Do book lovers and technology enthusiasts have anything in common? Some may think they don’t but this book may just bring them together. A young, unemployed techie finds himself working in a rather unusual bookstore. This store carries rare encoded books that its patrons borrow in order to crack a centuries-old code. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan takes us on a journey from the walls of a small bookstore to Google’s Mountain View campus.
One of things I liked most about this book is the mystery aspect. You keep turning the pages to find out the secrets behind the mysterious proprietor of this unique bookstore. I think how this book came about is also pretty interesting. It started out as a short story that grew into a novel. You can read the shirt story Robin Sloan’s website. Also, I love that this book glows in the dark. In an age where digital books are all the rage, I like that the physical version of this book has something extra.