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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
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Mr Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore is a light and playful story about the unraveling of the secrets behind a mysterious bookstore. Sloan's characters in the novel are a colorful collective of trendy-internet era San Francisco nerds who end up collaborating to crack a code which has eluded a secret society for generations. The story is exciting and is easily able to keep the reader entertained throughout, however the depth of the story is a little lacking. It feels as though the author could have done more to preserve the mysterious aura of the theme and in the end it seems more to praise technical ingenuity in comic-book and simplistic ways than what I personally feel was the strong suit of the scenario.
On the whole the book is a fun read which makes it worth the time, but it lacks the dramatic ending it deserves. It does however seem to free up some characters in a way which may make for some amusing sequels, so I am also tempted to view this novel, not as an independent story, but rather as the precursor to something more.
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Reading Progress

January 8, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
January 8, 2015 – Shelved
January 1, 2016 – Started Reading
January 4, 2016 – Finished Reading

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