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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore


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ISBN13: 9781250037756
ISBN10: 1250037751
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Joanne Haley, May 19, 2015 (view all comments by Joanne Haley)
I absolutely loved this book! It is whimsical, quirky, mysterious and clever all rolled into one. Being from San Francisco made me appreciate the scenerios where Robin Sloan describes neighborhoods in the city. The book captured my attention from the first few sentences. Sloan has a great way of making his characters pop out of the pages and become real people like you know them and can see them and their quirky ways! The plot is so imaginative and the dips and turns it takes are truely unique from beginning to end. Even though it gets a bit "far fetched" at times I got so drawn into the story that I could totally see his story being a reality! Now I have to go back and read the first book which I'm told is the story of the start up of the bookstore in San Francisco.
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Joanmusic, January 3, 2015 (view all comments by Joanmusic)
Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore reads like a choose-your-own adventure novel--one dimensional and pure fantasy. BUT, the themes are timely and significant to those who reflect on where modern society is headed. Not only is the conflict between books and computers laid out, but also the fate of works of art created throughout history, and, most importantly, the significance of friendship.

When I finished reading this, I felt like I had been reading a graphic novel. The story moves frame by frame through a series of caricature-like images ( the tall, narrow bookstore, the climbing walls, the reading room in NYC, the CalKnit Museum). Even the costumes are cartoon like (the black robes in the Reading Room, Kat's eternal red t-shirt, Mat's Salvador Dali boxer shorts).
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plunderpdx, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by plunderpdx)
After reading a few pages I simply fell in love, not only from the exuberant sense of wonder but also from the mention of a '24 hour Erroll Flynn movie marathon'.

This book vividly recalls the magical hidden gems of my hometown, San Francisco. It has a quest; intrigue, whimsy, delightful characters, & of course, best of all-- a bookstore.

A quick read that I feel I want 10 copies of so I'll maybe have one that stays with me.
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librariphile, August 2, 2014 (view all comments by librariphile)
Funny and a good story! I particularly liked the incorporation of technology into the story in a way that doesn't seem as though it'll get dated over time -- we'll see. A nice bonus is that Robin Sloan's website is quite charming. I'm looking forward to getting his newsletters.
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Craig Ensz, January 2, 2014 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
A unique and different sort of read. Stories of a bookstore that will entertain everyone.
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Picador USA
Sloan, Robin
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
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8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 304 pages Picador USA - English 9781250037756 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Mixing large doses of high tech, a mysterious bookstore, and an entire army of bibliophiles, this charming novel is a booklover's dream. You will be entranced by Mr. Penumbra's bookstore, with its shadowy customers and shelves teetering on the edge of vertigo, along with the twists and turns of this tale.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a treat for the literary puzzle/code-breaking techno-savvy set. (Is that a set?) There's much more to the dusty three-story bookstore full of completely incomprehensible titles than meets the eye. Sloan does a slick job of pairing old-world secret society mystery with cutting-edge unimaginable technology. Who knew a 15th century German typesetter would be so clever as to send a message forward into the future? This is a fun read — fast and quite amusing — with everything from goldsmiths to Google being central to the plot.

"Review" by , “A real tour de force [and] a beautiful fable....The reader is swept along by Sloan's enthusiasm.”
"Review" by , “Part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem....Eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence.”
"Review" by , “A book about passion — for books, for history, for the future....There is nothing about Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore that I didn't love.”
"Review" by , “An irresistible page-turning novel.”
"Review" by , “One of the most thoughtful and fun reading experiences you're likely to have this year....There's so much largehearted magic in this book.”
"Review" by , “A jaunty, surprisingly old-fashioned fantasy about the places where old and new ways of accessing knowledge meet...[Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore] cleverly uses the technological age in the service of its fantasy....Sloan's ultimate answer to the mystery of what keeps people solving Penumbra's puzzle is worth turning pages to find out.”
"Review" by , “[A] winning literary adventure....Sloan grounds his jigsawlike plot with Big Ideas about the quest for permanence in the digital age.”
"Review" by , “Fantastic....I loved diving into the world that Sloan created, both the high-tech fantasyland of Google and the ancient analog society. It's packed full of geeky allusions and wonderful characters, and is a celebration of books, whether they're made of dead trees or digits.”
"Review" by , “Sloan makes bits and bytes appear beautiful....The rebel's journey to crack the code — grappling with an ancient cult, using secret passwords and hidden doorways — will excite anyone's inner child.”
"Review" by , “What makes Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore so impressive is Sloan's great gift for storytelling and his cast of brilliant, eccentric characters. Think of this novel as part Haruki Murakami, part Dan Brown and part Joseph Cornell: a surreal adventure, an existential detective story and a cabinet of wonders at which to marvel.”
"Review" by , “Beguiling....The plot is as tight as nesting boxes, or whatever their digital equivalent....Sly and infectious.”
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