Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Cover

Light, Non-violent, Fun & Geeky...


I had a good time reading this one. The writing style easily flows along page after page. Once I started, it was difficult to stop. Had it not been 10:30 at night when I began, I might have read this in a single sitting. As it was, I read over half the book before turning out the light - on a work night. D'oh! ;)

What we have here is a mystery that involves immortality and the history of the printed word. The way the mystery unfolds is handled deftly and the characters all run around doing (mostly) logical things. I really enjoyed the collisions of nerdy Silicon Valley hacker culture with the more stodgy sensibilities of the quirky 'secret society' types that frequent Mr. Penumbra's book store. Sloan wove these seemingly disparate elements together beautifully and showed that there is more common ground between human generations than might be apparent at first glance.

This one is going on my 'Favorites' shelf. Highly recommended for those who might enjoy a light, non-violent, fun & geeky mystery read. On the other hand, if you are looking for something dark, creepy & scary, this YA-style read might not be for you.