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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Community Reviews back

by Robin Sloan
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A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it 5 months ago
Even though I am a book lover, novels that are supposed to pay homage to books never quite do it for me. There is just something to "fangirl/fanboy" about it all -- and in this book it was especially bad because the author also spent the majority of the book gushing over Google and tech culture. I w...
Familiar Diversions
Familiar Diversions rated it 1 year ago
This is another one of those that I should have reviewed sooner after finishing it. It's been a couple weeks, and my memories are fuzzier. Plus, I took a break while listening to the book, so my listening experience was pretty stretched out.So, what can I say about the story without revealing too mu...
Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it 2 years ago
I loved this book! It starts slow with Clay explaining how he got to Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore but when he decides there is a mystery about it and it's decided lack of customers it picks up. As I followed Clay and his friends around as they try to unravel the mystery of the bookstore and Mr. ...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 2 years ago
This may well be the most terrifying book I've ever read. The cheerful bright yellow cover (glow-in the dark on the paperback), the jacket copy, the set-up suggests a classic quest. On the surface this is a story about a bookstore employee and his friends solving a book-related mystery in 21st centu...
Spare Ammo
Spare Ammo rated it 2 years ago
A man walks down the street and enters a bookstore. So starts one young man's quiet adventure to discover the real purpose of a bookstore that never closes and seldom has a buying customer. Clay Jannon, an unemployed web designer, finds more than a job working at Penumbra's. Together Clay and Penu...
Dang Rover: Cover to Cover
Dang Rover: Cover to Cover rated it 2 years ago
"Why do you love books so much? Well, actually, I love books because books are my best friends." Now here is a book for book lovers. Reading it made me happy! Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore might be my favorite book of the year. This is a story about people who love books. There's a mystery t...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it 2 years ago
2.5 really. The concept is ambitious and intriguing, but the plot failed to engage me once we drifted into Google territory. I may not be the ideal reader for this book as I am far less interested in new technology than are the characters and hence my interest couldn't be sustained as theirs could. ...
Bibliobibuli YA
Bibliobibuli YA rated it 2 years ago
I picked this book up because from the title alone I assumed it was a fun and quirky read. I mean, a 24-hour bookstore, and someone named Mr. Penumbra? I was entirely correct--the best words to describe the book are ‘cute’ and ‘quirky’. Read the rest of my review and more at BibliobibuliYA.com
Nothing better than a good book...
Nothing better than a good book... rated it 2 years ago
When was the last time you read a truly unique novel? I'm hard pressed, and it may be due to reading ignorance, but I don't think I've read a story quite like this. I keep thinking, if I read another story like this I will mentally say, this is just like/better/worse than Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bo...
Bookish Blerd
Bookish Blerd rated it 2 years ago
This was just lovely! I loved the characters, the pacing of the story. I was tempted to race through it, but I didn't feel like I HAD to just to get to the end. I loved the mystery of the whole story; it was intriguing and kept me interested without being overdone. I enjoyed going on the adventure ...
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