07. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Tammy

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, 288 pages, read by Tammy, on 02/06/2013

Looking for a book with a global conspiracy? How about one set in a tiny bookstore in a neglected part of San Fransisco? Or a book with a mystery and code-breaking? Maybe a book with romance between 2 sets of young professionals trying to make it in the big city? Do you like books with high tech computer digitization or maybe one with ancient rituals and secret rites is more to your liking? What about a book that has all of these and more and it’s only 288 pages!

If you said, Yes! then Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is the book for you. The story starts our normal enough with our everyman hero Clay Jannon having just been downsized and hunting for a job. He comes across a tiny entrance to a bookstore with a Help Wanted sign in the window and decides it can’t hurt to inquire. This starts his career as a clerk at this vertical bookstore. The shelves go up more than two stories and require the regular use of tall ladders for the majority of the stores inventory. With regular odd customers who rarely buy anything but check out items from the tall shelves instead. Surely this bookstore is just a front for something more. Clay decides to find out what and takes us all along for a journey of discovery both about the bookstore and himself.

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