The story itself was very fun and lighthearted- adventurous, funny, creative. I thought the reader did an excellent job narrating and drawing you into the story. The writing itself could have been a little better- some repetitive lines to really - hammer- the points home, could have been more nuanced and improved with more editing. However - I totally loved this book.
this book was a fun read. It wasn't too complicated but there was enough mystery to keep you coming back for more. I really enjoyed this book and I think everyone should read/listen to it!
Fantasy, technology, and mystery
Unexpected, charming little fantasy/adventure story set in high-tech San Francisco. It's a curious mix of reality, cutting edge technology, and then fantasy lurking hidden around every corner. It's hard sometimes to tell where reality stops and fantasy starts.
During the recession in San Francisco Clay, an unemployed designer, gets a job at Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore and is soon trying to figure out how it can even stay in business, and what the second, hidden business of the bookshop actually is. Soon the story involves his special effect artist housemate, various Google technology and Google people, his startup-owning best friend from primary school, and lots of references to a beloved fantasy series (the Dragonsong Chronicles) that all manage to tie together into a D&D styled quest to find out the truth and help Mr. Penumbra and solve the mystery of the bookstore for good.
Crossing between reality and fantasy, modern technology and historical mystery, it's hard to describe this book. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt and the "quest" could have ended more impactfully, but it was a sweet and enjoyable light read with some likeable characters and lots of interesting detail.
I tend not to geek out about books...or listen to them again until the story has faded enough in my memory that cracking it open again feels like a new adventure. But as soon as I was done with this book, I texted everyone I knew who mildly enjoys books to download, read, buy! And then started the book all over again with my not-that-enthusiastic-about-books-in-general husband (he lives a sad life) and we devoured it with gusto. We laughed, a lot, and were so engaged in the story, we're buying a print copy for the kids we don't even have yet. Here here, Robin Sloan. Masterfully crafted.
This was a good title to listen to on my commute, it was entertaining without being so involved that I would lose my place while changing lanes.
The Characters were fun and their adventures were not always believable but hey, it's fiction so just go with it.
No, it was amusing, light, entertainment.
Definitely worth a listen if you want a light selection.
Fun, interesting, forward-looking
The story is exciting and moves quickly, that said, I found the ending a little over idealistic.
I don't think I've listened to any other performances by this reader, but this one was quite pleasant.
I did not have any extreme emotional responses to the book but I did find many of the ideas it talked about quite interesting, though somewhat technologically inaccurate.
Great story and characters. Kept my attention riveted from start to finish! What a lucky find. And it would be appropriate for teenagers as well as adults.