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ISBN13: 9781427233745
ISBN10: 1427233748
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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. Penumbras 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 hes embarked on a complex analysis of the customers behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just whats 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 thats rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbras 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.

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"Unable to find work as a digital marketer or Web designer, Clay Jannon lands a gig on the night shift at the eponymous bookstore, where customers shuffle in to borrow strange books — but not to buy anything. Suspicious, Clay and his friends begin to investigate, uncovering an international secret society communicating through codes hidden within the books. Ari Fliakos nails the young, tech-savvy, cynical Clay. However, Fliakos really shines when rendering the book's supporting cast. His take on Mr. Penumbra is so different from his portrayal of Clay that listeners might think a different actor performed it. Such is the case with nearly every character in this audio edition, all of whom Fliakos provides with distinct inflections, tones, and rhythms. An FSG hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Robin Sloan grew up in Michigan and now splits his time between San Francisco and the Internet. Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore is his first novel.

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njcur, July 25, 2013 (view all comments by njcur)
Five and a half stars! What a delight! Ari Fliakos really brought this book to life with his reading. The perfect voice for this wonderful story. I would put on my earbuds and a smile would fill my face. I just couldn't wait to get back to the tale. Robin Sloan's writing is wonderful, creative, funny, down to earth and high flying all at the same time. My husband and I both listened. We were delighted when one of us would get ahead of the other. We would then have a chance to listen to the previous chapter a second time. So fun to laugh out loud together. Really a lovely uplifting book. Pick it up! It will make your day!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781427233745
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Sloan, Robin
Author:
Fliakos, Ari
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Technological
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Thrillers/Technological
Subject:
magical realism
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130226
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.03 x 5.2 x 0.85 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Adventure

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Product details pages MacMillan Audio - English 9781427233745 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Unable to find work as a digital marketer or Web designer, Clay Jannon lands a gig on the night shift at the eponymous bookstore, where customers shuffle in to borrow strange books — but not to buy anything. Suspicious, Clay and his friends begin to investigate, uncovering an international secret society communicating through codes hidden within the books. Ari Fliakos nails the young, tech-savvy, cynical Clay. However, Fliakos really shines when rendering the book's supporting cast. His take on Mr. Penumbra is so different from his portrayal of Clay that listeners might think a different actor performed it. Such is the case with nearly every character in this audio edition, all of whom Fliakos provides with distinct inflections, tones, and rhythms. An FSG hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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