Review: Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore (Robin Sloan)

Genre: General Fiction

Rating: ★★★★★


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 bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.


I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK! It had the perfect mix of technology and books. When people say technology will squander the book business, they must read this to know that true book readers will never allow physical books to diminish. It had some amazing snippets of conversations discussing the merits of bookshops and how they will survive the age of ebook. Which makes you think of how people regard reading materials and how many are willing to keep the written word (and paper) alive.

I also loved the sense of adventure (a mixture of fantasy and 5-century-old secrets), Silicon valley (go Google!) and traditional love of bookstores and books. I enjoyed every single word and it was a page-turner. I flew through this in a few days and want more from Robin Sloan!

In all honesty, I am in love with this book and it’s witty journeys in decoding one of the history’s greatest secrets. The characters are wonderfully developed and the plot is fast. I hope you pick this book because you will enjoy it! 😉 


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