Thursday, 22 August 2013

Book Review: Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
By Robin Sloan
Published by Atlantic Books
ebook / paperback 

Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a dangerous book. A very dangerous book indeed.

The reason why this book is dangerous because it makes me want to quit my job and go back to bookselling. But not any old bookshop but Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.

The other reason - the bookshop has a ladder to the to shelves. I now want a ladder for my bookshelves...

Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a charming story that combines the dust world of bookselling with cutting edge technology to tell a story of intrigue, mystery and code breaking.

Mr Penumbra runs a secondhand bookshop in a seedy part of town. His clients are only interested in the books which are full of code, are available for 'loan' and are tucked away in the back. The bookshop and its unusual clientele are doing fine until Clay Jannon, a redundant web designer gets a job working the night shift. Clay starts to wonder what the code means and find out more about Mr Penumbra. Along with his girlfriend, who works for Goggle, Clay sets out to break the code and work out what sort of secret society Mr Penumbra has become entangled with. There are twists, turns and cliff hangers ready to pounce out and pull you into the story.

Sloan is a writer that loves books in a big way and it shines through. Books can lead you to new worlds and in Clay's story he becomes involved with a secret society who are obsessed typography.

Tech geeks, book lovers, people who love Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere will love this book. This is an enjoyable and engrossing book. Go read it!

You can buy Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore from your favourite online or offline bookseller. 


Thank you to Atlantic Books for sending me a copy. 

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