Title: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore
Author: Robin Sloan
This book made me giddy. It made me happy. It gave me that warm and fuzzy goodness that most books just can’t elicit. The story itself is fairly simple: a Gen Y’er is out of work thanks to the Great Recession and starts working at the bookstore to make ends meet. He quickly realizes there’s a store within a store and soon sets out to solve the mystery behind it. And that’s about it really.
But that’s all you need when you have such great characters that are all interesting in their own way. That’s all you need when the book embraces the love of holding a book in your hand and the joy of technology and all the potential that it holds.
I don’t really know what else to say except I think this is one of those books that everyone needs to read, plain and simple.
P.S. I want to read the trilogy within a book that proves to be the secret to solving the mystery. It sounds fun. 🙂
Verdict: Buy it