Book Review | Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstoreI’ll keep this brief as there is no shortage of reviews for this book. Sloan’s first novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, is set in San Francisco and tells an entertaining story. The main character gets a job as the clerk at this bookstore on Broadway. Things seem a bit off to him and that combined with boredom leads him to a quest type adventure involving multiple supporting characters. These characters are typical San Franciscans: the cute girl who works for Google, the spirited older man who runs the bookstore, the start-up guy who made it big, the roommates creating a miniature village in the living room, etc..

The fact that the San Francisco Public Library currently owns 100 copies of this book attests to its popularity. Often reminiscent of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, MP24HB is a quick and entertaining read. The language is straight forward, the characters are plausible, and the story is a bit fantastic. This book would work for Cline or Murakami fans who are looking for something new and are willing to read something a little simpler. Check out MP24HB at a library near you and see the cover glow in the dark.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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