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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.


Rating: 3/5 Not my favorite. It was a good story, but the ending is a bit of a letdown.Image

Cover Art: 4/5

Age limit: 15 and up (only because it might not be interesting to a younger audience. Also, a little language.)

Author: Robin Sloan

Clay Jannon, an out-of-work web-designer, is looking for work on the streets of San Francisco. He happens to stumble across a “help wanted” sign on Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and decides to venture in. He is struck at once by how vastly tall the bookshelves are and cranes his neck to see the top. Good-natured Penumbra asks, “What do you seek in these shelves?” and immediately hires Clay after learning of his favorite book (I will admit that I wish this book store did exist in the real world. It sounds fascinating!). Working the night shift (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.), Clay comes across some strange characters asking for some strange books. After being persuaded to peek in one of the books, Clay stumbles onto an entire world of mystery and confusion. Through this novel, you will learn these secrets and more, all while enjoying funny characters that put Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj (BBT) to shame.

This novel really is very intriguing and kept me turning the page up until the very end. I had to know the secret left behind by members of this secret society dating back to the 1500’s. I was a little disappointed in the ending, only in that it the drama and excitement leading up to the big reveal, didn’t match up to the actual reveal itself. If you like web design and solving code, then you will love this novel. If you are a book nerd like myself, then the title might be a little misleading.

This book only came out this year; so unfortunately, there is not a movie or a book trailer yet.

Happy reading everyone!

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