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Literature & Fiction

Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (25 votes)

Released: 2012-10-02

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan


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

The Nice Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his lifestyles as a San Francisco Net-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the power to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night time shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book place. But after only some days on the job, Clay begins to appreciate that this store is even more curious than the title suggests. There are only some clients, however they come in again and again and by no means seem to if truth be told purchase anything else, as an alternative “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from ordinary corners of the store, all in accordance to some problematic, lengthy-standing association with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store need to be a front for something greater, Clay concludes, and soon he’s launched into a complex diagnosis of the shoppers’ habits and roped his chums into serving to to determine just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets and techniques prolong a long way outdoor the walls of the bookstall.

With irresistible brio and striking intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary journey story for the twenty-first century, evoking each the fairy-story attraction of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a younger Umberto Eco, but with a singular and feisty sensibility that’s uncommon to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book place is precisely what it appears like: an establishment it’s important to enter and can by no means need to leave, a brand new-day cupboard of wonders prepared to give a jolt of vitality to each curious reader, no matter the time of day.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2012 (Debut Highlight): Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is an old school mystery set firmly in tech-loving, brand new day San Francisco. Clay Jannon (former web designer) lands a job at a book shop with very few consumers and even fewer purchases. His curiosity leads him to the discovery of a bigger conspiracy at play, one exciting sufficient to rope in his absolute best pal (CEO at a startup) and love passion (works at Google). As Clay and firm unravel the puzzles of Mr. Penumbra's guide retailer, the story turns right into a kind of nerdy heist, with real-existence gadgets, secret societies, and numerous things to assert about the prior, existing, and way forward for reading. Sloan originally self-printed Mr. Penumbra as a brief story through Kindle Direct Publishing, before increasing it to its present type with a conventional print publisher–a becoming trajectory for a quick, enjoyable story that has so entirely and enthusiastically embraced the stress between the digital and analog books. –Kevin Nguyen

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Writer: Robin Sloan Publisher: Farrar, Straus and.. Binding: Kindle Adaptation Language: English Pages: 304

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