Friday, August 09, 2013

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

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.

Clay is 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 contents.

When a Google employee enters the store he requests her help and they soon learn the meaning and first step of decoding the books.

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."


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