on October 2, 2012
Source: I borrowed this book from my local library.
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The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.
Not only did I read a physical copy of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, but I enjoyed it so much, I listened to the audiobook with my spouse as soon as I finished!
This novel is about “the intersection of books and technology.” Paper and digital must join forces to solve an intricate, ages-old mystery. There’s a good bit of social commentary throughout, but it never feels heavy-handed. I love how the storyline showed that “old” and “new” don’t have to be opposing forces. You can love technology and the internet, and appreciate the people around you.
Google is mentioned so often, C started counting the instances when we listened to the audiobook, ha! (The audiobook is fantastic, by the way; really great narrator! Perfect tempo, inflection, and delivery.)
You know, the story does get a little far-fetched in places, but hey, it’s fiction! And it is SO much FUN! What a nice, satisfying ending, too. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is an exciting adventure. If you haven’t yet read it, you’re in for a treat.