. Carmen wrote:

    I found this site via Carole’s Chatter and I love it already!
    I loved Mr. Penumbra as well, I agree with you that Sloan hit the jackpot with that unique storyline.

    Posted 9.3.14 Reply

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