A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life - mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, 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 “checking out” 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’ behavior 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.
With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the 21st century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious listener, no matter the time of day.
©2012 Robin Sloan (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
Highly recommended book!!!! For those of you that like a great story with great narration, this is your book. A book about a mystery set in a bookstore and in a book.
I am a Native American woman who loves quirky - off the beaten path stories. I would like to find more books about people of color.
I love a good quirky book! This is a story of a unique bookstore and all the mysteries that it holds. I love the way the story weaves together the old days and technology to create a literary dance between the two. I don't want to reveal anything about the story because that would take the fun away from the reader. Suffice to say that its a magic ride that won't disappoint!
I am an avid reader of YA Fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, thrillers and mysteries. I am open and ridiculously optimistic about all books
Fun! Mystery and intrigue and immortality for us book and word nerds! Loved the performance. It definitely enhanced an already lovely and fun story.
Really enjoyed this book, I didn't know what to expect and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Well crafted and quirky characters! Loved the interesting descriptions of everyday items and landscapes. Narrator did a great job bringing the quirky bunch to life. Loved it!
Good story, bit convoluted at times, but it found its way. I REALLY enjoyed the characters in this book and the humor. I lol several times. Definitely worth the credit.
Unique characters were well drawn and described in a real life way by the narrator, Ari Fliakos. I felt as if I were right there.
No, I don't make it a habit of listening to novels twice
Mr. Magorium's wonder emporium but with a secret agent twist
No, it was just pure fun
A novel idea and an ideal novel - enjoy
absolutely loved this book! what a great ready for every type of reader. Its funny and keeps you interested the whole way. simple yet complex in unexpected ways. highly recommended this read
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