Reviews for Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore


AudioFile Reviews 2012 December
In this well-told tale, the lowly book is pitted against the Goliath of technology. Clay Jannon, an out-of-work graphic designer, secures a job in Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore. This is no ordinary bookstore, as Clay and his merry band of friends soon discover. Its patrons are on a quest to crack the code of immortality by reading the books hidden in plain sight in Mr. Penumbra's library. Robin Sloan has written this novel with rhythmic precision, and Ari Fliakos endows each of the characters with his or her own color and flavor. He makes believers of us all as Clay and his friends forge ahead on this fanciful journey--part mystery, part quest. We listen with delight and hope we can glimpse the future. E.E.S. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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Library Journal Reviews 2013 May #2

When unemployed web designer Clay Jannon applies for a job as night clerk in Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, he finds a narrow, three-story shop where haphazardly arranged books must be accessed by ladders. Only an occasional customer visits, arousing Clay's curiosity. Helped by his techie friends, Clay uncovers a mysterious cult that is dedicated to solving a puzzle hundreds of years old. Ari Fliakos's narration convincingly captures the enthusiasm of the youthful narrator as well as the older Mr. Penumbra. An entertaining blend of old and new technologies, books vs. computers. Sloan's story, with its many references to a dragon trilogy, will appeal chiefly to young adults and those who read more for quirky plot than for character development. VERDICT Recommended for those seeking a light mystery that celebrates the digital age. ["Though the depiction of Google as a utopian meritocracy seems rather farcical, Sloan has created an arch tale knitting the analog past with the digital future that is compelling and readable," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Farrar hc, LJ 9/1/12.--Ed.]--Nancy R. Ives, SUNY Geneseo

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