Waiting on Wednesday #20 – MR. PENUMBRA’S 24 HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan

Waiting on Wednesday is one of my favorite memes, hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a great way to share the books that you are excited about with other readers and bloggers. This week I found one of my favorite types of reads, a book about books!

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Release date: October 2, 2012 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). I think this book sounds fantastic! Here’s the description from Amazon:

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 bookstore

The 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 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

This is exactly the kind of book I’m in the mood to read. Too bad I have to wait a couple of months! What books are you waiting on?


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3 Responses to Waiting on Wednesday #20 – MR. PENUMBRA’S 24 HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    This does sound good! thanks for sharing it!

    My WoW

  2. Ooh that sounds interesting – I love the idea of a bookstore being a front for something bigger – hopefully not something criminal!

  3. Wow, I’ve never heard this one before but it sounds great! Plus, I think the writing will be excellent in this one and the cover is very original! Awesome pick! 😀

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