Book Review 27: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

3 May

I read this book after seeing pyrajane’s review which described this book as a book about books for people who love books. And that’s exactly what this book was, and it was delightful.

Mr. Penumbra runs a mysterious bookshelf, and our protagonist Clay takes a job working the night shift at the store.  Mr. Penumbra’s requests seem a little unusual, and Clay starts to pay careful attention to the books in the store, the customers who borrow them without paying, and the peculiar tasks he’s required to do.

Ultimately, this is a mystery. It’s a worldwide network of people racing to crack a code, and to do it under their terms. You feel the tension between the old school and new school attitudes towards technology as the characters race to the finish. And Clay reminded me a tiny bit of Harry Potter.

He was an ordinary guy, who assembled a team of friends who were all extremely talented in specific areas (one had the resources of Google behind her, one had the money from his booming tech business and the passion, Mr. Penumbra had the knowledge they needed) and they all pooled together to solve the mystery.

Anyway, this is a quick, fun read. And it made me remember why I love to read in the first place, which was nice.

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2 Responses to “Book Review 27: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan”

  1. pyrajane May 3, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    I’m glad you liked it!

  2. Kristine Kowalski May 3, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I keep wanting to pick this one up, and I’m precisely in a “reading for the love of reading” phase right now so it sounds perfect!

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