Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
“I just finished reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It was a great story about the intersection of old school (i.e. printing presses, print books, and literature) and new school (Google and the internet, iPads, and all things technology). The Economist says: “Robin Sloan cleverly combines the antiquated world of bibliophilia with the pulsating age of digital technology, finding curiosity and joy in both. He makes bits and bytes appear beautiful…the rebels’ journey to crack the code–grappling with an ancient cult, using secret passwords and hidden doorways–will excite anyone’s inner child. But this is no fantasy yarn. Mr. Sloan tethers his story to a weird reality, striking a comical balance between eccentric and normal…The Pages swell with Mr. Sloan’s nerdy affection and youthful enthusiasm for both tangible books and new media. Clay’s chatty narration maintains the pace and Mr. Sloan injects dry wit and comedic timing suited to his geeky everyman…A clever and whimsical tale with a big heart”.
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