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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
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Nov 05, 12

Read in November, 2012

This is a must read!! It is fun. It is happy. It is silly. It is part fantasy (kind of). It is part Google-computer-program-wow. It is about love and friendship. It is about books. It is about code breaking. It is about high-tech data stuff. It is about love, adventure, the secret to eternal life, and it is all pretty much set in a skinny bookstore set next door to a strip club in San Francisco. Oh, and there are some guys in the story that wear black capes.

Clay Jannon is our story teller. He is out of work and kind of runs into a job in Mr Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore. Weird things happen in this bookstore. First off, Clay works the night shift. There are very few paying customers who buy books. There is a strange cast of characters, however, that come in at night (and other times, too) to borrow books that are written in a strange code. What is going on here? Is it a front for something bad?

So Clay begins a complex analysis of all that goes on in the store and what he finds is interesting for him, but for us as the reader, it is fun!!

So give this book a try and I promise that you will have a good time. It is an easy, light book that is on the short side. But still long enough to have enough "meat" in it to make it worth your time!!

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