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Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

Sloan, Robin

(Large Print - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore
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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 job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. After just a few days on the job, Clay finds 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. 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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Large Print, 2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781611736090
1611736099
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE FICTION SLOAN 2012
Characteristics: 383 p. (large print) ;,23 cm

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Aug 07, 2014
  • telger rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Book store- Robin Sloan
I was hooked because I love and kinda sorta addicted to books and the work of reading, as decribed by Mr. Penumbra. I was captivated and mystified by this bookstore- the secret society, what they do, why and who they are. But I have to admit after the long, winding journey of books, and libraries, New York and San Francisco- I feel I was dissapointed in the end. But this is just me though. I thought there is a bigger, more profound explanation but oh no.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: This is a whimsical, optimistic story for people who love books. The main character, Clay, is a tech-savvy book lover who has lost his tech startup job in the recession. He goes to work as a clerk at Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, where it immediately becomes clear that something beyond simple book-selling is going on. The story that follows concerns cryptography, typography, data visualizations, e-book readers and of course books. This book is a lot of fun to read and is highly recommended for book-lovers AND technology-lovers.

Jul 06, 2013
  • Sarah1984 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is about a bookstore and the slightly fantastical people who frequent it, for either work or pleasure. There's a secret society that funds it and keeps it going in the background, and to start with I thought there was going to be some actual magic worked into the secret society. While there were no wands or incantations, there was still magic in the story. There was magic in the way the 26-year-old star and narrator of the story believes that physical bookstores will carry on because people still like the way books smell, and you can't get that through your Kindle (I read an actual book edition). There was magic in Robin Sloane's final message, that being immortal isn't about living forever, it's about what you do with your life and your impact on the people around you. And I have to disagree with his assertion that this book, like all books before it and after, will fade to the back of my mind - I don't think it will fade at all, I think I'll remember the descriptions of Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore with it's three storey shelves and the waybacklist for many years to come.

Apr 08, 2013
  • mombrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Funny, thoughtful, engaging story with mystery elements that tackles how and where print books and all things electronic intersect.

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Jan 23, 2014
  • sammier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in.

Jan 23, 2014
  • sammier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We need James Bond with a library science degree."

Jan 23, 2014
  • sammier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"What do you seek in these shelves?"

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