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

by Robin Sloan
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Blyth Book Blog
Blyth Book Blog rated it 1 year ago
The most delightful book I've read in a long time. That's partly because so much of it just clicked with my interests - books, fonts, Google and the digitization of the world, the Ruby programming language, and mysteries. It was the humor that made it particularly fun, though. If you like Terry Pra...
Joelle's Bibliofile
Joelle's Bibliofile rated it 2 years ago
Clay Jannon, newly unemployed, stumbles upon a mysterious bookshop during his frequent wanderings through the streets of San Francisco. The Help Wanted sign in the window seems like a sign of fate and he feels drawn into the bizarrely shaped store filled primarily with antique one-of-a-kind texts. ...
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. ...
A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it 3 years 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 4 years 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 5 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. ...
Uniquely Portable Magic
Uniquely Portable Magic rated it 5 years ago
I can not say it any better than Cory Doctorow who described this book as "A geek's love poem to the 21st century....there is nothing in the book I didn't love."One of my few 5 star ratings = one of my favourite books!
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 5 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 5 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 5 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...
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