Friday, 2 May 2014

Book Review - Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan

Title: Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Author: Robin Sloan

Publication Date: 2nd October 2012

Page Length: 304 Pages (Hardcover)

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Source: I own a copy

Buy It: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Audience/Genre: New Genre

Rating: 4 ☆ Out of 5 ☆

Summary from Amazon:
A Winner of the Alex Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.


This book could be one of my favourite books of 2014.

Just like all the reviews say. This book is a traditional meets modern kind of book. \

It starts of with the main character working in this one of a kind book store and finding out that not everything meets the eye. As you read on, you'll find out why. Also, the main character is sort of a technology, modern age kind of person so it was really interesting to find him working in a bookstore where no one really goes too. If you know what I mean. You'll know when you read this book. So basically, there's a huge reason why everything is so weird and this reason, which dates back to a really long time ago, is trying to be solved by many people. Now, these people don't like to use technology to solve it because they prefer not to and for thousands of year they just try to solve this thing. The bookshop is kind of a way to bring people into this organization. :) Anyways. So, in order to solve this thing, the main character brings in technology and BAM Old meets New. But then comes the twist... ...

Absolute brilliance. Really. There's nothing more to be said. I absolutely adored this book and was just sucked into it the moment the character stepped into the bookstore. I swear I have a fetish for books which take place in a bookstore because books and bookstores are two of my favorite things ever.

I wish I could express everything I'm feeling in words but its just so good that it's just impossible. I know I only gave it a 4 stars instead of 5 stars even with my raving. The only reason I gave it a 4 was because there were indeed moments which could be flat if this isn't the kind of book that you usually read. I usually read young adult which is full of action or romance or whatever so this book isn't something I'm as used too. However, once I got used to the writing. Damn. It was good!

Go read this book and get sucked in too. I just read it and its already on my to be reread list :D

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