Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Sloan

Title: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

Author: Robin Sloan
Published: Genre: Fiction

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: Borrowed from the library

Recommended if you like: Fiction, YA, Fun and quick reads

What Its About:  
When Clay Jannon loses his job as a San Francisco designer, he finds himself forced to take an overnight position at a local 24-hour bookstore to pay his rent. Its not long until Clay realizes that the bookstore is not exactly what it seems.

With few books for sale, despite a building full of options, and just as few customers, Clay can't help wonder what keeps them open...and 24-hours to boot. Spending his abundant free time looking to entertain himself, Clay eventually ignores his employer's instructions to not peek at the books and discovers that they are written in gibberish, despite regular customers who return again and again. Clay realizes that the books are in fact written in code and learns that the bookstore is a front for an international secret society charged with decoding a complex code invented many years previously. The store supposedly houses books that will eventually lead readers to cracking the code, which will provide a route to immortality.

With the help of a group of misfit friends, including a tech-savvy millionaire, a Google coder, an artist  roommate, and a group of online comrades, Clay digs further into this mystery world. Ultimately he discovers that computers, while useful, are not always the only answer and sometimes friendships are created out of the most random life experiences.

The Bottom Line: 
This was a cute and entertaining book, easy and quick to read. It is easily accessible to everyone: adults, YA and children. Its not unique or earth moving, but its a fun read.