Robin Sloan

Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore

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A New York Times bestseller, Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore is an entirely charming and lovable first novel of mysterious books and dusty bookshops; it is a witty and delightful love-letter to both the old book world and the new.

Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone — and serendipity, coupled with sheer curiosity, has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days, Clay begins to realize 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 they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he's embarked on a complex analysis of the customers' behaviour and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what's going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore…
'The pages swell with Mr Sloan's nerdy affection and youthful enthusiasm for both tangible books and new media… [but] the ties that bind the story are friendship and vitality for life. This is a clever and whimsical tale with a big heart' The Economist
Shortlisted for the LA Times Book Award for First Fiction.
285 printed pages
Original publication


Надежда Косоурова
Надежда Косоуроваshared an impression3 years ago
👍Worth reading
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Anet Acogido
Anet Acogidohas quotedlast year
I’d sit at my kitchen table and start scanning help-wanted ads on my laptop, but then a browser tab would blink and I’d get distracted and follow a link to a long magazine article about genetically modified wine grapes. Too long, actually, so I’d add it to my reading list. Then I’d follow another link to a book review. I’d add the review to my reading list, too, then download the first chapter of the book—third in a series about vampire police. Then, help-wanted ads forgotten, I’d retreat to the living room, put my laptop on my belly, and read all day. I had a lot of free time.

definitely me

Мария Дмитриева
Мария Дмитриеваhas quoted3 years ago
This is Mat’s secret weapon, his passport, his get-out-of-jail-free card: Mat makes things that are beautiful.

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