Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Clay Jannon was a web-designer when he lost his job during the latest
recession. Looking for a job brought him to Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour
Bookstore where he is hired as the night clerk. The store is a
combination of very small regular bookstore and a monolithic amount of
very strange and odd books. Clay must learn to use the library ladders
to climb large stacks to retrieve these other books.
given the night shift and soon learns that the obscure books are for
borrowing from an odd set of characters. He must detail their every
book and demeanor in an logbook. Clay has been told to never look
inside these books. But who could resist and he is puzzled about their
When a Google employee enters the store he requests
her help and they soon learn the meaning and first step of decoding the
This is a charming and extremely likable book. The
reader can not help but like the characters and is caught up with the
infectious nature in finding out the truth.
First Line: "Lost in the shadows of the shelves, I almost fall off the ladder."