Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan.

First of all, the hardcover’s cover glows in the dark. So you automatically know this book isn’t normal.

The book is mostly set in San Fransisco at a dusty bookstore that isn’t all that it seems at first glance. The main Character, Clay Jannon, who is a former web designer gets a job there as a desk clerk and record keeper. He knows something is peculiar and wants to get to the bottom of the mystery. The book contains a secret society of bibliophiles, modern, tech-savvy characters, lots of Google, books (new and lost), and what happens when all of those things collide and work together.

Although it wasn’t my type of book, it was very interesting. The only thing I can really compare it to is The Da Vinci Code, but a lot less action, so it’s a poor comparison. However, it does have the same amount of history and intelligence put into it.

Rating: 3.5/5


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