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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
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Oct 17, 2012

really liked it
Read from November 21 to 26, 2012

What do you get when books and technology collide? Apart from the obvious Ebooks may get Mr Penumbra's 24-hour book store wich although seems quaint and unassuming is home to amazing secret dating back hundreds of years. The story goes of a Clay Jannon who is a self confessed nerd and looking for work after losing his job thanks to the economic meltdown as a website designer for Newbagel. Clay hits the streets and comes across a bookstore advertising for nightshift work. little does Clay know after accepting this job that there is alot more to the place than just books and little customers.

Soon Clay notices unusual things with customers coming in sparingly to get books from the Wayback list at the back of the store. These books contain nothing but code wich leaves Clay confused. When Clay attempts to jazz up the store putting it online he would will meet Kat who works for Google and bored during shifts creates a 3d model of the store only to discover an unknown person as part of of the model. When Penumbra sees this he is astonished as the figure is a man known as Corvina the leader of the Unbroken Spine who it is revealed are a organisation that goes back hundreds of years with him as a member. This revalation will see Clay, Kat and there friends go on a whirlwind adventure in a bid to unlock a code right from the 15th century with dawn of print and discover that immortality is indeed truely possible.

I would not recommend this book to everyone as the main character Clay is as geekish a character as i have read and with Kat and the rest of his friends can be off putting. But if you are not preturbed by this you are in for a treat with the book combining mystery, adventure, humour and quaint sincerity. It was also good the see the past and present come together in such a positive way something that is not always the case. For anyone who is after something a little different this is a really good read that will entertain and make you smile.
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