Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It felt like an adventure, but it wasn’t so fast-paced that my anxiety was through the roof. It was well-written and beautifully thought-out.

After losing his web design job during the Great Recession, Clay Jannon enters into an old and mysterious bookstore searching for a job. At Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Clay works the overnight shift, which brings only a few very eccentric customers who only check out books from a certain section. As Clay gets to know the store and the owner a bit more, he discovers that there is much more than reading happening at this bookstore. Clay is thrust into a world of secret societies, age-old mysteries, and the battle between technology and books.

Again, I really really liked this book. The story line was engaging and thought-provoking. I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection of books and technology and this book brought up a variety of thoughts and issues on how to bring those two seemingly different things together. Definitely worth a read.


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