Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr Penumbra s Hour Bookstore 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 Hour Bookstore but after a few days on the job Clay discovers

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 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 lThe 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 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.

  • [PDF] Read ↠ Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore : by Robin Sloan
    403 Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  1. Robin Sloan is the author of the novels Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore and Sourdough He grew up near Detroit and now splits his time between the Bay Area and the internet.

287 Reply to “Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore”

  1. Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore is one of those books that appears to have the perfect blend of ingredients for something brilliant It s a mystery adventure set in San Francisco, revolving around an out of work marketeer and web designer who takes a job as a clerk at the odd little bookshop of the title He soon realises that there is to Mr Penumbra s than meets the eye, and together with a group of his friends, he embarks on a mission to get to the bottom of the shop s real purpose What follows [...]

  2. Meh 1.5 stars because the plot was interesting enough that I finished the book and there were some funny moments While Mr Sloan is imaginative and quick witted it does not make up for poor writing and boring characters The book is just bad first person narrative This would be an acceptable as a Syfy Saturday movie but not for a novel.For example It s early in the morning We came straight from the airport Neel visits Manhattan all the time for business and I used to take the train down from Provi [...]

  3. suuuuper fun this book is going to sell like gangbusters when it comes out in october mostly because each and every one of you reading this review are going out and getting yourselves a copy this is a command you like books, right yes, you do, because you are a member of and this book is about books and puzzles and adventure there s not a whole lot that s better than that is shades of Salamander and The Grand Complication A Novel and If on a Winter s Night a Traveler and The Name of the Rose, bu [...]

  4. I am so happy that we happened to be walking past the booth were Robin Sloan was signing, and someone was holding up a copy of the attractive ARC trying to lure people onto the line which I now see the cover has been added to the book on , the book looks better than the picture suggests This is good and I m thinking if the world has any fairness at all this will be a fairly good selling book this fall In a perfect world this would go blasting up the sales charts and topple the Fifty Shades craze [...]

  5. HOLY MOLY, BATMAN, EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS I am actually so excited to write this review I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO SAY Because I have so many thoughts, let s do this bullet point style This story was so positive and mood uplifting Geez I never felt that horrible dread you feel sometimes when you re reading that loss of faith with the author where you ask the horrible question Is the author going to screw this all up All throughout reading the book there were moments where I felt the exciting jo [...]

  6. Forgive me, people, this review will be all gushing This book charmed me from the very beginning with fresh internal monologues, from Clay Jannon, a recent unemployed young man, who just lost his first job out of art school Then he walks into a bookstore OMG BOOKSTORE and he climbs the ladder, and I m in love How could I not This book is a love letter for books, bibliophiles, but also for technology We know that the world of books, publishings, and reading have changed in the recent years, thank [...]

  7. Authors are magicians I was in the early pages of Mr Penumbra when I realized that Sloan was sneaking in a major chain of events in only a few short paragraphs with the intention of moving the story to where he needed it It was the authorial equivalent of look, nothing up my sleeve in preparation of a hat trick Rather than irritation from this momentary flap of curtain or glimpse of rabbit ear, I was rather captivated.Thinking back on books I ve loved or hated, it occurs to me that in that momen [...]

  8. I have just lost the will to live Have spent two hours writing a review of this brilliant book and then saved it but somehow managed to lose it Will probably kill someone if i sit here any longer so am off to the gym to do something sweaty, noisy and pointless and maybe will try again later Very f ing annoyed Bye for now.s a brilliant book by the way I hate the 21st Century sometimes Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in All the secrets in the world worth knowing ar [...]

  9. Well, I can t say I ve been charmed by a book in a while, and jealous I didn t write it This is a totally hipster book that rings all my bells, I feel like it sort of summarizes the zeitgeist of our internet generation, the gap between old and new.Basically the main character, Clay, is unemployed tech guy, gets a job in a run down bookstore that has a mysterious agenda that he can t help but get roped into I m a sucker for secret societies, and there s a touch of Amelie whimsey that is right up [...]

