Friday, October 2, 2015

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

A Winner of the Alex Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle

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.
THIS BOOK. First off the cover, it's simple but amazing in one distinctive way, it glows in the dark. Yes all those little yellow books glow in the dark. Go ahead hold it up to a light bulb for 30 seconds and go to a dark space. ( told you) Overall this book is good. Not amazing, but well worth the read. Who doesn't want to read a book about a bookstore? Anyways, not much to say that wont spoil this so just go read it and find out. 

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