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“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines -- it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“After that, the book will fade, the way all books fade in your mind. But I hope you will remember this:
A man walking fast down a dark lonely street. Quick steps and hard breathing, all wonder and need. A bell above a door and the tinkle it makes. A clerk and a ladder and warm golden light, and then: the right book exactly, at exactly the right time.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“Neel takes a sharp breath and I know exactly what it means. It means: I have waited my whole life to walk through a secret passage built into a bookshelf.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“He has the strangest expression on his face- the emotional equivalent of 404 PAGE NOT FOUND.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“You know, I'm really starting to think the whole world is just a patchwork quilt of crazy little cults, all with their own secret spaces, their own records, their own rules.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“...this is exactly the kind of store that makes you want to buy a book about a teenage wizard. This is the kind of store that makes you want to be a teenage wizard.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“I've never listened to an audiobook before, and I have to say it's a totally different experience. When you read a book, the story definitely takes place in your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“But I kept at it with the help-wanted ads. My standards were sliding swiftly. At first I had insisted I would only work at a company with a mission I believed in. Then I thought maybe it would be fine as long as I was learning something new. After that I decided it just couldn't be evil. Now I was carefully delineating my personal definition of evil.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“Some of them are working very hard indeed. “What are they doing?” “My boy!” he said, eyebrows raised. As if nothing could be more obvious. “They are reading!”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“(about Kindles)

I have one and I use it most nights. I always imagine the books staring and whispering, Traitor!”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“All the secrets of the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“If this sounds impressive to you, you’re over thirty.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“Why does the typical adventuring group consist of a wizard, a warrior, and a rogue, anyway? It should really be a wizard, a warrior, and a rich guy. Otherwise who's going to pay for all the swords and spells and hotel rooms?”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
tags: quest
“Imagination runs out. But it makes sense, right? We probably just imagine things based on what we already know, and we run out of analogies in the thirty-first century.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“So I guess you could say Neel owes me a few favors, except that so many favors have passed between us now that they are no longer distinguishable as individual acts, just a bright haze of loyalty. Our friendship is a nebula. (p.34)”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“I sit up straight and do the first thing a person is supposed to do in an emergency, which is send a text message.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“...I can’t stop squirming. If fidgets were Wikipedia edits, I would have completely revamped the entry on guilt by now, and translated it into five new languages.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“He asked <...> Rosemary, why do you love books so much?
And I said, Well, I don't know <...> I suppose I love them because they're quiet, and I can take them to the park.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
tags: books
“Kat bought a New York Times but couldn’t figure out how to operate it, so now she’s fiddling with her phone.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“Let me give you some advice: make friends with a millionaire when he's a friendless sixth-grader.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“This girl has the spark of life. This is my primary filter for new friends (girl- and otherwise) and the highest compliment I can pay. I've tried many times to figure out exactly what ignites it -- what cocktail of characteristics come together in the cold, dark cosmos to form a star. I know it's mostly in the face -- not just the eyes, but the brow, the cheeks, the mouth, and the micromuscles that connect them all.

Kat's micromuscles are very attractive.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“I walk alone in the darkness and wonder how a person would begin to determine the circumference of the earth. I have no idea. I’d probably just google it.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“The thinnest tendrils of dawn are creeping in from the east. People in New York are softly starting to tweet.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“Have you ever played Maximum Happy Imagination?"
"Sounds like a Japanese game show."
Kat straightens her shoulders. "Okay, we're going to play. To start, imagine the future. The good future. No nuclear bombs. Pretend you're a science fiction writer."
Okay: "World government... no cancer... hover-boards."
"Go further. What's the good future after that?"
"Spaceships. Party on Mars."
"Further."
"Star Trek. Transporters. You can go anywhere."
"Further."
"I pause a moment, then realize: "I can't."
Kat shakes her head. "It's really hard. And that's, what, a thousand years? What comes after that? What could possibly come after that? Imagination runs out. But it makes sense, right? We probably just imagine things based on what we already know, and we run out of analogies in the thirty-first century.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“Are there sexual fetishes that involve books? There must be. I try not to imagine how they might work.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“I have waited my whole life to walk through a secret passage built into a bookshelf.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“So I switch to my MacBook and make my rounds: news sites, blogs, tweets. I scroll back to find the conversations that happened without me during the day. When every single piece of media you consume is time-shifted, does that mean it’s actually you that’s time-shifted?”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“I feel a little whirl of dislocation -- the trademark sensation of the world being more closely knit together than you expected”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
“Neel cuts in: "Where'd you grow up?"
"Palo Alto," she says. From there to Stanford to Google: for a girl obsessed with the outer limits of human potential, Kat has stayed pretty close to home.
Neel nods knowingly. "The suburban mind cannot comprehend the emergent complexity of a New York sidewalk."
"I don't know about that," Kat says, narrowing her eyes. "I'm pretty good with complexity."
"See, I know what you're thinking," Neel says, shaking his head.
"You're thinking it's just an agent-based simulation, and everybody out here follows a pretty simple set of rules"-- Kat is nodding--"and if you can figure out those rules, you can model it. You can simulate the street, then the neighborhood, then the whole city. Right?"
"Exactly. I mean, sure, I don't know what the rules are yet, but I could experiment and figure them out, and then it would be trivial--"
"Wrong," Neel says, honking like a game-show buzzer. "You can't do it. Even if you know the rules-- and by the way, there are no rules--but even if there were, you can't model it. You know why?"

My best friend and my girlfriend are sparring over simulations. I can only sit back and listen.

Kat frowns. "Why?"
"You don't have enough memory."
"Oh, come on--"
"Nope. You could never hold it all in memory. No computer's big enough. Not even your what's-it-called--"
"The Big Box."
"That's the one. It's not big enough. This box--" Neel stretches out his hands, encompasses the sidewalk, the park, the streets beyond--"is bigger."

The snaking crowd surges forward.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
tags: truth

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