  10. Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore is the debut novel by Robin Sloan, and a publishing sensation it was s Best Book of the Month in October 2012, and received a lot of attention and praise from reviewers, authors and readers No wonder who wouldn t want a 24 hour book store The novel aspires to be classified as a literary mystery , or an intelligent thriller both labels are somewhat insulting by suggesting that mysteries and thrillers are by default a lower tier of literature, and that the classic w [...]

  11. OK, I m going to try something different with this reviewa bit of snark I have been wanting to read this one for so long I was enchanted about the idea of this 24 hour book store A book about a bookstore, with book referencesah But what I got instead, was a drinking game That s at least what I got out of this one The story starts with Clay Jannon, who has lost his job at a bagel place where he is doing tech work and then goes to work at Mr Penumbra s 24 hour book store He tells his story and I w [...]

  12. Should probably be two stars, but I feel mean and petty today Sorry, Mr Sloan It all just seemed sor I feel kind of pretentious saying that, which makes me sad, because there s nothing I hate than pretentious book reviews It s just a mess of worn out tropes and utterly unoriginal characters Mysterious dusty bookshops and peculiar old men I think Sloan tried to revamp that old line with some hip new technology stuff, but he just failed miserably He almost made me hate Google just by talking abou [...]

  13. Rating 3.9 of five The Book Description A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code breaking, high tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life mostly set in a hole in the wall San Francisco bookstoreThe Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web design drone and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at M [...]

  14. Ugh, not recommended I considered stopping reading several times, but it was such a quick read that I just sped on through.The novel made a dramatization of numerous topics that I do feel like I have a bit of expertise around San Francisco, Googlers, data visualization, encryption and the book s representation came off as a shallow, borderline painful overt dramatization It seemed ridiculous I know little of the author s background, but the novel itself gave the impression of too strong an effor [...]

  15. A mysterious old bookstore with some kind of secret society to be infiltrated and unraveled Cool Except, alas, here we have a fun premise ruined by bullshit nerdbro execution.1 An everyman nerd protagonist with no personality beyond a degree in design and deep knowledge of the internet whose main development is his realization he has talented friends who are interesting than he is Congrats 2 A best friend whose company does boob physics for video games and whose major contribution to dialogue i [...]

  16. This is not a review, it s a love letter.I adored this book Why It had a likeable narrator in Clay Jannon, a mysterious bookshop, romance, puzzles, secret societies, a San Francisco locale with side trips to New York , and a sly sense of humor The theme of Old Knowledge books vs Internet knowledge gave the author the chance to slip in scenes at Google, a museum dedicated to knitting overrun by first graders, information about fonts, a character who made his fortune creating realistic 3 D version [...]

  17. 4.5 StarsOh, so much of this book is exactly what I wanted.There was first an old and dusty bookstore.With an old and whimsical caretaker.And a prophecy surrounding a secret cult of black robe wearing bibliophiles, written in code form.Did I mention that this secret cult meets in an underground library The entrance is a fricken swiveling bookcase Hell, even the characters have interesting names such as Kat Potente, Corvina, and Ajax Penumbra.There s even a bit about google and coding which remin [...]

  18. Initial thoughts 1 Loved Clay He is wonderfully funny, and geeky His journey throughout the story was fantastic.2 Loved the combination of new and traditional, young and old Seeing ideas, and characters that are different and opposite come together.3 Lot s of wonderfully geeky elements Design, typography, technology, books, and other very nerdy things It was AMAZING.4 I really liked and appreciated how the characters and the story was grounded in reality There are a lot of elements that had the [...]

  19. Onvan Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore, 1 Nevisande Robin Sloan ISBN 374214913 ISBN13 9780374214913 Dar 288 Safhe Saal e Chap 2012

  20. This review originally appeared on my blog, Shoulda, Coulda Woulda Books.Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore is a book with a perfectly charming premise and a number of flaws The premise, is, of course, what landed it on my to read list nearly two years ago, and, I d imagine, the list of many another bibliophile The book centers on the new night shift employee at a 24 Hour Bookstore in San Francisco, who has taken the job after being laid off from his tech start up in the Great Recession of the late [...]

