Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore: Book Review

ojAAc4WklOT36Hx1LJdZFTl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVaiQDB_Rd1H6kmuBWtceBJDo 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.

About Theresa

I am a librarian in Reference Services at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have always been passionate about history, education and the value of books in all of their forms. I also love how quickly we can access information through the immediacy of the web, especially social networks like Facebook and Twitter. I look forward to growing in my chosen profession.

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