  21. August 2012 First, I never read the short story because by the time I discovered it I already knew it was a novel so I didn t want to ruin anything for myselfyou know, just in case Now that I ve finished the book, I ll read the story The book AMAZING I loved it Really It s chock full of bibliophile goodness This is up there with Ready Player One geeky goodness Clay finds himself unemployed like many these days and one day stumbles into a quirky bookstore looking for a late night clerk The bookst [...]

  22. This was a fun techno bookish mystery It follows a web designer named Clay who loses his job due to the Great Recession, but he finds work as the overnight clerk in a 24 hour bookstore in San Francisco called Mr Penumbra s Clay notices some odd patrons at the store, and he s intrigued by the strange old books that are stocked there Soon he s trying to solve the bookish mystery with the help of a friend who works at Google, and they get entangled in a secret society that goes back hundreds of yea [...]

  23. SpoilersI didn t read any reviews or even the synopsis for this I bought it on a whim because I liked the cover and title That ll teach me to be wild and spontaneous No bonkers book buying for me, I ve learnt my lesson I thought Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore would be a charming, quaint and lovely tale about an old bookshop that s open all night and visited by bookworms, lonely night owls and other oddball characters I thought a jobless down on their luck underdog type character would start wo [...]

  24. What started out as an engaging novel about a charismatic bookstore became a nearly 300 page ode to Google and Millenial entitlement Google was really the main character here The Google butt kissing started early, and served to make it so that I never once found Kat appealing or endearing In fact, I felt that she was just a big, whiny child playing with shiny toys and having a temper tantrum when the things around her didn t go exactly her way She basically represents everything about my generat [...]

  25. I was sent an arc by FSG I love this book It s like sitting in the sunlight drinking cold white wine while a sexy person rubs your feet with cinnamon oil and another sexy person messes tunefully acoustic guitar And while this is happening, you realise damn, I look good.Why do I love it Well, it s a good hearted, optimistic book about friendship and being alive and the lure of the mysterious It s a book which shows you Google the way Google sees itself, and bookshops the way bookshops ought to be [...]

  26. Good first person voice, and through it, characterization The narrator protagonist has a head I enjoyed spending time in.This is a book both from the 21st century, and that delights in the 21st century, an incredibly welcome change from all the grimdark political dystopias out there at present.They sly explorations of the differences between a map and a territory, analog and digital, reality and its representations, not to mention the past, the present, and the future, tho I am reminded that thi [...]

  27. A bookstore filled with books nobody really reads a clerk who lost his web design job due to the recession ancient old codes hidden in a font and modern geeky youngsters taking up the challenge to decipher it all Mr Penumbra s 24 hour bookstore is not what it looks like at all This is an escapist adventure with a reality component that is driving the adventure at an astonishing speed up and down history and futurisms It s archaeology with a twist It is the future with a big pinch of salt Mix the [...]

  28. What an engaging mystery, set in a fantastical book store three stories high with no stairs, just ladders It is written in the first person, from the point of view of a young clerk, Clay Jannon, who was hired for the graveyard shift He was ordered to stay in the store, to write in a logbook a description of each customer, and not to look in the books they bought There are no murders in the story the mystery is what on earth is going on with these creepy customers and crazy bookstore Is it a fron [...]

  29. 3.5 A really unique and cool book I don t really know what to rate it to be honest because there were a lot of things I liked but also some things I didn t, and I just wasn t blown away

  30. A charming, quietly amusing book, Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore is the literary equivalent of a congratulatory pat on the back in recognition of loving books Oh, you read Well, good for you It s a book designed to make the bibliophile break out into a near terminal case of the warm fuzzies, overcome with a sudden desire to break out a blanket, brew a pot of tea or coffee, and settle into a comfortable chair for a day of hardcore reading until oh, wait I m already doing all of that Silly me So [...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *